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

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As Tazewell County, Virginia, continues to develop and invest in tourism initiatives, entrepreneurs such as Matthew and Amy Ratliff are realizing the opportunities to transform their visions into reality.

Matthew and Amy visited the Small Business Development Center-SW in April, 2015 advising that they owned property located on the Back of the Dragon.  This motorcycle and sports car enthusiast trail, consists of thirty-two miles of winding, curvy roads on State Route 16 and attracts hundreds of visitors each year; however until now, there has been no lodging available along that stretch of highway to keep the visitors in the area.

Read more about Foxtail Orchards Cabins and Campgrounds


SBDC Day is a national, collective proclamation of the success and impact America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) have across the nation in economic development and the small businesses community. The first America’s SBDC Day will take place on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

SBDC Day will unite the nearly 1,000 SBDC centers across the country and the hundreds of thousands of clients they serve by sharing, in real time, the success stories and notable impacts SBDCs collectively have on the small business community at large. This special day will be celebrated with social media campaigns, public relations initiatives, online and in-person events and more.

America’s SBDC represents America’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) – the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories.

Business has changed dramatically in the last 37 years, from the introduction of new technologies to the expansion of global trade. And America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network has been there throughout — helping small businesses succeed, and helping aspiring entrepreneurs achieve the American dream of owning their own business.

The 63 state and regional Small Business Development Center networks provide free one-onone consulting to small businesses at nearly 1,000 locations throughout the nation. SBDC clients start a new business every 30 minutes, create a new job every 5 minutes, generate $100,000 in new sales every 7.5 minutes, and raise $100,000 in capital every 11.4 minutes. Job growth for SBDC clients is nearly 10 times greater than job growth for average businesses, and SBDC client sales growth is nearly 4 times greater than sales growth for businesses in general.

To learn more about America’s SBDC please visit

The Virginia SBDC Network is a partnership program between the U.S. Small Business Administration, George Mason University-Mason Enterprise Center and institutions of higher education, chambers of commerce and economic development organizations. Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U. S. Small Business Administration.

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