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.

  • Jul
    18
    Thu
    Understanding Small Business Financials-ROCKY MOUNT @ The Franklin Center
    Jul 18 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

    This workshop will help you:

    • Understand the importance of “knowing your numbers”
    • Understand the key components of the financial section of your business plan
    • Understand the key talking points for investors and bankers
    • Understand how to better manage by the numbers
    •  Learn about resources available to help you analyze your business performance on a regular basis

    **ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND**

    Building the Foundation for Your New Business-FARMVILLE @ Longwood SBDC
    Jul 18 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

    Small businesses play a vital role in the growth of our economy.  Did you know that over 650,000 New businesses are started in the United States each year? The harsh reality is only about 50% survive past the first five years.  Planning is everything!

     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

     If you are considering starting a business, this FREE seminar will provide valuable information that may help your business be among the 50% that survive. 

    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.

    Jul
    24
    Wed
    Selling to the Commonwealth-FARMVILLE @ Longwood Small Business Development Center
    Jul 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

    PRESENTERS
    Randy Brown – Business Services Manager, Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity

    Kim Brewer, Department of General Services eVA Outreach & Marketing Manage

    The Commonwealth of Virginia spends Billions of dollars on goods and services each year. Goods and services that you probably sell! Ask yourself, “Am I getting my share?” If your answer is “No”, then this free workshop is for you.  Electronic Virginia (eVA), the Commonwealth’s electronic procurement portal, is one of the most powerful market research tools when selling to any state agency (including public colleges and universities).
    Topics Include:

    • How do I find solicitations to bid on?
    • Which state agencies buy what I sell?
    • How much do they pay for what I sell?
    • Who are my competitors/potential collaborators?
    • Which of my competitors are winning these bids?
    • eVA – Identify your target market
    • What can SWaM and Micro Business Certifications do for you?

    The Commonwealth has a set-aside program that encourages state agencies to purchase goods and services from small businesses like yours. At this workshop, you’ll learn about Small, Women owned and Minority owned (SWaM) and Micro business certifications and how they can give you a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

    If you plan to grow your business with the Commonwealth you need to attend this “Selling to the Commonwealth” workshop .

     

    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.

    Jul
    25
    Thu
    Connecting Concepts with Cash Flow and Understanding the Role of Credit in Business-FARMVILLE @ Longwood SBDC
    Jul 25 @ 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.

     

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