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    • 18 Jan 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 30 Jan 2023
    • 4:00 PM
    • Throughout Shenandoah County, VA

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    • 24 Jan 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • 10 Feb 2023
    • online

    2022 - 2023 Business Ad Order Form

    Pricing:

    Full Page - $300

    ½ Page - $175

    ¼ Page - $135

    ⅛ Page - $100

    Ways to Pay: 

    1. Check payable to Central High School.  
    2. Going to https://yearbookforever.com/ and typing in Central High School Woodstock, VA.  By using the website, you can instantly upload images and the text for the ad.

    If paying by check, please fill out the section below.

    _____ Full Page  $300 _____ ½ Page  $175

    _____ ¼ Page  $135 _____ ⅛ Page  $100

    Include any images/business cards and text you would like to include.


    For questions email or call Emily King efking@shenandoah.k12.va.us, 540-459-2161 ext 8213

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    • 24 Jan 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • 3 Feb 2023
    • Online


    January 23rd,  11:30 AM – 1 PM

    QuickBooks 101

     

    Fee: $15

    Subscribed to QuickBooks Online but not sure where to start? Or better yet, unsure if you’re ready to make the leap to using a paid accounting software? If so, join us for a highly interactive and hands-on program where we’ll go through all of the basics of QuickBooks Online.

    By the end of our time together, you will be able to:

    • Customize your chart of accounts
    • Link bank feeds,
    • Categorize transactions,
    • Create automatic categorization rules,
    • Reconcile accounts, and
    • Customize reports!

    For an action-oriented experience, we'll be using QuickBooks Online Test Drive. Please be ready with website loaded at the start of class: https://qbo.intuit.com/redir/testdrive.

    Capacity will be limited for this webinar as it is an interactive course. Please be mindful and register only if you will be able to attend this session

    Register: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=40430002

     

     

    January 24th, 1 - 2:30 pm

    Success through e-Commerce

     

    Updated for 2023

    Join us if you’re interested in pivoting more of your efforts to ONLINE SALES

    This session will cover:

    • The variety of websites available, the possibilities for upgrading yours to better accommodate online sales and the estimated costs to accomplish this!
    • The various e-commerce platforms available and how to select the best based on your specific business needs.
    • How to setup and manage your online storefront or service portal and how to use data and marketing to maximize returns.

     

    Register: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=900430002

     

     

    January 26th, NOON

    Free Research Assistance, Business Development, and Career Enhancement…@YourPublicLibrary

     

    Do you need:

    • Research assistance for your business plan or market study?
    • Professional development surrounding HR, accounting, and marketing?
    • A jumpstart for your business idea?
    • Job search assistance?
    • A place to meet clients?
    • A telework location?

    Look no further than your local public library, in person and online. While each location is different, every library, through the Library of Virginia, has access to digital resources, learning assets, and research tools to help you meet your career and business goals. Join us to learn more!

    Presenters:

    Register: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=900430001

     

     

    Upcoming Webinars

     

    January 30th, 1PM 

    Responding to New Financial Realities in the Craft Beverage Sector 

     

    Craft beverage producers know only too well how quickly the industry can move; from pandemic-related closures to regulatory shifts and everything in between, Virginia’s breweries, wineries, cideries, and distilleries have had to respond to ever-shifting terrain.  This same adaptability is needed when it comes to capital attraction. 

    In this webinar, Virginia SBDC Craft Beverage Assistance Manager Chris Van Orden welcomes back previous speaker Jason Sleeman, Vice President of Craft Beverage Lending at United Community Bank, to share his insights on the changing capital landscape for craft beverage producers. 

     

    Speaker: Jason Sleeman is Vice President of Craft Beverage Lending at United Community Bank.  In this role, he has worked with dozens of craft beverage producers around the country to secure capital and chart a stable financial course.  In addition to his expertise with SBA loan products, Jason closely tracks the developments in the craft beverage industry.  While he works with clients throughout the United States, Jason lives in Georgia with his family.  

     

    Register: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=900430008

     

     

    January 31st, NOON

    Intellectual Property Fundamentals

    Unfamiliar with patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets? Learn about intellectual property (IP) basics and potential ways to protect your innovations as you transition from idea to product. The session will cover:

    • What is the USPTO?
    • An overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets
    • Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP
    • How to get started in protecting your intellectual property.

