SBDC offers small business showcase

Published 9:20 am Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Longwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in conjunction with the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce, is hosting their Fourth Annual Small Business Community Showcase on Wednesday, September 23, at the STEPS Centre in Farmville.

The showcase offers business owners the means to communicate and the chance to network with other businesses as an exhibitor, sponsor or attendee, said Sheri McGuire, executive director of Longwood SBDC. “Plus, our featured speaker will inspire you and share information helpful in growing your own business,” she said.

Keynote speaker Mark Fernandes, chief leadership officer at Luck Companies, will discuss “Values-Based Leadership” and the “Future World of Work: Collaboration, Culture, and Community.” Fernandes has addressed audiences internationally on learning to live, work and lead in alignment with one’s personal core values. The showcase begins at 11:30 a.m. and, in addition to Fernandes, includes over 40 exhibitors, networking opportunities and lunch.

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According to Lindsey Vincent, owner of Good Earth Peanut Co. and an exhibitor at last year’s showcase, the benefits are not only practical but profitable as well. “The speakers allowed us to learn a lot and also hear other small businesses success stories. We are also actively working, promoting our business and getting our name out there. We have picked up new customers from attending, both individual and corporate,” Vincent says.

Networking and growth are commonplace for attending businesses. “It can be difficult to network in rural communities. But, it’s just as important here in Southside Virginia as in metropolitan areas like Richmond,” explains McGuire. “Businesses in previous years have increased their bottom line through the connections they made at the showcase. This year will be no exception.”

The showcase will feature a number of giveaways, including an overnight adventure package from the Outdoor Adventure store, a date night basket complete with movie tickets from Sunchase Cinema 8, an overnight stay the Hampton Inn, a gift certificate for a paint party from Red Door 104 and a combination copier and printer furnished by Key Office Supply.

“The chamber’s goal is to look for ways to support encourage and grow local businesses,” says Stump. “The chamber is proud to connect with Longwood SBDC and sponsor this event. We are so privileged to use this platform to help local businesses showcase what they have to offer and also learn and grow regardless of whether they are an exhibitor or simply attend.

Tickets are $20, including lunch and can be purchased at Admission is $30 at the door.