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Sep

24

Tue

Branding Your Business: Best Practices for Small Businesses

The key to a successful business is the strength of its brand. Join us on Tuesday, September 24th to learn more about how to create a strong brand for your small business. Experts from Alexandria’s own Grafik agency will dive into case studies to show the importance of brand on your business. Find out more »
Free

Oct

1

Tue

Thrive & Grow With Smart Performance Management

Presented by: Patricia Frame, Strategies for Human Resources Managing employee performance is sometimes considered an arduous administrative task. It doesn’t have to be! Far too many small employers think managing performance has to be some burdensome administrative nightmare. And a lot of such systems are – with complicated forms that are never used or only thought about when firing a person seems inevitable. A simple, effective performance management process adds a lot to your success. This seminar will discuss the… Find out more »

Oct

15

Tue

Small Business Roundtable: Service After the Sale: Handling Your Customers With Care

Facilitated by Ray Sidney-Smith, W3 Consulting. The 2019 Roundtables are sponsored by Optfinity and Kinneman Insurance. Your business needs to acquire new clients, but keeping the same clients coming back to you is the sign of a stable, successful enterprise!  What are you doing?  What can you do to provide service after the sale to keep customers coming back to buy? We’ll discuss customer care as a marketing and referral generation tool at the October Roundtable. The Small Business Roundtable is… Find out more »

Nov

19

Tue

Small Business Roundtable: Planning for 2020 – How Will You Improve your Business in the New Year?

Facilitated by Ray Sidney-Smith, W3 Consulting. The 2019 Roundtables are sponsored by Optfinity and Kinneman Insurance. It’s never too soon to start planning ahead.  What ideas do you have to grow your business in the next few months?  Would you like some feedback from other small business owners?  Perhaps they are facing some of the same challenges, and have come up with different solutions.  Shared ideas will benefit all of us in the Alexandria small business community. Plan to attend, network,… Find out more »
Free

Nov

22

Fri

2019 SBDC Holiday Kickoff

Join the Alexandria SBDC to kickoff the 2019 Holiday Season! The Alexandria SBDC would like to thank its clients, sponsors and partners for an exceptional year. Please join us to network with others, enjoy some light breakfast fare, and celebrate our small business community’s achievements. To register, please click here. The Alexandria SBDC would like to thank its clients, sponsors and partners for an exceptional year. Please join us to network with others, enjoy some light breakfast fare, and celebrate… Find out more »
Free

Jan

15

Wed

Marketing Trends for 2020

What are the marketing trends that we will see in 2020? 2020 marks a new decade that will bring a lot of new and exciting opportunities and changes when it comes to marketing. So, what are the trends? What’s going to happen in 2020? This popular program (in its 8th year) will discuss at a high level industry predictions and provide expert advice on how business owners can apply trends into their businesses. Presented by: Maurisa Potts, Founder & CEO,… Find out more »

Jan

21

Tue

Small Business Roundtable: Fun Ways to Inspire and Engage Your Team—and Yourself

Facilitated by Ray Sidney-Smith, W3 Consulting. The 2020 Roundtables are sponsored by Kinneman Insurance and AlphaGraphics. We have all heard about those places where people can’t wait to come to work – right?  Is your small business one of those places?  Come to the January Roundtable and exchange ideas on how to have more fun and be more engaged with your team, your customers and your business in 2020! The Small Business Roundtable is an opportunity to meet with other small… Find out more »

Feb

18

Tue

Small Business Roundtable: Get Your Customers to Market Your Business – For Free!

Facilitated by Ray Sidney-Smith, W3 Consulting. The 2020 Roundtables are sponsored by Kinneman Insurance and AlphaGraphics. The best ambassadors for your business are your current satisfied customers.  Come to the February Roundtable and discuss ways to encourage them to help you “spread the good word” about your business. 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

Mar

3

Tue

Hiring in a Tight Market

How does your small business attract and retain the right people in these times of low unemployment? Northern Virginia has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. And that is before Amazon really started hiring! How does your small business or non-profit attract and retain the right people in such times? What can you learn from past successes and failures and research? Figure out what you offer potential employees – your culture, values, and value proposition – and… Find out more »

Mar

17

Tue

CANCELLED: Small Business Roundtable: New Topic! What Does My Business Need to Do to be Prepared for Coronavirus?

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED Facilitated by Ray Sidney-Smith, W3 Consulting. The 2020 Roundtables are sponsored by Kinneman Insurance and AlphaGraphics. Information about the COVID-19 virus is all over the news, and there is a great deal of information about how individuals can best protect themselves.  How about your business?  What steps will you need to take to minimize disruption to your business and therefore to your bottom line?  Bring your questions and concerns to this Roundtable to discuss… Find out more »
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