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Virginia

Learn about the current state government, local attractions, transportation, travel updates, construction, and much more.  Click here to visit the website. 

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Click here for information regarding business formation and registration in Virginia. 

Make sure your business is compliant with the Commonwealth of Virginia's tax code. Click here for more information. 

The Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) has four Divisions:

  1. Business Certifications
  2. Business Development and Outreach Services
  3. Virginia Small Business Financing Authority
  4. SBSD Agency Administration

Click here for the homepage

The Virginia Employment Commission is your online source to connect with potential employers, search for jobs, find training opportunities, and research wage data along with industry and occupational trends. Click here

The Virginia Chamber is a non-partisan business advocacy organization that works in the legislative, regulatory, civic, and judicial arenas at the state and federal level to be a force for long-term economic growth in the Commonwealth. Click here for the homepage.

The Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) promotes access to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s contracting opportunities by administering the certification process §2.2 1604, a vehicle to promote economic growth of Virginia’s businesses. It's their goal to work with public and private entities to develop supplier diversity and inclusion strategies and thereby, creating contracting opportunities that promote fairness in the state’s procurement process while advancing its Small Business Program and SWaM initiative. Click here for more information. 

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) seeks to better serve those looking for a prime business location, increased trade opportunities and, therefore, to foster increased expansion of the Commonwealth's economy. VEDP focuses on cultivating new business investment, fostering international trade growth and encouraging the expansion of existing Virginia businesses. Click here for more information. 

eVA is Virginia's online, electronic procurement system. This web-based vendor registration and purchasing system allows state agencies, colleges, universities and many local governments to use eVA to conduct all purchasing and sourcing activities for goods and services. Click here for more information. 

Virginia’s Business One Stop was launched in May of 2008 in order to assist entrepreneurs in obtaining the information and completing the steps required to register their business. Click here to get started. 

The Virginia Tourism Authority promotes and develops the tourism and motion picture industries to stimulate Virginia’s economy and enhance the quality of life of all Virginians. Click here for more information. 

The Virginia Rural Center is a collaborative partnership of the Center for Rural Virginia and the Council for Rural Virginia. These two organizations established a collective services agreement to work together on their joint mission of economic prosperity for rural communities throughout Virginia. Click here for more information. 

DHCD partners with Virginia’s communities to develop their economic potential, regulates Virginia’s building and fire codes, provides training and certification for building officials, and invests more than $100 million each year into housing and community development projects throughout the state - the majority of which are designed to help low- to moderate-income citizens.  Learn more here

The Virginia Economic Bridge, Inc. promotes the economic vitality and external competitiveness of the Commonwealth through business, industry and educational partnerships between Southwestern Virginia, Northern Virginia and other areas of the Commonwealth. Learn more here.

Opportunity SWVA is piloting the way for the region to align resources, highlighting opportunities for entrepreneurs, supporting their efforts, and expanding the spirit they bring to their communities. Click here to learn more. 

The Virginia Community Economic Network (VCEN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education, networking and advocacy organization promoting innovative, creative and sustainable local entrepreneurship and place making strategies that spur job creation, increase wealth-building, and enhance community vitality. Learn more here

The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services is a state government program focusing on providing and advocating for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families. Click here to learn more.

Click link to download: Guide to Self Employment

Starting your own business is more than a job – its a passion, lifestyle choice and dream for many people. Virginia is loaded with training programs, new business award contests, launch aids, and numerous capital sources.  Click here to learn more. 

Contracting with the government can be a challenging process. Virginia PTAP’s mission is to “Help business do business with government”, both federal and state/local. Their services cover the full range of information, from the very basics for newcomers (FAR, FBO, SAM, DSBS, and more) to WOSB, SDVOSB, GSA schedules application, 8(a) certification, and more. Click here to learn more. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions, and completing a series of legal activities. Click here to learn about the process.

The SBA offers several loan programs for specific purposes. Take some time to study the programs described to determine if you qualify. Click here to learn more.

Need help managing your business and the finances? Click here for an in depth guide from the SBA.

If your business is up and running but requires additional capital, you can rely on familiar options. However, funding an existing business requires different preparation. Click here to learn more.

