Elected officials, economic developers, and small business owners from Scott, Lee, and Wise counties, known as the Lenowisco Planning Area, gathered in Scott County on September 20th to host the Small Business Administration by George Mason University. He emphasized the importance of supporting small and medium-sized business innovators through development. Center.
Mason University President Gregory Washington highlighted state and federal investments in the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) managed by George Mason University.
Renee Huffman Morris, local owner of Henry's Produce, Jean Meade of Ivil's Tutors, and sisters Melissa Hubbard and Jean Brown, owners of Whistle Pig Country Store in Lee County, Virginia. He spoke about his experience working at the Mason-run SBDC in Duffield. , and the critical support they received to create a business plan, find accounting and business services, and find mentors along the way to starting their business.
Keith Harless, Mayor of Pennington Gap, Lee County; Jeannie Stidham, Town of Pennington; Gene Jordan, president of the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA). We detailed our continued efforts to leverage the SBDC Fund and other grant opportunities to encourage the development of local small businesses by providing workforce development and employment opportunities.
Chris Westover, President of Mountain Empire Community College (MECC). William Brownsberger, MECC Vice President of Academic Affairs; Virginia House of Delegates Majority Leader Terry Kilgore (R-1) also attended.
The Virginia SBDC Network is a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, George Mason University, and key local host organizations across Virginia, with continued investment from the Virginia General Assembly.