SBDC offers a window of opportunity

David Walwer

David WalwerDavid Walwer and his family-owned business, Virginia Auto Glass, have been giving residents of Petersburg and the surrounding communities a clearer view of their world for nearly four decades.

In addition to auto glass repair and replacement, Virginia Auto Glass offers repair or replacement services for door and window glass, commercial storefronts, screens, storm doors, mirrors, headlight restoration/cleaning, shower doors and retractable awnings.…

Event Décor Galore – Client Celebration

Seithia Martin

Seithia MartinSeithia Martin traded a career in property management for a more personal form of management — event planning. This September she opened Event Décor Galore in Petersburg.

“I’m a people person,” Martin says. “I love to decorate and design with colors and flowers.”

Martin’s first stop in planning her business was the Crater Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Longwood University where she met with Crater SBDC Director Ellen Templeton.

Uptech – Client Celebration

Kayla Baldino and Jane Whaling
CONSULTANT Brandon Hennessey
INDUSTRY IT services

Kayla Baldino and Jane WhalingUptech, as the name implies, knows what’s up with technology.

“We started as a business-to-business model doing IT work, website development and security work,” Jane Whaling said. “Recently we’ve added cell phone and computer repair.”

This is the second Uptech location for the Whalings who live in Richmond.…

Mattie B’s – Client Celebration

Matilda Hunsicker
CONSULTANT Michael Duncan
INDUSTRY boutique store

Matilda HunsickerMattie B’s in downtown Stuart specializes in “a little something for everyone.”

“I bring the city to town,” Matilda Hunsicker said of her Main Street business in the town of 1,300.

Hunsicker started her business with a booth in the town emporium.…

Longwood SBDC welcomes consultants in new regional structure

sbdc team

SBDC TeamThe Longwood Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) has adopted a new regional approach that utilizes experienced, independent consultants to better serve the small businesses in 19 counties and six independent cities in South-Central Virginia.

“Where we had five specific office location before, we’ve created  three sub-regions,” Longwood SBDC Executive Director Sheri McGuire said.…