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September 18th and 25th kicked off our free marketing workshop series, Grow Social, which is part of Virginia's Growth Alliance's "Think Bigger" business empowerment initiative. We had great groups in both South Hill and Farmville, but you can still attend the next workshop whether you attended the kickoff or not.

The next scheduled workshops will be on October 16th and 23rd, and will focus on Twitter. Even if you think you don't want to use Twitter, though, you should still attend the workshop because the second half of the session will be brainstorming to come up with marketing campaign ideas for workshop participants! Both weeks will be the same presentation, so choose the location convenient to you and register here (link coming soon). To find out more about the Grow Social marketing workshop series, read this blog post.

If you do plan to use Twitter, please try to bring a laptop or tablet with you. It would also be helpful if you create your Twitter user account ahead of time, but don't worry - you don't need to even understand how to use Twitter to create a user account.

Workshop dates, times and locations:

think-biggerThursday, October 16th, 6:30pm in South Hill - Southside Planning District Commission; 200 S. Mecklenburg Avenue South Hill, Virginia 23970; click here for a link to the location on Google maps.

Thursday, October 23rd, 6:30pm in Farmville - Longwood Small Business Development Center; 315 West Third Street, Farmville, Virginia 23901; click here for a link to the location on Google maps.

The workshop will last between 1.5 and 2 hours.

And don't forget about UpStart!

Another part of the Thing Bigger entrepreneur initiatiative is Longwood Small Business Development Center's innovative new entrepreneur bootcamp, UpStart, which begins Oct. 15 - also FREE! Find out more about UpStart here.

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6:30pm Thursday, September 18th will mark the kickoff date for a free series of workshops to be delivered by Virginia’s Growth Alliance and produced by Glerin.

The workshop will be presented in South Hill on Thursday, September 18, and will last about 2 hours.

The address for SPDC is 200 S. Mecklenburg Avenue South Hill, Virginia 23970; click here for a link to the location on Google maps.

Due to demand, 6:30pm Thursday, September 25th, we will present the same workshop in Farmville.

The address for LSBDC is 315 West Third Street, Farmville, Virginia 23901; click here for a link to the location on Google maps.

The first workshop 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. Along with these topics, will include an overview of the new initatives of Virginia’s Growth Alliance (VGA) and a discussion on how to get your small business involved.

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

Think Bigger entrepreneur empowerment initiativeVirginia’s Growth Alliance is sponsoring the series as part of its “Think Bigger” initiative, partnering with Longwood Small Business Development Center, Longwood University and Glerin Business Resources to provide a unique combination of small business and entrepreneurial training that is rich in resources and strategies to encourage growth and success.

Complete this form to let us know if you want to attend, and which town you prefer.

In October the series will continue with monthly workshops focusing on a different social media outlet each month.

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This is the kind of project we love.

A client that's important to the community, is fun to work with and welcomes creativity, and has ideas of their own so is able to give good feedback and guidance but knows when to turn things over to the pros.

We just recently launched the new website for Halifax County Tourism, including creating a custom illustrated animated map that displays tourism sector information and provides visual site navigation.

For as long as we've been working with the tourism office, director Linda Shepperd has wished for some type of animation that would let visitors "drive" around the county to discover things. Cost, not wishing to use Flash, practicality of the feature, and several other factors always kept us from creating it.

On this site redesign, though, illustrator Erin Kipps Brown came up with a concept to treat the project like a theme park map.

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Writer/producer Charles Kipps has written for Law & Order and Columbo, two of the longest running cop franchises ever, and is the recipient of an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award. This afternoon he presented this webinar. Obviously it's too late to participate in the live webinar, but you can add it to your wishlist to be notified when you can access the recorded webinar.

Charles has written features, both indie and studio, and his television credits include episodic and long form. He’ll explain what helped take these scripts from his desk to the screen.

Unlike other webinars you may have attended, The Seven Traits of a Producible Script will not tell you how to write, rather it will show you how to take what you write and craft it into something industry professionals will recognize as a potential project.

Anyone who's seriously interested in taking their script to the screen should add this to their wishlist. He'll explain what keeps some scripts from going into production and what can cause films to go over budget.

  • Takes you from Fade In to Fade Out, element by element, and explains how to supercharge your script for submission
  • Make your screenplay more attractive in today’s money-driven marketplace
  • What you don’t know about production and why it may be holding you back


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