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Alexandria’s Small Business Resource for 23 Years

This post is written by Bill Reagan, Executive Director of the SBDC and first appeared in the Alexandria Times on December 5, 2019. As the Alexandria Small Business Development Center enters its 24th year of serving the community’s small businesses, it’s perhaps a good time to describe the center’s role and free resources for those… Read more »

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This post is written by Bill Reagan, Executive Director of the SBDC and first appeared in the Alexandria Times on December 5, 2019.

As the Alexandria Small Business Development Center enters its 24th year of serving the community’s small businesses, it’s perhaps a good time to describe the center’s role and free resources for those not familiar with them.

The SBDC works alongside the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership and Visit Alexandria to support and strengthen the small businesses that comprise about 90 percent of Alexandria’s total businesses.

The center helps businesses starting up or moving to Alexandria to make the right connections, guiding them through startup and permitting steps or helping them solve problems that arise.

For businesses already in operation, the center has timely and expert resources to help them where they lack in-house expertise. The center has nothing to sell them and is focused only on what is in their best interests. Several owners proclaim that having the SBDC as a free and objective go-to source is among the reasons they choose to stay and grow their business in Alexandria.

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Few communities have such a hands-on, free resource for businesses that is an integral part of the economic development and business community. The center also works to enhance communication and understanding between city staff and businesses, among business groups and among businesses themselves.

Over the two decades, the center has answered many thousands of inquiries about a broad range of business matters. It has provided more than 27,000 hours of objective feedback and assistance to several thousand individuals, both existing business owners and startups. It has also helped individuals obtain more than $80 million in loans, primarily from Alexandria bankers.

Those who work with the center from the earliest stage of their business are typically better organized and prepared for the requirements ahead, and they launch with better connections and more viable and agile operations. With the center’s proactive guidance and ready availability to help owners with challenges, SBDC client businesses’ longevity far exceed national small business statistics.

The center is continually adding resources and contacts to meet shifting demands on businesses. It is also responsive to changing times and community priorities. As an example, the center is now focusing attention on those businesses in parts of Alexandria where redevelopment is planned or in process.

Redevelopment can pose both opportunities and challenges for existing businesses. Incoming new residents and businesses are likely to spend more but demand higher quality and better service. Current businesses can maintain their distinct character but might need to make adjustments and enhance their appearance, products, services and the customer experience. They also must improve operations to be able to afford the increased lease rates likely with redevelopment.

The staff and board of directors of the Alexandria Small Business Development Center have been honored by the opportunity to engage with Alexandria businesses for 23 years. We value the support from and collaborative partnerships with city government and our economic development partners.

Alexandria is a tight-knit and resourceful business community that is better because of the vitality of its small businesses.

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Seek Advice and Ask Lots of Questions

This post is written by Bill Reagan, Executive Director of the SBDC and first appeared in the Alexandria Times on November 7, 2019. One of the common characteristics of highly successful business owners is their tendency to ask really good questions – and lots of them. Even if you consider yourself business-savvy, you can never… Read more »

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This post is written by Bill Reagan, Executive Director of the SBDC and first appeared in the Alexandria Times on November 7, 2019.

One of the common
characteristics of highly successful business owners is their tendency to ask
really good questions – and lots of them. Even if you consider yourself
business-savvy, you can never be sure you’ve checked all the angles, and you
just don’t know what you don’t know.

It just makes sense to get
expert guidance to avoid costly mistakes. At the earliest stage of your planning
there are resources that can provide objective feedback, raise red flags and suggest
approaches you might not have considered. The Alexandria Small Business
Development Center (SBDC) has experienced staff and expert consultants adept at
identifying areas that even the best planning efforts might have overlooked,
and entrepreneurs always benefit from fresh insights. With objective feedback early
on, your strategies, approaches, and next steps are much better defined. In
addition, the services of the center are without cost, leaving you more
resources for the startup expenses you’ll encounter later.

Some of the initial and most
critical questions pertain to zoning or other locational considerations, licenses,
permits, and potential restrictions. Forewarned of these requirements,
entrepreneurs can make better plans with fewer surprises, delays and unforeseen
costs. City staff can also help entrepreneurs with preliminary and detailed
planning – hopefully before leases or other obligations are signed. The City is
launching its new “APEX” online permitting and land use system with the goal of
improving the customer experience. Give it a try.

The Alexandria Economic Development Partnership (AEDP) has expert staff familiar with Alexandria’s real estate market, rental rates / sales comps, and can assist you with the site selection process for leases, sales or development. Their services are free and an essential stop before anyone considers, much less signs, a lease. Additionally, the small business center has other leasing guidance and a “Leasing Checklist” on its website. Both economic development and small business center staffs can advise you on Alexandria neighborhoods, their business and civic groups, and how to make the best entry with your business or nonprofit.

Financing is another area
where entrepreneurs should get advice before making a formal loan request. Every
application you make could affect your credit score, and being declined reduces
your prospects with other lenders. Meeting with the small business center’s
business analyst – a retired banker – will help you strengthen your
presentation to a lender, much like being coached before an interview. The
earlier that preparation takes place, the better.

There are other professionals
whose expertise will save entrepreneurs many headaches – and dollars – if they
are consulted early-on. Attorneys and accountants should be part of your
management team from the start. Human resources consultants can help you avoid hiring
pitfalls. Marketing professionals can advise you on your branding and social
media presence. The small business center keeps lists of reliable professionals
for a broad range of small business matters, and we welcome your contacting us
for guidance and referrals.

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