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SBDC Services for Local Businesses


The Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CV SBDC) offers free counseling services, assists with feasibility studies and business planning, sponsors workshops and training events, and provides information and other services to the small and medium-sized business community.  To find our more about these services, click on the links below:

Business Counseling

The Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CV SBDC) can help you to manage and grow your business. The CV SBDC serves the experienced owner who wants to expand a business, solve business problems, develop new ideas, enter new markets, or access expansion capital. The CV SBDC also serves the aspiring business owner who needs to understand the requirements for going into business, financial management issues, marketing strategies and tactics, business plan development and implementation, and the qualifications for obtaining start-up funds. If you are thinking about starting a new business, we strongly recommend that you begin by attending one of our How To Start a Small Business seminars and begin to write a draft of your business plan before making an appointment. Our counseling services are offered confidential and provided at no charge on a one-on-one basis. We also offer a variety of courses and workshops focused on the special needs of small business owners. Counseling sessions are primarily conducted on Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays.  Appointments may be made for other days of the week by special arrangement. We now offer appointments for counseling in Louisa, Nelson, Orange, and Greene Counties.  Call or e-mail us to set up an appointment. If you set an appointment, we will ask you to complete the Request for Counseling Form and Pre-Counseling Questionnaire and bring it with you to your meeting.

Growth Wheel®

Make Decisions.   — Take Action

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Growth Wheel® is a visual toolkit for dialogue and decision making.  It helps entrepreneurs build their businesses through a simple action-focused process that stays true to the way most entrepreneurs think and work.

Simple. Visual. Practical.
A 360º Perspective Made Simple

Growth Wheel was designed around the observation that… all companies have the same challenges.

Whatever the industry, lifestage, or company size, building and growing a company comes down to the same four basic challenges:

  • creating an attractive Business Concept,
  • building a strong Organization behind it,
  • developing lasting Customer Relations, and
  • doing so while maintaining profitable Operations

The SBDC incorporates this Growth Wheel® toolkit into both selected counseling sessions and training events.


Online Training

Below is a sample of the workshops that the Central Virginia SBDC offers.  Please call the SBDC at (434) 295-8198 with any questions.

How to Start a Small Business

Learn the basics on how to start a business, including how to decide if you are an entrepreneur, how to evaluate your business idea, how to develop a plan for your business and the nuts and bolts of getting started. Discussion topics will include financing the business and government programs for business owners. Both aspiring entrepreneurs and those who have just started their business within the last six months will benefit from this session.

Develop a Targeted Marketing Strategy

Part of our SuccessKit Series Sponsored by: Hantzmon_Wiebel_Web_Logo
Learn how to develop an actionable marketing plan to help grow sales profitably.  Will address marketing planning, identifying your target market, tools for understanding the competition, and pricing to improve profitability.  A resource kit will be provided.

Understanding and Preparing Cash Flow Projections

Part of our SuccessKit Series Sponsored by: Hantzmon_Wiebel_Web_Logo
Learn how to understand, develop and use cash flow projections to manage your business and raise capital.  For existing business owners and entrepreneurs who plan to start a business within six months.  No accounting is required.

To view a complete list of upcoming workshops, please click here.

For SBDC FAQs click here.

Contact Information

300 Preston Avenue, #206, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: 434-295-8198 |        | Email:
Business Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm


Call (434) 295-8198