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  • Dulles Chamber Announces 2016 Small Business Success Series Dulles Chamber Announces 2016 Small Business Success Series

    Being a small business owner can be tough. You need to be able to do the job of a dozen all at once. At the Dulles Chamber we know these challenges can cause stress and headaches. That is why, starting in January 2016, we will begin a monthly Business Success Workshop to help you take total control of your business and help it thrive.

    Each month will cover a new topic essential to a strong business foundation. The workshops will be led by locally acclaimed businesspeople whose only goal is to help you succeed.

    Save the date in your calendar for the 1st Friday of each month, with the exception to January, July, and September when it will be the 3rd Friday of the month, for this morning workshop.
    In return for being a loyal Chamber member, these workshops will be FREE to you.
    See each month’s topic below to start planning ahead:
     
    Dare to Dream: 2016 Business Planning
    January 15th | How to properly plan out for the entire year to make your business more prepared!

    Branding
    February 5th | How to make your brand more recognizable and consistent!

    Social Media Trends & Best Practices
    March 4th | Become more engaged with your customers by utilizing social media the right way!

    Perfecting Your Elevator Speech
    April 1st | The first impression is the most important, make sure it is a good one!

    Networking Smarter
    May 6th | Time is your most valuable asset. Learn to network more efficiently!

    Email Marketing with Constant Contact
    June 3rd | How to increase your open and click through rates to boost your marketing!

    Sales Training
    July 15th | All companies are driven by sales, make sure yours are booming!

    Search Engine Optimization
    August 5th | Everyone wants to be found on Google, find out the best ways to make that happen!

    Top 5 Website Must Haves
    September 16th | Your website may be the first interaction with a new customer, are you sure it has what it needs?

    Optimizing LinkedIn
    October 7th | How to network virtually and make those connections lucrative!

    Facebook for Business
    November 4th | Facebook has more daily users than ANY social networking site. Are you reaching everyone?

    How Important is Video?
    December 2nd | Quickly taking over as the most engaging form of media, how can your company use video?

    GMU's Community Business Partnership GMU's Community Business Partnership

    For more information click here.

    May 2015: Establish a Good Business Foundation! May 2015: Establish a Good Business Foundation!

    As National Small Business Week shines a spotlight on entrepreneurs, you may be considering establishing your own company or may have already started! Here are a few tips to help your new venture get a good start.

    • Choose the right form for your business. Whether a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or limited liability company, your decision will depend on answers to questions such as: how many owners the business will have, who will be in control of decision-making, and what liability issues exist?
    • Set up a good recordkeeping system. A business launch means paperwork, including, establishing a business bank account, filing for an employer identification number, acquiring a local occupational license, and maybe registering a fictitious name. In addition to these permanent records, you'll also need to track pre-launch costs and ongoing expenses for tax write-offs.
    • Understand tax reporting requirements. Depending on how you structure your business, you may need to file a separate tax return each year. You might also need to make quarterly estimated tax payments. Other tax returns include federal and state forms for reporting sales and employment taxes.

    The chamber has many good CPA firms and other business advisors who would be glad to lend you a hand with this process. Please feel free to call us here at the chamber for some recommendations!

    Business Tip Provided by:
    Paul Karstetter, CPA/PFS
    Stitely and Karstetter, CPAs
     

    On May 13, 2015: Small Business Health Coverage ….What Should it Mean to You On May 13, 2015: Small Business Health Coverage ….What Should it Mean to You

    Small Business Health Coverage - What Should it Mean to You

    When: Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

    Time: 9:00a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Where: The James Lee Community Center Auditorium

    2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, Virginia 20042

    Main Entrance, Free On-the Lot Parking

    Starting a Business in Virginia Starting a Business in Virginia

    For information on starting a business in the State of Virginia click here.

    Starting a Business in Fairfax County Starting a Business in Fairfax County

    For information on starting a business in Fairfax County click here.

    Starting a Business in the Town of Herndon Starting a Business in the Town of Herndon

    For information on starting a business in Fairfax County click here.

    Starting a Business in Loudoun County Starting a Business in Loudoun County

    For more information on starting a business in Loudoun County click here.

    U.S. Small Business Association U.S. Small Business Association

    Visit the U.S. Small Business Association website for even more information on starting a small business.


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