What People Have To Say About Our Services.

We’re proud to contribute to our community with specialized consulting services in the Shenandoah Valley.

“…we had a most successful experience with the JMU Team.  We know that you were responsible for our success as you suggested that we engage with JMU.  We cannot thank you enough for providing this opportunity…Your guidance saved our business during a very tough time. We are grateful.”

“She helped me with market research and has been an extremely helpful resource as my business has expanded in the last few years. The most valuable thing for me has been having a friendly, supportive professional provide a different perspective that has helped me make good decisions…Like all small business owners, I’m really busy. SV SBDC does a great job sending emails, holding workshops, and making sure we know what we can get help with.”

“The SBDC has spent many hours trying to help our business succeed. Without a service like this, we are sure we wouldn’t have made it through or have known where to turn. We greatly appreciate all the help and tips we have been given. We also appreciate the direct attention to our specific needs as no two businesses are the same and not all solutions fit everyone.”

“Our advisor at the SBDC helped us make a list of the things that needed to be done and pointed us in the right directions.  I’m sure we saved a lot of time that would have been spent researching and avoided headaches over having not done something properly…I appreciated being able to ask any questions about starting a business and get kind, helpful guidance without judgement.  I felt like our representatives really wanted us to succeed.  We weren’t being pushed in one direction or another but coached on how to set ourselves up properly.  I always felt encouraged after a phone conversation with our advisor!”

“Today’s session [Start Smart Workshop] helped quite a bit and that document [Start Smart Workbook] is rich beyond what a few hours or even days can really cover!”

“Opening a business during a worldwide pandemic has been crazy but Meadowlark Ridge is growing with very happy guests. Thanks to the #SVSBDC I’m learning all the way. Thank you Diane McCarthy for your support and encouragement.”

“I have the pleasure of working with entrepreneurs who have great ideas for new business ventures that they want to investigate and launch in the Shenandoah Valley. Often there is a piece of the puzzle in which the entrepreneur could use some assistance. Harrisonburg is fortunate to have the staff and resources of the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center available to work with area entrepreneurs. Business plan development, marketing, and accounting are just a few of the many subject areas that I know the SV SBDC offers, with great advice and expertise to clients I have referred their way.”

“As we all work through the pandemic, many more obstacles have been placed on local businesses and it is hard to keep up with the changing restrictions and funding opportunities for businesses too. Due to COVID-19 the workload has increased immensely, just trying to keep up has been a struggle. SV SBDC employees have been invaluable to assist everyone through the maze of funding opportunities available, as well as help to comply with the restrictions while still trying to survive in business.”

“The Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center is a critical resource for the new or existing business owner looking to improve or turnaround their business. The SV SBDC provides excellent insight on what it takes to be successful in our business community. They have helped my clients and prospects prepare business plans with financial projections that result in sound presentations when they come to discuss their loan request with our bankers. With their knowledge, expertise, and resources, the SV SBDC gets businesses on the right track and helps them maintain their financial objectives along the way. This work is critical for our clients, and our bankers continue to utilize this tremendous resource for the business community.”

“The class was so awesome because it opened my eyes to all the different elements needed to start a business.”

“The Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center is an indispensable asset to our local business community. As a Chamber Member, the SBDC offers free help to all our members looking to start, grow, and sustain a small business. The Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce partners with the SBDC on various occasions to offer free help and seminars on how our members and other local business owners can continue to keep their businesses growing and thriving.”

“I created a brand and a business, and the Valley SBDC connected me to essential resources to grow my business. Shoutout to Alison Dugan, my SBDC Advisor/Business Fairy Godmother!”

“Having the help of the SBDC allowed us to come up with some of the questions that we needed to ask ourselves and each other. I think it was awesome to have them as a resource.”

“This has to be the most under-utilized free service available to a business owner. Whether you are a start-up or have been in business for 50 years, the Small Business Development Center can help you!”

“I’ve always had a productive experience with the SBDC. They were there for me and my business every step of the way. From the beginning, when Campus Cookies was just a twinkle in my eye, to the present—I could always count on the SBDC for dependable, non-biased, practical business advice. The SBDC gave me the confidence I needed to believe in myself and my business model, allowing me to take the risks and handle the roller coaster ride of starting a business. Not only did the SBDC give me valuable knowledge, but they also helped to connect me within the local community and Shenandoah Valley, making the transition into a chain a lot less stressful. If there is one thing I’ve learned in business, it’s the value of dependability, and the SBDC has always been there for me.”

“I am very thankful for the SV SBDC. I was starting a new business and had no idea of where to begin to get things set up correctly from the very beginning. The consultant knew everything that I needed to do and went over it step by step for my specific needs. This is a valuable service… My consultant had all of the answers to my questions and gave me the resources I needed to get started. She saved me a lot of time, trouble, and money trying to figure all of this out on my own. When I had a follow-up question and called the office. I was very impressed with the way the staff went out of their way to find the answer to my question.”

“The SBDC was instrumental in making our transition to a new business smooth and successful. If you are starting a business, start with the SBDC. They are knowledgeable, experienced, and can guide you through the business planning process. They provide you with excellent professional resources and, through effective planning, give you the confidence to achieve your dream.”

“The SBDC is a great partner with the Chamber of Commerce, helping small businesses grow and succeed.”

“Whenever I meet with a new small business owner, the first place I have them go is the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center. The SV SBDC provides excellent insight on what it takes to succeed in our business community. With their knowledge and expertise, the SV SBDC gets businesses on the right track and helps them maintain their goals along the way. I’m very thankful to the SV SBDC for the work they’ve done for my clients, and I will continue to utilize this tremendous resource.”

“The SBDC played a crucial role in expanding our farm services to include a creamery.”

“The SBDC is a trusted part of our business management team.”

“The SBDC has always been there to assist me and has done a great job directing me to helpful resources.”