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May 1, 2017

PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — The desire to start a business can happen at any age; that’s why the Small Business Development Center in Harrisonburg is working to bring its tools to the classroom. The Page County Young Entrepreneur Program gives people between the ages of 16 to 25 a chance to turn their passions into profits. 

February 8, 2017

PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — The desire to start a business can happen at any age; that’s why the Small Business Development Center in Harrisonburg is working to bring its tools to the classroom. The Page County Young Entrepreneur Program gives people between the ages of 16 to 25 a chance to turn their passions into profits. Read more



Pop-Up Altavista 2.0

October 6, 2016

This fall, Altavista On Track (AOT) is hosting its second business launch competition, Pop-Up Altavista 2.0. The program, which kicked off September 6, is designed to lead local entrepreneurs through a nine-week educational program to help them plan for their business’s future. For the second execution of the program, Pop-Up Altavista 2.0, AOT really wanted to focus on the organization and education of the program. We utilized the State of Virginia’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Read more

Inside Business

Hampton Roads entrepreneur first in state to receive microloan funding

May 19, 2016

Tanya M. Howard, the founder and CEO of Mouth Meets South, became the first person in the Virginia to receive a microloan under a pilot program established by the Virginia Community Economic Network, the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network and Accion, a nonprofit lender that has more than 20 years experience in serving small businesses nationwide. Read more

WBDJ7New Tool to Help Small Business

May 9, 2016

Some small businesses are about to get some much needed help. Next week a “business boot camp” will begin, focusing on the smaller companies already here and ready to grow. Watch the Video

Grant Pushes Progress for Destination Dayton

August Free Press– March 9, 2016

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that The Destination Dayton Partnership received $5,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Fund. The grant money will be utilized to help fund a marketing initiative emphasizing Dayton as a unique daytime travel and shopping destination.


Business Teaches STEM with Agricultural Twist

March 4, 2016

“Everything that occurs on a farm is related to science technology engineering and math,” she said.

Bart Smith, Director, Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center, said, “Being able to combine all those things — it’s a very unique business.”

Smith helped Grimshaw’s business get off the ground.
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The Roanoker

Young Professionals Are Making a Difference in Roanoke

February 2, 2016

“Roanoke is a great place to start a business,” she says. “We have tremendous resources and people here to help. Tom Tanner from the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center is amazing.
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Virginia Business Magazine

Norfolk announces first ExporTech graduates

December 1, 2015

Five companies in Hampton Roads became the first gradates of Norfolk’s ExportTech program on Tuesday.

ExporTech is a national export technical assistance program that helps manufacturers develop and implement an international growth strategy.
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Small Business Development Center: Plenty of Women Starting Businesses on the Peninsula

Daily Press – March 2015

At the Small Business Development Center offices in Hampton, it’s not uncommon to see groups of women getting help in starting or growing their businesses.

In fact, Hampton Roads SBDC associate director Debra Farley estimates that 42 percent of the center’s clients — those receiving at least a one-on-one consultation — from 2012-2014 were women-owned businesses.
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Three Businesses Win $10,000 Grants in INOV8 Business Competition

City of Opportunity Newsletter – September 2014

The three winners of the INOV8 Business Competition were announced on September 16, 2014 at a business appreciation event at the Academy of Fine Arts. CAO Artisan Chocolates, Endstation Theatre Company and Oxide Pottery will all receive a $10,000 cash grant to expand their businesses in Downtown Lynchburg.

Launched in April, INOV8 was sponsored by Lynch’s Landing Foundation, the Lynchburg Office of Economic Development and the Region 2000 Small Business Development Center. The program was primarily funded by a Downtown Improvement Grant from Virginia Main Street.
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Altavista Program Aims to ‘Pop Up’ New Businesses

The News and Advance – August 25, 2014

ALTAVISTA — New businesses could be popping up throughout Altavista in the coming year — at least that’s the goal of a new economic revitalization program starting up within the town.

Pop Up Altavista, inspired by a program in Marion, is spearheaded by Altavista On Track in cooperation with various other town and local economic organizations and offices, as well as businesses. Altavista On Track is a group dedicated to revitalizing the town’s downtown and economy.
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SMALL BUSINESS NAVIGATION: Business training program assists those looking after the future workforce

Inside Business The Hampton Roads Business Journal – August 8, 2014

It had been a while since Lauren Small considered what made small children tick, but evaluating small businesses, well, for her that was as easy as A, B, C.
For the past five years, though, Small has applied her small business acumen to the business of caring for small children. A certified business analyst, Small runs the Early Education Program for the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads. By teaching best business practices to childcare providers, Small’s program is bulking up quality of care offered to the region’s youngest and often most vulnerable residents.
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SBDC on Norfolk Perspectives TV Show

Norfolk’s Channel 48 – June 29, 2014
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Chatham business wins regional award

Work It, SoVa – May 19, 2014

The 2014 Southern Virginia Small Business of the Year Award for the Danville region was recently presented to LGK of Tightsqueeze, Inc. of Chatham.Nominated by the Danville office of the Longwood Small Business Development Center, the award was given “for outstanding performance as a small business and devoted service to the local small business community.”
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The Business Plan: It’s never too late to find the right career path?

