Press Releases

Face to Face Business Counseling

ABINGDON, Va. -- ’Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network invites residents of Washington and Smyth counties and the City of Bristol (VA) to register for a free face-to-face business counseling session. The counseling is designed to help business owners and potential business owners cultivate necessary skills and create a personal road map to achieve business goals. The sessions are aimed at artisans, gallery operators, and other creative entrepreneurs.

Confidential counseling sessions are available Dec. 4 at the offices of `Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network. The offices are located in the Heartwood building, One Heartwood Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210.

Pre-registration is required. To register for a session, please call Neva Bryan at 276-492-2403 or email no later than Nov. 30.

Appointments at home or other locations are available on different dates. Counseling sessions for residents of other counties are available. Please contact Neva Bryan for information about alternative sessions.

Counseling will be conducted by Stephanie Surrett, president and CEO of Stephanie Surrett & Associates, LLC. Surrett has been contracted by Southwest Virginia Community College via funding from a grant from the Jobs Act Program to the VA Small Business Development Center.

`Round the Mountain is also supported by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

`Round the Mountain’s mission is to promote sustainable economic development of the region's communities by assisting local artisans with marketing, educational, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

The `Round the Mountain service area includes Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, and Wythe counties, and the cities of Bristol, Galax, Norton and Radford.