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Bristol Business of Tourism Workshop, May 10 Flyer

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The Bristol TN/VA Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Virginia Tourism Corporation – Partnership Marketing division and Virginia Department of Business Assistance to host a Business of Tourism Workshop for anyone interested in starting or growing tourism related business.

Tourism is one of the fastest-growing industries in Virginia and vitally important to communities as an instant revenue generator. The upcoming workshop will outline the opportunities, best practices and steps required in tourism business. Hear from industry business owners and professionals providing an update on tourism developments in the region, along with a roadmap to launching, marketing and financing a business.

Workshop topics include:
- Tourism development projects/marketing initiatives update
- Regional tourism initiatives
- Business in the Commonwealth
- How to start and operate a business
- Marketing assistance and strategies
- Financing/managing resources
- Managing your risks
- Available resources

Optional breakout sessions will be offered from 1:00 PM to 2:00 p.m. on the following topics:
- Customer Service
- Social Media for Business

The workshop is FREE and requires advanced registration with space limited to 100 attendees. To register, please visit http://www.vastartup.org or call the Bristol Chamber of Commerce at 423-989-4850

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Bristol Business of Tourism Workshop, May 10 Flyer

  1. 1. The Business of Tourism An Entrepreneur and Small Business Workshop Supporting Virginia’s fastest growing industry May 10, 2011 – Virginia Intermont College Agenda8 a.m. Registration (continental breakfast provided by VI College)8:30 a.m. Welcome, Local Tourism Update, and Local Tourism Business Opportunities – Matt Bolas, Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau; Leah Ross, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Pick Bristol, BCMA Cultural Heritage Center, Live Music, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion8:45 a.m. City of Bristol, VA Community Development, Andrew Trivette9:00 a.m. Downtown Bristol Overview and Resources – Christina Blevins, Believe in Bristol / Main Street Program9:10 a.m. Regional/State Tourism Development Update– Randall Rose, Virginia Tourism Corporation (Crooked Road, Round the Mountain, Heartwood)9:25 a.m. Why An Educated Workforce is Important? – Dr. Clorisa Phillips, Virginia Intermont College9:45 a.m. Resources for Starting and Growing Your Business – Sandy Ratliff, Virginia Department of Business Assistance9:55 a.m. Business Planning Assistance – Tom Fleckenstein, Virginia Small Business Development Center10:05 a.m. Learn from Successful Entrepreneurs (Retail and Restaurant)  Julie Marion – Java J’s  Con Sauls – Sessions 27  Ben Zandi – Burger Bar, Troutdale, Troutdale Kitchens10:35 a.m. Q & A with 3 speakers10:50 a.m. Break (Beverages and cookies provided by VI College)11:00 a.m. Financing Your Business – Scott Peak, Wachovia Bank & Becky Nave, People Inc./Ninth District Development Financing, Inc.11:15 a.m. Learn from Successful Entrepreneurs (Arts, Retail, Living)  Lori Cogan – Tombras Agency and Entrepreneur  Karen Hester – Cranberry Lane and Lofts  Bethany Wilson – Blowfish Emporium11:45 p.m. Questions & Answers with 3 speakers above12:00 p.m. Lunch – VI College Dining Hall (Compliments of VI College)1:00 p.m. Marketing Your Business – Kitty Barker, Virginia Tourism1:15 p.m. Virginia Intermont College Cultural Heritage Tourism Program1:30 p.m. Networking with Vendors