Small Business Development Center

Small Business Development Center



FOR ASSISTANCE WITH YOUR APPLICATION Free Counseling and Assistance Applying for EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Southwest Virginia Community college offers assistance with constructing financial records, preparing financial statements and submitting the EIDL loan application as well as help applying for other sources of assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. Contact the SBDC office by filling out the request for counseling form. As soon as we receive your completed request we will contact you for either a virtual appointment or telephone conference.

Attention Small Business Owners:  The Southwest CC SBDC wants to inform all of our clients that there is a scam email being sent out to small business owners claiming to originate from the SBA  (U.S. Small Business Association).  Please know that per the SBA website:

SBA does not initiate contact on either 7a or Disaster loans or grants.  If you are proactively contacted by someone claiming to be from the SBA, suspect fraud.

​If you have received one of these emails (see pdf of the scam alert) or other like it, please contact the SBA at or feel free to contact the Southwest Virginia Community College Small Business Center Director, Margie Douglass at for more information.


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.

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

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.