VMS 2014 Summer Toolkit: At a glance

On July 15-16, Main Street organizations and community organizations gathered in Farmville, Virginia to learn more about how they could attract and support local entrepreneurs and small businesses. Training kicked off with a panel discussion with local business owners in Farmville: Caryn’s Bridal, Sandy River Retreat and Charley’s Waterfront Cafe. They shared valuable insight with the group into the passion, pleasure, and sometimes, frustration of local small business owners that really set the tone for the remaining training.

The group heard from resource partners, such as the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (DSBSD), Longwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) about opportunities they have to assist existing business owners or new start-ups. Throughout, participants heard what they, as a community, can do to support new business through mentorship programs, community incentives, creative financing and connecting businesses to each other and regional opportunities.

Outside of training, the participants were able enjoy the Robert Russa Moton Museum, High Bridge Trail State Park and wonderful eateries and shops in Downtown Farmville.

All training presentations and materials can be located on VMS’s Archive Training materials found here.