OPPORTUNITY is what we provide to entrepreneurs. The Business Development Centre, Inc. (BDC) offers the aspiring and existing small business owner the opportunity to develop a strong, healthy business. This opportunity comes in many forms and is available to the population of the entire Region 2000 economic area.
The BDC began operations in 1989, as a small business incubator. A business incubator provides housing and a full array of services for small businesses. The BDC provides conference and meeting rooms, kitchen facilities, shared fax and copier services, high-speed internet connections, secretarial services, advisory and counseling services, and loading docks, as well as office, production and industrial space ranging from 150 to 3000 square feet.
Business counseling is available by simply contacting the Business Developmen Centre, Inc. at (434) 582-6100.
In 1993, the BDC branched into another service area, whereby we provide direct financing to the small business owner. Today, the BDC provides direct financing through various microloan programs and several revolving loan programs. A training program is also offered and includes topics such as market research and sales forecasting, legal issues, advertising, public relations, bookkeeping and accounting, cash flow budgeting, insurance and creating a business plan.
Training & Events
The Business Development Centre offers a comprehensive six week entrepeneurial training class four times a year