New free marketing workshop series kicking off next week

Grow Social marketing workshop seriesVGA is kicking off a new free marketing workshop series, GrowSocial, in South Hill on Thursday, September 18 at 6:30pm. The same workshop will be presented in Farmville on Thursday, September 25 at 6:30pm.

This first workshop of the GrowSocial marketing workshop series will be an overview of the major social media outlets, explaining what each is, how they differ from each other, what they're used for, and how they can be used together in a coordinated way. We will also give an overview of Longwood SBDC's new UpStart entrepreneur bootcamp. Along with these topics, an overview of other new entrepreneur initatives of VGA will be presented with a discussion on how to get your small business involved.

Topics covered in the series will include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube and other social channels; using blogging and newsletters in coordination with social media; and how to utilize the VGA’s new Shop Local website to sell online.

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Think Bigger - Business Empowerment Initiative


The VGA is launching a business empowerment initiative we like to call, Think Bigger. The initiative combines a series of bootcamp-style entrepreneurial training courses with social media marketing workshops, and is designed to promote entrepreneurial thinking by providing a wealth of business and marketing resources and training to local entrepreneurs and existing small businesseses.

UpStart, (entrepreneurial training), is offered in partnership with the Longwood Small Business Development Center and Longwood University. With both face-to-face and online components, the series will be designed for students to be able to learn most of the subject matter interactively and online, prior to class time, so that the face-to-face and live experiences will focus on hands-on application with real world experts.

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Charlotte County is on Facebook

charlotte-pumpkinCharlotte County has a new Facebook page that we hope you'll take a minute to visit and like. I'm impressed that they already have over 600 likes!

While you're at it, please visit pages for these other VGA communities. The other communities will have pages coming soon; please check back to visit them.

If that's not enough to keep you busy, there's also our own Facebook page. Thank you for supporting Virginia's Growth Alliance, where We Cultivate Success!


Welcome to Virginia's Growth Alliance!

As Executive Director of VGA, I'd like to welcome you to our website and our region!

We’re setting a course here in Southern Virginia.  Over the past two years, regional organizations, local leaders, economic development specialists and the community have investigated new approaches to creating jobs and strengthening the identity of our region. There’s a lot here to capitalize on, and we’re just getting started.

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