WINCHESTER — The Lord Fairfax Small Business Development Center is offering more free webinars and programs for local business leaders.

Starting today, the LFSBDC will roll out 17 webinars through Nov. 18.

Christine Kriz, director of the LFSBDC, said the webinars will cover a host of topics, including state and local contracting, building your business’ foundation, understanding budgets and taxes, how to start a small business and more.

“Staying hungry for new information can give you and your business an edge in an ever-changing market,” Kriz said. “The needs of your business and your customers change constantly. The rise of the internet and the social distancing changes due to COVID-19 has resulted in an increase in demand and supply of online courses and webinars.”

Those who are interested can take online courses via the LFSBDC host LFCC Workforce Solutions or join short webinars on topics for entrepreneurs at lfsbdc.org/events/. These free webinars are funded by the Small Business Association, Lord Fairfax Community College and the Economic Development Authorities of Clarke, Frederick and Shenandoah counties and the City of Winchester.

Today’s free webinar, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon, will cover how to secure state and local contracting using eVA, Virginia’s eProcurement Portal.

Courtney Mustin, the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity's business services manager, will teach attendees how to register in eVA and successfully use it to win government customers. It will feature a live demonstration and walkthrough of the eVA website and registration process.

From there, the following programs will be offered online, unless otherwise noted:

•Oct. 12, 9-10:30 a.m. - Building the Foundation for Your New Business

•Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to noon - Government Contracting 101

•Oct. 19, 4:30-6 p.m. at Cafe de Sol at 50 Featherbed Ln., Winchester - Business N Brews Reboot

•Oct. 19, 6-7 p.m. - Understand Your Budget and Taxes in Your New Business

•Oct. 21, 6-8 p.m. - Starting a Small Business

•Oct. 26, 10-11:30 a.m. - Work Opportunity Tax Credit Info Session

•Oct. 28, 9-10 a.m. - Craft Beverage Finance - What You Need to Know Before Speaking With Your Banker

•Oct. 28, 10-11 a.m. - Learn the Basics of Google Ads

•Oct. 28, Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Canva: Easy Graphic Design Tool for Your Business

•Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to noon - Marketing 101

•Nov. 4, 3-4 p.m. - Success Through e-Commerce

•Nov. 9, Noon to 1 p.m. - WordPress Website Workshop

•Nov. 10, 11 a.m. to noon - QuickBooks Online Tips & Tricks

•Nov. 16, Noon to 1 p.m. - Make Better Business Decisions with Analytics

•Nov. 17, 2-3 p.m. - Grow Your Business with Digital Marketing

•Nov. 18, 10 a.m. to noon - Financing Your Small Business

While Kriz recommended anyone interested register for the webinars, she said if a business owner is trying to decide on what to attend, they should ask themselves: “What am I trying to achieve for my business? What are the gaps in knowledge or skills that are holding my business back? What tasks could I cost-effectively do myself in my business instead of outsourcing, if I had the skills? What am I interested in or inspired to learn more about, that I could apply to improving my business?”

For free one-on-one consulting, reach out to Kriz at 540-868-7094 or by email at ckriz@lfcc.edu.

— Contact Matt Welch at mwelch@winchesterstar.com