    Webinar presented in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    Speaker: Elizabeth Dougherty - As the Eastern Regional Outreach Director for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Elizabeth Dougherty carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the USPTO's East Coast stakeholder engagement. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Dougherty ensures the USPTO's initiatives and programs are tailored to the region's unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

     

    Register: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=900430006

     

     

    February 2nd, NOON – 2PM

    Pitch Preview

     

    Application deadline: Jan 25th

     

    Virginia early-stage innovative entrepreneurs:  Charlottesville Angel Network (CAN) and Virginia Small Business Development Center (VSBDC) have joined forces to help you polish your pitch presentation.

    For more detailed qualification information and to apply, please read, and if eligible, submit an application for consideration in the program. If you aren’t sure if you are ready or if you should apply, email events@cvsbdc.org to complete a request for counseling form for a confidential meeting.

     

    Learn more and apply: https://cvsbdc.org/event/pitch-preview-9/

     

     

    February 7th, 6PM – 7PM

    Setting Up Your Accounting Systems

    Running your own business often means being your own marketing department, legal department, AND financial department.

    Nadia Anderson is a Certified Public Accountant and CEO of The Anderson Accounting Group. She has put together this FREE workshop to be sure you're CONFIDENT while you're digging into those financials. You got this! And we got your back! ⠀⠀⠀⠀

    Register: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=40430011

     

     

    February 8th, 6PM – 7:30PM

    Legal Basics

     

    FEE: $15

    The Law and Legal structures are a vital part of effectively forming and maintaining your small business at all phases of the entrepreneurial life cycle. When understood, the law can be a weapon used to help you navigate any business interaction. However, running a business without at least a basic understanding is akin to awaiting the impending doom of a guillotine.

    In this workshop we will discuss:

    • The Rule of Law and Why it Matters
    • How the law directly impacts small businesses
    • How to build a strong legal foundation
    • The specific legal structures and laws that small businesses often encounter

    There will also be time for direct Q&A with Archie

    Register: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=40430004

     

    February 13th, 11:30AM – 1PM

    QuickBooks 201

     

    Fee: $15.00

    Already feel like you have a handle on your monthly tasks within QuickBooks Online and now looking to get more out of your use?

    In this course, we’ll explore added functions of QuickBooks, such as -

    • receipt management,
    • recurring transactions,
    • tags,
    • classes and locations,
    • advanced reporting,
    • payroll,
    • and much more!

    As this is a highly interactive and hands-on program, make sure you have your QuickBooks account pulled up, or QuickBooks Online Test Drive: https://qbo.intuit.com/redir/testdrive.

    Register: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=40430013

     

     

    February 14th, NOON

    Patent Basics

     

    This module will cover the basic facts about patents. We will explore the different types of patents, including utility, design, and plant. We will define the difference and use of both provisional patent applications and non-provisional patent applications. Further, we will discuss the process of patent prosecution, the role of the U.S. patent examiner and what to expect when working with the USPTO. Information regarding a number of patent prosecution programs and initiatives available to applicants will also be provided.

     

    Webinar presented in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    Speaker: Albert Wong - Primary Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office examining applications in telemetry and computer input devices.  Albert has been with the USPTO since 1994 and has worked in the Office of Innovation Development  educating independent inventors on the filing of patent applications.  Prior to joining the Office, Albert was a design engineer at Teradyne.  Albert has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis.

    Register: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=900430005

     

    February 15th, 6PM – 8PM

    Como Iniciar un Negocio en Virginia

    (Spanish Webinar - How to Start a Business in VA)

    Este seminario cubrirá información sobre los pasos a seguir para iniciar un negocio:

    • Estructura Legal
    • Incorporación/Registración
    • Licencias de Negocios
    • Registro de Impuestos y Reportes
    • Finanzas y Contabilidad
    • Empleados v Contratistas Independientes

    Todas las capacitaciones se entregarán en Español a través de zoom. (All trainings will be delivered in Spanish via Zoom.)

    Por favor regístrese para el seminario y recibirá su confirmación para acceder a la sesión por medio de Zoom.

    Para más información enviar un texto a Cely Argueta, Consultora de Negocios al 301-401-7317.

