2020-2021 Noon Knowledge Lunch Series

Bring your lunch and join us as we offer practical, inspiring, and interactive webinars.

The Noon Knowledge series is a FREE professional development program presented by the Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator, Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Community Capital, and the Town of Abingdon. It is designed for all entrepreneurs and professionals interested in building skills in a variety of areas.

Sessions are typically 60-90 minutes.

We are presenting 21 sessions July 2020 through June 2021. Click the links below to register for any of our scheduled talks. Topics include:

• Lodging, travel and tourism
• Leadership, communication, managing growth
• Marketing, social media, public and media relations
• Business planning, online sales, technology/cybersecurity

Jul. 15 – Website, Social Media, and Online Storefronts Speaker: Beth Stockner (Taking Stock Program Management)
Aug. 5 – Marketing Your Business Beyond Your Window Sign Speaker: Cindy Fields (VHCC SBDC)
Aug. 19 – How to Apply to Regional Ahead Grant Speakers: Beth Reinhart, Bristol Chamber, and Andy Dietrich
Sept. 2 – Changes in the Restaurant Business Post COVID Speaker: Jack Barrow (128 Pecan)
Sept. 16 – Market Update Speakers: Mark Tipton, Edwards Jones
Oct. 7 – Paycheck Protection Program Speakers: Mike Spiegler, Spiegler Blevins
Oct. 21 – Changing Landscape of Insurance Post COVID Speaker: Christine Lawson (State Farm Insurance)
Nov. 4 – Financial Literacy Speaker: Cindy Fields (VHCC SBDC)
Nov. 18 – Marketing Changes Post COVID Speaker: Josh Mancuso (Mancuso Entertainment)
Dec. 2 – Keeping Your Business Relevant Post COVID Speaker: Jenny Carlisle
Jan. 6 – Business Planning Speakers: Gary McGeough, Bristol Chamber
Jan. 20 – Rebuilding the Tourism Industry Speaker: Becky Nave (Virginia Tourism Corporation)
Feb. 3 – Marketing in a Changing Economic Landscape Speaker: Bill May (Stellar Studios)
Feb. 17 – Cyber Security & Protecting Your Data Speaker: Jonathan Evenden (Aegis IT Solutions)
Mar. 3 – Workforce System: What It Can Do for Your Business Speaker: Marty Holliday (New River/Mt. Rogers Workforce Investment Board)
Mar. 17 – Make the Most Online with a Limited Budget Speaker: Jonathan Evenden (Aegis IT Solutions)
Apr. 7 – The Importance of Public Speaking & Toastmasters Speaker: Sonia Vanhook (Toastmasters)
Apr. 21 – Using Online Tools to Market Your Business Speaker: Sarah Saavedra (Green Spring Collaborative)
May 5 – QuickBooks Basics Speaker: TBD
May 19 – The Value of Collaboration Speaker: TBD
Jun. 2 – Video Development Speaker: TBD