Resources for New Businesses

This page provides resources to establish your business.

Resources to Help Start Your Business

These resources will help you start your business.

  • 10 steps to start your business. Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions, and completing a series of legal activities. Review this guide from the U.S. Small Business Administration to learn about each step.

  • Virginia State Bar's Virginia Lawyer Referral Service. Making decisions for your new business may require an expert. Seek legal advice to ensure you will operate within the law.

  • Steps to Starting a Business in Virginia. Doing business in Virginia requires many steps. Visit Business One Stop to learn more.

Business Licensing

Most businesses formed in Virginia will need a local business license. You can obtain a license from the city or county where the business operates. The SCC does not provide business licenses. Visit the Commissioners of the Revenue of Virginia Association to learn more.

In addition, certain business types may require an industry license or permit (e.g. contractors, insurance agencies, realtors). You will need to contact the responsible agency.