SBDC to Celebrate Record of Help for Small Businesses
The Virginia Highlands Small Business Development Center will join nearly 1,000 other centers across the nation on March 21in celebrating 38 years of assistance to America’s small businesses.
America’s Small Business Development Center Day was created by proclamation to honor the $5 billion in capital and nearly 100,000 jobs created by small businesses with assistance from SBDCs. The SBDC network is a partnership that includes the U.S. Congress, the Small Business Administration, the private sector, and the colleges, universities and state governments that manage centers nationwide.
Since 1980, 63 state and regional Small Business Development Center networks have provided free one-on-one consulting to small businesses locations throughout the nation. Locally, the Virginia Highlands SBDC was created in 1992 to serve the City of Bristol, and Washington and Smyth counties. Last year alone, the local SBDC provided assistance for more than 125 entrepreneurs and business training to over 300 people in the service area.
SBDCs provide free, face-to-face business consulting and provide assistance writing business plans, accessing capital, creating marketing plans, and meeting regulatory compliance standards. They also provide training workshops, like the “Power UP SWVA: A Cybersecurity & Manufacturing Summit” that was sponsored last year by the Virginia Highlands SBDC and attended by more than 200 participants.
The Virginia Highlands Small Business Development Center is located on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College. For additional please call (276) 739-2474 or go to www. vhcc.edu/sbdc.