Small Business Innovators Summit

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DEIC - Dominion Energy Innovation Center

201 Duncan Street

Ashland, VA 23005

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Dominion Energy Innovation Center Presents the Statewide Small Business Innovators Summit

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What is the DEIC?

The Dominion Energy Innovation Center (DEIC) is the only business incubator and coworking space in Hanover County, Va. For over a decade now, the Innovation Center has served as a clean energy and sustainability-focused business development center with an emphasis on connecting community resources to startups making an impact in our region.

DEIC Introduces the ‘Small Business Innovators Summit’

This summit debut will be a two-day event in downtown Ashland supporting entrepreneurs from rural communities and small cities across Virginia. Participants will engage with local organizations promoting a founder-first economy like Virginia Community Capital, Longleaf Conservation Capital, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and SCORE.

What’s In It for Participants?

Connect your company to industry experts, investment managers, founders, and innovators statewide that have assets you couldn’t otherwise access. Network with other entrepreneurs and company representatives from the area. Listen and learn to those who can help you grow, expand, scale, or improve on key aspects of your business.

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Join the Dominion Energy Innovation Center and the Downtown Ashland Association for a mini-conference featuring education sessions on everything you need to help your business level up in 2020. With 9 sessions over two days we’ll cover both the nuts and bolts of business planning as well as some of the forward-looking projects shaping future businesses around the Commonwealth.


Day 1

8:30-9:30 am Breakfast and networking

9:30-9:45 Welcome and introduction to summit, partners

9:45-10:45 Keynote panel discussion: Aaron Bumgarner, Lucas Mezzenga, Hunter Hopcroft, Longleaf Conservation Capital, Inc.

10:45-11:45 Session 1 - Writing a business plan: Doug Carleton, SCORE

12pm -1pm Networking lunch

1:15-2:15 Session 2 - Marketing/branding: Creative Marketing Group

2:30 - 3:30 Session 3 - Innovation case study

3:45 - 4:45 Session 4 - Financing Small Business: Eric Glymph, EDGe Business Planning

5 - 7 Happy hour and networking

Day 2

8-9am Breakfast and networking

9-10am Session 5 - Agritourism in Virginia: Livvy Preisser, Virginia Cooperative Extension

10:15-11:15 Session 6 - Financing pt 2

11:15- 12:15 Session 7 - Budgeting, Product manufacturing and logistics

12:30 - 2 Lunch, closing panel on sustainability focused businesses

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