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To succeed in the modern era, businesses need effective websites that communicate value, educate about services, and offer ecommerce. Central Virginia SBDC is accepting applications to build a website for your business, thanks to support from Go Virginia, Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville.

Creating a Website to Meet your Business Requirements

The CV SBDC team of technical experts are facilitating the build of simple websites to provide digital resiliency to companies suffering due to the pandemic. The goal is to drive business profitability, allowing the businesses to invest in larger web development needs in the future, if needed. The websites will be built at no cost to the business owner. 

Applications are being accepted from for-profit businesses in the following areas:

City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Culpeper County, Fluvanna County, Greene County, Louisa County, Madison County, Nelson County, Orange County,  and Rappahannock County.

Some spots in the program are reserved for veteran, minority or women-owned businesses. 

Applicant Time Requirements

The CV SBDC web build team will be working at a fast pace to serve as many entrepreneurs as efficiently as possible. CV SBDC is a non-profit so projects will work on restricted timelines with pre-allocated hours.

 

Applicants should be prepared to be responsive during the two-week project period, and CV SBDC will be as flexible as possible to work within the schedule constraints of busy entrepreneurs. If selected entrepreneurs cause delays during the process due to lack of cooperation or responsiveness, their project may be moved to the end of the schedule for completion (which could be months out) or cancelled.

Selection:

Selected businesses may be existing or new clients of CV SBDC. All must:
• Undergo a business evaluation with a CVSBDC Business Advisor to ensure appropriateness for the Web Build Project (business must be formed, licensed and positioned to minimally support growth)
• Attend or watch a CVSBDC e-commerce boot camp presentation
• Undergo a website health check by CVSDBC if existing website is in place

 

The Limits:

This work will NOT include
• Major refresh projects on existing sites
• Managing eCommerce
• Managing marketing elements of the site
• Ongoing web services for businesses
• Photography
• Content updates
• Major copywriting
• Graphic design
• SaaS sites (or anything requiring a database or user login)

The Website:

The final product will be a basic WordPress website with:
• 3-5 pages (home page, contact page, product page, contact form)
• A simple video
• A simple logo (if needed)
• eCommerce as appropriate for up to 5 items
• Possible simple shopping cart set up, as appropriate
• Connection to payment system, as appropriate
• A social media post and press release to help initiate promotion of the new site once live

The Handoff:

The CV SBDC website build time will include at least one personalized training session to instruct the client how to access and update the site. The training will include deciding on a site update and maintenance plan that does not rely on CV SBDC. The plan should include the business owner, relevant staff members, and a referral to at least three additional options for support that may be called on as needed.

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