Managing and Growing Your Business

Greater Richmond Small Business Development Center

The Greater Richmond Small Business Development Center is a partnership program between the U.S. Small Business Administration and ChamberRVA, providing assistance and training to help small business owners and potential small business owners make sound decisions for the successful operation of their business. This service includes in-depth quality counseling, education and information services.

Venture Forum RVA

Venture Forum RVA provides a forum to bring sources of capital and entrepreneurial ideas together. To this goal, the Venture Forum provides an educational forum in which entrepreneurs, sources for capital, and service professionals exchange ideas about venture related issues – promoting the common interests of all parties in the venture process. Luncheons and networking events are held every month and a member directory is available on the website.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

The Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a nonprofit organization that uses older adults to help others generate economic gains. The nonprofit organization provides free and confidential business counseling, professional guidance, low cost workshops, and information accessible to all, to maximize the success of America’s existing and emerging small businesses. The Richmond Chapter of SCORE was founded in 1966 making it one of the oldest continuous operating chapters in the national SCORE organization. The counselors of Richmond SCORE are experienced business owners and managers who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help small business owners and potential small business owners achieve success.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a number of services and tools for the small business person. From financial assistance such as SBA-loans to government contract opportunities, disaster assistance and free online training courses – the SBA wants to help your business succeed.

The Virginia Council of CEOs

The Virginia Council of CEOs, a nonprofit organization, connects the CEOs of small and mid-sized, second-stage Virginia companies through best-in-class peer roundtables and exclusive learning events. Member CEOs are brought together in private, CEO-only monthly roundtables that use a structured process to facilitate the exchange of experience, knowledge and support. Educational and social events are also held for the entire membership.

Senate Productivity and Quality Award

The mission of SPQA is to promote continual improvement strategies by providing training, mentoring, and recognition to organizations in pursuit of performance excellence. Industries that benefit from their services include healthcare, large and small enterprises, not-for profits, school systems and government agencies. SPQA uses the Baldridge Performance Excellence Framework as our foundation in our efforts to assist organizations in Virginia and Washington, DC to achieve better results. The Baldridge Performance Excellence Framework is a systems approach to performance excellence. The Framework empowers your organization to achieve goals, improve your results, and become more competitive by aligning your plans, processes, decisions, people, actions, and results. The Malcolm Baldridge National Quality award is the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence. It is presented annually by the President of the United States to organizations that demonstrate quality and performance excellence.

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