Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center

2014 SBA Excellence & Innovation Award Winner!

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Internet Tools and Marketing

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A tool box of new media and current information pertaining to the internet and marketing. On this page will be downloads and additional information to help with your efforts online.

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Information Library

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This section contains a listing of relevant online and downloadable research resources, that are available at no-cost, to help you start or better manage your small business.

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SizeUp LBI

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Find out everything about the business and demographics of the Hampton Roads region. Coupling information from a wide array of databases and surveys with a Geographic Information System Display, information critical to your small business’ success can be accessed and easily understood.

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Retail Academy

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Nothing is more challenging than running a small independent retail operation. The Retail Academy consists of classroom instruction, peer-to-peer learning as well as long-term counseling services to help prospective or existing retailers understand the complexities and challenges of the trade.

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Early Education and Daycare Businesses

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Early Education is not a service, but rather an integral part of a community’s economic development strategy because the children who are enrolled in these programs are the workforce and leaders of tomorrow. The myriad of regulatory, administrative and other issues with which a daycare/early education program must master in order to succeed can be overwhelming. This award winning program couples classroom training with long-term counseling in order to help providers understand the “back of the house” so that the “front of the house” can be effective.

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SEVA Contracting Institute

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This uniquely focused program provides small contracting companies with tips and tools to better understand and operate in the government contracting arena. The program consists of classroom instruction, coupled with one-on-one counseling and peer-to-peer learning opportunities to give a full-spectrum process in understanding the challenges encountered and procedures used in conducting business in this arena.

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Small Biz Lending

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One of the more daunting challenges facing a small business owner is access to capital. This website provides an overview of the entire small business lending process; the steps need to be taken; information necessary to proceed as well as questions to ask your banker and a listing of local financial institutions and others who provide lending to support the region’s small business community.

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