Roanoke SCORE and Richmond SBA will give local entrepreneurs the opportunity to get answers to their financial, marketing, and negotiation questions with their National Small Business Week Workshop Series on May 9 at three Roanoke regional libraries. Speakers will cover a range of topics, including: SBA financial resources, making social media marketing work for business, and mastering business negotiations for success.

Featured at the presentation will be John Lusher, president of The Social Buzz Lab; Allan Tsang, Master Negotiation Coach with, and Marci Posey, Economic Development Specialist with the SBA.

“Marketing and finance issues are some of the most difficult problems that new and growing small business owners face,” says Roanoke SCORE Chapter Chair Bruce Harrison. “Business owners need to hone their negotiation skills to drive successful outcomes. We put together this workshop honoring National Small Business Week specifically to help answer their questions, so they can focus on other challenges and opportunities,” Harrison adds.

The locations, times and registration links for the workshops on May 9th are as follows:

• Main Library, 706 S. Jefferson SW, Roanoke, 9 a.m.

• Blue Ridge Library, 28 Avery Row, Roanoke, 12 noon

• Salem Library, 28 E Main St, Salem, 2:30 p.m.

These workshops are the latest in a series of such seminars held by Roanoke SCORE to assist local business owners. Previous seminars addressed business plans for new enterprises and getting a business validated on Google.

About SCORE: Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 10 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE’s 10,000+ volunteer business experts provide free and low-cost small business mentoring, workshops and education to 350,000+ clients in more than 300 chapters. In 2015, SCORE volunteers provided 2.2+ million hours to help create over 45,000 jobs and 55,000 small businesses.

For more information about starting a small business, call 540-857-2834 or visit SCORE at

For more information about these workshops email: or call Arleen Boyd, Roanoke Chapter Outreach, directly at 808-594-9253.