The Commonwealth of Virginia and U.S. Small Business Administration hosts “Small Business Survival and Growth in Virginia.” A facilitated discussion for small businesses and business resource providers on Federal and State small business assistance programs. The event is co-sponsored by SBA National Ombudsman Office and Virginia Department of Business Assistance and Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise.

November 17, 2009 (9:30 am to 12:30 pm)

Location: The Richmond Marriott Hotel

Free Online Registration

An official press release follows:

SBA and the Commonwealth of Virginia to Host Small Business Resource/Networking Workshop

RICHMOND –Entrepreneurs can get free information on state and federal resources to help their businesses weather the economic downturn, as well as tips on expansion during a discussion on “Small Business Survival and Growth in Virginia” on Nov. 17, 2009 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Richmond Marriott hotel.

Sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration/Office of the National Ombudsman and the Commonwealth of Virginia/Department of Business Assistance and Department of Minority Business Enterprise, the event will focus on sharing information about SBA Recovery Act programs, access to capital, contracting and other forms of federal and state assistance for small business owners. Free online registration is available at the VA Dept. of Business Assistance website..

“This is a gathering of diverse organizations and it’s a great opportunity for small business owners to network, get practical ideas on how to overcome the very real challenges of this economy, and take advantage of the many resources available to help their companies thrive and grow,” said SBA Richmond District Director Ronald E. Bew.

Other event participants include the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Richmond Economic Development Corporation, the Virginia Retail Federation, SBA’s Richmond District office, the Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade, the Virginia Secretary of Administration and the Virginia Bankers Association.

“Collaborative workshops like this one, connecting small businesses to resources, help maintain Virginia’s high rankings as the best state for business,” said Patrick O. Gottschalk, Secretary of Commerce and Trade for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Richmond Marriott is located at 500 E. Broad Street, Richmond, Va., 23219. For more information contact Will Vehrs of the Virginia Department of Business Assistance at (804) 371-0058 (will.vehrs@vdba.virginia.gov), or Martin Gold at SBA’s Office of the National Ombudsman (202) 205-7549 (martin.gold@sba.gov).