Virginia Beach is where startups get a head start.
Small businesses are big business for the City of Virginia Beach and a key component to creating a vibrant, successful, and global community. As one of America’s largest cities, Virginia Beach understands the greatness obtained from embracing a diversity of people and business. By creating a dynamic framework where new ideas blend with the existing environment, we can ensure a sustainable and successful future. Part of that framework includes having a business community that represents all of the community.
- Promote entrepreneurial activity by educating entrepreneurs about resources available to help start or expand their businesses
- Promote opportunities for small business growth
- Promote Virginia Beach as the preferred location for small, women-led and minority businesses of all sizes
Small Business Forum
Workshops and networking opportunities
1 Million Cups entrepreneurial engagement program
Resource identification and connections
Site selection assistance
Business license assistance
Considering or Starting a Business
Starting a business is fairly easy and inexpensive, but requires a major commitment of time and resources. For entrepreneurs and leaders interested in starting or growing a business in Virginia Beach, the Virginia Beach Economic Development can assist by providing management, technical, and other resources. Also, through our department and our allies, various programs are available for small and startup firms, as well as women-and minority-owned companies of any size. Together with our local, regional, and state partners, the City of Virginia Beach's Business Portal can help your company find the best solution for its long term growth needs.
Service Corps of Retired Executives
The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) offers free business counseling if you are considering starting a business. To make an appointment to consult with a SCORE counselor on Thursday mornings in Virginia Beach, call (757) 455-9338.
Additional small business resources are available from the Virginia Beach Defense Business Center.
Throughout 2019, the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development, in partnership with our business community, will continue to support the small business community by providing a series of free workshops.
For more information, contact Jeff Smith, Business Development Manager, Virginia Beach Economic Development, (757) 385-6453 .
2019 Annual Business Opportunity Conference, August 5th and 6th
This 42nd annual Business Opportunity Conference will include a Scholarship Golf Tournament, an Awards Banquet, a variety of engaging workshops, 1:1 matchmaking opportunities, an MBE reverse trade show, a Leadership Breakfast, an Economic Luncheon, networking time, and an opportunity to give back to our selected charity, Southeastern Virginia Food Bank. We look forward to engaging with our MBEs, Corporate Partners, CVMSDC supporters and prospective new members.
Please click the attached link for more information CVMSDC.
1 Million Cups Entrepreneurial Engagement Program
1 Million Cups is a global initiative of the Kauffman Foundation (www.kauffman.org) to support, educate and promote local entrepreneurs.
The Virginia Beach chapter (known locally as "Shark Tank….Without the Bite") was launched in 2015 by the Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development and the local entrepreneur community. During the year, more than 1400 entrepreneurs and small business owners have attended the meetings, held every Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Stratford University Virginia Beach Campus. Over 70 entrepreneurs have presented.
For more information, contact Ray White, Business Development Manager, Virginia Beach Economic Development at (757) 385-6459.
Virginia Beach Economic Development has created a partnership with 1701, Virginia Beach's first collaborative coworking space located in the ViBe Creative District. With this sponsorship, the department will create synergy with 1701 and encourage more entrepreneurial growth in the city through the launch of a new Entrepreneur-in-Residence program at 1701.
1701, located at 1701 Baltic Avenue, is home to entrepreneurs, freelancers, startups, artists and remote employees from Fortune 100 companies. Many previously worked from home, coffee shops, libraries and parking lots. 1701 is equipped to support members of its business community with office space, networking and social events, educational programs and mentoring services.
Information about the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program can be found on this website