Your local Longwood SBDC office is available to assist with specialized small business research on your industry or target market.

The SBDC subscribes to several databases and information services that contain valuable consumer and industry information. We are able, in most cases, to provide SBDC clients with this information FREE OF CHARGE as a component of business and marketing plan consulting. Click here for your local office location and contact information.

For those who need immediate access to other web resources, the list below will get you started. Call us if we can help you find more Resources for Growth!

Small Business Owner’s Toolbox

Click here for our comprehensive listing of web resources for small business owners. The toolbox will open as a pdf file with a table of contents. Click on any subject matter in the table of contents to go directly to that section. All hyperlinks within the document are clickable and active.

Helpful Links
Commonwealth of VirginiaSmall Business AdministrationFederal GovernmentSmall BusinessExport/ImportCalendar of Events

Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
A great site for statistical research in Virginia with links to information about other states.

Virginia Employment Commission
Provides easy access to information about jobs and the labor market in Virginia.

Virginia Department of Taxation
Get information on various tax topics, download tax forms, and ask tax questions.

State Corporation Commission
Get information about the Commission and its issues and services.

Virginia Department of Business Assistance
Offers services including workforce training, financing assistance, and counseling.

Virginia Small Business Development Centers
Provides management counseling, information resources, technical assistance, and training.

Small Business Administration Online
Information about financing, disaster assistance, and an on-line library.

SBA Online Forms and Publications
Includes numerous forms and workbooks, many in PDF format.

Small Business Administration GILS
Identifies public information resources throughout the U.S. Federal Government, the information available in those resources, and assists in obtaining the information.

U. S. Business Advisor
Provides one-stop access to federal government information, services, and transactions.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
Up-to-date statistics on employment nationally or by region.

The U.S. Census Bureau
The official current and future population and economic statistics.

Independent Agencies Index from the White House
Links to all federal government agencies and commissions.

Internal Revenue Service
Information and forms from everyone’s favorite federal agency.

U.S. Small Business Administration
Deals with every aspect of small business concerns.

IRS Website for Small Business
Designed to help serve the small business and self employed community.

Southern Virginia Regional Alliance
Economic development region covering the counties of Halifax, Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania, and the cities of Danville and Martinsville.

Virginia’s Growth Alliance
Economic development region covering the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Lunenburg, & Prince Edward, and the City of Emporia.

Shop Local VGA
Regional online store for businesses in the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Lunenburg, & Prince Edward, and the City of Emporia.

Virginia’s Great Adventures
Regional tourism website for the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Lunenburg, & Prince Edward, and the City of Emporia.

Think Bigger VGA
Regional entrepreneur portal for businesses in the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Lunenburg, & Prince Edward, and the City of Emporia.

Guerilla Marketing
A weekly web magazine for small business, entrepreneurs, sales people and marketers.

Small Business Information Clearinghouse
A great online library of publications.

NOLO:  Small Business Law Center
A website designed to answer legal questions.

National Association for the Self-Employed (SE)
Helps the self-employed meet the challenges of making their businesses successful.

The Business Plans Resource Center
Offers thousands of pages of free sample plans, planning tools, and expert advice to help you start and run your business.

Entrepreneur Magazine
Offers solutions for growing businesses.

Better Business Bureau
Search for Better Business Bureaus in a locality.

Business Town
Ideas to help start and manage a business.
Gives you up-to-date information and news on local businesses.
Gives the latest on national small business news.

Inc. Magazine
The magazine for growing companies.

Kauffman Center Resources
Current articles on the strategic planning of small business.

Virginia Chamber of Commerce
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is the largest, most influential general business organization, representing all business sectors in every region of the Commonwealth, including small business enterprises and Fortune 500 companies.
A search engine designed for everyday business needs.

National Federation of Independent Business
NFIB gives members access to many business products and services at discounted costs. NFIB also provides timely informational resources designed to help business owners succeed.

U.S. Customs Service
Information on importing, exporting, and enforcement.

World Trade Organization
A business and educational website focusing on international business.

  • Oct
    Entrepreneurial Training: Part Three-Financial Management and Record Keeping-Petersburg @ Fort Lee
    Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

     Financial Management and Record Keeping

    The participant will learn about financial management, important record keeping issues and forms of business ownership: 

      1. How to develop income and expense projections
      2. Financial information needed to operate a business
      3. Pitfalls of poor record keeping and how to overcome this problem
      4. Useful financial tools for running a small business
      5. Explore the pros and cons of business structures

    To Register: Call Nancy Burns at Fort Lee (804) 734-7113 or email

    Challenges and Solutions for Retail/Restaurant Businesses-Petersburg @ Hopewell Library-HMA Room
    Oct 14 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    The Hopewell Downtown Partnership in collaboration with the Crater Small Business Development Center of Longwood University will host a seminar geared towards Retail and Restaurant Businesses.

    Independent retailers and restaurants are the heart and soul of small towns and main streets across Virginia. Successful retailers build vibrant downtown destinations, but they face unique challenges ranging from inventory control, advertising, merchandising and staffing, to big box competition. This seminar will provide tools to help define and differentiate your customer, master retailing basics, build your brand, and market/advertise. Merchandising strategy and demonstrations – including window displays will be available.

    Marc Willson brings 35 years of experience to bear helping retail, restaurant and tourism-related small businesses refine and promote their concepts to the public. In 1975, Marc started his retail career as co-owner of the largest distributor of Earth Shoes in the U.S. Since then he has held executive positions with retailers such as Britches of Georgetowne, Crown Books, Circuit City, The Bicycle Exchange, and Storetrax, Inc. Most recently, he traveled to Dallas, Texas to open the world’s first energy efficiency store for Current Energy, LLC, a company funded by Ross Perot, Jr. Marc joined the SBDC in 2009 as a Retail Industry Consultant and has delivered over 70 seminars and assisted over 300 retailers throughout Virginia. Mr. Willson will focus on those who are in the Retail and Restaurant Industry.



    One-on-one appointments with Marc Willson will be available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY on October 15, 2015. Schedule your appointment with Pat Hood at (804) 518-2003 or

    Building the Foundation for Your New Business-Farmville
    Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

    Entrepreneurship is the American Dream. Unfortunately, of the 1 million businesses started each year, most of them eventually fail. The one common theme may be lack of planning. If you are considering the possibility of starting a business, this free seminar will provide information that may help your business be among the 20 percent that survive and thrive. Prepare to start a successful business by evaluating your entrepreneurial abilities, marketing strategies, financial resources, legal form of organization, and receive tips to prepare and present your business plan.

    Registration is required!

    Entrepreneurial Training: Part Four-Financing the Business-Petersburg @ Fort Lee
    Oct 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

     Financing the Business

    The participant will learn about commercial loan requirements:   

      • What you need to know about financing a business; the C’s of lending
      • Developing effective relationships with financial institutions and bankers
      • What are the available sources of funding?
      • Where do we go from here?

    To Register: Call Nancy Burns at Fort Lee (804) 734-7113 or email


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