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From the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center

February 1, 2022
Meet Mesa McMurtrey
Mesa McMurtrey has joined the core CV SBDC staff as our newly minted Client Services Coordinator and Office Manager. She is Virginia born and bred and currently resides in Charlottesville. She comes to us from the IT Government contracting world and has experience in office and project management, human resources, purchasing, accounts payable, and event planning.

Mesa is currently pursuing a degree in Emergency and Disaster Management. In her spare time she loves to curl up with a good book and her dog and spend time in the mountains backpacking, camping and exploring nature. She is very excited to join the team.
What Are NFTs?
NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are unique, digital tokens that can’t be replaced. They’re issued on a blockchain, like Ethereum. These tokens can represent anything digital, such as art, animated stickers, music, videos, tweets, and more. For small businesses selling digital assets this could be a really important step to increase online sales.

Want to learn more about all things digital? CV SBDC and Virginia SBDC Chief Digital Advisor, Cameron Nelson, talks about NFTs and other digital resiliency topics in his online trainings.
Find Cameron's online workshops on the VASBDC online calendar.
PPP Forgiveness
Changes to PPP Forgiveness Procedures

On Friday, 1/28/2022, the SBA announced some changes to the PPP forgiveness process for borrowers that were denied either partial or full forgiveness.  Prior to the new guidelines, there were few options for borrowers to pursue redress if their lender determined that they could not receive full forgiveness for their PPP loan(s). 

Contact us to meet with an SBDC advisor to answer any questions about your PPP forgiveness. | 434-295-8198
Access Capital for Your Business
MICROLOANS of up to $50,000 NOW AVAILABLE through CIC
Financing opportunities with Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) are expanding! Microloans of up to $50,000 can be approved and accessed directly through CIC.  Eligible borrowers & businesses must have graduated from CIC’s Entrepreneur Workshop or been operating for 6 months and able to provide financial statements along with a complete business plan.  

If you are looking to build or expand your business, CIC may be able to help! 

For more information, please visit
Featured Upcoming Events
Build Your Social Media Plan
Feb 2 | 9:00 - 10:00am

Ready to make 2022 your year in social media? You need a plan.

Social media can help you build stronger relationships with your customers and even meet new ones. But success on social isn’t magic. It takes consistent effort with a good strategy.

Presented by Greg Dorazio, CV SBDC Assistant Director

Facebook Ads Tips & Tricks
Feb 7 | noon - 1:00pm

Presented by Molly Bossardt,

Starting Your Business
Feb 10 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Co-hosted by Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

Thinking about starting a small business?
Have you started…but maybe missed some critical information?
This workshop is for you!

In this workshop, we review the steps for a successful start, the registrations and regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections. This workshop is offered twice monthly.
If you’ve already started your business and now find it’s time to expand…how do you choose what type of financing will work best for you?
Financing Your Business Part 1: Preparing for your First Bank Loan
February 16 | 9:00 - 10:00am

Is a loan right for you? If so, how do you choose a bank, open accounts, and finance your business?

Join First Citizens Bank, CV SBDC and the Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) as we explore loan options, preparations required, and how to find the right lender.

This workshop is for startups and young businesses that are just beginning to explore sources of capital. We will cover “the basics” and start you on your way to a successful banking relationship!
Financing Your Business Part 2: Advanced Banking & Access to Capital
February 23 | 9:00 - 10:00am

Credit, cash flow, loans, and grants explained!

Join First Citizens Bank, CV SBDC and the Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) for this more advanced Part 2 of Financing Your Business. 

In this workshop, we’ll explore the options available for businesses to raise capital for expansion and growth….and how to find the right option for your business.
Access the CVSBDC Events Calendar and statewide training offerings

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center | Visit our website
Charlottesville main office phone: 434-295-8198 | Culpeper direct phone: 540-727-0638
Culpeper office: 803 South Main Street, Culpeper, VA 22701