Starting a Business in Chesapeake

Congratulations! You have decided to open a business in the City of Chesapeake! Starting a business is exciting, but can be overwhelming at the same time. Instead of having someone else responsible for running the business, you are now both the employee and the employer!

The Chesapeake Economic Development department is prepared to help you get started. Whether its counseling, mentoring, training, financing options or finding the right location, we can provide you with the resources needed to get you started and keep you growing.

Starting a Business and Making the Right Decision

10 Steps to Starting A Business

For more information on how to open a business in the City of Chesapeake, click here: Opening a Chesapeake Business.

If you are a small business, woman-, minority- or veteran-owned business and would like information regarding federal and state programs to help your business grow, contact Angela Barber at 757-382-8040 or by email.

You may also contact the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at 757-622-2312 or visit its website at

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also provides information and tools you will need if you are thinking of starting a business. Visit its website at