Blossom Spas: When a Dream Blooms into a Business

This success story is dedicated to Paul Keppel III, Principal Broker of the ProRealty Group in Harrisonburg, VA .  Paul was extremely helpful in the leasing process with the SV SBDC and Blossom Spas.  Paul suddenly passed away one week after…

The Dayton Market: A Community of Commerce

A Shenandoah Valley landmark for over 25 years, the Dayton Market brings visitors and residents together in a casual, friendly setting. Located two miles south of Harrisonburg, the Town of Dayton is one of the oldest settled communities in…

A Company’s Largest Expense: The Cost of Goods Sold

For any business to operate successfully, one needs to know exactly what drives profit and what needs to be spent to make an individual sale, otherwise known as Cost of Goods Sold (COGS). Any unsold product just sitting on the shelf is obviously…

Thank You JMU

Since Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance was formed 12 years ago, one of its goals has been a hotel and conference center in the city’s urban core. This year, construction will start on a hotel with 205 to 225 rooms and a conference center…

Three Dangerous Myths in Entrepreneurship

Myth 1: Be Your Own Boss Being an entrepreneur does not necessarily mean you have no bosses. That's only partially true. As a sole proprietor, you actually end up with many bosses. Customers are the obvious ones. But then there are the people…

Virginia Velocity

Virginia's Premier Business Plan Competition www.virginiavelocity.org The Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, has just announced that the Governor’s first business plan competition in Virginia…

7 Tips to Strengthen Your Brand Identity

Is your brand recognizable? More importantly, how is it perceived? No doubt, aesthetics are one of the most important features of a business. After all, a logo equals a thousand words in the business world. But, looks are just a part of your…

How Much Does it Cost to Start Your Own Business?

How much does it cost to start your own business? According to an estimate by the Kauffmann Foundation, the average business start-up cost in 2009 was  $30,000. However, every business is different and so is its budget. Many micro-businesses…

What’s Cooking: Making Culinary Dreams Come True

Food is not just a daily necessity, but a passion for many, especially for the people involved in the What’s Cooking Concept Plan Competition! Tonight, the passion for food will ignite as small food business entrepreneurs compete for $15,000…

I Heard It Through the Grapevine

Infusionsoft, a private company that offers marketing and sales software to small businesses, recently conducted a study that found 62 percent of small businesses stated"word of mouth" was their best marketing tool - nearly twice as effective…

IRS Tax Tips for the Self Employed

Preparing federal tax returns can be frustrating at times, even for those most knowledgeable. If you are self employed, things can get even trickier. But, fear not. The following are six basic but important tips about income from self-employment…

It’s a bird, it’s plane, no…..it’s a SCAM!

According to recent news reports, several businesses have received official-looking letters from a fictitious organization called "The Virginia Council for Corporations." The letters offer assistance to complete the State Corporation Commission's…