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Longwood Small Business Development Center to host business expo Sept. 28

August 17, 2011

Longwood SBDC Southern Virginia Business Expo - Resources for Growth

The Longwood University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host the inaugural Southern Virginia Business Expo on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the STEPS Centre in Farmville.

The day-long event, sponsored primarily by the SBDC and M&T Bank, is designed to give business owners and managers opportunities and knowledge to grow their small business. The agenda includes trade show-style networking, informative discussions on economic trends affecting small businesses, a lunchtime presentation, and afternoon breakout seminars.

To register or for more information, visit http://www.sbdc-longwood.com/sbdc-expo.html or call the SBDC at (434) 395-2086. The featured speaker will be Gayle Turner, managing consultant of the Catch Your Limit office in Richmond, a nationally recognized brand authority who has consulted with some of the largest ad agencies in the world.

"Gayle will focus on having the heart and the leadership to act in an uncertain economy," said Sheri McGuire, executive director of the SBDC. "He will talk about motivating your employees; his particular breakout session is titled 'Ignite Your People.' Other breakout sessions are 'Growing your Business with Government Contracting,' 'Growing through Sales Skills,' and 'Financing Your Future.'"

There also will be a discussion on "An Economic Roadmap: What Comes Next for Southern Virginia," featuring economists from the Federal Reserve System, Longwood University and  Hampden-Sydney College, moderated by Hugh Newton, regional president of M&T Bank. Breakfast and lunch are included in the entry fee.

"This event was prompted by the needs expressed by the business owners; specifically, for networking, to learn from each other," McGuire said. "They also wanted to learn about marketing and how to promote their business in this economy. This came out of a focus group by the SBDC, a statewide research project to determine the needs of existing businesses.

"Because this type of program has not been done in this area, we thought it would be new, different and attractive. We have 20 exhibitors signed up already. This is what our local businesses have been asking for - an opportunity to network with each other and grow their business."

The STEPS Centre is located at 100 Industrial Park Rd. Other corporate sponsors of the expo include Shentel, Wells Fargo, and Iconica.