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.


Nov
10
Tue
TUESDAY COFFEE CHAT WITH THE EXPERTS-Open Q&A-You Have the Floor! @ Via ZOOM
Nov 10 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Whether or not you have seen or accessed some of the resources available through your Small Business Development Center, we would like to hear from you!  We want to hear about the most pressing issues for your businesses as well as feedback on training programs, structure and consulting services.   SBDC staff will be available to answer questions and make connections for you and your business.  Please be sure to submit questions and suggestions for topics via the zoom registration link.

10 OPERATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS DURING AND FOLLOWING THE COVID PANDEMIC (Via ZOOM) @ Via ZOOM
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Is it possible for small businesses to emerge from the COVID pandemic with customers that are more satisfied and more loyal than before the pandemic struck? In many cases, the answer to this question is yes. This workshop, therefore, offers 10 operational considerations for small businesses to increase the likelihood of success during and following the pandemic. The 10 operational considerations address a variety of small business facets but have a unifying theme: innovation.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Vincent Magnini is the Executive Director of the Institute for Service Research and is also a contract consultant for the Longwood SBDC Network. He was recently ranked as one of the top 12 most prolific hospitality researchers worldwide and holds editorial board appointments on nearly all of the top-ranked hospitality research journals in the field. Further, he is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. He has published seven books and more than 200 articles and reports. Dr. Magnini has also been featured on National Public Radio’s (NPR) All Things Considered, With Good Reason, Pulse on the Planet and cited in the New York Times and Washington Post.

**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.

Nov
17
Tue
TUESDAY COFFEE CHAT WITH THE EXPERTS-Using Videos in Your Marketing Channels @ Via ZOOM
Nov 17 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Using videos to promote your business online is fun, easy, and communicates your authenticity as the face behind your business!  Join Ilsa Loeser as she shows you why this works so well and provides tips and tricks to help remove fear and make the process simple and FUN.

Nov
19
Thu
BUILDING THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUR NEW BUSINESS (Via ZOOM) @ Via ZOOM
Nov 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Starting a Business in Southern Virginia: Building the Foundation for Your New Business

If starting a business in Southern Virginia is your dream, we can help you make it a reality. With our business workshops, you’ll find the practical knowledge and skills you need to succeed at starting and running a small business.

Starting a business in Southern Virginia requires planning and consideration. Choosing your legal structure, writing a business plan, securing funding, and other steps help you build a solid foundation for your business.

About This Business Workshop

Building the Foundation for Your New Business is one of many free classes offered by the Longwood SBDC for those considering starting a business in Southern Virginia.

Cost: FREE

Potential new and existing business owners will learn how to:

  • Evaluate your entrepreneurial abilities
  • Choose a legal form of organization
  • Prepare and present your business plan
  • Find financial resources
  • Create marketing strategies

No matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, you’ll benefit from this practical, focused information. You’ll leave this free workshop with business insights and actionable strategies to help you launch, build, or grow a Southern Virginia-based business.

**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.

Dec
1
Tue
TUESDAY COFFEE CHAT WITH THE EXPERTS-Creating a Healthy Workplace Culture in Stressful Times @ Via ZOOM
Dec 1 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Employees are stressed right now. They are also the key to your businesses’ success during this difficult time. Join Haley Woznyj, Longwood University Assistant Professor of Management, as she shares best practices from her research with small businesses. Learn how to best support employees through these challenging times. We will discuss concrete practices, the latest research, and workshop some sample scenarios. As always, questions are welcome.

Dec
8
Tue
TUESDAY COFFEE CHAT WITH THE EXPERTS-How to Create a Customer Surprise Culture in a Small Business @ Via ZOOM
Dec 8 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Join Vince Magnini as he offers some practical ways to create a culture in a small business in which a continuous stream of customer surprise ideas can be generated and implemented. Customers often enter service transactions with predetermined ‘mental scripts’ regarding how they predict the transactions will unfold and are not paying close attention.  In order to gain their full attention, firms must find ways to surprise consumers; that is, firms must spawn script deviations for them.  Research indicates that these script deviations can cement consumer loyalty.

Dec
10
Thu
BUILDING THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUR NEW BUSINESS (Via ZOOM) @ Via ZOOM
Dec 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Starting a Business in Southern Virginia: Building the Foundation for Your New Business

If starting a business in Southern Virginia is your dream, we can help you make it a reality. With our business workshops, you’ll find the practical knowledge and skills you need to succeed at starting and running a small business.

Starting a business in Southern Virginia requires planning and consideration. Choosing your legal structure, writing a business plan, securing funding, and other steps help you build a solid foundation for your business.

About This Business Workshop

Building the Foundation for Your New Business is one of many free classes offered by the Longwood SBDC for those considering starting a business in Southern Virginia.

Cost: FREE

Potential new and existing business owners will learn how to:

  • Evaluate your entrepreneurial abilities
  • Choose a legal form of organization
  • Prepare and present your business plan
  • Find financial resources
  • Create marketing strategies

No matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, you’ll benefit from this practical, focused information. You’ll leave this free workshop with business insights and actionable strategies to help you launch, build, or grow a Southern Virginia-based business.

**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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