J L Surveying, LLC
J L Surveying was established on June 1, 2010, with the objective of providing prompt, affordable, and reliable surveying services to its clients across the state of Virginia. Owner Jeff LaVelle is a licensed surveyor with over 26 years of experience in the public and private business sector. Beverly, his wife, has over 24 years of customer service experience and serves as the company’s office manager.
Jeff’s experience, love of the outdoors, and desire to own his business were realized through the assistance of the Longwood Small Business Development Center (LSBDC). The LSBDC prepared financial projections to determine the feasibility of Jeff’s profit goals. Then assistance was provided to analyze and determine the best lending option for the successful start-up of this new company. Financing became available for equipment and working capital, and the company continues to grow in size and profit. The company started with one owner/operator and now employees 5 employees.
Jeff confesses that being a business owner is hard work, but feels that owning J L Surveying has allowed him the opportunity to maintain his quality of life by raising his family in the area and remaining active in the community. Although entrepreneurship can be risky, the Lavelle’s took the initiative to thoroughly plan J L Surveying prior to accepting survey clients. Jeff says, ”The LSBDC was a great asset in helping get the business off the ground, and continues to be an invaluable resource with its educational seminars and being continuously available whenever I have questions.”