Small Business

Small Business Development Resources

BDC_logo_higher_res_May_2009Business Development Center
Contact the Business Development Center, Inc. (BDC) for help with your small business or small business idea.

The BDC provides free-of-charge, objective and confidential business counseling in a range of areas, including: business startup, business planning, loans and financing, small business training, and business incubator services.

small_bizSCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business"
SCORE is a nonprofit association of working and retired business professionals dedicated to providing NO-COST, personalized, and CONFIDENTIAL advice to small business owners like you.

Your Business - Surviving the Recession
Download this presentation from the SCORE website.

Business Health Checkup
SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business,” and the Lynchburg Regional Chamber have partnered to provide you with this Business Health Checkup. The brief questionnaire is designed to help you determine if you need to address key issues to keep your business healthy.
Click here to download.  You may want to investigate the root causes of any "No" answers. 

Need Information?
Need information on how to start, manage, market, grow or finance a small business?  Each year SCORE helps tens of thousands of small businesses. Find out how today's entrepreneurs are succeeding. SCORE is a proven resource for meeting the needs of today's small business owner.

Visit SCORE online or call (434) 846-3235        .

Small Business Committee

The Small Business Committee works to represent and promote the interests of the Chamber's small business members. Through a number of activities and programs, this committee helps build public awareness for small business in the region. Membership is open to interested Chamber members. For more information, contact the Chamber at (434) 845-5966        .

Virginia Communications & Multimedia Inc., C. L. Lewis and Co., Inc. and Members' Choice - James River Conference Center. Winners receive visibility throughout the year after they are selected. They are featured on the Chamber’s website.

According to Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, “Small business owners are America's unsung heroes. The nation's 27 million small businesses represent more than 99% of all employers, account for about half of all private sector workers, and create 60%-80% of the nation's net new jobs.”

The Lynchburg Chamber’s “unsung heroes” represent 86.9% of our membership. Tom Donohue calls these dreamers and risk takers the “ones that embody the entrepreneurial spirit that makes this country so great. They bring dynamic ideas, innovative services, and new products to the marketplace. They prove day after day that the American Dream is attainable if you have a good idea, work hard, and provide outstanding customer service.”