Workshops & Events

Often the best way to educate yourself to successfully start, manage, and grow your business is to take advantage of the many workshops and training programs available to small business owners in several formats. By attending these workshops, you will learn not only from the presenters, but also from the other attendees who are going through the same process.

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Free

Aug

3

Mon

Retail Monday Series – Holiday Profits Wrapped With a Bow

Alexandria Small Business Development Center,
625 N Washington St, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314 United States
This event is part of the Retail Monday Summer Series co-sponsored by the Alexandria SBDC and Visit Alexandria.  It is designed for retail and restaurant small businesses. This workshop is all about Holiday and Black Friday Promotion Planning.  Make it a GREEN Holiday season every year with these best practices for capitalizing on all that jolly-giving from Black Friday through New Years! Now is the time to get started! Presented by Paul Williams and Shannon Jones of Idea Sandbox. Free… Find out more »
Free

Aug

4

Tue

Which is Better for Your Business – 8(a) or the GSA Schedule?

Alexandria Small Business Development Center,
625 N Washington St, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314 United States
If your company has been in business for at least two years and is considering pursuing work in the Federal Government, come learn the benefits of two of the most popular Federal contracting vehicles – the 8(a) Program and the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule.  Our two-hour session will explore the pros and cons of each. We will compare the differences and similarities between the 8(a) Program’s and the GSA Schedule’s eligibility criteria, application process, contracting/procurement procedures and regulations, and maintenance… Find out more »
Free

Aug

10

Mon

Retail Monday Series – Food Retail Basics

Alexandria Small Business Development Center,
625 N Washington St, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314 United States
This event is part of the Retail Monday Summer Series, co-sponsored by the Alexandria SBDC and Visit Alexandria.  This session, Food Retail Basics, explores what to do when you have developed the next great food product.  From Farmers Markets to Retail Stores, learn how to successfully sell your product, and what products are hot in today’s “foodie” arena. Presenter is Marc Willson, VSBDC Retail/Restaurnat Consultant. Free parking is available in the lot marked “Retail Parking”, with the entrance on Pendleton… Find out more »
Free

Aug

10

Mon

Retail Monday Series – Restaurant Fundamentals for Success

Alexandria Small Business Development Center,
625 N Washington St, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314 United States
This workshop is part of the Retail Monday Summer Series, co-sponsored by the Alexandria SBDC and Visit Alexandria. What makes independent restaurants special? How can they start and stay successful? Learn the tips and tricks to restaurant success. Presented by Marc Willson, VSBDC Retail/Restaurant Consultant Free parking is available in the lot marked “Retail Parking”, with the entrance on Pendleton Street. Find out more »
Free

Aug

17

Mon

Retail Monday Series – Bridging the Merchant Services & Mobile Divide

Alexandria Small Business Development Center,
625 N Washington St, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314 United States
This event is part of the Retail Monday Summer Series co-sponsored by the Alexandria SBDC and Visit Alexandria. Smartphones are the new retail mall in a consumer’s pocket. Do you want cheap gas nearby? There’s an app for that. Do you want to buy a new outfit? You guessed it, there’s an app for that too. How do local businesses compete in the highly competitive mobile retail eCommerce arena? Come learn how in this seminar taught by Ray Sidney-Smith, Web… Find out more »

Aug

18

Tue

Small Business Roundtable: My Customers are Other Small Businesses – How Do I Reach Them?

Alexandria Small Business Development Center,
625 N Washington St, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314 United States
Is your business primarily geared towards selling services to other small businesses? Come to this roundtable to discuss tips and tricks for reaching other companies and making the sale. Facilitated by Ray Sidney-Smith, W3 Consulting. The Small Business Roundtable is an opportunity to meet with other small business owners in a facilitated discussion format. No pre-registration is required. Feel free to bring your lunch or a beverage. Find out more »
Free

Aug

24

Mon

Retail Monday Series: Social Local Mobile Success for Retail

Alexandria Small Business Development Center,
625 N Washington St, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314 United States
This is the last event in the Retail Monday Summer Series co-sponsored by the Alexandria SBDC and Visit Alexandria. Is driving traffic into your retail store or boutique imperative to making sales? Are you struggling to determine how to make this happen in a Social Media- and Mobile-focused world? Join us for this illuminating seminar to mete out the boundaries of successful Social Media and Mobile marketing campaigns to make retail traffic success a reality! This seminar will be taught… Find out more »
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