    Register: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=900430009

     

     

     

    February 21st, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    Canva 101: A Primer for Small Business Owners

    Heard of Canva but unsure of how to utilize it for your small business?? Join us for an interactive workshop that will walk you through setting up your brand standards, utilizing templates, and creating from scratch!

    You will need to register for a FREE Canva account to join us!

    Registration is limited. Register today!

    Register: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=40430012

     

     

    February 21st,  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

    PTAC: Marketing to the Federal Government with Central VA SBDC  

     Would you like to add to your business' portfolio and bottom line through a federal government contract? Are you struggling to make inroads?


    Join us and learn marketing strategies and tips to increase your chances of success.

    The Federal Government buys over $600 billion per year on goods and services, 23% of that spend is allocated for small business. This is a huge opportunity for small firms to grow their business and become part of the challenging world of Government Contracting. Before entering this arena, you must first know how to market yourself to government. This presentation will help you prepare your firm to get noticed by government and prime buyers by developing a proper marketing plan and strategy.

    In this session you will learn:

    • Steps to take to be where you can be found by buyers
    • Preparing a winning capability statement
    • Organize your website, business cards and marketing materials
    • Prepare a marketing plan to attract buyers

    Join Lisa Wood, Director of the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), for this informative presentation - a "must" for those who are considering the Federal Government contracting market and want to learn how to prepare for/navigate this huge potential market.  The class offers tips and tricks on how to win Federal business.

    HYBRID event: In-Person at 300 Preston Ave, 2nd floor, Charlottesville (free parking on-site) or online via Zoom

    2023 Government Contracting Series is presented jointly by Central Virginia SBDC and Capital Region SBDC

    Register: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=20430019

     

     

    February 21st,  1 - 2:30 pm

    Grow Your Business with Digital Marketing

     

    Updated for 2023

    Businesses need to understand the basics of digital marketing now more than ever, because digital marketing creates growth.

    Learn about the basics of digital marketing, including:

    • Social Media
    • Email Marketing
    • Paid Ads
    • SEO
    • Affiliate Marketing
    • How to use analytics to measure your success

     

    Register: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=900430003

     

     

    February 28th, NOON

    Trademark Basics

     

    Join us for a discussion about what all entrepreneurs, small businesses, and start-ups should know about trademarks. We’ll discuss what trademarks are, the benefits of federal trademark registration, and the basics of the registration process. We’ll also talk about why it’s so important for any new business to select a trademark that is both federally registrable and legally protectable.

     

    We’ll close out the discussion with a question-and-answer session and direct you to free resources from the USPTO. 

    Webinar presented in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    Speaker: Mariessa Terrell - Trademark Examining Attorney. She began her trademark law career at the USPTO in 2000.  After her departure from the USPTO, Mariessa worked as a solo trademark practitioner; in-house trademark attorney consultant for Lockheed Martin and Leidos Corporations; and trademark and fashion law professor at her alma mater Howard University School of Law (HUSL).  In 2015, Mariessa was recruited to manage the USPTO Trademark Law Clinic at HUSL and was instrumental in helping to develop a Patent Clinic at HUSL in 2019. 

    Mariessa returned to the USPTO in 2020 and currently works as a trademark attorney advisor in the office of Trademarks Customer Outreach where she delivers to experienced practitioners educational content on advanced trademark topics. She earned her J.D from Howard University School of Law; her B.A., magna cum laude, from Pace University in New York City; and is admitted to the Maryland and District of Columbia bar associations. In her spare time, Mariessa volunteers with the High Tea Society, a life skills program for DC girls.

    Register: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=900430007

     

     

    February 28th, 5PM – 6:30PM

    QuickBooks 101

     

    Fee: $15.00

    Subscribed to QuickBooks Online but not sure where to start? Or better yet, unsure if you’re ready to make the leap to using a paid accounting software?

    If so, join us for a highly interactive and hands-on program where we’ll go through all the basics of QuickBooks Online.

    By the end of our time together, you will be able to:

    • Customize your chart of accounts
    • Link bank feeds,
    • Categorize transactions,
    • Create automatic categorization rules,
    • Reconcile accounts, and
    • Customize reports!

    For an action-oriented experience, we'll be using QuickBooks Online Test Drive. Please be ready with website loaded at the start of class: https://qbo.intuit.com/redir/testdrive.

    Register: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=40430014

     

     

    March 23rd,  1 - 2:30 pm

    How to Manage your WordPress Website

     

    Updated for 2023

    Join us and learn how to create and/or better manage your WordPress website!

