SBDC advice grows floral boutique in Martinsville

Shatera Robertson, owner of Unique Styles & Designs Floral BoutiqueShatera Robertson, owner of Unique Styles & Designs Floral Boutique in Uptown Martinsville, built a successful business over the past year with facts and expert guidance. She credits the Longwood SBDC for providing the information that led to that success.

“The key to anything you do in life is wisdom and knowledge,” Shatera says.…

Meet Vandy Jones

Longwood SBDC Eastern Region Director Vandy JonesAsk Longwood SBDC Eastern Region Director Vandy Jones why he developed an interest in helping small business owners, and you’ll get an unexpected answer.

“You might say a tornado brought me to it,” Jones says with a smile.

On the surface, Jones’ resume doesn’t read like a whirlwind career.…

$674,304 GO Virginia grant announced for Innovation Hub in Farmville

Farmville Innovation Hub Location

Farmville Innovation Hub Location

In December 2021 Gov. Ralph Northam announced a $3.6 million Growth and Opportunity Virginia (GO Virginia) grant that includes $674,304 for an innovation hub at Midtown Square in Farmville. Innovation hubs, like the SOVA Innovation Hub in South Boston established in 2020, provide space for community members of all ages to work, learn, innovate, create and connect to entrepreneurship resources.…