The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond began organizing a series of technical assistance programs for small businesses in 2010. We were motivated by small businesses who shared their challenges with finding sufficient credit during an economic downturn and from financial institutions that regularly interact with small businesses searching for credit. We partner with a variety of organizations, including nonprofits, government agencies, and financial institutions, as well as other Reserve Banks across the United States.


Micro Business Lending: Landscape for the New Economy

This conference focused on micro development and micro business lending with learning tracks on sustainability, funding, and technical assistance. Richmond, February 25-26, 2013.

Strategies for Change: Innovations in Microenterprise and Community Economic Development

This forum provided information on business training, capital and strategies for improving access to credit for qualified businesses. Richmond, September 15-16, 2011.

Micro Finance: Helping to Create First-time Entrepreneurs

This webinar focused on the benefits of microfinance as a catalyst to increase economic opportunity. Richmond, September 8, 2011.

BoardLink: Connecting Richmond's Banking Talent to our Nonprofit Sector

This workshop focused on effective and impactful leadership of nonprofits  and the fundamentals of governance, structure and practices, and roles and responsibilities related to board service. Richmond, June 16, 2011.

The State of Small Businesses: Addressing the Financing Needs of Small Businesses

This forum provided an overview of regional and national themes focused on credit access and technical support for small businesses. Charlottesville, July 22, 2010.


Virginia Chamber of Commerce – Virginia’s business advocacy organization  

Virginia Small Business Development Center -  a network that provides business counseling, training and information resources to help strengthen Virginia businesses

Virginia Small Business Resource Guide-  an electronic publication, created by entrepreneurs and business community advocates, that provides tools, tips and resources for starting and managing a small business

Small Business in Virginia –  online resources, as part of Yes, that assist with starting or expanding business in Virginia

Virginia Department of Business Assistance - a one-stop-service for technical assistance related to business formation, access to capital, and workforce development

Business One Stop - an online, interactive portal that provides information on operating a small business in Virginia


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Community Development
(804) 697-8631