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Promoting Small Business Growth and Success
The Loudoun Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was created to promote entrepreneurship and small business growth. It fulfills that mission by providing one-on-one coaching, educational offerings such as 1 Million Cups and workshops like How to Start a Business and the Business Plan Boot Camp, as well as information on all aspects of small business management. From start-up through growth stage, we provide current and innovative resources and support to small businesses to help them achieve their greatest success.
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Plan and start your business with the right support, tools and information to be successful. The Loudoun SBDC offers training and advising for new business owners and entrepreneurs as they take the first steps towards building their new businesses.
As you seek to grow and expand your business, we offer expertise and practical tools to help you develop an active vision, strategy and roadmap to reach your goals.
Information and Resources for Small Businesses
Virginia Launches Return to Earn Program
Unemployed Virginians are facing a variety of childcare, transportation, and other barriers to returning to the workforce while some small businesses are struggling to find workers. To support Virginians in their transition back to employment, Governor Ralph Northam will invest $3 million to pilot the Return to Earn Grant Program.
To qualify for the state’s matching fund of up to $500 per person, businesses must pay that amount directly to a new employee hired after May 31, either as a lump sum or in installments to offset ongoing costs of child care, transportation or other barriers to re-employment. Funds will be reimbursed only to businesses that pay at least $15 per hour for jobs that qualify as W-2 employment, either full time or part time. For additional information on requirements and to apply for Return to Earn grant funding, small businesses should contact their local Virginia Career Works Center. Answers to frequently asked questions about the program can be found here: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/media/governorvirginiagov/governor-of-virginia/pdf/FAQ-On-The-Virginia-Return-To-Earn-Grant-Program.pdf
Applications Open for Leesburg Business Awards
The Town of Leesburg is accepting applications for the annual Leesburg Business Awards. Award applications are being accepted through an online application process and the deadline for nominations is Monday April 4th, 2022.
Eligible nominees for all categories must have the primary physical location of the company, organization, or business entity within the corporate limits of the Town of Leesburg. Businesses must possess a valid Town of Leesburg business license, must be in compliance with all Town regulations, and must have been in operation for at least one year. Learn more by visiting: Leesburg Business Awards | Leesburg, VA (leesburgva.gov).
Can I Get Help with the Loan Preparation Process?
Yes! The Loudoun SBDC has coaches that can help you with loan package preparation. If you have questions about the process or need assistance in gathering information or filling out application forms, contact us and we will get you connected with a coach as soon as possible. NOTE: All coaching through the SBDC Loudoun is free of charge.
To help you understand the EIDL Application process we’ve prepared this video overview and guide for the new streamlined application:
Virginia's Permanent COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Health Rules Take Effect
Virginia’s permanent COVID-19 workplace safety and health rules have taken effect. The standards mandate appropriate personal protective equipment, sanitation, social distancing, infectious disease preparedness and response plans, record keeping, training, and hazard communications in workplaces across the Commonwealth. The permanent standards align with the temporary standards that had been in place since July.
Read the full statement and get more details:https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2021/january/headline-891684-en.html