Joint IDA staff is available to answer small business questions of many types. We can assist with labor pool information, demographic data, commuting information, GIS mapping, and much more. If you’re in need of assistance gathering information or dealing with a government agency, utility company, or even a permitting process, we are here to help. The Joint IDA advocates for small businesses and entrepreneurs in our area as part of our mission. Contact us any time during office hours via telephone at 276-223-3370 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to meet with you here in our office or at your place of business. If you are in need of long-term business counseling, we can make referrals to a variety of resource partners in our region. Let us help point you in the right direction if it’s beyond our capabilities.
The Small Business Development Center, regionally sponsored by the Blue Ridge Crossroads Economic Development Authority (BRCEDA), provides free counseling to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Areas of assistance are management skills, business information, business planning, productivity improvement, networking assistance, loan application assistance, sources of financing, financial analysis, marketing, and permits/licenses/taxes. The SBDC also conducts periodic workshops. To learn more about how the SBDC can assist your small business or if you are thinking or starting a small business, contact the SBDC located in Galax at the Crossroads Institute via phone at 276-236-0435 or follow this link to request counseling.
The Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity offers an array of business assistance and resources to Virginia’s growing community of small businesses. This organization can help your business become certified in programs like SWaM (Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned businesses) and can also discuss procurement opportunities like becoming a vendor for the Commonwealth. Although the agency is based in Richmond, there is a satellite office in Abingdon.
The Joint IDA offers a Revolving Loan Fund to assist qualified small businesses with obtaining financing. Qualified borrowers can expect very competitive interest rates with flexible repayment options. Microloans are available, as well, for entrepreneurs at very favorable terms.
Formerly housed in the Joint IDA office, the Southwest Regional Enterprise Center was headed by Bob Kirby. Mr. Kirby, in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development authored a helpful guide for those considering opening a small business. This step by step approach asks a number of questions that an entrepreneur needs to be able to answer. Contact us for a hard copy or you can download the document.