​Small Business Development Workshop Series

Explore. Learn. Grow.

Small busi​nesses are big business for the City of Virginia Beach and a key component in creating a vibrant, successful, and global community. Throughout 2019, 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 ​ workshops.

All of our workshops are free to attend. Our goal is to make the workshop series accessible to anyone who may be interested in learning, collaborating with community members, and/or growing their entrepreneurial skills.​

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If you have any questions about our Small  Workshop Series or would like to suggest a topic, please reach out to​ ec​dev@vbgov.com.

2019 Annual Business Opportunity Conference, August 5th and 6th

This 42nd annual Business Opportunity Conference will include a Scholarship Golf Tournament, an Awards Banquet, a variety of engaging workshops, 1:1 matchmaking opportunities, an MBE reverse trade show, a Leadership Breakfast, an Economic Luncheon, networking time, and an opportunity to give back to our selected charity, Southeastern Virginia Food Bank. We look forward to engaging with our MBEs, Corporate Partners, CVMSDC supporters and prospective new members.

Please click the attached link for more information CVMSDC.​​

Space is limited - registration ​​is required.  ​Workshop locations will vary based on the number of registrants.

 Session Information


To be Announced


10 Common Legal Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

​​Are you looking to connect with others, gain valuable resources, and learn how to minimize employment-related liability and approach employment matters from a proactive position. If yes, this small business development workshop is for you.​​ The workshop is set for March 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development Boardroom 4525 Main Street, Suite 700, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.​​​

National, Regional and Local Business Resources Workshop​

The City of Virginia Beach is sponsoring a workshop featuring local, regional and national resources partners designed to assist entrepreneurs and the small business community aspiring to start and or grow their business.  The workshop is scheduled for January 29, 2019​ , from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Advanced Technology Center's Auditorium, 1800 College Crescent, Virginia Beach, VA 23453. 

 Contact Information

Jeff Smith​​​​​

Business Development Manager
City of Virginia Beach/Department of Economic Development
jsmith@vbgov.com ​
(757) 385-6453 

Lavera Tolentino​

​Minority Business Coordinator
City of Virginia Beach/Finance and Purchasing Department​
(757) 385-4246​​