Program Administrators

Lashawnda Williams-Hall & Chantel Walton

Contact via email for general inquiries 

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“Empowering entrepreneurs to successfully steward business ownership and operation.”

Program Mission & Vision Statement

This program aims to provide an end-to-end business development solution that will equip business owners with a step-by-step toolkit spanning from ideation to revenue generation. As a result of this program, a diverse array of Norfolk businesses are aware of and have access to the full suite of services, incentives, talent, and expertise available to support their growth and retention.

Small Business Initiative Pillars

The program consists of four pillars that will be further explained bellow: Entrepreneur Self-Service, Technical Assistance Clinic, Build the Block, Capital Access Program

Entrepreneur Self-Service

Equip business owners with self- paced tools and training to launch and build their business

StartGrowBiz

Small Business Events Materials

Technical Assistance Clinic

Increase resiliency, capacity, and stabilization of small businesses

*The Economic Development Authority of the City of Norfolk is funding this grant program through The Rockefeller Foundation Opportunity Collective.

Build the Block

Encourage businesses to build and maintain relationships within their community

View the Business Association Toolkit here:

Build the Block Toolkit

Capital Access Program

Increase access to capital via Norfolk grant and loan programs and beyond

Capital Access Program

Take a look at our upcoming events:

EDA – Nominating Committee meeting

October 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
EDA – Nominating Committee meeting: Meeting on October 3rd, 2022 At 10:00 AM Monday morning at...