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Virginia SBDC

Smart Start

Tue, Jul 9 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance

This workshop will not be recorded, attendance is required to receive bonus materials in the mail.

This class is held virtually via Zoom. You will see the Zoom link once registration is complete. Please save the link to access the workshop. We recommend joining from your computer/laptop for the best experience.

Course Description

To meet the growing demand of our region’s start-ups, we’ve created a course to accelerate your idea into an actionable start. Businesses that start with a solid foundation of research, planning, and setup are up to 89% more likely to remain open three years later. That’s a percentage worth betting on!

What you'll explore:

  • If entrepreneurship is right for you
  • How to pick the perfect customers
  • How to best validate your idea
  • Keys to growing an iconic brand
  • Steps to laying the foundation for a legitimate business
  • What resources are available to you
  • Determine what stage you are in and what your next steps are

Bonus Material (worth $450):

  1. Entrepreneur Certificate  We’ve partnered with StartUp Virginia to provide you with a scholarship to complete a certificate in entrepreneurship . You will receive your unique scholarship code in the mail upon completion of Smart Start along with a link to get started.

  2. Entrepreneur Guidebook Our region's #1 guide for entrepreneurs that includes everything you need to start smart.

  3. E-Myth Revisted book- We believe every business needs to start with growth in mind. This book outlines the steps to consider when working on your business.

  4. Tax Calendar A tax calendar prepared by a tax accountant to keep track of when and what taxes are due as a business.


$35.00 per company for up to four members of the respective company to participate

Fine Print:

The City of Roanoke is our fiscal host. The cost of this workshop is directly allocated to Greater Roanoke & NRV Small Business Development Center (GR+NRVSBDC) programming.

Refunds are not available. The cost of the workshop covers the planning, preparation, and materials that are coordinated in advance.

Speaker(s): Greater Roanoke & NRV SBDC Team


Fee: $ 35.00

Tickets are Non-Refundable. The City of Roanoke is our fiscal host and you'll see the charge appear as "City of Roanoke".

U.S. Small Business Administration, George Mason University, and America's SBDC

All programs of the Virginia SBDC are open to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.
Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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