Small Business Resources are Big in Virginia Beach

Red Cross Supplier Diversity Training to be held March 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Small businesses are big business for the City of Virginia Beach, and the Department of Economic Development has an abundance of resources and programs designed to help businesses get off the ground and grow.

"We have the tools and experts to help small businesses in Virginia Beach," said Virginia Beach Economic Development Director Warren D. Harris. "Most of these resources are free, and they provide the framework that businesses need to get on the right path for success. We encourage small business owners to contact our office for support, and we invite them to take advantage of all of the resources available."

These resources include workshops and networking opportunities, business mentoring, outreach events, procurement training, 1 Million Cups entrepreneurial engagement program, resource connections, site selection assistance, market research, business license assistance and the annual Small Business Forum.

Currently, Small Business Workshops are being held on a variety of topics. Registration and details are available at Workshop locations vary depending on the number of registrants. For additional information, please call Jeffrey Smith at (757) 385-6464 or email

Financing Your Dream – Feb. 22, 2017, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 4525 Main St., Suite 700, Virginia Beach
Gain knowledge on financing business ideas, capital needs and ventures. TowneBank, BB&T, Fulton Bank, Navy Federal Credit Union and Virginia Community Capital representatives will provide advice to participants on how to finance a business. Lunch will be served.

American Red Cross Supplier Diversity, March 9, 2017 - 9 a.m. –  2 p.m.
The Red Cross has a Supplier Diversity Program designed to strengthen their organization and communities by proactively seeking woman, disabled, and minority business enterprises that represent the communities they serve. This workshop includes a one-on-one session and will be held at the TCC Student Center in Virginia Beach.

Specific Red Cross supplier opportunities exist for:

  • Blood testing equipment and related reagents
  • Couriers for blood products across multiple  biomedical regions
  • Dry ice
  • Blood collection scales
  • Hepatitis  B vaccinations and testing
  • Blood tube strippers/sealers
  • On-site fleet (vehicles) washing services
  • Employee mileage reimbursement programs
  • Translation services
  • Professional services for IT
  • IT Hardware Provider 

Procurement Technical Assistance Program ( PTAP ) - April 19, 2017, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
PTAP provides opportunities to learn how to analyze and respond to RFPs, the advantages of priming and subcontracting opportunities and more intricate company-specific challenges including pricing and compliance questions. It includes proposal writing and capability statement development. Michele McCoy, procurement counselor with PTAP, will facilitate the training.

Cox Communications and Supplier Diversity - June 21, 2017, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Actively seeking diverse suppliers is a goal of Cox Communications. Achieving this goal creates business relationships that reflect the makeup of all Cox customers and potential customers. It will be held at The Student Center at Tidewater Community College.

SWaM Business Forum – Sept. 21, 2017, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
The goal of the SWaM Business Forum is to provide industry specific information to small businesses to assist them in identifying the available opportunities/resources in the Virginia Beach community and surrounding localities which will help grow and sustain their businesses.

The mission of the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development is to attract and retain national and international businesses to stimulate capital investment and create jobs. Virginia Beach is the most populous city in Virginia with a population of 450,000, and it is the 37th largest in the United States. It is recognized as one of the Best Run Cities in America by 24/7 Wall St. The Department of Economic Development received re-accreditation through the International Economic Development Council in 2016 and is one of only 50 economic development organizations in the world to have this recognition. Virginia Beach is listed among the Top Five Overall Mid-sized American Cities of the Future, Top 10 for Economic Potential and Top Five for Infrastructure by fDi magazine. ranked Virginia Beach as the Easiest Place to Start a Business and the 2nd Most Business-Friendly City in the country. For more information, visit

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