Refocus 2021 to support pandemic pivots

As vaccines begin to roll out across the region, the Longwood Small Business Development Center has a shot in the arm for local businesses hit hardest by the economic impacts of the pandemic.

Thanks to CARES Act funding from the Small Business Administration, businesses in Cumberland and Prince Edward Counties will be eligible to join the initial pilot cohort of Refocus 2021.…

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 – Rebekah Stevens Morales

Rebecca Stevens Morales

Rebecca Stevens MoralesCumberland native and Longwood University senior Rebekah 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.…