Women inventors and entrepreneurs, like Marie Curie and Ariana Huffington inspire creativity, strength, and bravery. Central Virginia's women entrepreneurs are changing our communities in record numbers! Of the 829 entrepreneurs that were served by Central Virginia SBDC in 2021, more than half (452) were women.

Please join us in supporting and celebrating our hometown women who are building businesses that create jobs and make our communities stronger and special.
Diane Arnold Retires
In this newsletter, we send retirement wishes and gratitude to a great and respected woman in the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network, Diane Arnold. Diane advised more than 3,000 entrepreneurs in her award-winning career. She warmly shared her knowledge, advising people to "make original mistakes" rather than those that are common in starting and growing a business.

Diane, we are grateful for generously giving your time, wisdom, and brilliant energy. We wish you joy, and great adventures ahead!
Entrepreneur Spotlight
Featured Upcoming Events
International Trade 101: Tips, Pointers, Q&A
Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) and CV SBDC have partnered with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) to help demystify the international trade process.

Join us on Tuesday, March 22, 12:00 - 1:30pm to hear from a panel of experts about the export process.

  • Monica Sadie, Supply Chain Program Manager, VEDP
  • Caitlyn Maxwell, International Trade Manager, VEDP
  • Aaron Miller, International Trade Director, Virginia SBDC
  • Moderator: Rebecca Haydock, Director, Central Virginia SBDC
  • Host: Justin Ritter, Vice Chair, CBIC
Blockchain Bootcamp (and NFTs)
online or at 300 Preston Avenue, Charlottesville
March 23 | 12:00 - 1:00pm

Are you considering NFTs or what blockchain means for your business? Updated for 2022.

CV SBDC's Chief Digital Strategist, Cameron Nelson, will cover topics including:
  • Intro to Blockchain
  • How Blockchain can be used for Small Business
  • What are NFTs?
  • Looking towards the future of Blockchain Technologies
  • Industry Applications
  • Safety and Privacy Concerns
Starting Your Business

Thinking about starting a small business?
Are you in business but aren't confident everything is in order?
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.

March 24 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

April 12 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Scottsville Community Business Launch - virtual attendance
There are 4 workshops of the Scottsville Community Business launch still available to the public via virtual attendance.

All classes will be held via Zoom from 5:30-7:00pm.

Additional information and registration can be found on each event page.
Access the CVSBDC Events Calendar and statewide training offerings
Russia Sanctions and Technology Controls
From the International Trade Interest Section of America's SBDC:

Advice for SBDC clients on preparations to take in response to the war in Ukraine and the sanctions on Russia.

EIDL: Drought Assistance
The SBA has opened an EIDL loan opportunity for small businesses directly impacted by the drought (May 1, 2021 through October 15, 2021) in specified counties.

In the Central Virginia region, this includes Albemarle, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Nelson, and Rappahannock Counties.

Contact us to meet with a CV SBDC advisor if you think you might qualify.
contact@cvsbdc.org | 434-295-8198

Free Websites!
Check out our Website Jump Start Portfolio to see examples great websites we've created with local businesses, and apply today for yours!
Crowdfunded Pitch Night is Coming Up!
Pitch your way to a $5,000 grand prize!
The Tom Tom Festival and the Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) are hosting the 10th Annual Crowdfunded Pitch Night on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at 6pm, at The CODE Building. Ten local entrepreneurs will be selected to pitch their business concepts to a live audience, excited to pledge funds to their favorite contestant. 

It’s a three minute chance to share your vision with the community, inspire the crowd to action, and compete for a chance to win a $5,000 grand prize.

Be sure to apply by the deadline on March 25th.
Save the date: VTC Orientation
2022 Virginia Tourism Corporation Orientation offers new information, resources and best practices for your business
May 10-12, 2022 | 9 a.m.-noon via Zoom

·     Get a brief overview and update from each VTC Division
·     Receive timely ‘Action Items’ to help strategize and plan leveraging VTC resources
·     Benefit from industry partners’ Success Stories to hear best practices and ROIs

Who will Benefit from Participating: Virginia DMOs, tourism-related business owners, tourism marketers and representatives from Virginia attractions, restaurants, events, retail, and lodging establishments.
Registration: Registration opens HERE on April 1, 2022.
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Charlottesville main office phone: 434-295-8198 | Culpeper direct phone: 540-727-0638
Culpeper office: 803 South Main Street, Culpeper, VA 22701