It's National Small Business Week, and in Central Virginia that means a push to support area businesses and several upcoming programs to support small business owners.
This week is sponsored by the US Small Business Administration to spotlight small businesses. The SBA classifies any business with fewer than 100 employees as a small business. In our community, almost 95 percent of businesses fall in that category.
The goal of this week is to recognize the contributions that small businesses make in their communities through employment, hiring, and other unique offerings.
The Central Virginia Small Business Development Center, located in Charlottesville, offers ongoing counseling to help businesses grow and find financing. The director urges everyone to support small business in the coming days and whenever possible.
"The one thing that residents and other businesses can do is do business with your local businesses. They create employment in our area. They keep dollars in our area, so it helps our economy grow. They offer great services and products," said Nora Gillespie, the director of the The Central Virginia Small Business Development Center.
The center also has some special programs for small business week. "Blogging for Small Business" is set for Monday and a program on free services offered by Google is scheduled for next Tuesday. Both of those events take place at the Virginia Workforce Development Center on Hydraulic Road.