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One Stop Virginia Department of Business Assistance

The Virginia Department of Business Assistance works with existing businesses to foster growth and prosperity and assisting entrepreneurs in forming a lucrative business. They host a variety of educational events throughout the Commonwealth weekly. Topics range from selling to the state, social media, mobile marketing & eCommerce, iPad for business, accessing capital, and other business resources.

Entrepreneur Challenge

Entrepreneur Challenge - to help make business dreams a reality

 

Who do you know that…

has an idea for a product to sell?

has knowledge of a region?

makes something you would pay for?

has talked about having a business “someday"?

Someday can be sooner than they think.  Encourage them to apply. 

The Entrepreneur Challenge is a competitive process for emerging entrepreneurs and communities working to increase their business bases in far Southwest Virginia.  Investment grants will be awarded to new and expanding entrepreneurial ventures in a seven-county, one-city region. This cohort will consist of business training, networking, and pitch nights. In addition, communities will present tailored incentive packages to attract entrepreneurial investment. Each participant will develop a deeper understanding of planning for a successful business and have networking opportunities with other regional entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneur Challenge is coming to your area in 2014-2015.  People Incorporated will host classes in 4 locations throughout Southwest Virginia with the first training being held at the Breaks Interstate Park.  Continue to watch our website and follow us on Facebook to be the first to know when the training in your county is announced. 

Application process is open for the following business challenges:

Tazewell & Russell @ Appalachian One Stop Workforce Center Business Incubator, Richlands.  Classes begin on March 12, 2015.

Wise & City of Norton @ Alumni Hall UVa-Wise, Wise. Classes begin on April 7, 2015.

Lee & Scott @ Pioneer Ceter for Business, Duffield. Classes beging on May 7, 2015.

Follow the links below to register for a class.

To find out more contact Cindy Green at 276-619-2243 or register at www.peopleinc.eventbrite.com

Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity

The Virginia Department of Business Assistance works with existing businesses to foster growth and prosperity and assisting entrepreneurs in forming a lucrative business. They host a variety of educational events throughout the Commonwealth weekly. Topics range from selling to the state, social media, mobile marketing & eCommerce, iPad for business, accessing capital, and other business resources.

Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides free and confidential one-on-one counseling as well as business education opportunities and resources to help entrepreneurs, small business owners and managers improve their business. Many of the Virginia Small Business Development Centers are located at colleges across the commonwealth. Each site has trained counselors to assist entrepreneurs in starting and managing a business. Services available consist of management training, research data, business plan, financial analysis and etc. The mission of the SBDC is to foster small business success and grow Southwest Virginia’s economy

SCORE

Score is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. We have been doing this for nearly fifty years.

Because our work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 12,000+ volunteers, we are able to deliver our services at no charge or at very low cost.

Mountain Empire Regional Incubator (MERBI) DBA Pioneer Centers For Business Opportunity (PCBO)

The Pioneer Centers are the only business incubators serving the LENOWISCO Planning District (including Lee, Wise, and Scott Counties and the City of Norton).  The purpose of an incubator facility is to provide a sheltered environment conducive to the growth and development of small businesses.

A business incubator assists new and developing entrepreneurial companies by providing a nurturing early-stage environment, with flexible leases at affordable rates, plus business services such as fax/copying, conference areas,  and management/clerical support.

According to the U. S. Small Business Administration, small businesses constitute more than 90 percent of all businesses in the United States, and create more than 80 percent of new jobs.  Yet, despite these impressive statistics, as many as 80 percent of all new small businesses fail within their first five years of operation.

Nationwide studies show that business incubators help reverse this failure/success rate, with more than 80 percent of incubator "graduates" surviving that high-risk phase.  Incubators are part of a growing nationwide trend to help small businesses - and local economies - survive and flourish.

Incubator tenants are not "permanent residents," but remain in a facility for an average of two years before graduating, being replaced by new tenants.

The Pioneer Center at Duffield also hosts a satellite office of the Small Business Development Center.  Professionals from the SBDC provide invaluable support in financial management, tax planning, marketing, and much more.

 

Virginia Main Street

The Virginia Main Street Program is a preservation-based economic and community development program that follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach™ developed by the National Trust Main Street Center. Virginia Main Street offers a range of services and assistance to communities interested in revitalizing their historic commercial districts. While the program was designed to address the need for revitalization and on-going management of smaller to mid-sized downtowns, aspects of the Main Street Approach™ may be applied successfully in other commercial settings.

Artisans Center of Virginia

The Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV) develops and implements systems and strategies to improve economic outcomes for Virginia artisans and their communities while assisting them in promoting their local artisan culture.

 

`Round the Mountain

`Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network has been working since 2005 to promote the craft and culture of Southwest Virginia. We are a membership organization made up of artisans, craft venues, and agritourism business and serve the 19 counties and four cities of Southwest Virginia. In addition to providing marketing and educational opportunities for our members, we have developed the Artisan Trails of Southwest Virginia and the opportunity for our members to have their crafts for sale at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway.