So you’ve decided to start a business.  Great!  So, where do you start?   Don’t worry; you won’t be the first person to ask this question, nor the last.

If you’re starting a business in Virginia, and you live in the northern part of the state (right outside Washington, DC) the Community Business Partnership or CBP should be one of the first stops you make.

The CBP, which opened its doors in 1995, is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and George Mason University to assist and promote small business growth.

Small Business Resources Orientation

Every month the CBP holds an orientation workshop. This is a free workshop offered by the CBP to acquaint you with their services.  After attending the seminar you will become a ‘client’ of the CBP and thus have access to use their facilities. This is a must to get you acquainted with the offerings at the CBP.  They also offer a “First Friday” MeetUp in their Springfield office.  This is a great way for you to introduce and network with other small business people.

Additional Classes Offered by CBP

CBP offers a variety of educational resources geared toward the small business.  Classes are available both online and at the CBP facility located in Springfield Virginia.

There is a small fee for many of the classes which go towards the registration and materials associated with the class.

One such class, Marketing Your Business on the Internet was very helpful to me when I took it last year. This class is offered 4 times a year (January, February, March, and April) so don’t delay in getting enrolled.

In addition, the CBP has an online catalog that you can browse for more details and class offerings.

Great Rates on Room Rentals and More

Besides the classes and workshops offered by the CBP, they also have additional resources that can be extremely helpful for the new business person.  Resources such as meetings rooms, training rooms and office space are just some of the CBP offers at extremely competitive rates.

Additional Programs Offered through the CBP

The CBP has a number of programs that are helpful for the person starting or growing a business.  Click the individual programs below to be taken to the page for additional information:

So, What Are You Waiting For?

If you are a small business person in Northern Virginia I would highly recommend you take advantage of the resources available at the CBP. You’ll be glad you did!