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@ASBDC Our Favorite NSBW #TwitterChat Answers #SBDC #DreamSmallBiz

May 6, 2016

twitter-chatIn honor of National Small Business Week, America’s SBDC hosted it’s first ever Twitter Chat on May 4th, “10 Most Common Small Business Questions.” 

@ASBDC served as the chat “moderator and posted questions every few minutes using the hashtag, #SBDC.  Checkout our Q&A below:

Q1: Do I have what it takes to own a small business? #SBDC 


Maybe you do, Maybe you don’t. Start by validating your business assumptions @SBDC

Sandra Cochrane ‏@scochrane

‪@ASBDC‪ A1. You won’t know until you try! But planning is key. Don’t jump in w/o knowledge of market and finances. #SBDC. (more…)

8(a) Graduate of the Year #SBDC #DreamSmallBiz

May 6, 2016

Sm-Bus-Wk-WV-SBDC-winnerCongratulations to West Virginia SBDC client Diana Lewis Jackson, President and CEO of Action Facilities Management based in Morgantown, West Virginia. Her company is the 2016 SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year.

AFM, a company that Diana started in her Monongalia County basement 15 years ago, now employs more than 250 people in 11 states and Washington, D.C. Mostly federal agencies are clients of the site support contractor.

“We provide armed and unarmed security guard services and, for the facilities or buildings, we provide operations and maintenance services, complete janitorial services and, on the exterior, we provide grounds, maintenance and snow removal,” she explained.

“The ‘action’ part was because we wanted to be proactive and the ‘facilities management’ is because we wanted the customers to focus on what they were actually going to do for their business and we would take care of their facilities.”  (more…)