Chamber's development center coming to 1701 and VIBE district

Chamber's development center coming to 1701 and VIBE district
Chamber's development center coming to 1701 and VIBE district

The Hampton Roads Chamber's Small Business Development Center and 1701, Virginia Beach’s co-working space, have formed a collaboration to better serve the community.

The two entities have joined forces so the center's Circuit Ride Program can be expanded to allow more access to its counseling and information resources.

James Carroll, SBDC executive director, said the collaboration will allow the organization to bring in local, state and national resources that can benefit the people working at 1701.


“They are now able to have a greater range of services and benefits they can offer to existing or potential clients who are looking to locate there,” Carroll said. “I see this as a perfect partnership between two organizations who are dedicated to advancing small business in the region.”

The program will enable Carroll to be at 1701 to provide free counseling services that may include issues with marketing, procurement and human resources as well as business strategies and financial analysis.

“I can sit down confidentially on a one-on-one basis and help them grow their business,” he said of what would be prescheduled appointments.


The SBDC, which services 18 cities and counties, instituted the Circuit Ride Program two years ago to enable it to go into communities and expand its outreach.

The program already visits Franklin, Smithfield, Gloucester, Williamsburg and Yorktown. It will start going to 1701 and into the VIBE district June 7.


Photo: Kristen Zeis | The Virginian-Pilot 

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