What's Happening in Tazewell County

News  Release

Tazewell County Economic Development partnered with the Virginia Department of Small  Business and Supplier Diversity to hold an Entrepreneur Workshop in Tazewell on Tuesday, May 3.   The workshop was attended by fourteen individuals who are interested in starting or expanding a small business in Tazewell County.  Topics covered include Doing Business in Virginia, Technology and Resources for Businesses, Marketing Strategies and Planning, Financing Businesses and Local Resources and Opportunities.

The workshop was organized by Mike Thompson (Tazewell County Economic Development Director) and Sandy Ratliff ( Business Services Manager for SBSD).  "Entrepreneur development is an important part of our economic development program in Tazewell County.  Making sure individuals have the resources available to them to start a business is one of our top priorities."  said Thompson.  "Economic Development is something we can all be involved in, whether as a consumer or a developer, and that is the message we want Tazewell County to understand. "

Technology is ever changing for small business development.  According to Sandy Ratliff, "Using technology in business is no longer optional.  I want to give entrepreneurs some ideas how they can better use technology in their businesses.  Technology will not fix a broken business, but good technology use can help move a business forward."

The workshop was part of a series that is focusing on growing small businesses in Tazewell County.  It included Margie Douglas  from the Small Business Development Center, Sandy Ratliff from the Small Business and Supplier Diversity, Michelle Workman from Virginia Tourism Corporation, Andrea Smith from People Incorporated and Mike Thompson from Tazewell County.  More information on future workshops can be obtained at