Small Business Resources

Service provided for start-ups and existing businesses include:

  • Dedicated staff member to counsel Small, Women, Minority and Veteran owned businesses.
  • Business Plan review/critique in partnership and referral to SBDC (Small Business Development Center) and PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center).
  • Workshops (partnered with local, state and federal agencies).
  • Economic Development Website – Business Community/Small Business Development.

Partnerships and Referrals with/to the following:

SBA (Small Business Administration)

Provides information on various topics for starting a business including creating a business plan and choosing a business structure (LLC, corporation, etc.) and exporting assistance.

SBDC (Small Business Development Center)

Offers workshops on what you need to know to start business, provides counseling and referrals; financing options, marketing your business and how to write a business plan.

Chesapeake Commissioner of the Revenue

Obtain local license and info regarding business taxes.

VDBA (Virgina Department of Business Assistance)

Provides resources for obtaining specialty licenses (including forms and registrations), various low interest loans thru the VSBFA (Virginia Small Business Financing Authority).

DMBE (Department of Minority Enterprise)

SWaM (Small Women Minority) Certification, government contracting

Additional Small Business Resources:

City’s Procurement Division (contracting opportunities)
Department of Motor Vehicles – DMV
Virginia Economic Development Partnership – VEDP
Virginia Employment Commission – VEC
Virginia Procurement System – eVA
Department of Commerce

WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council – Certification for corporate access to contracting; certification is also recognized by federal agencies.

NSU’s Women’s Economic Development Center

ODU Business Gateway and Research Foundation – Women’s Business Center

SCORE Hampton Roads – provides free face-to-face meetings and low cost workshops and events designed to enable entrepreneurs succeed.