Small Business Development Center

Did you know there are over 745,000 small businesses in Virginia? In this competitive market, these companies come from diverse industries, employ over 1.5 million residents, and help shape our economy. However, in today’s unique climate, many business owners are facing challenges:

» Modifying and digitizing their business model to accommodate the needs and wants of their target market during COVID19

» Marketing and promoting their products and services to increase brand awareness and sales

» Creating cost-effective Social Media strategies to reach and grow their clientele, sponsors, investors, and even future employees

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at CBP is a part of a national network whose primary goal is to provide support to business owners in Northern Virginia. We offer free one-on-one business counseling and advisement as well as host webinars and workshops on a spectrum of business areas.

We assist small to mid-sized businesses approx. 2 years or older in industries of Innovation, Technology, Medicine, Science, Health & Wellness, E-commerce, Commercialization, Construction, Education, Manufacturing, Financial Services, and more.

We focus on areas of Marketing, Branding, Content Creation, Social Media, and Networking. We help you create new or modify existing strategic plans, campaigns, and content for your presentations and digital media so you can promote your company, increase brand awareness, and grow your market share. See details below.

Business Advisement & Webinars

From one-on-one or group counseling to workshops and webinars, we assist existing businesses approx. 2 years or older in:


  • Advertising
  • Promotions
  • Product Design
  • Packaging
  • Service Focus

Branding & Content Creation

  • Tag-lines, Company & product names
  • Pitch Decks
  • Web Content/Design
  • Photo Editing
  • Business Cards
  • Logos

Social Media

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn

Strategic Planning

  • Market Segmentation & Target Marketing
  • Identifying your competitive advantage

Networking & Presentations

  • Company presentation/PowerPoints
  • Elevator Pitch/Company Pitch
  • Growing your clientele

A Powerful Network

With the help and direction of the Small Business Administration (SBA) of the United States, there are over 1,000 SBDC centers nationwide, and in Virginia, 27 distinct offices providing your business resources and support.

Thanks to the CBP at George Mason University, our SBDC give clients in Fairfax and neighboring regions a deeper reach and access to:

💰 Financing opportunities

💼  Women entrepreneurs & new startups

🏢  A space for business meetings, training rooms, and rentals

Our CBP not only allows us to stand out amongst the rest but be a collective force in helping you and your business grow and thrive.

SBDC Leadership

Entrepreneurship, Mentorship, Professorship, and Leadership – Vijay Vaswani is the Director of the SBDC at the Community Business Partnership.

With over ten years of Strategic Development, Business Planning, Marketing, and Social Media experience, he has been a Business Owner, Business Advisor, and Business Instructor.

Having started and run an all-digital nonprofit organization, Vaswani has also taught over twenty-one different business courses and webinars at small business centers and colleges, and has advised over a thousand students and business owners on how to create, market, and grow their company.

More on Vijay Vaswani

SBDC Sponsors

The Small Business Development Center at Community Business Partnership is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  It receives additional support from the Fairfax County Office for Women and the Supervisors of Fairfax County.


SBDC Supporters

The Small Business Development Center at Community Business Partnership is proud to have the support of invaluable and effective allies that help us meet our mission.

The Community Business Partnership is an equal opportunity service provider, lender, and employer.


“The CBP counselors and volunteers have been instrumental in helping me increase my knowledge and confidence in business ownership. Because of their guidance, I’ve been able to expand my practice and move into a larger facility with more employees.”

Debbie Allen, President, Premier Pediatric Therapy Source, Annandale, VA
Community Business Partnership of Springfield, VA