The 2013 Award of Excellence for Organizational Development was presented by the Virginia Downtown Development Association to the Virginia SBDC for its Small Town and Merchants Program (STAMP).
"This is a true honor to have one of our State projects recognized by the organization that advocates, supports, and promotes leadership in downtown revitalization throughout the Commonwealth," said Jody Keenan, State Director of the Virginia SBDC. "Not only is STAMP a great program but it actually has had a very positive impact on the retailers and restaurateurs who have participated. Year-over-year revenues have increased by as much as 65% as a result of the advice given."
Marc Willson, Retail Consultant to the Virginia SBDC, was delivering a STAMP in Winchester on the day of the luncheon, but he said, "With today's retail industry changing as quickly as it is, keeping abreast of the new technologies and customer expectations is vital to retailers' very existence. I am really glad we can do our part."
About Virginia Downtown Development Association
VDDA brings attention to the significance of historic downtowns to Virginia's economic vitality and to enhance the effectiveness of organizations, individuals, and communities to foster vibrant economic development.
About Virginia SBDC Network
The Virginia SBDC Network (www.VirginiaSBDC.org) is an organization of 29 local SBDCs across Virginia. We are the most extensive business development program in the Commonwealth, providing free professional business counseling, low-cost training, and information resources to help grow and strengthen Virginia businesses.
Virginia SBDC Network is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, George Mason University--Mason Enterprise Center, and premier local host organizations throughout Virginia, including universities, community colleges, chambers of commerce, municipalities, economic development organizations, and private companies. The Virginia SBDC Network is accredited by the Association of Small Business Development Centers