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!

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 Small Business & Supplier Diversity
Offers business certification programs, serves as the small business economic development arm and small business financing.

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.

Insidebiz.com
Gives you up-to-date information and news on local businesses.

CNNMoney.com
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.

Business.com
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.

  • Sep
    26
    Thu
    Connecting Concepts with Cash Flow and Understanding the Role of Credit in Business-FARMVILLE @ Longwood SBDC
    Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

    Featured Speakers

    Brandon Hennessey, SBDC Business Analyst

    Lisa Gallimore, Woodforest Bank Branch Manager

    Discussion Topics:

    Business Planning
    Financial Analysis
    Marketing Plan
    Strategic Planning
    Credit Management
    Capital Access

    SEATING IS VERY LIMITED & REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

    **IMPORTANT**

    Scheduled workshops may change due to inclement weather, scheduling conflicts, etc.  Your pre-registration enables the Longwood SBDC to keep you updated on changes or cancellations as quickly as possible.

    Building the Foundation For Your New Business-SOUTH BOSTON @ Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, Innovation Center-Conference Room
    Sep 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

    Some of the most popular reasons to start a business include-having a unique business idea, designing a career that has the flexibility to grow with you, working toward financial independence, and investing in yourself.

    Prepare to start a successful business:

    • Evaluate your entrepreneurial abilities
    • Marketing strategies
    • Financial resources
    • Legal form of organization
    • Tips to prepare & present your business plan

    Not every small business is positioned for success, so you may be in for a real challenge when you decide to take the plunge, ditch your day job, and become a business owner. The stage is often set in the beginning, so make sure you start with a strong foundation.

    Registration is required to attend!

    **IMPORTANT**

    Scheduled workshops may change due to inclement weather, scheduling conflicts, etc.  Your pre-registration enables the Longwood SBDC to keep you updated on changes or cancellations as quickly as possible.

    Sep
    30
    Mon
    Marketing 101-PRINCE GEORGE @ Prince George County Library
    Sep 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Introduction

    Yoti Jabri, Economic Development Specialist

    Prince George County

    Presenter

    Ilsa Loeser, Letterpress Communications

    A crash course on how to brand, position and market your amazing business. The course will focus on digital channels such as websites, social media and email campaigns.
    During this interactive class you will:

     Discover your unique value proposition
     Define your brand
     Identify your target customer
     Audit your current marketing channels
     Prioritize new marketing channels and advertising
     Next steps to grow your marketing efforts
     Explore creative ways to catapult your marketing efforts year round

    Whether you are a business owner, nonprofit director, freelancer or CEO you will learn something new and applicable to your organization. Ilsa Loeser uses real-world examples from Southside Virginia organizations that are telling their story in new and compelling ways, leading to followers, clients and sales.

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND!

    Oct
    8
    Tue
    FACEBOOK DEEP DIVE-Charles City County @ Charles City County General Administration Building (Training Room)
    Oct 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

    Introduction

    Rhonda Russell, AICP, Assistant County Administrator/Community Development Director Charles City County

    Presenter

    Ilsa Loeser, Letterpress Communications

     

    Learn how to use Facebook’s tools to increase impact.

    We’ll cover:

    • Analyzing your current audience for sales on and off Facebook
    • Learning from past successes
    • Targeted Facebook advertising tools

    This is an interactive class designed for businesses already using Facebook.  Bring your laptops to follow along and learn from your existing Facebook business page.

    **IMPORTANT**

    Scheduled workshops may change due to inclement weather, scheduling conflicts, etc. 

    Your pre-registration enables the Longwood SBDC to keep you updated on changes or cancellations as quickly as possible.

     

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