Small Business Development Center

Small Business Development Center

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.

The mission of the Small Business Development Center is to foster small business success and grow Southwest Virginia’s economy.

Governor Northam Declares May as Business Appreciation Month

~ Governor, administration officials will participate in events across the Commonwealth to highlight Virginia’s diverse business community ~

See press release for more information- Governor Northam Declares May as Business Appreciation Month

SBA Announces National Small Business Week May 5-11, 2019

We are extremely proud to honor America’s most successful small businesses during National Small Business Week. These small business owners have shown tremendous dedication and perseverance. They are the job creators that fuel our economy and best represent the nation’s 30 million small businesses.” SBA Administrator Linda McMahon

sbaSBA will also co-host a free, two-day virtual conference featuring educational workshops and networking. Additionally, recognition and educational seminars throughout SBA’s 10 Regions and 68 Districts will be held throughout the week.

National Small Business Week is the SBA’s annual celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Details and registration information will be posted on as events are finalized.

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

small business development center

  • 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

The Well Coffee Shop

the Well Coffee ShopMike and Venus Laney, owners of The Well say, “Good coffee is more than just a drink…it is a moment.  Sometimes, it’s a moment of peace to escape the demands of daily living.  Other times, it is a good excuse to connect with a friend and share that moment”. 

The Well, an internet café located on Main Street in Tazewell, Virginia, offers gourmet coffees and expresso drinks freshly ground from Zazzy’z, located in Abingdon, Virginia.  The Well also offers healthy smoothies made from all natural ingredients, Italian sodas and light breakfast and lunch items

Read more about The Well Coffee Shop

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.

george mason u