The Virginia Small Business Partnership Announces Strategic Partnership with Small Business Majority

We are very pleased to announce a strategic partnership with the folks over at Small Business Majority! We look forward to working with them to promote commonsense, business-friendly policies here in the Commonwealth. Read the press release for more details.

Gallup Poll Explores Diversity In Relation To Small Business Owners’ Perceptions & Experiences


Today Gallup released a report summarizing the key findings of a major research project, sponsored by Wells Fargo, analyzing the experiences of small-business owners by race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status and sexual orientation.

Virginia Chamber Releases Legislative Report Card

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce just released its 2015 Legislative Report Card. See how your legislators ranked here.

2015’s Best & Worst Cities to Work for a Small Business

Source: 2015’s Best & Worst Cities to Work for a Small Business | WalletHub®

Another survey out today ranks U.S. cities on their small business atmosphere. VA only barely edges into the top 20 (as part of the DC metro area), and our next highest ranking is Richmond at #31. Our neighbors to the south, however, top the survey at #1 (Charlotte, NC) and #2 (Raleigh, NC). It’s time to look at why we’re losing ground. Business taxes, healthcare costs, ability to attract angel investors… these are just a few of the broader issues that we see affecting all small businesses in the state. It’s time to take action in Richmond to get back our competitive edge! Who’s with us?

Best cities for small business in America: Survey

A new survey ranks the Riverside-San Bernardino metro area in California as the No. 1 place to start a business, outpacing Silicon Valley.

Source: Best cities for small business in America: Survey

 

Unfortunately, no Virginia cities or regions made the cut, yet in 2013 Forbes ranked Virginia as the best state for business. In the intervening years, that status has been eroded. We are losing our competitive edge to our neighbors – Charlotte, NC ranked 4th on this list. What can we be doing better?

Opinion/Editorial: Building an educated workforce

The president emeritus of Northern Virginia Community College told the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce last week that workforce talent is one of the key ingredients in keeping the commonwealth’s economy rolling.

Source: Opinion/Editorial: Building an educated workforce – The Daily Progress: Opinion

3 Things You Need to Know About National Small Business Week

Here’s how you can get involved in the Small Business Administration’s week-long celebration of the Main Street entrepreneur.

Source: 3 Things You Need to Know About National Small Business Week

Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Small Business Financing Authority Receives Additional $6.1 Million From U.S. Treasury

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority a division of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Suppli

Source: Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Small Business Financing Authority Receives Additional $6.1 Million From U.S. Treasury | AlexandriaNews

Workforce Skills Gap?

Virginia Public Radio reports on VASBP’s policy priorities:

While the upcoming General Assembly session will focus on such issues as the state budget, ethics reform, and whether or not to expand Medicaid, small business advocates have rolled out a blueprint of their own legislative priorities. Their agenda arose from a summit of the state’s entrepreneurs and business leaders, who want to ensure that the Commonwealth maintains its competitive edge through business-friendly policies. And as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, they say that begins with a qualified workforce.

See the article and the hear the audio of the story here.

Virginia Chamber and VASBP Announce Partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contacts:

Paul A. Miller

Virginia Small Business Partnership

(703) 383-1330

pmiller@mwcapitol.com

Cyndi Miracle

Virginia Chamber

(804)237-1466

c.miracle@vachamber.com

 Click here for a PDF of the press release

Fairfax, VA and Richmond, VA, June 12, 2013 – The Virginia Small Business Partnership (VASBP) and the Virginia Chamber jointly announced today that they have formed a partnership to develop pro-small business policies for Virginia. VASBP will help ensure that the policy priorities of the Commonwealth’s small business leaders are incorporated into the Chamber’s Blueprint Virginia initiative.

“We are excited to work with an organization that will help to bring the voice of small business to our vision for Virginia’s future,” said Barry DuVal, President and CEO of the Virginia Chamber.

Blueprint Virginia is the Chamber’s year-long statewide initiative to develop a dynamic eight-year economic development plan aimed at improving Virginia’s competitive position in the global economy and ensuring a prosperous and sustainable future. VASBP will provide input and guidance on this initiative through its annual Virginia Small Business Summit, held this year on September 20 at the Mason Inn in Fairfax, Virginia. Each year, VASBP produces a set of policy priorities based on the work done at the Summit.

“Summit attendees will have the opportunity to have a direct impact on the Blueprint Virginia project, both through surveys and through the work they do to develop the 2013 Summit’s policy priorities document,” said Paul A. Miller, Chairman of VASBP. “We are thrilled to be working with the Chamber to help shape Virginia’s future.”

About the Virginia Small Business Partnership – The Virginia Small Business Partnership (VASBP) advocates for small business interests through policy-focused research. VASBP serves as a bridge between policymakers and small businesses. For more information on the Virginia Small Business Partnership, please visit www.vasbp.com.

About the Virginia Chamber – The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is the state’s largest business advocacy organization with more than 14,500 members. As the voice for business, the Chamber works in the legislative, regulatory and political arenas to act as a catalyst for enhancing Virginia’s economic competitiveness and pro-business climate.

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