All of the steps and considerations one must undertake when they start a business can seem overwhelming. Make no mistake, the process requires dedication and commitment, and the eventual success of your business concept will depend heavily on the investment of time and thought at the start. Most entrepreneurs underestimate how long it will take, and you should prepare to invest weeks and months rather than days.
While that might sound discouraging, many entrepreneurs before you have done it and so can you! The more understanding and expertise you have in your particular area, or the more time you’re willing to invest in extensive research, or even working for a while for someone else in that area, the better prepared you will be.
Another key element in your potential success will be getting expert and objective feedback along the way. Alexandria SBDC is the premier resource available to entrepreneurs in the City of Alexandria, and SBDC services are available to City businesses without cost. The SBDC is also closely networked with many other government, private sector and academic experts and resources and will link you to them. Alexandria SBDC is focused totally on your best interests, and we look forward to your success! Below, please find a video from the City Manager, Mark Jinks, welcoming you to the City and providing information on how to access different business services.