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  • Training Events

    Jul
    26
    Thu
    Building the Foundation for Your New Business-FARMVILLE @ Longwood SBDC
    Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

    Small businesses play a vital role in the growth of our economy.  Did you know that over 650,000 New businesses are started in the United States each year? The harsh reality is only about 50% survive past the first five years.  Planning is everything!

     Prepare to start a successful business:

    • Evaluate your entrepreneurial abilities
    • Marketing strategies
    • Financial resources
    • Legal form of organization
    • Tips to prepare & present your business plan

     If you are considering starting a business, this FREE seminar will provide valuable information that may help your business be among the 50% that survive. 

    Registration is required!

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    Aug
    9
    Thu
    Increase Sales for Your Small Business-FARMVILLE @ Longwood SBDC
    Aug 9 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

     Presenter

    Lin Hite, Regional Director

    If you want to increase sales for your startup or existing small business, this is the seminar for you! Small town retail is being threatened by discount stores, shopping centers and online shopping. We will be discussing a number of ways to grow your customer base.

    Some of the topics will be:

    • Ways to Market Your Small Business
    • The Customer Service Skills That Matter
    •  How to Get Better at Selling in Retail
    • Event Ideas That Attract Customers

    Registration is required!

    **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. 

    Building the Foundation for Your New Business-MARTINSVILLE @ New College Institute, Room 104
    Aug 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

    Small businesses play a vital role in the growth of our economy. Did you know that over 1 million businesses are started each year? The harsh reality is only about 20 percent survive past the first year. Planning is everything!

    Prepare to start a successful business:

    •  Evaluate your entrepreneurial abilities
    •  Marketing strategies
    •  Financial resources
    •  Legal form of organization
    •  Tips to prepare & present your business plan

    If you are considering starting a business, this FREE seminar will provide valuable information that may help your business be among the 20 percent that survive. 

    **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. 

    Registration is required!

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    Aug
    15
    Wed
    Delivering Memorable Downtown Experiences – FARMVILLE @ Charley's Waterfront Cafe
    Aug 15 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

    Presenter – Dr. Vincent Magnini

    Maximize your long-term profitability with efficient and friendly interactions at every single touch point. Come hear from Dr. Vincent Magnini, author and associate professor at Virginia Tech, and learn about the latest research on establishing and maintaining a first-class customer service culture.

    About the Speaker:

    Recently ranked one of the top 12 most prolific hospitality researchers worldwide, Dr. Magnini has published six books and more than 150 articles and reports. His projects typically include destination marketing plans, economic impact analyses, feasibility studies and visitor satisfaction tracking. Dr. Magnini has also been featured on National Public Radio’s (NPR) All Things Considered and With Good Reason, as well as being cited in the New York Times. Before his career in academia, Dr. Magnini worked on management teams at Marriott, Hyatt and Hilton Garden branded hotels in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern regions of the U.S.

    PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED-Breakfast will be provided for pre-registered attendees only!

     

 

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