Learn about business development initiatives, small business highlights, business missions and more. 

The Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development has numerous resources available to assist you. All the publications are free and most are available for download below. However, if you are interested in receiving up-to-date information about Virginia Beach companies, economic development announcements or press releases via email, join our eNewsletter distribution list. 

Also, for printed copies of the publications below, contact Svetla Tomanova at (757) 385-64​61, or stomanov@vbgov.com​.


Recent Publications​​

Other Publications​​

FORTUNE® Magazine Covers

Virginia Beach’s Fortune Wrap program uses editorial, Virginia Beach business leader endorse​ments and infographics to highlight the City’s pro-business environment including skilled workforce, exiting military, port proximity, business incentives, business sectors and the beach lifestyle. The printed pieces are available d​igitally.​


 Community Profile

An In Depth Guide to Virginia Beach's Business Environment                        

The business community in Virginia Beach is composed of a highly-diverse collection of industries, including nationally and internationally known corporate headquarters, high-powered and technologically advanced manufacturers, billion-dollar defense contractors and locally owned shops.

The Virginia Beach MSA’s strategic location and friendly business climate also have made it a hub of international commerce, as nearly 200 foreign firms have established a presence, an office location or their North American headquarters in Hampton Roads. Every business, from large corporations employing thousands of people to startups and small businesses that employ only a few, makes a unique contribution to Virginia Beach’s dynamic, growing economy.

The Virginia Beach Community Profile provides you with an in-depth look at the City of Virginia Beach, covering everything from its population and key industries to the business environment and quality of life.

Don't miss your chance to download this award-winning publication today!
Download the NEW 2017-2018 Community Profile​ or our iBook Community Profile.

Previous Versions

 Annual Report

​2015-2016: Big Data Deals

The Virginia Beach Development Authority prepares an annual report for City Council review in accordance with the Acts of the Virginia General Assembly.  The report reflects the activities of the Virginia Beach Development Authority and the Department of Economic Development to increase investment and expand the tax base in the City of Virginia Beach.

During fiscal year 2016, the Authority recorded the creation of nearly 1,500 new jobs and investment of more than $372 million by 38 projects. The City of Virginia Beach finished the year with a 3.8% unemployment rate, one full percentage point lower than the end of last fiscal year.

Significant growth occurred among each of our target business sectors, including six announcements by SWaM (Small, Women-and-Minority-Owned) certified businesses and five announcements by international businesses. Additionally, the $1.86 million worth of local incentive grants leveraged nearly $64 million in new private investment, a ratio of 34 to 1.

Previous Years


​​Harness the power of Virginia's most populous City on your iPad with our award-winning iBooks!

Virginia Beach Economic Development received the Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2013 Community Profile iBook in the new media category for communities with populations of 200,000 – 500,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

​Community Profile iBook

Virginia Beach Economic Development is proud to present a first-of-its-kind "Community Profile iBook." This interactive book, optimized for your iPad, provides an in-depth overview of the people, places, and assets that make Virginia Beach an ideal place to live, work, and do business.

In addition to interactive maps and stunning imagery, the Community Profile iBook includes a variety of testimonial videos. Hear business leaders such as STIHL's Fred White, GEICO's Joe Thomas, and LifeNet Health's Rony Thomas describe how Virginia Beach helps their companies succeed.​ 

Retail iBook

The Virginia Beach Retail iBook contains information about our major retailers, demographics, quality of life, and development opportunities.

​Small Business Development​​​​​​​​​