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Southwest Small Business Development Center

Small Business Development Center – Southwest SBDC

The Small Business Development Center (Southwest SBDC) provides free and confidential one-on-one counseling as well as business education opportunities and resources to help entrepreneurs, small business owners, and managers improve their business.

SWCC SBDC Business SuccessThe mission of the SBDC is to foster small business success and grow Southwest Virginia’s economy.

A few of the types of assistance offered to start or expand your business are:

  • Business Planning
  • Financial Resources & Statements
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Target Marketing & Growth and Expansion Strategies
  • Exporting Assistance
  • Licensing and Regulatory Information
  • Free, Confidential Business Consultation
  • Management Counseling and Training

The Southwest SBDC office has a proven track record of providing solid guidance for potential and current business owners to succeed. Below is one of many such success stories.

Success Stories of Southwest’s Small Business Development Center

From Retirement Dream to Reality in Southwest Virginia

Getting Started

The Southwest SBDC Director initially met with Mr. Larry Davidson in January, 2011. Mr. Davidson had recently retired from the US Army and moved back to the “Thompson Valley” area, on VA State Route 16 in Tazewell County, Virginia, a scenic, mountainous road between Tazewell back of the dragon ribbon cuttingand Marion, VA  in Smyth County.

This 26-mile route crosses three mountains with an estimated driving time for the curvy route of about one hour. This route is home to some of the most beautiful mountain areas in southwest Virginia and Mr. Davidson was interested in putting this route “on the map” for tourism, attracting motorcyclist and car enthusiasts to the area- naming the route and his project, Back of the Dragon.

Read more about From Retirement Dream to Reality


The Small Business Development Center at Southwest Virginia Community College is a partnership with the United States Small Business Administration and George Mason University – Mason Enterprise Center at the School of Public Policy. 

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