Celebrate National Small Business Week May 4-8

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Richmond District Office
400 North 8th Street Suite 1150
Richmond, Va. 23219

Celebrate and honor small businesses during National Small Business Week

Since 1963, the President has issued a proclamation designating one week each year as National Small Business Week.  This year, the celebration will take place from May 4-8 all across the country, with the theme “Dream Big, Start Small.” National Small Business Week is May 4-8. 

As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Richmond District Office and its resource partners - the Hampton Roads Veteran Outreach Center, Women's Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers and SCORE join forces help small business start, grow, and succeed.

Celebrate National Small Business Week and join us for one of the events below!


Tulane Patterson

P. Tulane Patterson, CEO and owner of Generation Solutions was selected as the 2015 Virginia Small Business Person of the Year. SBA Richmond District Office District Director, Carl Knoblock will present the award to Mr. Patterson and his staff to recognize their operation as an outstanding small business May 6, 2015 at their offices in Lynchburg and Roanoke. 

“We are very excited to have Tulane Patterson as Virginia’s Small Business Person of the Year. He is the embodiment of an exceptional small business owner,” said SBA Richmond District Office’s District Director Carl Knoblock. “His leadership and drive have helped Generation Solutions to grow during some of the most challenging economic times. He has never lost sight of his most important asset - his employees - which in turn, give great care to the customers.”

Although this isn’t Kansas, Generation Solutions’ motto “No place like home… For senior care” says a great deal about their mission. They understand older adults prefer to spend their retirement years living in the comfort of their own homes. The company provides an integrated program of home care services intended to enable older adults to live comfortably, securely and independently in their homes as long as possible. Their home health aides provide personal care such as bathing, feeding, ambulating and caring for bed-bound individuals. Read more.


Resource partner events across Virginia during National Small Business Week


Hampton Roads Veteran Outreach Center  is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business. HRVBOC serves Federal Region III which includes Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

In addition to providing counselling to veterans, the HRVBOC is conducting a Boots to Business entrepreneurial education and  training program as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP) at Fleet and Family Support Center NAS Oceana May 5-6. The curriculum continuum includes steps for evaluating business concepts, the foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan and information on SBA resources available to help access start-up capital and additional technical assistance.

If you are a  transitioning service member and want to attend please contact your local Transition Office for registration information. 

Veterans who have already transitioned out of the military or need assistance should contact the Hampton Roads Veteran Outreach Center to schedule an appointment with a counselor. 


SCORE logo

SCORE volunteers provide the specific advice and resources you need through customized, 1-on-1 or team mentoring. Our mentors work with you to identify opportunities and avoid threats to your success. With SCORE, you can feel confident knowing you have an experienced resource available for simple questions or complicated strategy development.

Hampton Roads SCORE’s clients frequently ask, how should we finance our business? On May 6, we offer you the opportunity to learn from experts how you can do it. They will address the following subjects and more to help you assess how best to finance your business.

The Preferred Ways Small Businesses Owners Finance Their Capital Needs;The Five “C”s of borrowing and what banks need from borrowers; What the Small Business Administration (SBA) offers you including its new “LINC” service; What Virginia offers small businesses to help them grow; The latest crowd-funding developments in Virginia. Presenters will include the Honorable Glenn Davis, a Virginia Beach representative to the Virginia House of Delegates who is a successful businessman and investor, Lynne Scott, Navy Federal Credit Union’s Regional Supervisor and Business Development Officer for Hampton Roads and a SCORE mentor, and Christopher Zobel who after a distinguished business career, is serving as the SBA’s Hampton Roads Area Manager.

Please register as quickly as possible as our seating capacity is limited. There is a modest registration fee of $25 and breakfast will be available. To register click here.

Financing Your Business  -May 6, 2015
Advanced Technology Center at TCC
1800 College Crescent
Virginia Beach, VA 23453
May 6 at 8:30 am – 12:00 pm


Along with SBA's Marci Posey, Richmond SCORE Chapter 12 is presenting a module about resources partners at a Goodwill's Spring Into a new you- Career and Resource Event May 6, 2015. The event is located at Goodwill Industries of Central and Coastal Virginia, 6301 Midlothain Trnpk, Richmond, VA 23219. The event's website http://goodwillvirginia.org/springevent/


Virginia SBDC logo

Virginia Small Business Development Centers provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories. SBDCs help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and help existing businesses remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace. 

