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What We Do
We serve growing and early-stage small businesses in Central Virginia through:
- confidential, one-on-one business guidance
- access to customized market and data analysis
- workshops and specialized training in start-up, doing business online, cyber security, government contracting, equity capital preparation and more
How We Do It
The SBDC strives to create and retain small business employment, increase capital investment in area small business, and improve small business sales and profits. The Central Virginia SBDC fulfills this mission by providing area businesses with curated information; professional, one-on-one management counseling in a variety of financial, marketing, and operational areas; and regular training seminars addressing the needs of businesses in Central Virginia. The CV SBDC also assists pre-venture and existing businesses in developing their business plans and investor pitch decks through experienced feedback, market analysis, creating financial projections, and guidance through various capital options.
Who We Are
Located in Charlottesville, Virginia and covering serving six counties, the Central Virginia SBDC is one of 27 centers across Virginia providing professional business consulting, training and information resources to help grow and strengthen Virginia businesses. Funded by the Small Business Administration, local municipalities and community partners, our services are free of charge. The CV SBDC typically has between 4 and 6 experienced business counselors, regularly meeting with regional businesses. We also access specialized counselors with deep knowledge in topics such as federal government contracting and retail business. CV SBDC offers confidential business counseling services, assists with feasibility studies and business planning, sponsors seminars and training, and provides information and other services to area small and mid-sized businesses.
The Central Virginia SBDC serves the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson, and Orange. If you are outside of this region, visit our Statewide SBDC website for the SBDC nearest you.
The center is hosted by the Community Investment Collaborative. CIC strengthens our communities and contributes to economic development by fueling the success of under-resourced entrepreneurs through education, mentoring, financing, and networking start-up and early-stage businesses in Central Virginia.