Small Business Development Workshop Series
Explore. Learn. Grow.
Small businesses are big business for the City of Virginia Beach and a key component to creating a vibrant, successful, and global community. Throughout 2017, the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development, in partnership with our business community, will continue to support the small business community by providing a series of free workshops.
Space is limited - registration is required. Workshop locations will vary based on the number of registrants.
National, Regional and Local Business Resources Workshop
The workshop is scheduled for January 18, 2017 , from 10 a.m. - noon at the Virginia Beach Central Library; RSVP here.
Financing Your Dream – February 22, 2017 - 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Gain knowledge on financing business ideas, capital needs and ventures. Financial institutions throughout Hampton Roads will be on hand to guide you in the right direction to finance your dreams.
Red Cross Supplier Diversity – March 9, 2017 - 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(This workshop will include a one-on-one session.)
The Red Cross has a Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) designed to strengthen their organization and communities by proactively seeking woman, disabled, and minority business enterprises (WMBEs) who represent the communities they serve.
Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) - April 19, 2017 –
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
(Proposal Writing and Capability Statement
PTAP provides opportunities to learn how to analyze and respond to RFPs, the advantages of priming and subcontracting opportunities, and assist with more intricate company-specific challenges including pricing and compliance questions.
Cox Communications and Supplier Diversity - June 21, 2017 - 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Actively seeking diverse suppliers is a goal of Cox Communications; achieving this goal creates business relationships that reflect the makeup of all Cox customers and potential customers.
SWaM Business Forum - September 21, 2017 -
9 a.m. -2 p.m. – Location TBD
(Health Care Industry and the Small Business Community)
The goal of the SWaM Business Forum is to provide industry specific information to small businesses to assist them in identifying the available opportunities/ resources in the Virginia Beach community and surrounding localities which will help grow and sustain their businesses.
Business Development Manager
City of Virginia Beach/Department of Economic Developmentjsmith@vbgov.com
Minority Business Coordinator
City of Virginia Beach/Finance and Purchasing Departmentltolenti@vbgov.com(757) 385-4246