We’re lucky. RVA has lots of people ready and willing to assist its entrepreneurs and small businesses. But who has time to track them all down?
The Greater Richmond Chamber has now made it easier to find and connect with people you need to meet. Thrive is a new interactive tool designed to help your business get started, get to the next level, scale up and branch out.
Thrive is the new incarnation of the Greater Richmond Chamber’s Small Business Development Center and is the first of its kind offered by Chambers of Commerce statewide.
For almost two decades, the Chamber has served thousands of small businesses via its Small Business Development Center, which it has operated in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. And that was just using the old model of phone calls and printed materials. Thrive is a more efficient and user friendly way for entrepreneurs to find no cost counseling, resources and each other.
Here are a few things you’ll find on the Thrive site:
• An online scheduler that allows you to set up consults in real time with top flight mentors. Don’t know how to select a mentor? Click the New Visitor tab, answer a few questions, and the tool will connect you with a mentor whose expertise matches your needs.
• A resource center that allows you to access a wealth of information, across multiple platforms, on topics that span your needs. Everything from how to set up a robust social media presence to business law issues, budgeting, planning, you name it.
• A universal meetup space that aggregates events produced by 35+ small business groups from around the region. With a three-month horizon, this handy calendar will allow you to keep up with your fellow travelers along the greenbelt of entrepreneurism. Network, learn, socialize and make a few friends.
Thrive is 100% mobile friendly, no app needed.
Thrive is a no-cost service, and you are not required to be a member of the Chamber to participate.
So entrepreneurs: dive in, explore a bit and start thriving.