Our conversation for The Valley Business Today with Edison Emmons from Luray/Page Chamber of Commerce featured Joyce Krech, Director of Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center.

Joyce explained the concept of small business development centers and gave us an overview of the no-fee services they provide to current and budding small business owners. Headquartered in Harrisonburg, VA at James Madison University, the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center serves the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia region which includes the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, and Rockingham, and the cities therein. They maintain offices in Harrisonburg and Verona, but also meet with clients in Monterey, Lexington, and Luray. The Shenandoah Valley SBDC is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration as well as funding from the localities they serve.

The mission of the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center is to advise, train, and inform small businesses to help them achieve success. They do this with a three-prong approach providing one-on-one consulting/advising, access to resources, and various trainings and webinars. They are one of 27 centers across Virginia.

We talked about the types of questions they are frequently asked, the types of business situations they guide clients through, and whether you can access a center outside of your own locality.

For more information about Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, visit their website: https://www.valleysbdc.org/ and follow them on Facebook. To find a Virginia Small Business Development Center near you, visit: https://www.virginiasbdc.org/ or nationwide: https://americassbdc.org/