Alexandria Times – May 1, 2014

What do I want to do when I grow up?
It’s a question that is often asked by adults in jest, but the reality is that relatively few adults approach career choices methodically. The average adult changes jobs 11 times and may switch careers as many as seven times. It’s rare when an individual’s college major leads directly into a career, particularly a lifelong professional path.
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Playing to a world audience

Virginia Business – April 29, 2014

Bert LeCato, president of InTune Guitar Picks, says, “Everybody thinks all I do is hang out with rock stars.” And for good reason: LeCato has built a highly successful business in the Eastern Shore town of Onancock by catering to artists such as Black Sabbath, Twisted Sister and Alice Cooper. He manufactures and prints their guitar picks.
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Danville not utilizing Internet potential, businesses told

The News & Advance – April 18, 2014

“All of the sudden you realize the world is completely changed, and there are some new truths,” Diane Arnold said.The business world has been transformed by the explosion of the Internet and mobile devices. Danville’s businesses, however, are largely untransformed.
Arnold is a staff member of the Longwood Small Business Development Center in Danville. She added “one of these truths is you’re not going to get rid of these hand-held devices.”

It is through these now common devices that the world is seeking and obtaining all the information they desire to eat, drink, shop and live. “The way people get their information is changing,” Arnold said.
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Hampton Roads SBDC Receives Legacies Silver Star Award for Jobs and Entrepreneurship

Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce – March 4, 2014

The Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads, Inc. (SBDC) has been nominated and selected as the 2014 Legacies award recipient of the Silver Star Award for Jobs and Entrepreneurship by the Urban League of Hampton Roads Young Professionals. This award recognizes excellence in entrepreneurship and job creation in the Hampton Roads community.
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Organizations offer helping hand to companies getting off the ground

Virginia Business – February 28, 2014

Starting or owning a business is not for the faint of heart, so it’s nice to have some help along the way. Thankfully, Virginia has several organizations aimed at helping companies succeed, whether the assistance involves formulation of a business plan or guidance on taking out a loan.

A great resource for startup companies are business incubators, which help companies survive and grow during the startup phase. Virginia has several business incubators, highlighted in the following pages by square feet.
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Small-business Centers in Virginia and Mexico Form Trade Partnership Under Obama Initiative

The Washington Post – February 7, 2014

George Mason University’s business development center last week agreed to partner with a similar organization in Mexico to develop better entrepreneurial training practices and help companies in both regions break into one another’s market.
Executives from the Mason Enterprise Center, housed at the university’s Fairfax campus and funded in part by the Small Business Administration, and a small-business center run by the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL) in Monterrey, one of the largest schools in that country, signed the agreement Feb. 6 at the State Department.
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Artists Learn Art of Business – Nov 5, 2013
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Longwood SBDC Provides Grant to Help Businesses Create Websites

Work It, SoVa – July 24, 2013

Womack Electric has a website, but the company’s marketing assistant, Tara Lewis, was still in attendance at Wednesday’s “Why You Need a Great Website” presentation at Danville Community College.

Lewis maintains the site, adding new products and promoting services. This year is Womack’s 75th anniversary.
“We’re promoting that big time,” she said.
There is always something new to learn, and Lewis said her time was not wasted. She learned that “content is really important,” she said.
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SBDC of Hampton Roads Retail Academy

The Virginian-Pilot – June 2, 2013

In the middle of the third class of the Hampton Roads Retail Academy, Lynette Burrier made a confession:
She’d never liked the name of her store.

In 1994, she bought Country Flowers ’N’ Things, a florist and gift shop in the rural Pungo area of Virginia Beach. When she moved the store to the Red Mill Commons shopping center 12 years ago, she changed it to Country Flowers & Gifts.
Still, it doesn’t suit her. “There is nothing in my store that’s country.”

That was one of the challenges that the inaugural Retail Academy class would try to tackle during its 12 weekly sessions.
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Business Owners Attend Workshop

WHSV – TV 3 – May 23, 2013

Small business owners attended several workshops to learn skills to help their businesses.

The Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center was in charge of the event. This is the second year that it had a small business information event.
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Longwood Expanding Economic Development through New Office

May 2013
Farmville, Va.—Longwood University is expanding its economic development outreach.

The Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED), formally established May 1, will forge a closer link with area economic development efforts by making the university’s research, public service and outreach resources more accessible for communities, development officials and other business support organizations. The office will build upon the relationships in the business community that the university has established through the Longwood Small Business Development Center (LSBDC).

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Help for Vets

The Costco Connection – May 2013

If you are a veteran and own a small business or are contemplating starting one, there are resources available to assist you. Here’s a sample, complied by America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).
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SBA Shifting Funding Away from Small-Business Training Programs

The Washington Post – May 8, 2013

The Small Business Administration plans to shift some funding away from basic counseling programs for new and small businesses to help finance advanced training for slightly larger companies, part of the agency’s efforts to nurture the economic recovery even as the government reins in spending.
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Marc Willson STAMP Program

Work It, SoVa – May 8, 2013

Marc Willson works with local Longwood Small Business Development Centers to host seminars for business owners and restaurateurs.

He spoke this week in both Martinsville and Danville as part of the Small Town and Merchant Program (STAMP) that he created and runs for the state of Virginia.

The program covers topics such as “Competing with the Big Boys, “Window Signs and Visual Displays: Stewards of Your Brand,” and “Restaurateurs – The Experience is Twice as Important as the Food.”
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Hampton Roads SBDC Helps York County Small Businesses Realize Potential

Williamsburg Yorktown Daily – January 31, 2013

You’re a small business owner who is trying to navigate the complex and often unforgiving landscape of economic downturn, competition and the cost of doing business. Where do you go for help?

At a Jan. 22 meeting of the York County Economic Development Authority, Jim Carroll, executive director of the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads, gave a presentation outlining what his group can do for small business. During his discussion, he mentioned he may soon start spending a day exclusively in York County each month where he meets with local businesses and tries to get them the help they need.
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Passport to Global Markets featured in cover story of the Northern Virginia Technology Council publication

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The Voice of Technology – Winter 2013

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