Southern Virginia is blessed to have the support and opportunity from an array of local and state programs, but also centered in the middle of some of the best research and investment opportunities on the East Coast of the United States.  Investment funding and entrepreneurial assistance, small business start-up assistance and intellectual property opportunities from our labs and applied research facilities will enable you to succeed.

Incubation space, business accelerators and technology and organizational clubs and support provide a network that supports personal and business growth and success.  Whether you are interested in our award winning programs and services to support you through professional development, historical revitalization for your business, or ensuring that there are opportunities to interest family members if you are moving here with an industry – there are solutions that will provide opportunity and success! 

Dan River Business Development Center

We provide to new and existing small businesses: affordable rents, shared support services, shared equipment, and access to a wide range of professional, technical, and financial programs.

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434-793-9100
Dan River Regional Collaborative

The Collaborative promotes regional partnerships of employers, educators, workforce developers and other stakeholders to address the skills needs of regional employers. Within the industry partnerships, the Collaborative's efforts focus on capacity building, systems change and policy advocacy.

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434-766-6711
Ideafest

IdeaFest is a Business Pitch Competition where 20 finalists will pitch their startup idea to a panel of judges and a live audience. The top three competitors will be awarded $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place and $1,500...

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434-799-5491
Longwood SBDC – Western Regions

As a small business resource for 25 years, the Longwood Small Business Development Center’s (LSBDC) core mission is to provide education, consulting, and economic research to support potential and existing small business owners throughout Southern Virginia. The SBDC program at...

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Rural Business Development Grants in Virginia

This program is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas which will employ 50 or fewer new employees and...

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804-287-1604
The Launch Place

The Launch Place provides new and early stage business support services and seed funding. As an entrepreneurship development organization with the purpose to plan, fund, launch and grow companies, TLP helps companies to get started or to expand their operations...

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434-799-5491
Virginia SWAM

The Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Business (SWaM) certification program is a state program of the Commonwealth of Virginia. The purpose is to enhance procurement opportunities for SWaM businesses participating in state-funded projects.

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804-786-6585