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Alexandria SBDC

Provides free tools, resources, and confidential assistance to help small businesses located in the City of Alexandria to start, manage and grow.

About

Startups: Entrepreneurs starting a venture are faced with many questions and challenges. They might wonder which steps they should take first, and wonder about questions they haven’t thought to ask. Alexandria Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a free resource to help City of Alexandria businesses sort through these concerns. Below are just some of the ways Alexandria SBDC staff can help you: • Objective feedback on your business concept • Checklist of Steps for Starting a Business • The SBDC’s Business Planning Guide is recognized as one of the best guides you can follow • Referral to sources of professional guidance – attorneys, accountants, and others • Connections to key resources that will help you start and grow your business • Meeting with a financial expert to make sure your concept is viable, plan your early-stage financing, prepare a strong loan application and connect to lenders. • Help with site selection • Guidance on obtaining government permits Alexandria SBDC staff is focused only on your best interests and has nothing to sell. Existing Business: Already established businesses in the City of Alexandria benefit from contacting Alexandria SBDC small business experts for objective feedback and suggestions on improving their operations, marketing and profitability. Below are some of the ways Alexandria SBDC can help you: • Cash flow analysis with a small business financial expert • Updating or improving their business plan – or writing one if they started without it • Referrals to respected experts such as attorneys, accountants and bookkeepers • Connections to resources and organizations to help with marketing and networking • Help with regulatory issues • Growth strategies; new markets such as Government Contracting or International Trade • Help obtaining operating or expansion capital • Connections to marketing and social media guidance • Human resources help • Timely response from Alexandria SBDC staff when you encounter problems or have pressing questions • Quality business educational programs

Services

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development

Business Startup

  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling

Business Training

  • Budget, Financial Statements and Cash Flow Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Training

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Purchasing an Existing Business

Economic and Site Development

  • Site Location Assistance

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training

Government and Corporate Contracting

  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Registration Assistance
  • Subcontracting Opportunities
  • Women, Minority & Business Disadvantaged Certification

Government Relations and Public Policy

  • African American Business
  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City
  • Hispanic Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • Women's Business

Human Resources

  • Employee Hiring and Development Policies
  • Employee Retention

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business
  • Patent Seminars

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements

Marketing/Sales

  • Competitive Analysis
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Market Plan Development and Training

Networking Organizations

  • Geographically Based
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit Management

  • Human Resources

Regulatory Compliance

  • Government Requirements
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
Primary ContactBill Reagan
Addresss625 N. Washington St.
Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone(703) 778-2958
Fax(703) 778-1293