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Business Development, Incubation and Small Business Center
Business development and incubation is a model that allows entrepreneurs a “jump start” for their business and involves a dynamic process that provides physical space, virtual programming, consulting and technical assistance, access to business services and equipment, technology support, guidance in obtaining financing, conference rooms with videoconferencing feature and computers, etc.
The Small Business Center (SBC) provides free one-on-one counseling and advising services to existing and potential small business owners. In addition, a variety of seminars and special events are sponsored by the SBC to assist entrepreneurs with all aspects of operating a business. A professional services office is also available in which experts from legal, accounting, marketing, management and technology fields provide advice to business clients on a pro bono basis. The SBC also offers a student incubator program similar to the regular business incubator program.
The SBC has partnered with the BioBusiness Center, including the Natural Products Laboratory; the Blue Ridge Food Ventures; the Technology Commercialization Center; and the Global Institute for Sustainability Technologies.