Small Business Workshop
Making the Most of
Networking Opportunities…Holiday Edition
November and December are the busiest times of the year for networking. Celebrations, special get togethers, events and parties are everywhere, presenting unique opportunities to make important connections for your business. It’s also a real challenge…with so many events how do you decide which are the most important to attend?
Making the most of this unique time of the year means choosing which events are the most important and which you can afford to skip. To help you figure out how to maximize your impact, join us for a frank discussion about networking during the holiday season.
Led by Eric Byrd, SBDC Manager and Lead Business Advisor, this informative and entertaining session will help you:
- Learn why (and how) to plan for the holiday season’s events, so you can prevent being overwhelmed.
- Discover simple, actionable techniques for meeting the right people and engaging in meaningful conversations, rather than wasting time with the same old chit chat over and over again.
- Create your own plan of action to evaluate activities so you connect and expand your network, instead of winging it and realizing later you’ve just recycled old conversations that lead you nowhere.
Eric has taught over 10,000 professionals how to improve their networking skills through his online and in-person training programs. As the manager of the local Small Business Development Center he works with small business owners every week on ways to improve outreach to customers and partners alike. In this entertaining talk he will share practical ideas and information that he has learned from 25 years in sales and insights he uncovered from eight years as a business coach and trainer. Register today and make the most out of this holiday event season for your own business.
In Partnership With
Eric ByrdMason Enterprise Center SBDC Manager and Lead Business Advisor
Annual Meeting & Community Leadership Awards
In January of 2020, we will celebrate the leadership of our 2019 Chair of the Board, Lisa Kimball (The Arc of Loudoun), and welcome in our new Chair for 2020, Stacey Metcalfe (Inova Loudoun Hospital) and honor the Community Leadership Awards finalists and winners.
Annual Real Estate Event
While Loudoun outperforms other Virginia counties on most economic measures, we still face many challenges to our future prosperity. Whether it’s our investment in Metro, a housing affordability crisis or attracting a millennial workforce, Loudoun’s challenges demand effective solutions.
On Monday, August 19, 2019, we hosted our 37th Annual Golf Classic event at the award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf course, The Club at Creighton Farms. This course is one of the finest on the Eastern Seaboard — is nothing short of spectacular. This event has been Loudoun County’s Premier business golf tournament for three decades.
For the past 8 years, this casual, networking tournament pairs you and a partner against a field of over 30 two-man teams in a progressive four month tournament. Designed with the busy professional in mind, each event consists of a 9-hole round after work, followed by a short networking reception to get you home in time to put the kids to bed. The team with the lowest cumulative score after four events is the champion. The 2019 Winners were Tom Reed and Greg Wells. Congratulations! Stay tuned for the 2020 Golf Tour dates.
Small Business Awards
Join us on November 8, 2019 for the Loudoun Small Business Awards, for our 25th Anniversary of these prestigious honors celebrating the best small businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations in our Loudoun community. Winners will be announced in front of a live audience of more than 400 of Loudoun’s top business and community leaders.
Superhero 5k & Kids Fun Run
As a Signature Chamber event, the Superhero 5k Run and Kids Fun Run offers companies a great way to show Loudoun County their commitment to healthy living for your employees and our community.
The Loudoun Chamber will honor local heroes, from Public Safety personnel to ordinary citizens, for their courageous, often lifesaving actions in 2019 at the 34th Annual Valor Awards ceremony. The entire Loudoun County business community will be invited to attend these Annual Valor Awards to help honor these dedicated public servants for their selfless acts of heroism and commitment to protecting our families, our neighbors and our community!