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6:30pm Thursday, September 18th will mark the kickoff date for a free series of workshops to be delivered by Virginia’s Growth Alliance and produced by Glerin.

The workshop will be presented in South Hill on Thursday, September 18, and will last about 2 hours.

The address for SPDC is 200 S. Mecklenburg Avenue South Hill, Virginia 23970; click here for a link to the location on Google maps.

Due to demand, 6:30pm Thursday, September 25th, we will present the same workshop in Farmville.

The address for LSBDC is 315 West Third Street, Farmville, Virginia 23901; click here for a link to the location on Google maps.

The first workshop will be an overview of the major social media outlets, explaining what each is, how they differ from each other, what they're used for, and how they can be used together in a coordinated way. Along with these topics, will include an overview of the new initatives of Virginia’s Growth Alliance (VGA) and a discussion on how to get your small business involved.

Topics covered in the series will include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube and more, using blogging and newsletters in coordination with social media and how to utilize the VGA’s new Shop Local website to sell online.

Think Bigger entrepreneur empowerment initiativeVirginia’s Growth Alliance is sponsoring the series as part of its “Think Bigger” initiative, partnering with Longwood Small Business Development Center, Longwood University and Glerin Business Resources to provide a unique combination of small business and entrepreneurial training that is rich in resources and strategies to encourage growth and success.

Complete this form to let us know if you want to attend, and which town you prefer.

In October the series will continue with monthly workshops focusing on a different social media outlet each month.

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This is the kind of project we love.

A client that's important to the community, is fun to work with and welcomes creativity, and has ideas of their own so is able to give good feedback and guidance but knows when to turn things over to the pros.

We just recently launched the new website for Halifax County Tourism, including creating a custom illustrated animated map that displays tourism sector information and provides visual site navigation.

For as long as we've been working with the tourism office, director Linda Shepperd has wished for some type of animation that would let visitors "drive" around the county to discover things. Cost, not wishing to use Flash, practicality of the feature, and several other factors always kept us from creating it.

On this site redesign, though, illustrator Erin Kipps Brown came up with a concept to treat the project like a theme park map.

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Writer/producer Charles Kipps has written for Law & Order and Columbo, two of the longest running cop franchises ever, and is the recipient of an Emmy, a Peabody, and a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award. This afternoon he presented this webinar. Obviously it's too late to participate in the live webinar, but you can add it to your wishlist to be notified when you can access the recorded webinar.

Charles has written features, both indie and studio, and his television credits include episodic and long form. He’ll explain what helped take these scripts from his desk to the screen.

Unlike other webinars you may have attended, The Seven Traits of a Producible Script will not tell you how to write, rather it will show you how to take what you write and craft it into something industry professionals will recognize as a potential project.

Anyone who's seriously interested in taking their script to the screen should add this to their wishlist. He'll explain what keeps some scripts from going into production and what can cause films to go over budget.

  • Takes you from Fade In to Fade Out, element by element, and explains how to supercharge your script for submission
  • Make your screenplay more attractive in today’s money-driven marketplace
  • What you don’t know about production and why it may be holding you back


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Looking for full-time or part-time work with great benefits?

eBay is holding a 2-day job fair in September to recruit more than 80 warehouse workers, including pickers and packers to fill key positions at the new Martinsville Fulfillment Center. Full-time and part-time positions available including weekend shifts. 

The job fair will be held at Patrick Henry Community College on September 4th & 5th (Thursday & Friday).

For more information and to download eBay's Summary of Benefits or the job posting, visit Southern Virginia Regional Alliance economic development site.

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godaddyWe've received a new phishing email that could fool you if you're not aware. The email purports to be from GoDaddy and has the following subject line:

Status Alert: Potential performance risk to the server.

and it goes on to say:

Dear Valued GoDaddy Customer.

Your account contains more than 463 directories and may pose a potential performance risk to the server.
Please reduce the number of directories for your account to prevent possible account deactivation.

In order to prevent your account from being locked out we recommend that you create special tmp directory.

Or use the link below:
[Not pasting the link, but at first glance it appears to be a url. Looking at the source code it actually goes to a Russian url.]

GoDaddy technical support.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Copyright (C) 1999-2014, LLC. All rights reserved.

Most experienced users will never even open the email, but many people will because they don't know warning signs to look for.

What tipped us off?

  • Number 1 - we don't host with GoDaddy. Duh.
  • as a fallback if we did host with GoDaddy, googling "godaddy limit on number of directories" would give the following support info from GoDaddy: Though we impose no limit, to improve your website's performance, we recommend limiting your directories to no more than 1,024 files/inodes.
  • whenever we question whether an email is legitimate, we DON'T OPEN IT! We look at the source code of the email to see which email address it's really from, and to inspect any links within the email.
    • In this case, the email SAYS it's from From: GoDaddy <technical AT> but the code shows it's actually from <defensewea AT>.
    • The link it's attempting to get you to click on shows, which is a legitimate GoDaddy url, but the code shows it's actually linking to with this godaddy-looking url at the beginning of it: Most people would never even see the real link, but if they did look at the code they may look no further than to see it's actually going to a .ru domain name.

Rule of thumb - whenever you receive an email that you suspect may not be legitimate, don't open it; if you do open it, the phisher will know they have sent it to a good email address & will keep sending stuff to you (yes, they can tell when you open an email).

Use your email software to look at the source code so you can see the real email address it's from, and where the real links are actually going. 

If you do open it before you suspect it isn't legit, don't click on any links! Right click on the link to copy the url, then paste the url into a text editor. That will allow you to see what the address really is.

Sometimes you may find the email is legitimate, but better safe than sorry!

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