SWVA Economic Forum
May 17, 2018, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
David J. Prior Center
437 Stadium Drive
Wise, VA 24293
The SWVA Economic Forum engages participants through a shared vision of regional collaboration, growth and innovation for all of Southwest Virginia. This year’s theme of “TALENT” will address the hidden talent potential and identify the roadmap for future needs. You have the opportunity to participate and provide your story and your ideas to help highlight and enhance the valuable assets of Southwest Virginia.
Adventure Tourism Workshops
Do you want to turn your love for the outdoors into a business? Attend one of these FREE workshops that will outline the opportunities within the region, best practices and steps required to launch a successful adventure tourism business. Participants will hear from existing business owners and professionals providing updates on tourism development planned and underway in the region, along with a road-map to launching, marketing and financing a business.
Advanced registration requested.
Philpott Lake Adventure Tourism Workshops
Location: Fairy Stone State Park
Fairy Stone Lake
Stuart, VA 24171
2018 Virginia Tourism Orientation Program
Virginia is for Lovers is one of the most highly recognized tourism slogans in the world. Find out how the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) promotes its brand and Virginia as a tourism destination. Join us for a one-and-a-half-day interactive event where you will learn about VTC’s marketing techniques and practices that can help increase visitation to your events, attractions, destinations or region. Learn More
Visitor Centers Seminar
The local/regional visitor center seminar is a once-a-year opportunity for managers and employees of visitor centers across Virginia to network with their colleagues, learn new tactics for visitor center operations, receive motivational messages from experts in the customer service field, and tour different regions of the state for a first-hand look at the tourism product. Learn More
Adventure Tourism Outdoor & Recreation Program and Course Information
The Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Recreation program at Southwest Virginia Community College will provide training to develop a workforce for the outdoor recreation industry and to stimulate economic development. The Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Recreation programs, activities and events at Southwest Virginia Community College are a unique blend of entrepreneurship, tourism, and recreation. Whether you are interested in starting your own adventure tourism businesses, work for an outdoor based business, become a guide or outfitter, work in a local, state or national park, gain knowledge to keep yourself safe or just have fun, we have the program, activity or event for you. In addition, we have non-credit courses in specific subject area, many of which prepare students for national certifications.
Entrepreneur Express Workshops – Moving Your Business Forward
The Entrepreneur Express Workshops are designed to provide information on available business resources and deliver practical, hands-on training covering key elements of business practice. Workshop segments include information on how to start and operate a business, grow an existing business, marketing strategies, financing and locating available resources. Entrepreneur Express events are scheduled around the state in the coming weeks. For a complete schedule of dates and locations – as well as other business assistance workshops and events – click here: http://www.vastartup.org/
University of the Potomac Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management
The University of the Potomac (UOTP) offers a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management (BS-HTM) degree that prepares students for managerial positions in the hospitality and tourism industry, as well as for the development of human resources in this field.
The UOTP is seeking to initiate Strategic Partnerships with organizations and businesses in the hospitality and tourism industry. Located in Northern Virginia and in Washington DC, classes are offered totally online.
- The partnership would include:
- Discounted educational opportunities group participation at the AS, BS and Masters level
- Work Study programs for students in the BS-HTM program
- Adjunct Faculty appointments for qualified industry participants
To arrange a conference call or meeting with university officials please contact Professor David Kimble, Director of Business Development:
David A. Kimble, MS, PMP