Beating The Odds With A Business Mentor

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Since March, when the Mason Small Business Development Center (Mason SBDC) adapted to the pandemic by virtualizing operations, our business counseling services have continued without interruption via video/phone appointments and with numerous online workshops. Mason SBDC has supported well over 500 unique disaster-related queries, guided over 100 client loan applications, all with a successful receipt of over $3 million in disaster funds alone from both the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and the subsequent Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Most of the clients we have worked with report that they are seeing slow signs of recovery in part due to the advice, guidance, and perspective gained by the counseling team and staff.

This no-cost counseling program is open to every business and entrepreneur planning to launch a new business. Access is via phone, video, and email support. The CARES Act grant has added to the services available, also at no cost to business owners or entrepreneurs. The Mason SBDC can now support the business community with customized marketing, social media, and financial needs assessment as they work on recovery efforts.

Do you have an unfinished business plan? Is the recovery effort for your business keeping you up at night? The Mason SBDC team is here to help you articulate and implement the next steps. There is no fee for this professional business and financial coaching. It starts with just an open honest conversation about your business goals, challenges, and ideas. Start the process by requesting a counseling session:

This year has required business owners and leaders to stop, restart, restructure and virtualize operations. Every business is thinking about what their business model is now and what it will be going forward? As the region gets closer to the half-year mark (since the first reported case in the United States), Virginia SBDC program clients who have taken advantage of the service offered have been an inspirational lesson. Many have been able to adopt an agile approach to business continuity, using SBDC services to enable their ability to innovate, pivot and deliver throughout a continuously evolving ever-evolving situation.

If you just want to know what support is available take a look at these recovery resources and join our mailing list at

Beating The Odds With A Business Mentor

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