Free Classes Near Me: Longwood SBDC

Are there free classes near me? Essential small business education is available right on your doorstep with Longwood SBDC. The Longwood SBDC offers free classes near you — classes in all aspects and components of a business. We support both startups and established businesses in the Commonwealth, providing education, resources, networking and research for small business owners in the Western, Central, and Eastern regions of the state.

Growing a Thriving Virginia Business Community

The Longwood Small Business Development Center’s core mission is to provide education, consulting, and economic research throughout Southern Virginia. We partner with local business owners, instructors, and experts to provide a rich and varied menu of classes that offer practical, hands-on advice and training to help your business thrive.

Longwood SBDC Courses and Activities

Classes are held in person among the six cities and 20 counties served by Longwood SBDC. Opportunities exist for both entry-level and experienced business owners to learn and grow their skills through classes, networking, and special events.

Free classes and business seminars:

  • Building new business: foundation
  • Basics of marketing (Marketing 101)
  • Successful sales
  • Cash flow management
  • Lending forums
  • Managing monthly business expenses

The Longwood Small Business Development Center serves both business owners and future business owners across Southern Virginia.

  • To find upcoming free classes near you, use the menu under “Training Events,” below. We offer classes during the business day, with some evening and Saturday learning opportunities available.
  • Register early! Class sizes are limited. Some classes are only offered intermittently.
  • Keep up with workshops, events, free business seminars, and news from the Longwood SBDC including announcements of forthcoming workshops and events. Sign up for our email newsletter using the box to the right.
  • Training Events

    Oct
    16
    Wed
    BUILDING THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUR NEW BUSINESS-Danville @ Danville Community College
    Oct 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

    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

    Registration: Required

    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.

    Oct
    17
    Thu
    BUILDING THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUR NEW BUSINESS-Stuart @ Patrick Henry Community College
    Oct 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    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

    Registration: Required

    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.

    Oct
    23
    Wed
    ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS FOR SUCCESSFUL SALES-South Boston @ Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
    Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Presenter

    Vincent P. Magnini, Ph.D.

    Successful selling is fun, invigorating, and involves a good deal of psychology. This workshop translates the latest research into a series of habits that, when applied, will help you close more sales. Some habits presented in this workshop will focus upon verbal communication and some on nonverbal communication, but they all have a unifying theme – to help drive selling success.

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

    • Owners
    • Managers
    • Sales staff that rely upon face-to-face selling situations

    About the Presenter

    Dr. Vince Magnini is the Executive Director of the Institute for Service Research. He was recently ranked as one of the top 12 most prolific hospitality researchers worldwide and holds editorial board appointments on all of the top-ranked research journals in the field.   Further, he is a U.S. Fulbright Scholar.  He has published six books and more than 250 articles and reports.  Dr. Magnini has also been featured on National Public Radio’s With Good Reason, All Things Considered, 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.

    Oct
    24
    Thu
    BUILDING THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUR NEW BUSINESS-Farmville @ Longwood SBDC
    Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 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

    Registration: Required

    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.

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