Business Resources

Business Resources:

Small Business Development Center

The Laurel Ridge Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers free counseling and advice for those looking to start a business or seeking assistance for an existing business. The SBDC can help with everything from reviewing your business plan, analyzing your finances, seeking potential funding sources, tips on websites, marketing and more.  They also offer a variety of in-person and virtual trainings and webinars.  A complete list of upcoming trainings and recorded webinars can be found on their website.

Shenandoah Community Capital Fund

The Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF) offers support and resources for entrepreneurs ranging from financing to networking.  SCCF offers a variety of programs, networking events and workshops throughout the year designed to grow your business, start a new one, or simply connect with other business owners in the Shenandoah Valley.

Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce

The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce offers a great opportunity to connect with other local businesses and stay on top of the latest offerings including workshops and trainings, policies impacting local business and more.  With smaller groups such as the Non-profit Council, Home Based Business Council, Women’s Business Council,Hispanic Advisory Council, Strasburg Business Alliance and more, you’ll find opportunities to connect with other similar businesses to share best practices and make referrals.

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

VEDP offers a range of services to help serve the local business community.  Their team can offer data such as salary studies by industry, workforce development connections, programs to help scale up your business or embark on international trade and a range of grants to help you expand your business.

Financial Resources:

U.S. Small Business Administration

  • 7(a) Loan Program
  • SBAExpress
  • CommunityExpress Pilot Loan Program
  • Microloan Program
  • Export Trade Financing
  • Certified Development Company Loans

Click here for a list of SBA lenders serving Virginia businesses

Industrial Development Authority of Shenandoah County

  • Private Activity Bonds
  • RBEG Small Business Loans
    • $5,000-$99,000 available to small businesses located or operating in Shenandoah County
    • Must have less than 50 employees and generate less than $1 million in annual revenues to qualify.

For more information on programs available through the Industrial Development Authority contact Jenna French, Director of Tourism & Economic Development at
jfrench@shenandoahcountyva.us
540-459-1822

Virginia Small Business Financing Authority

866-248-8814

  • Economic Development Loan Fund
  • Private Activity Bonds
  • Loan Guaranty Program
  • Capital Access Programs
  • Child Care Financing Program
  • Financing Assistance for Minority-owned Businesses

Tourism Development Zones

Incentives may be offered to tourism-related businesses locating or expanding in the county. Businesses such as retail, dining, lodging, culture & arts, entertainment, and experiential services can qualify for a reduction of personal property tax, real estate tax and/or Transient Occupancy Tax for up to 5 years based off of investment and revenues generated over that same time period. Other incentives include the potential for free chamber membership for 1 year and a free ad in the Shenandoah County Visitor Guide. The extent of incentives offered by the County is dependent upon the capital investment to the property, number of jobs created, and current product offering versus identified gaps in our business community.
Applicants must have a minimum $15,000 capital investment* over 3 years to be applicable for consideration.

For more information, contact 540-459-1822

People Incorporated

Business Development Manager

150 South Main St.
Woodstock, VA 22664
540-459-9096

Twitter: @ValleyBizGrowth
Facebook: Facebook.com/PeopleIncorporatedof Virginia

Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Businesses engaged in agricultural production or processing may find a variety of resources available through VDACS.  Services include marketing, grants, inspection and more.  Available grants include:

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Virginia’s incentive programs reduce the costs of opening or expanding a business facility, and we work enthusiastically to assist employers who choose to put down roots and grow in the Commonwealth. We view incentives as an investment in Virginia’s economic future and a business opportunity for both the Commonwealth and the company.