Ninth District Congressman Rick Boucher will host a July conference to help inform Southwest Virginia business owners and entrepreneurs of resources available for business startup and development.
The workshop, entitled “Building our Local Economy in a Global Market,” will be held on Monday, July 19, at 9 a.m. at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon.
“Small businesses are at the core of our economy. These businesses are a wellspring of innovation, and they give strength and diversity to the economic foundation of communities throughout Southwest Virginia,” said Boucher. “For these reasons, creating a climate that is favorable to small business startups and providing resources and other assistance to those who aspire to be small business owners is an important part of our strategy for promoting economic growth throughout our region and an important part of the work of my Congressional office.”
He added, “The conference I am hosting on July 19 will provide Southwest Virginia residents interested in starting a business and local business owners seeking to expand their business with information on the resources available from both public and private entities for local entrepreneurs.”
The conference will include:
• Presentations on launching new and growing existing businesses by Peter Su, director of the Virginia Department of Business Assistance, and representatives from Radford University’s Small Business Development Center and People Incorporated;
• An overview of the financial assistance available for small businesses, given by representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority, Virginia Community Capital and the Internal Revenue Service;
• Discussions by representatives from the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center’s International Business Development program, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the U.S. Department of Commerce on expanding markets for Southwest Virginia businesses; and
• Presentations on successfully competing for state and federal contracts.
“I strongly urge all Southwest Virginia entrepreneurs to attend this conference to learn more about the resources available to develop locally-owned small businesses,” Boucher concluded.
There is no charge to attend the conference. To register or to receive additional information, contact Congressman Boucher’s Abingdon office at (276) 628-1145 or register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.