SBDC

Contact Us:

Small Business Development Center
3441 Mountain Empire Road
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Phone: (276) 523-6529
Fax: (276) 523-8139
Email: tblankenbecler@mecc.edu 

Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located at Mountain Empire Community College offers free business consulting, affordable training courses, personal referrals to local resources, guidance, insights, and connections to help businesses succeed.

The Small Business Development Center at Mountain Empire Community College is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

Does your business need assistance?

Services are confidential and there is no charge for counseling services.  Let us help you save time with your business projects

MECC’s Small Business Development Center provides the following services:

  • Management Skills: Provides guidance and counsel to help businesses become effective and efficient by improving management skills and operational effectiveness.
  • Business Information: Provides access to a wide variety of economic and business data which includes federal, state, and private sector publications.
  • Business Planning: Assists the potential entrepreneur with identification and evaluation of the most important factors related to the success of his or her enterprise.
  • Productivity Improvement: Enhances competitiveness through training and technical assistance.
  • Workshops: Conducts workshops on a wide variety of topics related to starting and operating a business in Southwest Virginia.
  • Networking Assistance: Helps in identifying sources of information and/or services related to small business.
  • Loan Application Assistance
  • Sources of business financing
  • Financial Analysis
  • Marketing
  • Permits, licenses and taxes 

Don’t know where to get started?

SBA’s disaster programs spelled out in just a few clicks.

Start with the Paycheck Protection Program and to see forms, etc; then next to Economic Injury Disaster Loans and advance; then next to Express Bridge Loans and then next to Debt Relief for existing and future SBA 7a, 504 and microloan. 

The following questions might help point you in the right direction.

Do you need:

Capital to cover the cost of retaining employees?
Then the Paycheck Protection Program might be right for you.

A quick infusion of a smaller amount of cash to cover you right now?

To ease your fears about keeping up with payments on your current or potential SBA loan? The Small Business Debt Relief Program could help. 

Just some quality, free counseling to help you navigate this uncertain economic time? The resource partners are available for virtual counseling sessions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am applying or already received an Economic Injury Disaster Loan, is my small business eligible to participate in the Paycheck Protection Program?  

  • Borrowers can apply for BOTH an Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program loan.   
  • However, the Paycheck Protection Program loan funds and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan funds cannot be used for the same purpose.   
  • The Paycheck Protection Program loan must be used for payroll (minimum of 75% of the funds received) for it to be eligible for a forgivable loan and the remaining 25% is used for different purposes (mortgage interest, rent, utilities, other services).   
  • Borrowers who accept both loan funds should document the uses of the funds appropriately.  
  • If your Economic Injury Disaster Loan was used for payroll costs, your Paycheck Protection Program loan must be used to refinance your Economic Injury Disaster Loan.   
  • Any advance up to $10,000 on the Economic Injury Disaster Loan will be deducted from the loan forgiveness amount of the Paycheck Protection Program loan.  
  • For example, a borrower may obtain a loan from the Paycheck Protection Program and use those funds to pay for 8 weeks of payroll or employee retention. They may wish to then dedicate their entire EIDL funds towards working capital, notes payable and accounts payable that do not duplicate the funds provided through the Paycheck Protection Program. If the EIDL loan was used for payroll expenses, the borrower must refinance the EIDL loan with the PPP loan which carries a lower interest rate as well as a shorter maturity period.  
  • If you are applying for both, you can accept PPP first – then decide whether or not to close on your EIDL approved loan.  
  • The application period for PPP loans runs through June 30, 2020, but the EIDL application period runs through December 2020.  
  • EIDL Loan advances will start to be distributed this week.  $1000 per employee up to $10,000 max
  • EIDL Loans – IF YOU DID NOT APPLY THROUGH THE STREAMLINED PROCESS WHICH STARTED LAST WEEK, SBA request that you visit https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/ and reapply with the secure streamlined process. You will not lose your place in queue with your original EIDL loan application.
  • EIDL loans will not require a personal guarantee for loans under $200,000
  • EIDL loans will not require real estate collateral for loans under $500,000. SBA will be looking be best available lien priority on all business assets or other business assets.

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