SBDC advisors provide aspiring and current small business owners a variety of free business consulting and low-cost training services including: business plan development, manufacturing assistance, financial packaging and lending assistance, exporting and importing support, disaster recovery assistance, procurement and contracting aid, market research help, 8(a) program support, and healthcare guidance

SBDCs provide a variety of training and workshops across Virginia. From business plans and planning to financing and managing a business. Click here for a list of all training events across Virginia. 


Women's Business Center

The Women's Business Center works to educate, inspire and support women entrepreneurs as they launch and grow influential, profitable businesses.They are an advocate for women entrepreneurship. WBC is your partner: positioning you for business success through education, counseling, networking resources and entrepreneurial training.

To build a fruitful business, you need more than clients. You need a network of experienced professionals who believe in you-and your vision. That's the strength, beauty and purpose of the WBC. We are an advocate for women entrepreneurship. WBC is your partner: positioning you for business success through education, counseling, networking resources and entrepreneurial training.

Thanks to the support of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Old Dominion University Research Foundation and our supporting partners, we're able to provide our services and outreach training opportunities to all participants at no charge. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur or a seasoned business owner, WBC programs provide the insight required to launch and build your dream. Our initiatives help you to:

  • Start your own business from the ground up
  • Maximize business growth and profitability
  • Develop strategic management methods
  • Improve leadership and business skills
  • Acquire a support, referral and resource network
  • Access capital and manage cash flow
  • Market your business and keep it competitive

Opening doors. Sharing experience. Promoting achievement. It's what we do, every day.

For a list of May events click here. 


ScaleUp Roanoke

ScaleUp America builds on the agency’s core mission by supporting communities’ efforts to deliver targeted intensive assistance to established high-potential small businesses and entrepreneurs that are primed for growth beyond the start-up or early stages. The objective of the initiative is to provide the necessary supports to help companies scale up and grow, while strengthening and enhancing local entrepreneurial ecosystems around the specific needs of growth oriented entrepreneurs and firms resulting in their ability to produce measurable economic impact and job growth in local communities. 

ScaleUp Roanoke Valley provides structured discussions, one-on-one business support, and networking opportunities designed to aid each member business in scaling up their operations. 

How to Join:
The first step is identifying a local sponsor and ensuring the program is right for you.  Our business consultants and educators are available daily as well to answer any specific questions, but access to the program depends on the support of your local community.  Reach out to the Community Sponsors HEREand work with them to prove your dedication in growing the business.  Once the sponsorship letter is delivered, its time to apply.

How to Apply:
To apply go to our application page and simply complete the application and submit it to the address listed on the form.  Our team of professional will review the application and work with you and your sponsor to collect any additional details needed to verify your fit into our upcoming cohorts.  The cohorts are groupings of business executives based on the collective challenges they face, working together to complete the ScaleUp program as a team. 

For more information about the program click here. 


On-Line Government Contracting Training 

Developing Pricing and the Cost Volume in Response to RFPs
May 4, 2015, 1:00—4:00 p.m.

Managing and Administrating Government Contracts
May 5, 2015, 1:00—4:00 p.m.

Audits and Accounting Systems
May 6, 2015, 1:00—5:00 p.m. 

Construction Contracting
May 7, 2015, 1:00—5:00 p.m.

For Course Details and to Register here.
There is no cost for 7(j) eligible businesses.
Workshop information: Phyllis Embree or Chris Strudthoff 

SEATS ARE LIMITED SELF-CERTIFICATION OF 7(J) ELIGIBILITY REQUIRED
7(j) Eligibility includes firms that are owned by one of the following:

(a) a socially and economically disadvantaged individual whose firm may or may not be a participant in the 8(a) Business Development Program;

(b) a firm located in a high unemployment or low income area, as defined in the U.S. Census Bureau's County and City Data Book and in the Poverty Guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS);

(c) a firm owned by a low income individual, as defined in under HHS Poverty Guidelines.


National Small Business Week has with events all across the country. Administrator Contreras-Sweet will be traveling to Miami, Los Angeles, San Antonio, and New York City, before returning to DC for a national awards ceremony at the White House that every state and national winner has been invited to. 

A list of winners from every state is available HERE.
A list of national winners and finalists is available HERE.
A list of the 15 national finalists of our InnovateHER competition is available HERE.