Workshops

The Smyth County Chamber of Commerce partners with local businesses and experts to host free workshops throughout the year. See what is coming next!


Smyth County Business Roundtable – Leadership Development
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Smyth County Business Roundtable will focus on leadership development. This discussion is designed for area employees to learn about the skills needed to transition into supervisor positions. The focus of the event will be an open, facilitated conversation around: Proactive Communication, Speaking and Coaching, Improving Teamwork, Confrontation, Discipline, Conflict Management.
This will be an opportunity to talk about daily challenges and learn strategies to successfully supervise any team. Information from this event will be used to help identify additional training needs to continue the development of leadership skills and facilitate regional growth. Participants will also learn more about available resources to assist each business’s needs.
Who Should Attend: New Supervisors, Employees interested in advancing to supervisor positions, HR and Training Professionals, Managers. The event is a Heart Project supported effort and will be facilitated by Genedge Regional Business Growth Manager/Project Manager, Sam Wolford. The event is hosted and sponsored by the Smyth County Chamber of Commerce, the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board, GENEDGE, and the Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing and SVAM Center of Excellence – Heart Project. Lunch will be provided. . Registration is FULL.
Retirement Plan Design Options for Small Businesses
Thursday, May 23, 2019 9:00 am – 10:00 am
The WCC Summit Center at the Henderson School of Appalachian Arts
Given the recent changes to tax laws in 2018, it is now more important than ever for business owners to consider their entity type, reasonable compensation, QBI, as well as plan selection and plan design strategies. This presentation will address these concerns as well as strategies to maximize owner deductions and capture of retirement contributions. This free workshop is presented by Justin Jones, a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments and Jason Yepko, Regional Vice-President of John Hancock Retirement Plan Services. Click HERE to register.

Grow Your Business Workshop
Thursday, June 20, 2019 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The WCC Summit Center at the Henderson School of Appalachian Arts
Do you want to expand your business but don’t know how to finance that growth? Could your cash flow be better managed? Is new equipment, additional staff, or a different location part of your future? BB&T would like to help you grow your business. Our “Grow Your Business” Seminar will teach you ways to make sure your business is ready for growth. You;’ll learn about separation of business from personal financed, credit and borrowing options, and insurance needs. Co-hosted by The Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County, Inc. Click HERE to register.
Interested in hosting a workshop with us? Please call us at 276-783-3161.