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Chamber of Commerce Business Classes

The Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce is here to help you start your business at the beach. It’s not always easy to know the best ways to do things but we know people who do and it’s our job to connect small business owners and entrepreneurs with the right people to teach them how to run a successful business at our wonderful beach.

Check out some of our course offerings below and see how we can help you succeed!

 

Business Development in Colonial Beach:

Is business ownership right for you and how to make it happen?

Courses Offered: 

  • Business 101:  Business Readiness
    • Audience: Prospective and current business owners
    • Goal:  Participants will learn what it takes to open and run their own business and be given the tools to help determine if business ownership is a good choice for them.
  • Business 102: Writing a Business Plan
    • Audience: Prospective and current business owners
    • Goals:  Participants will learn how to construct a thorough business plan. 
  • Business 103:  Determining Legal Structure and Financing Options
    • Audience: Prospective and current business owners
    • Goal:  Participants will learn about and be able to identify types of legal structures and financing options.  
  • Business 104:  Credentialing Your Business
    • Audience:  Prospective and current business owners
    • Goal:  Participants will learn more about needed credentials for business operation (Registering your business, obtaining an EIN, obtaining a VA State Tax identification, permits, licenses, etc.)

Computer Management Skills:

Is business ownership right for you and how to make it happen?

Courses Offered:

  • Computer Management 101: The Basics
    • Target Audience:  Beginners
    • Goal:  Participants will learn how to turn their computer on and off, optimize use of a mouse, browse the internet, open programs and save your work to a new file before closing.
  • Computer Management 102: Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Target Audience:  Beginners to Intermediate
    • Goal: Participants will be able to optimize use of a keyboard.
  • Computer Management 103: Using Email
    • Target Audience:  Beginners to Intermediate
    • Goal: Participants will create & learn how to use an email account.
  • Microsoft Office 201: Microsoft Word
    • Target Audience:  Beginners to Intermediate
    • Goal: Participants will learn to effectively use Microsoft Word.
  • Microsoft Office 202: Microsoft Excel
    • Target Audience:  Beginners to Intermediate
    • Goal: Participants will learn to effectively use Microsoft Excel.
  • Microsoft Office 203: Microsoft PowerPoint
    • Target Audience:  Beginners to Intermediate
    • Goal: Participants will learn to effectively use Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Photo Editing 101: The Basics
    • Target Audience: Beginners
    • Goal: Participants will learn the basic editing tools and their functions
  • Photo Editing 102: Cropping & Resizing
    • Target Audience: Beginners
    • Goal: Participants will learn to crop and resize pictures in any editing program
  • Photo Editing 103: Paint
    • Target Audience: Beginners
    • Goal: Participants will learn to utilize editing brushes to test changes on their art

Advertising Your Business:

Understanding new methods for advertising your business, including use of social media.

Courses Offered:

  • Facebook 101: Creating your Business Facebook Page
    • Audience:  Beginners to Intermediate
    • Goal:  Participants will create their own Facebook Business page.
  • Facebook 102: Customizing and Using your Facebook Business page
    • Audience:  Beginners to Intermediate
    • Goal:  Participants will be able to customize and use their own Facebook   Business page.
  • Facebook 103: Using Promotions to Grow your Business
    • Audience:  Beginners to Intermediate
    • Goal:  Participants will learn how to purchase promotions to further advertise and target prospective customers. 
  • Twitter 201: Creating Your Business Twitter Page
    • Audience: Beginners to Intermediate
    • Goal: Participants will create their own Twitter Business page.
  • Twitter 202:  Customizing and Using your Twitter Business page
    • Audience:  Beginners to Intermediate
    • Goal:  Participants will be able to customize and use their own Twitter Business page.
  • Instagram 301: Creating Your Business Instagram Page
    • Audience:  Beginners to Intermediate
    • Goal:  Participants will create their own Instagram Business page.
  • Instagram 302:  Customizing and Using your Instagram Business page
    • Audience:  Beginners to Intermediate
    • Goal:  Participants will be able to customize and use their own Instagram Business page.
  • Event/Activity Publication 401:  Registering and listing your activities/events on local and state websites
    • Audience:  Business Owners
    • Goal:  Participants will increase event/activity participation by advertising on the “Northern Neck Tourism” and “Virginia is for Lovers” websites.

Tax Credits and Financial Incentives:

Understanding how tax credits and financial incentives can work for you.

Courses Offered:

  • TCAFI 101: Overview of Tax Credits and Financial Incentives in Virginia
    • Audience: All
    • Goal: Participants will be provided an overview of tax credits and financial incentives in Virginia.
  • TCAFI 102: Conclusion of lesson
    • Audience: All
    • Goal: Participants will be provided detailed information about tax credits and/or financial incentives that are of interest to them.

Building a Web Presence on Google Apps for Business:

Learning the ability to use Google Apps to better your business.

Courses Offered:

  • Web 101 – Securing your domain
    • Audience: Business Owners
    • Goal: Participants will find a hosting service
  • Web 102 – Designing and building your website
    • Audience: Business Owners
    • Goal: Participants will learn to design their website and to deploy it.
  • Web 103 – How to set up Google Apps for business:
    • Audience: Business Owners
    • Goal: Participants will learn the Pros and Cons, initial and recurring costs, benefits, and available tools for setting up google apps with your business.

 

Thank you  to our featured photographers: Debbie Biemeck,  Mary Carter, Erich Cosby, Marc, Fitzsimmons, Larry Goven, Bobby Hooker, Bill Hutchins, Susan Pietras-Smith, and Katrina Price.  Information in the Business Development section provided by the Town of Colonial Beach, VA and developed and written by the Planning Commission of Colonial Beach, VA.  


 

Colonial Beach
Chamber of Commerce

Address

106 Hawthorn St.
Colonial Beach, VA 22443

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