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Greetings–

The Virginia SBDC is delighted to feature some of our small
business clients from 2016. Each client profile featured here
highlights the passion, creativity, and persistence it takes to
launch, grow and sustain a business.

All across Virginia there are examples of entrepreneurial spirit
that local SBDC advisors witness and encourage. From a STEM
educator in Botetourt County, restaurateurs and boutique hoteliers
renovating historic Petersburg properties, and outfitters on the New
River in Fries to student entrepreneurs from Longwood University
and a Caribbean cuisine food truck in Haymarket …..SBDC
advisors guided and championed more than 3,500 small business
owners on their entrepreneurial journeys. We are proud of all of
their accomplishments!

Virginia SBDC advisors provide business advice, training, referrals,
and connections from a network of local SBDC offices serving
every county, city and town across the Commonwealth. SBDC
assistance focuses on accessing capital, marketing, business
planning, exporting, retailing, and commercializing innovations. We
rely on our professional expertise, and value-added tools including
GrowthWheel®, IBISWorld, and ProfitCents to bring actionable
advice to business’ needs. The Virginia SBDC is where business
comes to talk business.

Thank you to the entrepreneurs who shared their stories here.
It’s been a pleasure to work with them and all the other small
businesses we assist.

Thank you to the creative talents who Jody Keenan
contributed to Client Profiles from the State Director
Virginia SBDC:
The Virginia SBDC Network is a partnership program with the U.S. Small Business
Alexander Chaplin Administration, George Mason University – Mason Enterprise Center and local host
Allison Cutting institutions. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of
Karen E. Henry the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.
Tracy Nayar
Susan Lee-Merrow
Ilsa Loeser and her crew at
Letterpress Communications
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