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 2016, 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.


Note: Space is limited - registration is required. 


Regional and Local Small Business Resources

The workshop is scheduled for February 10, 2016, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  The registration is closed. 


Contract Development

This lunch and learn workshop is scheduled for April 20, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will provide key contract development and management tools regarding contractual requirements and administration for the small business community. The registration is closed.

Facilitated by: Wanda Cooper, Esq., Cooper Law Firm

Location: Advanced Technology Center, Room H170


Steps to Avoid Business Interruptions and Downtime

The workshop is scheduled for June 15, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ask any business owner what their #1 fear is about their computer network…the answer DOWNTIME.  This workshop will focus on the tools and strategies needed to improve business continuity and mitigate the risk associated with downtime.

Facilitated by: Martin Joseph, 360 IT

Location: Virginia Beach Economic Development

Steps to Avoid Business Interruptions - June 15

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Financial Lending Options for the Small Business Financing Authority   

The workshop is scheduled for October 19, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Learn about loan programs and other financing tools that could be helpful with funding your business plan or your entrepreneurial aspiration.

Facilitated by: Mary Jo Sisson-Vaughan, Virginia Small Business 

Location: Virginia Beach Economic Development

Financial Lending Options - October 19

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Virginia Beach Economic Development 

4525 Main Street, Suite 700

Virginia Beach, VA 23462


Contact Information

Jeff Smith

Business Development Manager

City of Virginia Beach/Department of Economic Development

Email: | Phone: (757) 385-6453 


Lavera Tolentino

Minority Business Coordinator

City of Virginia Beach/Finance and Purchasing Department

Email: | Phone: (757) 385-4246