Virginia Small Business Financing Authority Direct Lending Programs Open

In addition to its credit enhancement program, the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority (VSBFA) now offers two direct lending programs: SWAM Microloans and Child Care Financing, with options for both commercial child care centers and at-home child care providers. The SWAM Microloan and Child Care Financing program for commercial child care centers both offer opportunities … More Virginia Small Business Financing Authority Direct Lending Programs Open

Small Business Credit Survey: Respond Now!

The Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network has partnered alongside the Federal Reserve Bank to conduct a Small Business Credit Survey to help determine needs, gaps and opportunities to support business owners in accessing capital. By taking the survey, you contribute to data that directly informs the Fed, federal government agencies, service providers, and others—ultimately … More Small Business Credit Survey: Respond Now!

Orange Continues to Blossom!

Our guest blogger, Zachary Whitlow (pictured left), is a Community Revitalization Specialist at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), working closely with the agency’s Virginia Main Street (VMS) program and Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI). He loves helping communities across Virginia unleash the power of small-scale, grassroots revitalization to build a sense of place and … More Orange Continues to Blossom!

Start Small App Makes Small, Women-Owned, and Minority-Owned Businesses More Accessible

In support of Governor Northam’s 2019 Executive Order 35, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Department of General Services (DGS) launched the new, free and mobile-friendly Start Small application that can be used to help locate nearby small businesses from eVA’s approximately 100,000 registered vendors. Keyword searches can be refined to pinpoint businesses owned … More Start Small App Makes Small, Women-Owned, and Minority-Owned Businesses More Accessible

2021 Great American Haunted Main Street Contest

Does your Main Street have a ghost story to tell? Main Street America (MSA) wants to hear it and learn more about your downtown district’s strange sightings, haunted buildings or other paranormal activities for an exciting chance to be named a 2021 Great American Haunted Main Street! Click here to share your commercial district’s ghost … More 2021 Great American Haunted Main Street Contest

Orange County Launches First Ever Revolving Loan Fund

Excitingly, Orange County has partnered alongside the Charlottesville-based Community Investment Collaborative (CIC), a certified Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI), to launch a Revolving Loan Fund program that will provide a flexible source of supplemental financing for businesses expanding or locating to Orange County. Utilizing American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, the program was created to … More Orange County Launches First Ever Revolving Loan Fund

Lynchburg Restoring Two-Way Traffic to Improve Downtown Environment

For the first time in three decades, two-way traffic will return to certain areas of Downtown Lynchburg! To develop a sustainable, prosperous and attractive community, city leaders recognize the need to abandon a traffic scenario that was instituted during a period when people did not spend time downtown. In accordance with the city’s 2040 Downtown … More Lynchburg Restoring Two-Way Traffic to Improve Downtown Environment

2021 Virginia Main Street Revitalization Merit Awards: Nominations Now Being Accepted

Virginia Main Street (VMS) invites participants within the VMS Network, referring to Advancing Virginia Main Street, Mobilizing Main Street and Exploring Main Street communities, to submit nominations for outstanding achievements in comprehensive downtown revitalization efforts! Excitingly, awards will be presented during a special virtual celebration during the final webinar of the Creating Community Vitality Series … More 2021 Virginia Main Street Revitalization Merit Awards: Nominations Now Being Accepted

The Future is Bright in Downtown South Boston

Our guest blogger, Zachary Whitlow (pictured left), is a Community Revitalization Specialist at the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), working closely with the agency’s Virginia Main Street (VMS) program and Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI). He loves helping communities across Virginia unleash the power of small-scale, grassroots revitalization to build a sense … More The Future is Bright in Downtown South Boston