Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center

2014 SBA Excellence & Innovation Award Winner!

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The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads (SBDC) are launching a new and dynamic economic development tool to the region for small business owners beginning March 20.

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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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Upcoming Events

Feb
25
Wed
9:00 AM Owning Your Own Business Workshop @ Peninsula Worforce Development Center
Owning Your Own Business Workshop @ Peninsula Worforce Development Center
Feb 25 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
This is a three-hour informational session for new and start-up business owners. The session covers the very basic steps to starting and running a small business. Topics include (but are not limited to): Components required[...]
Mar
2
Mon
6:00 PM Developing the Business Plan Thr... @ Peninsula Workforce Development Center
Developing the Business Plan Thr... @ Peninsula Workforce Development Center
Mar 2 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
This session will introduce strategy for planning and provide information each night to develop sections of a business plan. Attendees should know how to use a computer and know how to type. Within each session[...]
Mar
9
Mon
6:00 PM Developing the Business Plan Thr... @ Peninsula Workforce Development Center
Developing the Business Plan Thr... @ Peninsula Workforce Development Center
Mar 9 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
This session will introduce strategy for planning and provide information each night to develop sections of a business plan. Attendees should know how to use a computer and know how to type. Within each session[...]
Mar
16
Mon
6:00 PM Developing the Business Plan Thr... @ Peninsula Workforce Development Center
Developing the Business Plan Thr... @ Peninsula Workforce Development Center
Mar 16 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
This session will introduce strategy for planning and provide information each night to develop sections of a business plan. Attendees should know how to use a computer and know how to type. Within each session[...]
Mar
18
Wed
9:00 AM Website Marketing: “Design”, “Co... @ Peninsula Workforce Development Center
Website Marketing: “Design”, “Co... @ Peninsula Workforce Development Center
Mar 18 @ 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
This session will discuss the effect that design, content and search engine optimization can have on marketing a small business on the internet. The discussion will introduce: Content Marketing strategies; Local Optimization to ensure your[...]
Mar
23
Mon
6:00 PM Developing the Business Plan Thr... @ Peninsula Workforce Development Center
Developing the Business Plan Thr... @ Peninsula Workforce Development Center
Mar 23 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
This session will introduce strategy for planning and provide information each night to develop sections of a business plan. Attendees should know how to use a computer and know how to type. Within each session[...]

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