The authors initially developed this guide as a resource for participants in Entrepreneur Express Workshops. Offered throughout the commonwealth, Entrepreneur Express Workshops provided basic information on starting and operating a small business. The VDBA, VCE, VTC, Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), SCORE, and various local governments and chambers of commerce partnered to develop and implement these workshops. More information on workshop dates, locations, and registration information for these and other events is available at www.vastartup.org.
This guide is not intended to replace or duplicate existing resources or to serve as a comprehensive resource for entrepreneurs. This guide does provide initial information and resources for basic questions from entrepreneurs. The guide compiles selected information from a number of existing resources and publications of Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Virginia Department of Business Assistance, SCORE, Small Business Administration, and other sources as referenced.
Any errors in content are strictly the mistake of the authors and all entrepreneurs are urged to consult other resources, including SBDCs, VDBA business-development specialists, VCE or VTC personnel, or the Virginia Business One Stop at (804) 371-0438 or www.bos.virginia.gov.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
November 5, 2013