Nov
3
Tue
TUESDAY COFFEE CHAT WITH THE EXPERTS-Business and Economic Research Tools @ Longwood SBDC @ Via ZOOM
Nov 3 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Ever wondered what we really do for our clients and community? Come enjoy some coffee and chat with us as we discuss an array of databases and resources that address daunting questions for business owners like:

  • How much should I be budgeting for payroll?
  • What does the future of my business look like?
  • How do I effectively price my products/service?
  • Should I partner with others to make my business a reality?
  • How do I market to my customers?

Or questions for economic development professionals as they assess:

  • Supply Chain opportunities for business recruitment and development
  • Workforce commuting patterns
  • Wage rates and labor pool availability for specific industries
Nov
10
Tue
TUESDAY COFFEE CHAT WITH THE EXPERTS-Open Q&A-You Have the Floor! @ Via ZOOM
Nov 10 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Whether or not you have seen or accessed some of the resources available through your Small Business Development Center, we would like to hear from you!  We want to hear about the most pressing issues for your businesses as well as feedback on training programs, structure and consulting services.   SBDC staff will be available to answer questions and make connections for you and your business.  Please be sure to submit questions and suggestions for topics via the zoom registration link.

10 OPERATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS DURING AND FOLLOWING THE COVID PANDEMIC (Via ZOOM) @ Via ZOOM
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Is it possible for small businesses to emerge from the COVID pandemic with customers that are more satisfied and more loyal than before the pandemic struck? In many cases, the answer to this question is yes. This workshop, therefore, offers 10 operational considerations for small businesses to increase the likelihood of success during and following the pandemic. The 10 operational considerations address a variety of small business facets but have a unifying theme: innovation.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Vincent Magnini is the Executive Director of the Institute for Service Research and is also a contract consultant for the Longwood SBDC Network. He was recently ranked as one of the top 12 most prolific hospitality researchers worldwide and holds editorial board appointments on nearly all of the top-ranked hospitality research journals in the field. Further, he is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. He has published seven books and more than 200 articles and reports. Dr. Magnini has also been featured on National Public Radio’s (NPR) All Things Considered, With Good Reason, Pulse on the Planet and cited in the New York Times and Washington Post.

**IMPORTANT**

Scheduled workshops may change due to inclement weather, scheduling conflicts, etc.

Your pre-registration enables the Longwood SBDC to keep you updated on changes or cancellations as quickly as possible.

Nov
17
Tue
TUESDAY COFFEE CHAT WITH THE EXPERTS-Using Videos in Your Marketing Channels @ Via ZOOM
Nov 17 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Using videos to promote your business online is fun, easy, and communicates your authenticity as the face behind your business!  Join Ilsa Loeser as she shows you why this works so well and provides tips and tricks to help remove fear and make the process simple and FUN.

Nov
19
Thu
BUILDING THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUR NEW BUSINESS (Via ZOOM) @ Via ZOOM
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Starting a Business in Southern Virginia: Building the Foundation for Your New Business

If starting a business in Southern Virginia is your dream, we can help you make it a reality. With our business workshops, you’ll find the practical knowledge and skills you need to succeed at starting and running a small business.

Starting a business in Southern Virginia requires planning and consideration. Choosing your legal structure, writing a business plan, securing funding, and other steps help you build a solid foundation for your business.

About This Business Workshop

Building the Foundation for Your New Business is one of many free classes offered by the Longwood SBDC for those considering starting a business in Southern Virginia.

Cost: FREE

Potential new and existing business owners will learn how to:

  • Evaluate your entrepreneurial abilities
  • Choose a legal form of organization
  • Prepare and present your business plan
  • Find financial resources
  • Create marketing strategies

No matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, you’ll benefit from this practical, focused information. You’ll leave this free workshop with business insights and actionable strategies to help you launch, build, or grow a Southern Virginia-based business.

**IMPORTANT**

Scheduled workshops may change due to inclement weather, scheduling conflicts, etc.

Your pre-registration enables the Longwood SBDC to keep you updated on changes or cancellations as quickly as possible.

Dec
1
Tue
TUESDAY COFFEE CHAT WITH THE EXPERTS-Creating a Healthy Workplace Culture in Stressful Times @ Via ZOOM
Dec 1 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Employees are stressed right now. They are also the key to your businesses’ success during this difficult time. Join Haley Woznyj, Longwood University Assistant Professor of Management, as she shares best practices from her research with small businesses. Learn how to best support employees through these challenging times. We will discuss concrete practices, the latest research, and workshop some sample scenarios. As always, questions are welcome.

Dec
8
Tue
TUESDAY COFFEE CHAT WITH THE EXPERTS-How to Create a Customer Surprise Culture in a Small Business @ Via ZOOM
Dec 8 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Join Vince Magnini as he offers some practical ways to create a culture in a small business in which a continuous stream of customer surprise ideas can be generated and implemented. Customers often enter service transactions with predetermined ‘mental scripts’ regarding how they predict the transactions will unfold and are not paying close attention.  In order to gain their full attention, firms must find ways to surprise consumers; that is, firms must spawn script deviations for them.  Research indicates that these script deviations can cement consumer loyalty.

Dec
10
Thu
BUILDING THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUR NEW BUSINESS (Via ZOOM) @ Via ZOOM
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Starting a Business in Southern Virginia: Building the Foundation for Your New Business

If starting a business in Southern Virginia is your dream, we can help you make it a reality. With our business workshops, you’ll find the practical knowledge and skills you need to succeed at starting and running a small business.

Starting a business in Southern Virginia requires planning and consideration. Choosing your legal structure, writing a business plan, securing funding, and other steps help you build a solid foundation for your business.

About This Business Workshop

Building the Foundation for Your New Business is one of many free classes offered by the Longwood SBDC for those considering starting a business in Southern Virginia.

Cost: FREE

Potential new and existing business owners will learn how to:

  • Evaluate your entrepreneurial abilities
  • Choose a legal form of organization
  • Prepare and present your business plan
  • Find financial resources
  • Create marketing strategies

No matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, you’ll benefit from this practical, focused information. You’ll leave this free workshop with business insights and actionable strategies to help you launch, build, or grow a Southern Virginia-based business.

**IMPORTANT**

Scheduled workshops may change due to inclement weather, scheduling conflicts, etc.

Your pre-registration enables the Longwood SBDC to keep you updated on changes or cancellations as quickly as possible.