About the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center’s Mission.

The mission of the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center is to advise, train, and inform small businesses to help them achieve success.

We recognize the views and opinions of all clients, stakeholders, partners, and colleagues, and will be responsive to their needs regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national origin.

Extended Network of Resources

We are one of 27 centers across Virginia providing professional business advice, training, and information resources to help grow and strengthen local businesses.

The Virginia SBDC Network is the most extensive business development program in the Commonwealth and part of America’s SBDC – the nation’s proven, cost-effective, and accredited infrastructure focused on small businesses – America’s job creators. The VSBDC is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), George Mason University-Mason Enterprise Center, and premier local host organizations throughout Virginia. The Virginia SBDC Network is a member of and accredited by the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC).

Contributions to the Business Community

The Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center is an integral part of the region’s business community, participating in a wide range of programs that boost small business growth and contribute to the economic viability of the region.

Industries We Serve

The Shenandoah Valley is a diverse business environment and the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center caters to a wide range of industries. According to the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, these are the top industries in the Shenandoah Valley: Agribusiness, Information Tech & Professional Services, Manufacturing, and Transportation & Logistics.

Our Business Advisors possess expertise and industry experience in those areas as well as in restaurant, retail, real estate, tourism, communications, and technology businesses. We also have access to many subject matter experts through the Virginia Small Business Development Center network, among higher education associates, and private consulting agencies throughout the Commonwealth.

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The SV SBDC has served the Valley for more than three decades. It was established in 1989 at James Madison University. We offer no-fee, confidential consulting services, assist with feasibility studies and business planning, sponsor seminars and training events, and provide information and other services to new and established small and medium-sized businesses.

Service Area/Offices

Our service area includes the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, and Rockingham, and the cities therein. We maintain an office in Harrisonburg, but also meet with our clients in Verona, Monterey, Lexington, and Luray.


The SV SBDC is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. We also receive programmatic and financial support from George Mason University and our host James Madison University, as well as the Cities of Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, Buena Vista, and Lexington, and the Counties of Rockingham, Augusta, Highland, and Rockbridge.