I’m Randy Brown the Business Services Manager (Central and South Virginia) with the Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity. I’ve listed brief descriptions of various workshops and 1 on 1 business consulting sessions I will be conducting in the month of March throughout my region. These are designed to help you grow your business with the Commonwealth. All of the workshops sponsored by the SBSD are free of charge. However, registration is required.

To register for any of the workshops, you should:
Visit https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/business-development-and-outreach/events/
Scroll down to “Central / South” region
Locate the event(s) you wish to attend, access the page and register
While at the “Events” page, feel free to peruse the workshops being held throughout the Commonwealth and register for any that interest you. If you have questions concerning events in the Central / South Region, you should contact me (randy.brown@sbsd.virginia.gov) for assistance.

 

One on One Business Consults
These 90 – minute sessions are designed to help businesses like yours better understand how to do business with the Commonwealth of Virginia state agencies. Whether it’s helping your business become certified in Virginia’s small business set-aside programs (SWaM and Micro), navigating the electronic procurement portal (eVa) which ALL state agencies use for solicitations, or helping you connect with key agency buyers, these sessions can help!

You cannot register for these one on one consulting sessions online. To request a 1 on 1 business consult, email Randy.brown@sbsd.virginia.gov and indicate your top 3 preferred time slots.

Mar. 3 – Petersburg (PTAC / 1964 Wakefield Street, Petersburg)
Mar. 5 – Chesterfield (BizWorks Enterprise Center / 2545 Bellwood Road, N. Chesterfield)
Mar. 16 – Chesterfield (Chesterfield Economic Development / 9401 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield)
Mar. 19 – Richmond (Women’s Business Center / 1510 Willow Lawn Drive # 100, Richmond)
Mar. 24 – Dinwiddie (Dinwiddie Government Center Center – RVA / 14010 Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie)
Mar. 27 – Richmond (Location – To Be Determined)

– Warsaw (UMW Small Business Development Center / 487 Main Street, Warsaw)
– Williamsburg (Greater Williamsburg Business Incubator / 4345 New Town Ave #200, Williamsburg)

The following shows the 1 on 1 availability schedule.

3/3 – PTAC
1964 Wakefield Street, Petersburg
8:30 — 10:00
10:15 – 11:45
1:00 – 2:30
2:45 – 4:15

3/5 – BizWorks Enterprise Center
2545 Bellwood Road, N. Chesterfield
8:30 – 10:00
10:15 – 11:45
1:00 – 2:30
2:45 – 4:15
4:30 – 6:00

3/16 – Chesterfield Economic Development
9401 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield
8:30 – 10:00
10:15 – 11:45
1:00 – 2:30
2:45 – 4:15

3/19 – Women’s Business Center – RVA
1510 Willow Lawn Drive # 100, Richmond
8:30 – 10:00
10:15 – 11:45
1:00 – 2:30
2:45 – 4:15
4:30 – 6:00

3/24 – Dinwiddie Government Center
14010 Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie
9:00 — 10:30
10:45 – 12:15
1:30 – 3:00
3:15 – 4:45

3/27 – Richmond
Location – TBD
8:30 — 10:00
10:15 – 11:45
1:00 – 2:30
2:45 – 4:15

 

3/24 – UMW Small Business Development Center / Regional Center
487 Main Street, Warsaw

 

 

Other Free Workshops

SWaMming Lessons
Mar. 23
9:00 – 12:00
UMW Small Business Development Center / Regional Center / 487 Main Street / Warsaw
Agenda:
Assistance With Your SWaM Application
Uploading SWaM Documents

 

eVa Personal Training
Mar. 23
2:00 – 5:00
UMW Small Business Development Center / Regional Center / 487 Main Street / Warsaw
Agenda:
Applying eVa To Your Specific Business Advantage

 

Child Care Financing Program – This is exclusively for child care providers (centers and home based)
Mar. 25
2:00 – 5:00
Chester Library / 11800 Centre Street / Richmond, VA
Agenda:
Description of this loan program for providers of child day care (centers and home based)
Overview of the SWaM program

Accounting Is Essential to Grow Your Business
Mar. 26
9:00 — 12:00
Petersburg Library / 201 W. Washington Street / Petersburg

 

Selling to the Commonwealth
Mar. 26
2:00 – 5:00
Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce / 10700 Midlothian Turnpike / Richmond, VA
Agenda:
Overview of the eVa System
What Can SWaM and Micro Business Certifications Do For You?

 

 

Randy M. Brown, M.A.
Business Services Manager
Dept. of Small Business & Supplier Diversity
101 N. 14th Street / 11th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 349-5603
Fax: (804) 786-9736

“I guarantee you that for every plant that closes, if you gave it to one small-business person in that community, he or she would find a way to make it work. The small-business attitude is you always find a way to make it work.”

– Hamdi Ulukaya