Are you in a geographic area prone to natural disaster? Or is your industry hyper-competitive? Make sure your are prepared for all emergencies, natural and man made. Click here for more information. 

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The Office of Women’s Business Ownership’s mission is to enable and empower women entrepreneurs through advocacy, outreach, education and support. For information on comprehensive training and counseling regarding a vast array of topics in many languages, click here.

Click here for a complete listing of local SBA offices. 

Additional Federal Resources

Resources for taxpayers who file Form 1040, Schedules C, E, F or Form 2106, as well as small businesses with assets under $10 million. Click here to learn more.

 The United States Census Bureau is responsible for producing quality data about the American people and economy. Click here to learn more.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is one of the world's largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with protecting U.S. borders while facilitating lawful international travel and trade. Click here to learn more.

Make sure your small business is utilizing all available resources to grow your customer base. Click here to learn about the postal service programs for small businesses. 

Stay up-to-date on industry news, insights, and analysis. Click here

The Office of E-Government and Information Technology (E-Gov), headed by the Federal Government’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), develops and provides direction in the use of Internet-based technologies to make it easier for citizens and businesses to interact with the Federal Government, save taxpayer dollars, and streamline citizen participation. Click here.

Click here for information regarding the patent process. 

The GSA works to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people. Click here to visit the GSA website. 

The U.S. Department of Labor seeks to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

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Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994

 

Compliance Assistance

 

elaws Advisors

 

Employment Law Guide 

MBDA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that focuses on promoting the growth of minority-owned business through public and private sector programs, policy, and research. Click here to visit the MBDA site. 

Check to make sure your small business is compliant with the Americans With Disability Act. Click here for the ADA Guide for Small Businesses.

The Office of Small Business Utilization (OSBU) at the U.S. General Services Administration is one of several program in various Federal Agencies authorized by Congress to promote the maximum practicable use of all designated small business categories within the Federal Acquisition process. Click here to access the homepage. The OSBU is comprised of 3 divisions: Office of Outreach and Customer Care, Office of Regional and Small Business Management, and the Office of Policy and Forecasting. 

 

Associations

America’s SBDC represents America’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) – the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories. Click here to learn more.

The American Management Association (AMA) focuses on professional development to advance the skills of individuals, teams, organizations and government agencies. AMA seeks fulfill these development goals through a comprehensive range of products and services, including business seminars, blended learning, Webcasts and podcasts, conferences, books, whitepapers, articles and more. Click here for more information. 

The BBB coaches businesses on ethical behavior and how to build stronger, more trusting relationships with their customers. Click here to learn more. 

The National Association for Female Executives, one of the country’s largest associations for women professionals and business owners, provides resources – through education, networking, and public advocacy- to empower its members to achieve both career and personal success. Click here to learn more.

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice  of over 10.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States, the fastest growing segment of the economy. Click here to learn more. 

The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. Click here for more information.

NFIB is America’s leading small business association, promoting and protecting the right of our members to own, operate, and grow their businesses. Click here for more information.

Information Portals

Business.com is an educational website that provides general information about business practices and strategy. Information provided on the Business.com website should not be used as a substitute for legal, accounting, real estate, business, tax, or other types of professional advice. Click here to learn more.

The Business Plans Resource Center exists to help you build a better business. Bplans contains the largest single online collection of free sample business plans and contains helpful tools and guides to help you manage your business better. Click here to learn more.

This guide from Rutger’s University leads to many sources of industry data and reports from Rutgers-restricted library databases, the U.S. federal government as well as commercial firms, trade associations, and non-profit organizations. Click here to learn more.

Click here for information on the different types of business insurance. 

The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service seeks to strengthen and preserve effective government in Virginia by leveraging the research, expertise, and resources of the University of Virginia to inform public policy, develop public leaders, and deliver strategic and technical assistance. Click here for more information. 

SBDCNet's mission is to support the business research and information needs of the nation’s network of 1,100+ Small Business Development Centers (the “SBDC Network”) and their small business clients. Click here for more information. 

Business Owners’ Idea Cafe started in 1995 and is known for the popular CyberSchmooze forums, where small business owners, startup entrepreneurs, and experts share questions, information, and provide objective feedback. Click here for more information.