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  • Ms. Leslie Marsh became a client of the Longwood SBDC-Martinsville office on March 13, 2007. She was referred to me by Tom Rose, the Patrick County Administrator. She lived in Round Top, Texas, and planned on moving to Stuart to be closer to her daughter and her grandchildren. She was interested in purchasing the George Building, an old and very dilapidated three story building in uptown Stuart and re-habilitating it into apartments and offices. I assisted her in finding financing to purchase the building and a small home behind the building to use as her residence. The home was equally dilapidated, and she

  •   Pioneer Health Services of Patrick County opened in Stuart, Virginia, in early 2009 by Pioneer Health Services, Inc., a for-profit hospital company headquartered in Magee, MS. The building itself was the former R. J. Reynolds Hospital, which had experienced a business failure and closed some time earlier. Pioneer originally leased the hospital on a monthly basis with an option to buy the facility for $1,025,000. After several months, Pioneer agreed to purchase the facility, believing that Patrick County would support the hospital if it was properly managed and could provide the level of care that patients expected from a

  • Ken Dawson, founder and president of Creditor’s Income, began his home based business in November of 2012 after recovering from a major illness and loss of his job.  Using his 12 years of experience in consumer credit and collections when he was a Vice President of Wachovia Bank in Charlotte, NC, Ken decided to use his talents to assist small businesses with their credit and collection needs. In early May of 2014, Ken landed a large contract with a Canadian company to service the collection needs of a number of small business chains in the US.  He realized the time

  • Stepping Stone Academy, LLC

    Stepping Stone Academy, LLC

        “Where children are encouraged to be curious, ambitious, and discover a love of learning.”     Stepping Stone Academy is a child care center that promotes the philosophy of teaching children to love learning.  By encouraging children to be curious, ambitious learners, the Academy hopes to grow children into lifelong learners that are more than capable of succeeding in their life beyond formal schooling. Meagan Wall, owner, conducted extensive research and reached out to the council members of the Town of McKinney, Dinwiddie County officials, local public school personnel/administration, and the local social services office,  and concluded that

  • Karen’s Hallmark

    Karen’s Hallmark

    Karen Johnston has over 35 years of experience with the Hallmark brand.  She began her career working in Eden, NC for Dee’s Hallmark Shop before coming to Danville in 1984 to work in the Hallmark Shop located on the first floor of the new Piedmont Mall.  In 2003, Karen decided it was time to buy the existing shop and put her unique mark on its operations.   She sought help from the Longwood SBDC – Danville to facilitate this process and was approved by Hallmark for the purchase.  Since that initial contact with the SBDC, Karen has been the ideal client

  • Envision One Family Services

    Envision One Family Services

    Ms. Jones stressed that the biggest contributions that the Crater SBDC did for her company were:
    • Resources that gave information on insurance options and how to grow money once the agency is stable.
    • A wealth of ideas and information on how to be more effective in marketing efforts.
    • Helpful and inexpensive training seminars that provided a foundation and sound structure in the business sense.

  • Patricia’s Child Care Center

    Patricia’s Child Care Center

    “While I had been a store manager for ‘McDonalds’ for over 20 years and knew how to run a business, Mr. Harris of the Longwood SBDC helped me to develop my business plan for a child care center in addition to encouraging me to continue to strive for my dream of opening a child care center in an area where it was most needed”.

  • ATM Motors, Inc.

    ATM Motors, Inc.

    ATM Motors, Inc. is a minority-owned used car dealership that opened in 2000 by Tanja and Albert Martin in Martinsville, VA. They have been a client of the Longwood SBDC – Martinsville since July, 2008.

  • Virginia Caps & Corks

    Virginia Caps & Corks

    When John Harville decided to explore the feasibility of turning his wine and beer making hobby into a viable business venture he came to the Longwood SBDC – Danville.

  • Quintessential Chiropractic

    Quintessential Chiropractic

    “Crater Small Business Development Center worked with us to create an excellent business plan and presented us with the opportunity to sit down with a marketing professional. Although we were unable to obtain financing due to the state of the economy and unwillingness of lenders to work with start-up companies, the Crater SBDC worked diligently to help us by putting us in contact with non-conventional lending resources. “