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From the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center

September 8, 2022
This week we are at the America's SBDC conference in San Diego learning about best practices in small business development across the country. 1400 SBDCers are connecting and discussing creative and new ways to serve our communities. We are excited to bring some ideas home to share in Central Virginia!

Fall is off to a high speed start. Minority Business Month is filled with great events and opportunities to connect. You will find below two options to pitch for money, some fun community events, and news about grants and other business resources.

Our next newsletter will highlight a small business. If you would like to be considered for a feature in a newsletter or for one of our small business success stories please let us know!
Do you want to access great interns the easy way? Need a business-minded helping hand (or two)? Hire an intern!
The UVA Career Center and CV SBDC are working together to connect engaged students with local and regional small businesses in Central Virginia. We know first hand! UVA students add value by bringing fresh talent, perspective and energy to our projects! We are happy to provide some tools to make working with interns a great, smooth process to benefit your business. Contact us or click here to learn more about hiring UVA interns.
Startup Company
Application Deadline Extended
Due Monday, 9/12 5:00 pm est
Accelerate is an opportunity for early-stage businesses to pitch for prizes, but more importantly, get in front of venture firms that will be attending. Applicants should be seeking Seed, A, or early B rounds and have a strong technology and serious growth potential.
Funding Opportunities
Grant Opportunities for Small Businesses

Virginia SBDC network member, Mike Austin, has compiled a non-exhaustive list of available grants for small businesses.
Virginia Tourism Corporation Grants and More
The Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) offers several funding programs to assist the Virginia travel industry. Below is a summary of the current and future programs
Contact us for assistance with finding the best grant opportunity for your business at or 434-295-8198

September is Cville's Minority Business Month!
Immerse yourself into the community events hosted by the Minority Business Program! This month is about acknowledging, supporting, and celebrating minority-owned businesses.
Quad Business Summit and
QuadTank Pitch Competition
The 7th annual Quad Business Summit will bring together businesses from the counties of Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange, and others from Central Virginia for a half-day of networking opportunities. All are welcome to attend!

The Summit will include Kelli Palmer, Chief Diversity Officer at Willow Tree, as the keynote speaker discussing winning in talent attraction and retention. The event also features a local business owner panel discussion with Q&A, and the Annual QuadTank Pitch Competition.
If your business is located in Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison or Orange County, you may enter to compete in the fourth annual QuadTank Pitch Competition – an exciting addition to the Quad Business Summit. The winning individual or team this year will be awarded a $6,500 minimum cash prize to support implementation of their business plans. At the end of the Quad County Business Summit, the winner will be chosen by a panel of judges.

DEADLINE to express interest in pitching is September 16th. Email to set a meeting with a SBDC advisor to get started.
Featured Upcoming Events
Fem Founder Financing
online or in person at Northside Library
(705 Rio Rd W, Charlottesville)
September 15 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Join to hear from a panel of experts about various sources of capital for small business. Women entrepreneurs who have successfully funded their businesses from the ground up will also be available to answer questions and share their stories.
Presented as part of Charlottesville Minority Business Month
QuadTank: Pitch Prep
September 20 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Start-up or existing companies in Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Orange,
and Madison Counties:

The Central Virginia SBDC team will walk you through proven tactics to pitch and how to make the most of your ten minutes before the judges. There will be plenty of time for Q&A and individual meetings can be scheduled after the session.
Starting Your Business

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 and financial projections. This workshop is offered twice monthly.

*Sept 29 | 6:00 - 8:00pm

Oct 11 | 10:00am - 12:00pm

*Presented as part of Charlottesville Minority Business Month
Taught by business advisors of Community Investment Collaborative, Central Virginia SCORE and Central Virginia SBDC.
Culpeper: Build Your Social Media Plan
803 S Main St, Culpeper - free parking on-site
September 12 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us in beautiful Culpeper Virginia for a fun and interactive event! Social media can help you build stronger relationships with your customers and even meet new ones, but success on social isn't magic. Presenter Greg Dorazio will share strategy and tactics to help you post with style and confidence.

All are welcome. In person, one-on-one appointments with Greg will be available for Culpeper County clients after the event. Contact Mesa at or
434-295-8198 to schedule an appointment.
Access the CVSBDC Events Calendar and statewide training offerings

Happening in the Community
Louisa Biz Expo 2022
Sept 15 | 4:00 - 7:00pm
IN-PERSON: at Fifty-Third Winery and Vineyards
Come Connect! The Louisa County Chamber of Commerce and Blue Ridge Bank would like to invite you to participate in the Louisa Biz Expo, a business-to-business expo providing exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their services and connect with potential clients, partners, or referral networks.
Sept 20 | 8:00 - 10:00am
HYBRID event: In-person at Irving Theater at the CODE Building, 225 W Water St or online via Zoom
Get inspired
Meet fellow entrepreneurs
Share lessons learned

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