Defense Business Center - Resources for Virginia Beach's Finest



Welcome to the Virginia Beach Defense Business Center site.  An initiative by the Military Economic Development Advisory Committee (MEDAC), this site has been developed to assist area businesses interested in expanding their government contracting capability.

Virginia Beach’s proximity to the world’s largest naval base – not to mention the Pentagon – makes it an obvious candidate for companies associated with the Department of Defense or Homeland Security contract firms.

The Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads area is home to 12 major military installations representing all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the world's largest naval base and the home of the Atlantic Fleet.

Virginia Beach is home to a civilian workforce of 228,000. The Hampton Road’s civilian labor force is substantially larger than that of the City’s, which allows businesses to draw from a pool of more than 824,000 people. In addition to civilian workers, the region is home to the largest concentration of Department of Defense installations in the world, with an active duty population of more than 108,000. 

Each year approximately 12,000 active-duty personnel exit the military in the region, with many preferring to stay in the area and seek private sector employment. The education and training level of the exiting military personnel bring diverse and disciplined production, technical, managerial, computer and electronic skills to the labor force.

Virginia Beach has also partnered with the Commonwealth of Virginia to create an innovative new program to stop encroachment around Naval Air Station Oceana:  This award-winning program provides resources and incentives for businesses willing to move in or out of designated areas so that businesses surrounding the base conform to existing Navy land use easements.  For more information, visit

Additional information about the military population in Hampton Roads, as well as resources and upcoming events, can be found in the links below.

Virginia Beach Military Overview    |   MEDAC    |   Defense Business Center Calendar   | 


Virginia Going Global Defense Initiative

Entering its second year, the Virginia "Going Global Defense Initiative" is an effort to mitigate the impact of defense spending cuts on Virignia's economy.  Funding is available now to help Virginia's defense-related companies diversify into new international markets.  Learn more about this highly successful initiative:  Going Global Program. 


Business Development Resources

Federal Business Opportunities

Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads

U.S. Small Business Administration

NAVFAC Small Business Program

Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program

ODU Business Gateway and Procurement Center

Hampton Roads Veterans Business Outreach Center

Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance
National Defense Industrial Association
















Workforce & Job Resources

Employer's Guide to Hiring Exiting Military
Virginia Employment Commission
Opportunity, Inc.
DoD's Career One Stop
DoD's Job Transition Assistance
Tidewater Community College Center for Military & Veterans Education

The USO Transition 360 Alliance

Veterans Economic Communities Initiative


Learn more about the YesOceana Program: