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Google+ for Your Small Business [event]

  Google+ for Small Business Technology That Can Help Your Business Grow! February 29, 2012 9 am – 12 Noon   With only 20 spots for this hands-on workshop, we anticipate more demand than space.  Email or call Patricia Melton if you are interested.  Slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis, […]

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Non-Competition Agreements for Small Business: Not Too Broad or Too Narrow, But Just Right

Non-competition agreements, or non-solicitation agreements, are generally clauses within employment agreements which limit employees’ ability to enter into employment or to start a business which competes with a former employer.  Under Virginia law, non-competes (sometimes called or written plainly “noncompetes”), though viewed as a restraint of trade, are enforceable if the three prongs of the […]

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Federal Business Development and Marketing for Service Providers (Event)

So you want to provide services to the federal government. Where do you begin to develop your book of business? How do you identify opportunities? How do you get face time with government staff? Join us for the second in an interactive series of START, MANAGE, GROW your business workshops for federal contractors.  Workshop # 1 gave you the top 10 proven activities […]

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What have you accomplished by owning your Small Business?

We hear often about the things we must do and the challenges we have to overcome to achieve great success. While this is  vital and inspiring content for the true hurdles all of us in business for ourselves must face, sometimes we just want to hear about the good stuff. So, that’s what today is […]

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Small Business Federal, State and Local Government Contracting, an Overview

Many Small Business entrepreneurs interested in growing their businesses look to government contracting to sell their goods or services to state and federal agencies.  Alexandria Small Business Development Center can help you in many areas of government contracting.  To begin, you will need to register–think of it as the driver’s license to do government contracting–at […]

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Do I Really Need a Business Plan?

Many people ask themselves that very question before starting a business or expanding an existing one and the quick answer is yes. Many entrepreneurs state that they have most of the information in their heads or on notes in outline form – why take the time to write it down in a format? It is […]

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Small Businesses Are on Alert, FBI Is Watching Social Media

In a spooky and telling move, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced plans to start downloading and reviewing the public data available from social networking sites. On the surface, the issue seems benign as its data that is already out there on the Web for anyone to see. FBI, in their statement, “will not […]

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Upcoming Events at the Alexandria SBDC

Presents February 2012 Series of Events We are well into 2012 with our programming designed to help your business thrive. As always, all of our events are FREE of charge! Tuesday, February 7, 2012:  Brown Bag Lunch- “Every Word Matters” – Learn tips for better business writing. Held from noon – 1:00 PM in our boardroom at 625 N. Washington Street, […]