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BOSS: Business Owner Success Series

Provide Fredericksburg area small business owners with practicable, actionable advice.

Small Business Owner Success Series in Fredericksburg Virginia

The Business Owner Success Series (BOSS) is designed specifically to provide Fredericksburg area small business owners with practical, actionable advice. We bring in experts to share guidelines, tips, and answer specific questions to help us improve our businesses. Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at noon.

  • Business Owner – Each topic will be designed specifically for micro business owners and the unique challenges we face.
  • Practical – Each presentation will be clearly “real world” and not magical fantasy land.
  • Actionable – Each presentation will include or guide you to develop your own “to do” action items before you leave.
  • Expert – Each speaker will be an expert in their field with real-world experience to back it up.
  • Applicable – Each presentation will include 10+ minutes for Q&A so you can get clarification or ask the expert for insight directly into your personal business challenges.


Meeting Details

  • On the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.
  • Meeting begins at 12 noon. Arrive early to network and grab your meal.
  • Lunch is included or bring your own if you prefer.
  • FREE – The meeting and lunch are provided at no charge.


No Selling

  • No Selling – Speakers are not pitching, they are here to educate.
  • Please Network! – We encourage you to meet one another and share what you do!




If you’re planning to attend an upcoming seminar please let us know here. While you’re welcome to join us unannounced, having a head count helps us be better prepared (and make sure everyone gets fed!)



Upcoming Topics

Why Bother Branding

Why Bother Branding

October 2nd, 2018
11:45am – 1pm
(lunch is included)

  • What does “branding” actually mean.
  • Why bother worrying about your brand.
  • How you should get started on “branding”.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your small businesses brand has no tangible value. This presentation will define what “branding” means in the small business setting. We’ll then turn our attention to how to build a strong brand. There will be specific examples of national AND LOCAL companies that have done this. Key insights include consistency, what branding means in today’s world, and how branding can increase your profits!

Speaker: Rob Notman

Rob Notman has more than 35 years of total business leadership experience in both large and small businesses. Rob is a graduate of San Jose State University and completed graduate level coursework in strategic business management at the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business. Rob spent more than 30 years with Northrop Grumman including the leadership of a $40M Strategic Business Unit and was Vice President of Syntek Technologies, Inc. where he led a $7M business. In 2017 Rob changed gears and is now the President of The Alternative Board in Stafford.

Leverage LinkedIN

Leverage LinkedIN

October 16th, 2018
11:45am – 1pm
(lunch is included)

  • How to optimize your LinkedIn profile.
  • What to share, and how to do it best.
  • How to find & connect with new customers.

This presentation will focus on the three steps to building your business through LinkedIn. First, how to create a great profile to help you draw customers. Second Linda will explain the keys to consistency including the 1 thing you MUST do each month, 1 thing do each week, and 1 thing each day. Lastly we’ll cover how to change it up to avoid the death of a stale profile or presence.

Speaker: Linda Clevenger

After over 20 years of working in a variety of management positions Linda launched Organization Direct in 2007. Her passion is helping families and businesses make decisions that will ease their stress so they can live the life they deserve. Linda started using Social Media (especially LinkedIn) back in 2008 to help grow connections and build business. As a Certified LinkedIn Profile Writer she has trained many local and nationwide Corporations and Soloprenuers. She has a unique approach to using LinkedIn to help you connect and grow your business.

Business Planning 2019

Business Planning 2019

November 6th, 2018
11:45am – 1pm
(lunch is included)

  • 4 Must-have business planning tools.
  • 5 Steps to excellent business planning.
  • Critical components to your plan.

This workshop discusses the key steps to successful annual business planning. We review the Vision and Mission of your business, as key components, as well as discuss the importance of being strategic in your approach to planning. You will learn how to identify and develop winning goals and objectives for your business as you finish 2018, and build a strategic plan for 2019. This is a great business building session for any small business.

Speaker: Mike Williams

Mike Williams has over 28 years of sales, marketing, and business management experience within companies such as Coca-Cola , Exxon Mobil and the U.S. Army. Mike is proven highly effective in sales, strategic planning, execution and resource management and is a motivated team leader, known for building an organization to achieve superior results. Mike is certified in The Strategic Mindset coaching process and is President of The Growth Coach of Northern VA. Mike provides strategic planning, sales training, and more to business owners, sales teams, and corporations.

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