Best Small Business Resources in the Charlottesville Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Virginia has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Charlottesville area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Virginia.

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Community Investment Collaborative

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The Community Investment Collaborative offers workshops and classes as well as funding opportunities. Events include both educational seminars and opportunities to network with other local entrepreneurs. Some clients may receive a scholarship to pay for their program if they cannot afford it, and twice a month there is a 'How to Start a Business' workshop that is free. 

Restrictions

Must submit an application online. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

300 Preston Ave. , Suite 206
Charlottesville, VA 22902
434-218-3481
info@cicville.org

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI:  9 am - 5 pm


Central Virginia SBDC

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

2211 Hydraulic Road, Suite 107
Charlottesville, VA 22901
434-295-8198


Charlottesville SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


Studio IX

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking
  • Networking

Accepts Walks In

Description

Studio IX offers basic office amenities as well as additional perks like fitness classes and art openings. Choose from one of several membership types depending on what your company needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

969 2nd St. SE
Charlottesville, VA 22902
434-260-3803
cowork@studioix.co

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI: 8 am - 5 pm