    Are you looking for a simple, yet effective website to use for your business? WordPress might be a good option! In this workshop, we’ll cover “the basics” on creating and updating a WordPress site, including:

    • User management
    • Page creation and editing
    • Image and video uploads
    • Plugin management
    • Linking to social media

     

    Register: https://clients.virginiasbdc.org/workshop.aspx?ekey=900430004

     


    • 30 Jan 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • 3 Feb 2023
    • To Register email, volunteer@peopleinc.net


    • 31 Jan 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Hampton Inn & Suites, Woodstock, VA
    Register


    • 1 Feb 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • Call 276-619-2235 or email volunteer@peopleinc.net


    • 4 Feb 2023
    • 19 Feb 2023
    • 4374 Swartz Rd, Maurertown, VA


    • 4 Feb 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, Woodstock, VA

    To Benefit the Woodstock Fire Department

    Free Admission

    Over 40 Vendors

    • 9 Feb 2023
    • 10:00 AM
    • 11 May 2023
    • 2:00 PM
    • Woodstock Moose Lodge


    • 9 Feb 2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • ShenCo Chamber, 103 S Main St, Woodstock, VA
    Register

    Nonprofit Council Meeting

    Thursday,  Feb. 9

    12pm - 1pm

    Location: Chamber Office

    103 S Main St, Woodstock


    Agenda

    Welcome and Introductions

    Discussion:  "Community Giving Day Info Session”

    Amanda Bomfim, Director of Marketing & Program Initiatives, The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County, will be joining us to share information about the Great Community Give. 

    The Great Community Give is an initiative of The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. #GCG2023 is a sunrise to sunset giving day event that promotes charitable giving directly to nonprofits in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County that raised over $1.7 million in 2022.  We will hear how this event started, what makes it successful and have the chance to talk about how we could utilize a similar Giving Day in Shenandoah County.

     

    Update on ShenGo & YMCA discussions

    Nonprofits Share Events & Happenings


    Other News/Info:

    • Shenandoah Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from local nonprofit groups for arts funding from its Bowman-Shannon Cultural Arts Fund. The grant requests must be arts-related, but the organization’s mission does not need to be focused on the arts. For instance, a grant for art supplies might be requested by a daycare center; musical instruments by an afterschool program; or tickets to attend theatrical plays by a senior center. Applications are due on or before February 17, and must be completed through the online grant portal. Questions? Call (540) 465-1444. 



    • 15 Feb 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Government Center Kitchen, 600 N Main St, Woodstock


    • 16 Feb 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • DSS, 494 N Main St, Woodstock, VA
    Register

    Thursday, Feb 16

    9am - 10am

    Host: Shenandoah County Dept of Social Services (DSS)

    494 N Main St, Suite 200, Woodstock

    It's a Chocolate Swap - Celebrating Valentine's Day all week! Chocolate with friends at breakfast - what could be better!

    AGENDA

    Welcome and Introductions

    Discussion: Tour DSS Office and Update presented by:

    Kathleen Nies-Hepner

    Adult Services/Adult Protective Services



    • 16 Feb 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Box Office Brewery Conference Room
    Register

    The Strasburg Business Alliance will foster economic growth and prosperity in the Strasburg community.  The Alliance will positively and actively promote local businesses and community interests through networking, advocacy, events and education.


    Thursday, February 16 

    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

     Box Office Brewery 

     

    Agenda

    Welcome and Introduction of Members and Guests

    Topics of Discussion:

    • Plans, programming & goals for 2023

    Town Update 

    Member News


    *Reminder: The Town's Facade Grant application is due Feb. 1st. Contact Olivia Hilton for more details.


    • 17 Feb 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Woodstock Presbyterian Church


    • 21 Feb 2023
    • 9:00 AM
    • 18 Jul 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • County Government Building 600 N. Main St Door #7


    • 21 Feb 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 1109 Hisey Ave, Woodstock, VA
    Register

    Join us for a ribbon cutting

    at 5:30pm

    to celebrate their new location!



    • 25 Feb 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flour & Water - Upstairs, Woodstock


    • 25 Feb 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • The Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns


    • 15 Mar 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Woodstock Brewhouse


    • 18 Mar 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Flour & Water, Upstairs