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Now that you took the initial step to open your business, you are ready to focus on building and expanding your business. Below you will find resources and information on general development resources, important City regulations and our small business programs and resources.

OED Resources: Our office has created several programs to assist and grow City businesses. These programs are designed for a variety of types and sizes of City businesses.

ACE Program - A program, targeted at micro-businesses, that awards funding through a competitive process. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis.

GO Hire Program - Part of our Growing Opportunities initiative, the GO Hire Program assists City businesses with on the job training costs for City residents hired for new positions and provides specialized training for existing employees.

Cville Match Program - The Cville Match program seeks to advance commercialization efforts of local companies by providing matching funds to recipients of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) and the Commonwealth Research and Commercialization Fund (CRCF) grants.  In addition, Cville Match provides matching funds to City based recipients of the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP). VJIP is administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and is designed to help Virginia based traded-sector companies create new jobs in the commonwealth.  Qualifying City-based companies are eligible to receive a local match once federal/state funds have been approved. Match amounts are up to $25,000 per-company, per-grant, subject to funds availability. Funding is provided by the Charlottesville Economic Development Authority. 

For more information about any of these program, please contact us!

Financing a Business: It is very difficult, if not almost impossible, to find grant programs targeted at for-profit businesses. However, there are many several local, state, and federal program aimed at helping small businesses leverage financing to grow their business. Read More

Zoning: Knowing where you can and cannot operate certain types of business is critical to your success. The City of Charlottesville has a variety of mixed-use, commercial and residential districts. All of these districts allow specific businesses so as you grow, learn about the different options to relocate in the City. Contacting OED and a Zoning official will provide you with the accurate information. Learn More

Doing Business with the City: As one of the largest employers in the area, the City of Charlottesville purchases a great deal of goods and services. Contracting with local governments is a ideal way to build strong references and earn dependable payments. There are several steps needed to begin this process:

Becoming a Registered Vendor: Signing up to become a registered vendor allows the City to process payments and your business is entered into the City's vendor database. This database is used by City buyers to find businesses interested in doing work for the City. Read More

Bids and Proposals: All Requests for Proposals, Invitations for Bids and other bidding documents are posted on the City's bid board. This page is updated very frequently so it is important to continually check for updates. Lean More

Hiring Employees: If you are ready to hire employees, this is an important step for business owners. However, there are many requirements and regulations surrounding hiring. The Virginia Employment Commission is a great resource for business owners. Read More

Employer Services: The OED's Downtown Job Center can be a great resource to find one employee or many! Our staff is able to work with employers to identify and screen potential candidates, as well as other customized employer services. Learn More

About The Office of Economic Development
The OED is the primary resources to serve City business with general information, resources, and programming to help business grow and thrive in Charlottesville. We’re happy to meet with all business owners so please contact and receive a prompt response.

Please contact us at or 434.970.3110