the Shenandoah Valley Business Link
One of the outcomes of the Libraries & Educational Technologiesí grant from the Small Business Administration (SBA) is the Shenandoah Valley Business Link, a web portal to business information in the Harrisonburg and central valley area. A gateway that pulls together federal, Virginia, and local information, it is designed as a tool for local entrepreneurs looking to start up a business as well as for business students and educators.
Sources of current information in on the site include a continually updated feed of business news from the Washington Post, and regional news through Topix.net, an Internet news service. The site also offers a direct link to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and a list of links to most Virginia newspapers.
Other features of the portal include links to:
The site has also collected links to numerous online tutorials found on the Web. Topics for these instructional sites range include information on economic indicators from the Federal Reserve, a Small Business Tax Workshop from the Internal Revenue Service, and small business informational resources from the Bank of America, SBA, and others.
The portal also contains a link to Find It Virginia, a service that provides access to commercially produced online business resources available to anyone with a Virginia public library card.
The Shenandoah Valley Business Link is a new site that is still growing and adding features and content. Its permanent URL is http://biz.lib.jmu.edu.
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