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september, 2018

26sep7:30 am12:30 pmBroaden Your Horizonsa small business symposiumRegion:Central Virginia and WestEvent Type:Business Development and Outreach Services

Event Details

Registration is required.  Go to and search for “Broaden Your Horizons” in Lexington, VA.

This free small business symposium includes an exhibit hall of small business resources; breakout sessions regarding marketing, finances, accounting and doing business with local, state and federal government agencies; and networking opportunity for small business owners to think outside their walls.

Organized by the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity in partnership with Virginia Military Institute. Parking should be available in the lot next to Marshall Hall.

We look forward to having you with us for a most informative half-day!


 7:30 AM–8:00 AM:  Check-in and Networking during light breakfast

 8:00 AM–8:15 AM:  Welcome, Director’s Remarks , and Introduction of Guests

 8:15 AM–8: 45 AM:  Keynote Remarks

 8:45 AM–8:55 AM:  Break and Proceed to Choice of Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions**

Track I:  Cutting Through the Red Tape–Positioning Your Company for Government Contracting

 9 AM–10 AM:  Being in the “SWaM” of Things

10 AM–11 AM: eVA in Review–Strategically Navigating Virginia’s eProcurement Portal

11 AM–Noon:   State and Local Government Contracting in the Cities, Towns and Counties of the Valley

Track II:  Money Talks

 9 AM–10 AM:  Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail–Having a Good Plan for Lenders

10 AM–11 AM: Deep Pockets and How to Reach Them–Loan Officers Discuss Loan Options and Requirements

11 AM–Noon:   A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats–Economic Outlook for the Valley

Track III:  Constructive Contracting

 9 AM–10 AM:Discussion on Contracting with The Commonwealth of Virginia by Prime Building Contractors

10 AM–11 AM: What You Need to Know About Workers Comp Insurance and Surety Bonding

11 AM–Noon: Director of Construction & Facilities Procurement for the Commonwealth on State Contracts

Track IV:  Potpourri of Topics

  9:00 AM–10:00 AM: Driving Sales on Demand with Facebook Ads

10:00 AM–11:00 AM: The Impact of the Tourism Industry in the Valley

11:00 AM–Noon:        Avoiding the Cliffs of Taxation

**Participants can attend any three (3) of the Breakout Sessions on a first-come basis, until the Breakout rooms are at capactiy.  The Tracks are simply for the purpose of categories and are not exclusive of crossing the tracks.

Registration is required.  Go to and search for “Broaden Your Horizons” in Lexington, VA.





(Wednesday) 7:30 am - 12:30 pm DST


Virginia Military Institute

500 Anderson Drive, Lexington, VA


Courtney Mustin--Business Services Manager for Central Virginia/West(804) 786-0942, 101 N. 14th Street, 11th Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219

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