As a small business owner, you have already figured out who is your “perfect customer”. Your next challenge is to determine how to communicate with that customer in the most efficient and productive manner possible. The efficiency part of that determination is very important both from your point of view and that of your customer…. Read more »
Tax Forms Due by End of January – Don’t Wait to Order!
As we begin 2016, many small business owners start gathering the necessary documents for filing their 2015 taxes. Small businesses who have employees or independent contractors are required to distribute tax forms (W-2 for employees, 1099 for contractors) by the end of January. If in the past you have been getting your blank forms from… Read more »
Happy Holidays from the SBDC
On November 20th, the SBDC had its second annual Holiday Kickoff event. We conceived this event in 2014 in order to give all of our different stakeholders an opportunity to come together to mingle, share experiences, and celebrate their successes. We wanted to have the chance to acknowledge our clients, who are such a vital… Read more »
Extra, Extra! Read All About Your Business!
Over the next several months, Gloria Flanagan, our Assistant Director, will be writing several posts based on information that she learned at the America’s SBDC Conference in September of this year. This is the second post in this series. In a previous blogpost, we discussed identifying your “perfect” or typical customer as the first step in… Read more »
Roundtable Recap: Physical Space & Productivity – Where Do You Work Best?
Earlier this month, the Alexandria SBDC hosted a roundtable on the impact that your physical space has on your productivity. The discussion included ideas on where people work and the benefits and downsides to different types of physical space. In this video, Ray Sidney-Smith of W3 Consulting and Gloria Flanagan, Assistant Director of the Alexandria… Read more »
Veterans Day and Your Business
This week’s post was written by Patra Frame of Strategies for Human Resources. Patra is a US Air Force veteran, and we thank her for her service to our country and for the work that she does for the SBDC in assisting clients with their HR needs. In this area there are many official and… Read more »
Taking Advantage of the City’s Small Business Facilitators
Over the years, we have recommended resources that Alexandria small business owners can access to become more productive, make contacts or solve problems. We believe it is important to focus on one of those resources this month — the Small Business and Residential Facilitation Office of the City’s Permit Center. Alexandria city government recognizes that obtaining… Read more »
Giving Presentations People Will Pay Attention To
We’ve all been in a presentation that felt like it would never end. Many small business owners may not have experience giving presentations, but it’s an important skill to master. Whether you’re pitching an idea to an investor or selling your product to a room full of customers, it’s critical that you be able to… Read more »
Wanted: The Perfect Customer
Over the next several months, Gloria Flanagan, our Assistant Director, will be writing several posts based on information that she learned at the America’s SBDC Conference in September of this year. This is the first post in this series. How well do you know your customers or clients? Whether you are a brick and mortar… Read more »
Operational Tips & Tricks To Be Prepared For the Holidays
This week’s blog features guest poster Savannah Brown of LSMGuide.com. By now you already know that late summer/early fall is the best time to get a jump start on your holiday marketing planning, but what about your operational planning? While it may seem like drafting holiday job descriptions, ordering supplies or other equipment are tasks you… Read more »