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Grab your seat for the next Pulse HR Solutions seminar: Employment Law Updates in 2024 & Strategic Leadership: Beyond Buzzwords.

If your small business is interested in federal research/research and development (R/R&D) with potential for commercialization, you are encouraged to learn more about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. SBIR and STTR allow small enterprises the opportunity to explore their technological potential and the financial incentive to profit from commercialization through a competitive awards-based program. Incorporating eligible small firms into the country’s research and development sector fosters high-tech innovation and instills an entrepreneurial spirit in the US as it addresses its unique R&D requirements.

SBIR STTR Program Overview Presentation

Central to the STTR program is the partnership between small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. Phase I and Phase II of the STTR program mandate that the small firm engage in formal collaboration with a research institution. It is crucial, therefore, that small businesses and university administrators are aware of SBIR/STTR regulations and that small businesses understand university policies that guide the process.

To facilitate this mutual understanding, James Madison University Research Development and the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center are sponsoring a special webinar made possible by the Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation on January 23, in Hartman Hall Forum/2021 A-C from 10:00 AM-11:30 AM. The webinar will cover:

  • Eligibility rules for SBIR/STTR
  • Sub-contracting rules/limitations
  • University lab vs. Small business facilities


Please register to attend this livestream event in person at Hartman Hall Forum/2021 A-C, James Madison University Campus.


It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Joyce Krech, retired director of the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center (SV SBDC). Over a stellar career that included 22 years with the Small Business Development Center, Joyce was a beloved mentor to many small business owners, offering guidance, inspiration, and encouragement at every step along the small business journey.

The Global Women in Entrepreneurship Showcase highlights female entrepreneurs. Browse, network, and enjoy light refreshments at this event.

The City of Harrisonburg, the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, and Early Education Business Consultants have teamed up to offer special training and personalized assistance to new or existing in-home or center-based childcare providers located in the City of Harrisonburg.

Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse (SBDCNet) serves as a valuable resource hub, providing small businesses with crucial market research, industry insights, and practical guidance.

The Valley Business Summit features VA Secretary of Labor Bryan Slater, a local delegate panel, and a Business Resource Fair.

SEO Toolbox is a comprehensive set of tools that can enhance a small business’s online presence, improve sales, and maximize efficiency.

The 2023 JMU SWaM Vendor Fair is the local Small Business, Women- and Minority-Owned Business Vendor Networking Event of the year!

Tuesday, August 1st 2023, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – at the James Madison University Festival & Student Center Ballroom

Information for Vendors

The SWaM Vendor Fair will offer a wealth of contacts for marketing your goods and services and provide an opportunity to make personal contact with some of the 600+ JMU departmental buyers. The event is scheduled to take place at the James Madison University Festival Center on Tuesday, August 1st 2023. The morning will begin with a networking luncheon to meet with other SWaM vendors and the JMU Procurement Services buyers. As the fair gets underway in the afternoon, you’ll meet with many JMU departmental buyers and faculty as well as numerous buyers from other state, local, and private organizations.

Event Theme:“Back to the Future”
SWaM Vendor Fair Table Registration: $75

Register on the Event Website:

Information for Buyers

Small, Women-, and Minority-owned (SWaM) vendors from our local area and across the state will be on hand to talk about the goods and services they can provide to JMU and other state agencies.

Please come to meet them from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the James Madison University Festival & Student Center Ballroom and discover new opportunities for your purchasing dollars. This is an excellent opportunity to develop new supplier relationships or strengthen existing relationships with personal contact.

Parking is available at the Festival & Student Conference Center.

All buyers or parties from any organization wishing to visit the fair from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm are welcome to attend FREE of charge.