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276-523-9454 or 276-254-2816
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Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) The Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at Mountain Empire Community College offers free business consulting, affordable training courses, personal referrals to local resources, guidance, insights, and connections to help businesses succeed. The Small Business Development Center at Mountain Empire Community College is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Does your business need assistance? Services are confidential and there is no charge for counseling services.  Let us help you save time with your business projects MECC\’s Small Business Development Center provides the following services:

  • Management Skills 

  • Business Information 

  • Business Planning 

  • Productivity Improvement 

  • Workshops 

  • Networking Assistance 

  • Loan Application Assistance 

  • Sources of business financing 

  • Financial Analysis 

  • Marketing 

  • Permits, licenses and taxes 

Don’t know where to get started? Click here to request counseling.

US Inflation Report March 2022
The US inflation rate in March hit a level not seen since 1981, when Ronald Regan entered the White House. The primary driver was the unabated rise in energy costs. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 7.9% thru February, the fastest pace of annual inflation in 40 years. In addition to the spike in energy costs, supply chain issues continued to haunt the economy, along with higher demand for scarce goods and services. Furthermore, the Russian invasion of Ukraine further exacerbated cost spikes in the cost of oil, natural gas, wheat, and other commodities that emanated from that region. Ukraine is one of the largest suppliers of wheat in the world (8% of total production worldwide) and the war has disrupted much of that supply.

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The Virginia SBDC Network provides confidential advising, business training and connections to resources for new and existing businesses throughout the Commonwealth. The SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, George Mason University, and local host institutions. The Virginia SBDC is nationally accredited by accredited by America’s SBDC. Business owners can access the services of their nearest SBDC at