One-on-One Business Counseling & Coaching
The Business Development Centre has partnered with the Greater Lynchburg Chapter of the Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) to deliver free consultations for new, established, or aspiring entrepreneurs.
About SCORE Consultations
The sessions are initially set for two hour blocks to ensure enough time to address the need of the client. The initial consultation is to orient you to the services at the Centre, determine what your needs are, and plan a course of action that meets your specific needs and goals.
You may also learn of other services that can help you through the BDC!
For loan clients, the assistance is provided both pre-loan and post loan.
The consultation sessions can address the following aspects of business start-up of expansion:
- Business Plan Development
- Market Research & Strategy
- Organization and Operational Planning
- Legal Entity Designation
- Financial Analysis
- Capital Acquisition
- Business Management
- Business Training
- Other Services
Trainings & Seminars
Start Smart Two-Hour Seminar
This two hour seminar is designed for entrepreneurs who are is in the research & exploration stages of starting a small business. This seminar provides a brief overview of the foundations of owning and operating a small business and addresses the importance of a business plan.
Business Skills Seminar
This two-hour seminar is designed for current and aspiring business owners. This session will address a specific topic in relation to business ownership. Topics for this training vary and are determined by the current business climate, request from current business owners, or from local chambers of commerce. Topics covered in the past ranged from franchising, tax planning, marketing, government procurement, and web optimization.
Basics of Business Training Class
The class is six weeks and covers the foundations of small business ownership. The cornerstone of this class is the completion of a business plan. This class addresses six core areas of starting a business, including:
- Business plan development
- Legal issues
- Cash flow management
- Web based marketing
- Accounting and insurance
This is designed for the entrepreneur that wants to start a business but does not know the necessary steps to bring the idea to reality and what issues need to be addressed to achieve that end.
For more information and registration go to the Basics of Business Class page.
CO.STARTERS Entrepreneurial Training
CO.STARTERS is a nine-week program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving business. For more information go to Lynchburg's Economic Development website.