Emporia YMCA finds ‘best friend’ in SBDC

Shelia Reavis

Shelia ReavisShelia Reavis, controller for the Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville, discovered the Crater Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Longwood University while looking for information on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. She considers it her lucky day.

“I sent out a generic email to the Crater SBDC to ask about applying for PPP loans,” Reavis says.…

Intern Spotlight – Rebecca Stevens Morales

Rebecca Stevens Morales

Rebecca Stevens MoralesCumberland native and Longwood University senior Rebecca Stevens Morales was originally eyeing culinary school. She explains however,

“I wanted to actually enjoy cooking when I got home.”

So the Cumberland High School Graduate chose Longwood University to pursue a degree in Business administration with a concentration in management, an endorsement in supply chain economics, and a minor in Spanish.…

SBDC spells success for Back and Neck Pain Relief Center

Dr. Japhet LeGrantDr. Japhet LeGrant, owner of the Back and Neck Pain Relief Center in Martinsville, and the Longwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC) work well together — both follow a practice that looks at the “big picture”.

Holistic care, or looking at the whole patient before prescribing treatment, is a concept LeGrant decided to pursue while a student at Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.…

SBDC adds specialized consultants to assist in business recovery

New consultants Teresa Davis, Dr. Vince Magnini, and Katherine BealeLongwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has added three specialized consultants to help small business owners meet the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Small businesses are going to need particular guidance and support in three core areas:  operations, marketing and financial management,” Longwood SBDC Executive Director Sheri McGuire explains.…

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Lauren MathenaLauren Mathena knows all about making a change for the better. In 2018 Hurricane Michael flooded the yoga studio where she was working in downtown Danville. Instead of changing jobs, she opened her own studio.

“The teachers at that studio decided that they wanted to keep teaching in downtown Danville,” Mathena explains.…