BUSINESS COUNSELING/TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

SMALL BUSINESS COUNSELING

The Virgin Islands Small Business Devleopment Center? (VI SBDC) offers you the opportunity to obtain FREE one-on-one confidential business counseling services.

How can?I obtain Counseling Services??

  1. You can contact your service center to request an appointment.
  2. Utilize our online business counseling services (e-center).

This service is free and confidential.? It provides you access to expert business advice for both emerging entrepreneurs and existing businesses. Counseling services are conducted by a professional business counselor at the VI SBDC.

  • We offer confidential - no cost - professional business consulting services by appointment.
  • Counseling is provided to: pre-ventures, start-up businesses, and existing businesses.
  • Counseling is available in areas such as:?
    • New business feasibility
    • Business plan preparation
    • Financial management and general management strategies for small businesses engaged in retail, service, manufacturing, agriculture and other industries.
  • SBA and conventional business loan assistance.
  • VISBDC also provides specialized training services related to business start-up and growth management.

What should I expect?

You will apply for services on-line from your computer over our secure web application.? Your application will be received by your service center.? Within three business days you will be contacted.? Based on the information provided, your designated business counselor may refer you to internet resources that might assist you in furthering you with your need.? You may also utilize our on-line services to enroll in a seminar or training.?

On-line business counseling is designed to be flexible yet similar to the traditional office-based counseling experience.

Your first step is to access e-center and complete this electronic request for counseling from.? You can always access e-center from our home page.

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TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

VI-SBDC Provides:

  • Technical Assistance:
    • Developing A Business Plan
    • Loan Packaging
    • Market Surveys
    • Inventory Control
    • Accounting and Recordkeeping
  • Information Gathering & Dissemination:
    • Business, industry and economic data pertaining to small business
  • Research:
    • In the field of small business e.g., cottage industry
  • Advocacy:
    • Representing and articulating interests and concerns of small business to the public and relevant forums.

Most of these services are free!