Small Business Assistance from the Small Business Resiliency Team (SBRT)

The SBRT is funded by a GO Virginia grant with the goal of providing expanded business support services and technical assistance to area businesses.

The program uses Business Resiliency Navigators to guide growth-oriented businesses through a dedicated and well-designed process for achieving incremental and sustainable growth throughout the pandemic recovery period.

The SBRT has three tracks available for accepted participants:

  • e-commerce and marketing
  • finance
  • operational efficiencies

How Does the SBRT Program Work?

You will receive personalized service from your SBRT Navigator* as they develop an Action Plan specifically designed to help you reach your goals.

Your Navigator will identify and invite experts in appropriate fields to add information and help you implement the steps from your Plan. They will also provide tools and other resources to assist you and introduce local service providers for specialized tasks.

The SBRT program costs you nothing until you may decide to engage one of the local providers to continue working for you to implement needed tasks.

*Navigators are experienced SBDC Business Advisors from the Laurel Ridge and Shenandoah Valley SBDCs.

Who Should Apply?

  • Businesses located in the counties of Augusta, Highland, Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, Warren, Page, Rockbridge, or Rockingham or the cities of Winchester, Buena Vista, or Harrisonburg.
  • Businesses that have not previously been SBRT participants will be considered first. Past SBRT participants should contact their Navigator for eligibility details.
  • Businesses must be able to complete the program within 12 weeks.
  • Businesses must register as a client of either the Laurel Ridge SBDC or Shenandoah Valley SBDC.

How Do I Apply?

  1. Sign up at the link below.
  2. An SBDC team member will contact you to set up an initial consultation.
  3. If approved for the program, an SBDC Navigator will provide ongoing consultations and help you connect with an approved technical expert to perform services in one of the three program areas.

Want to Be a Technical Vendor?

If you are interested in being a technical vendor in the areas of eCommerce, Marketing, Finance, or Operational Efficiency, fill out the form linked below to be contacted by a Shenandoah Valley or Laurel Ridge SBDC team member. Have questions about what being a technical vendor is all about? Take a look at our FAQs.

Have questions? Contact:

Christine Kriz 540.868.7094 ckriz@laurelridge.edu

Joyce Krech 540.568.3227 krechjh@jmu.edu