Academy Gets an A+ from Businesses Prince William Business Academy Returns Sept. 5

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Contributed by Prince William Chamber of Commerce

Prince William, VA – Next week the Prince William Chamber of Commerce kicks of the fall term of its popular Business Academy, a series of informative workshops that cover common business issues. Topics include leadership, marketing, human resources, technology and sales. The first session of the fall is “Discover the Leader in You,” with Gerry Peters of ActionCOACH of Old Town Manassas  on Sept. 5. All sessions take place on Thursdays, from 7:45 to 10:00 am at the Chamber Headquarters at 9720 Capital Court, Suite 203 in Manassas.

“Our instructors are also in business. They know you need results and give you steps that can be taken to improve your business right away,” said Chamber COO Debbie Jones. “Attendees tell us the Business Academy gives them an incredible return on their investment.”

Jones added that the Chamber goes through an RFP and vetting process each term, selecting the topics and speakers that best reflect the needs of area businesses. She said the process works, noting that in post-session surveys, 100% of respondents said that they would recommend the Business Academy to others.

“Attending the Business Academy for sales has me excited about selling again,” exclaimed Stephanie MacFarlane of Matrix Computer Consulting of her experience with the Academy.

Another attendee, Pat Heineman of Showcase Portable Exhibits, said, “Best presentation I ever attended. Very valuable information, can’t wait to implement some strategies I learned.”

Class size is limited; Jones recommends early registration.  A full schedule of topics and presenters can be found at, under Business Resources. Registration is available online or by calling 703-368-6600. The fall term runs Sept. 5 through Nov. 21.

Cost is $25/session for members of the Chamber and $50 for non-members. A $5 per session discount is offered for those who sign up for three or more sessions. To receive this rate, registration must be completed by contacting Mary Leslie at or 703.368.6600.

Business Academy membership rates are made possible through the sponsorship of First Virginia Community Bank and TML-A Xerox Company. Jones said companies interested in sponsoring the Academy, which includes extended visibility at the sessions and in promotional materials, can contact Leslie.

Fall Prince William Business Academy Schedule:

September October November
5th:Discover the Leader in You

Gerry Peters – ActionCOACH of Old Town Manassas

3rd:Target Prospects with Internet Advertising

Bruce Moore – Internet Ad Management, Inc.

7th: Understanding the Sales Cycle

Brent Watts – TML-A Xerox Company

12th:IT Basics for Small Business

Andy Harrover – Matrix Computer Consulting

10th:Navigating the Affordable Care Act

Richard J. Nagel, Neighbor’s Keeper 


14th: Selecting Foreign Market Opportunities

Aaron Miller, Virginia SBDC-GMU

19th:Leverage Speaking Opportunities to Grow Your Business

Peggy Kimmey – Kimmey Training & Consulting, LLC


17th:Essential Business Skills for the Entrepreneur

Gerry Peters – ActionCOACH of Old Town Manassas


21st:Practical Security & VOIP for Small Business

Andy Harrover – Matrix Computer Consulting


26th:How to Develope a Small Business Growth Strategy

Dona S. Blackman – The Growth Coach-Northern Va

24th:The Expert Marketer

Patrick Ennis – American Solutions for Business

31st:Hire Right: Finding Exceptional Talent

Dona S. Blackman – The Growth Coach-Northern Va

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