Small Business Resources

Partnerships and Referrals with the Following Organizations

SBA (Small Business Administration – Federal Program)
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 – Regional Program)
Offers workshops on what you need to know to start a business, and provides counseling and referrals, financing options, marketing your business and how to write a business plan.

SBSD (Small Business and Supplier Diversity – State Program)
Formerly known as the VDBA and DMBE, this organization provides resources for obtaining specialty licenses (including forms and registrations) and SWaM (Small Women Minority) and DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) Certification.

ODU (Business Gateway and Research Foundation – Regional Program)

  • Technology Application Center (TAC)
  • Launch Hampton Roads (LHR)
  • Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (VBOC)
  • Women’s Business Center (WBC)
  • Hampton Roads Procurement Assistance Center (HRPAC)


George Mason PTAP (Procurement Technical Assistance Program – Regional)
Provides services that help businesses do business with government at the federal, state and local levels.

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Hampton Roads
Comprised of active and retired businessmen and women, who provide clients with FREE and confidential business counseling. Provides free face-to-face meetings and low cost workshops and events designed to enable entrepreneurs succeed.

Financing Resources

You need money to fund your business venture. Where do you go to find resources?

Top 10 Resources

VSBFA (Virginia Small Business Financing Authority – State Program) Department under SBDS provides various low interest loans.

TSBFC (Tidewater Small Business Financing Center)

VHCDC (Virginia Housing and Community Development Corporation) 

Hampton Roads SBDC

SBA Preferred Lenders (Search by District Office)


Corporate – WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council) is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled and operated by women in the United States who are looking for opportunities at the corporate level. This certification is also recognized by federal and most state agencies.

State – SWaM and DBE

Federal – SBA (Small Business, WOSB, 8(a)

Additional Small Business Resources

Chesapeake Commissioner of the Revenue – Obtain local business license and info regarding business taxes.

Chesapeake Procurement Division (contracting opportunities, Bids and RFP’s, vendor applications)

Virginia Procurement System – eVA

SAM (System for Award Management – formerly CCR)

Department of Commerce (grants, contracting and trade opportunities)

 NAICS (Industry Codes) – Standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments

 NIGP Codes (Product Codes) – Coding structure for standardizing purchasing

Code Book (Commonwealth of Virginia)

D-U-N-S # (Are you a Government Contractor or Grantee who needs a D-U-N-S® Number?)

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