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Starting a business is an exciting time but also can be a bit overwhelming. Below are a few resources to help you manage this important phase. Our staff spends a lot of time helping businesses begin in the City of Charlottesville so please don’t hesitate to reach out!

10 Steps to Start a Business in Charlottesville - A quick, concise guide that all business owners must consider while starting their business. This list cover business entities, marketing, and state and local regulations. Read More

How to Write a Business Plan - A business plan can be a critical cornerstone for business growth. It serves as a living guide to help owners navigate through the start up phase of any business. Business plans can also be used to business raise investments or loans. Read More

Business Resources - Our office should be one of the first stops as you plan to open your businesses in the City. Our staff can serve as a resource in the business community and in local government. Contact Us

OED Data Tool - Understanding the customers and the community is one of the first steps when considering a business venture. The OED collects and publishes many data sets that are valuable to business owners. We can also assist to collect other specific data sets and demographics for business owners. Learn More

SWaM Certification - In Virginia, small, women-owned, or minority-owned business can be certified to enhance procurement opportunities at the state and local levels. This is a free certification program for eligible businesses. Our staff can explain the details and help you start the process. Read More

About The Office of Economic Development 
The OED is the primary resource to serve City businesses with general information, resources, and programming to help businesses 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