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No-Cost advising for your small business

Businesses that work with an SBDC acheive 50% greater sales growth than those that go it alone.

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The nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) promotes the growth of local small businesses and nurtures the dreams of aspiring entrepreneurs. A brighter and more prosperoud community is built on the foundation of our small business assistance programs.

The Greater Roanoke and NRV SBDC proudly serves both regions as the go to for small business growth.

how is it no cost?

The Greater Roanoke and NRV SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and supported by America’s SBDC, Virginia SBDC, George Mason University Mason Enterprise. Other funding is provided by local administrations, economic development offices, organizations, and businesses that are all champions in your corner. Thank you to our fiscal host, the City of Roanoke for providing space and support for our work.

We currently serve City of Roanoke, Franklin County, Botetourt County, Alleghany County, Roanoke County, City of Salem, Town of Blacksburg, Town of Christiansburg, Pulaski County, City of Radford, Floyd County, Giles County, Town of Narrows, and Town of Pearisburg.

Training and Programs are offered at cost and support training and program efforts.


We become part of your team and provide technical assistance for finance, access to capital, operations, HR, and marketing.

Groups can push you further. We host growth groups to provide a framework for creating sustainable foundations to future proof your business.

Learn business with our interactive workshops, get engaged with our one-of-a-kind programs, or find resources you need when you need them.


Small businesses served


Capital secured with our assistance


Training attendees

Meet theTeam

Jeff Robertson

Advisor and Franklin County Lead

Tom Tanner

Regional Lead


Heather Fay

Regional Program Director

and Botetourt Le​ad

Amanda Forrester

Executive DIrector

We’re Hiring!

NRV Lead

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Step 1

Provide business details to help us assist you

Step 2

Receive an email with your matched advisor’s scheduling link

Check your spam folder if you do not receive an email within 48 hours

Step 3

Use the link in email to schedule a time with your advisor *

Choose virtual or in-person advising preference

*We can’t wait to meet with you! The average time until appointment availability is two weeks. We offer virtual (most prefered by business owners) and in-person appointments at our downtown Roanoke office location. Our general hours of availability are 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Monday - Friday, each advisors hours vary.



Smart Start

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June 24 - 28


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July 9

9:00 - 10:30 AM


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July 30

1:00 - 5:00 PM

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Intro to ​Quickbooks online

August 27

8:30 AM - 12:30​ PM

In-Person Radf​ord

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Greater Roanoke and NRV SBDC

7 S Jefferson St, Roanoke, VA 24011

By Appointment Only

Parking: Downtown

Call or text 540- 632-1174