FAQs & Policies
Are you the U.S. Small Business Administration?
No. However, we are a resource partner funded by the SBA to provide training, business counseling, access to capital and facilities rentals to assist small business owners.
Do I have to attend an orientation class to receive business counseling?
Our orientation is highly recommended as it provides you with an overview of all of our services as well as what resources and business counselors we have to best suit your needs.
I took a class over 2 years ago; do I have to take it again?
In today’s ever-changing business climate it is highly recommended that you stay up to date on current business standards and practices.
Can I receive support in developing my business plan?
A). Yes, we provide training and business counseling to assist you in writing your own business plans. Once you have your business plan ready for review, please submit a request for counseling on our website (CLICK HERE).
Additional Business Plan Resources:
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Business Guide: https://www.sba.gov/business-guide including “Write Your Business Plan“
- SBA’s Learning Center with webinars including “How to Write a Business Plan“
- SCORE’s The Startup Roadmap: https://washingtondc.score.org/startup-roadmap
- SCORE’s Business Plan Template: https://www.score.org/resource/business-plan-template-startup-business
- SCORE’s Webinar: “Any Easier Way to Prepare Your Business Plan – The Business Model Canvas”
How do I get certified as an 8a, minority, disabled person, women, or veteran-owned business?
I have business tax related questions – does CBP offer support for this?
Yes, check out the resources below for assistance. If you have a specific question, please submit a request for counseling on our website (CLICK HERE).
- Attend the WBC Quickbooks class. To register visit www.cbponline.org.
- Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/taxes/
- IRS: Business Videos: https://www.irsvideos.gov/Business AND https://www.irs.gov/businesses
- SBA’s Pay Taxes Link: https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/manage-your-business/pay-taxes
- SCORE’s Ask the CPA 2020 – Tax Advice for Small Business: https://www.score.org/event/ask-cpa-2020-tax-advice-small-businesses
I need a loan or a grant for my business. Where do I go?
We offer an “Options for Funding” class that will provide you with many resources. For financial counseling or small business funding contact Karlene@cbponline.org.
I am having trouble registering for a class. Where can I go for help?
Inquiries regarding class registration can be directed to the Training Coordinator.
Do you accept walk-in clients?
Unfortunately no, due to high volume of client workload our staff is unable to accept walk-ins. If you would like to schedule an appointment regarding business counseling, room rentals, or anything else, please refer to the Contact Us section.
Do you have life coaches/mentors?
We provide business counseling services on specific business topics. Those seeking coaches/mentors should contact DC SCORE for further assistance.
Can men attend the Women’s Business Center Classes?
Yes! The Women’s Business Center provides assistance to ALL new small businesses established within the last two years.
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We traditionally follow the George Mason University policy on closings, so please check the GMU Announcements website, our own website, or call us at 703-768-1440 to confirm any schedule changes which affect our classes, room rentals, meetings or counseling sessions.