Minority Business Assistance

  1. Local Resources
  2. State Resources
  3. Federal Resources

Charlottesville Office of Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development works to expand the Charlottesville tax base and to provide quality job opportunities for its citizens through new business development, retention/expansion initiatives, and workforce training. The following services are available to any City resident who owns a business or is interested in starting one.

Resource Referrals

 If our office does not have an answer to your question, we will help you find the agency that does.

Demographic/Market Data and Research

We can provide you with information about the City and its residents. 

Small Business Start-Up Assistance

Our office offers an interactive CD on how to start your business in Charlottesville. We also offer start up packages that include basic information on the following topics: writing a business plan, obtaining financing, registering your business with the federal, state and local government, etc. Please email Economic Development to request these materials.

Business First Visitation Program

If your business is located in the City, we would like to learn more about your operation and how we can better serve you. Please call 434-970-3110 to set up a visitation with a representative from our office.

Site Selection Assistance

Our website offers a searchable database of available sites in the City. We can also meet with you to determine a location in the City that will best suit your business needs.

Business Education Programs

We sponsor/support business workshops throughout the year for entrepreneurs. For more information about what our office can do for you, call 434-970-3110 or email Economic Development.

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The CV SBDC provides area businesses with professional, one-on-one management counseling in a variety of financial, marketing, and operational areas as well as through sponsorship of training seminars. The CV SBDC also assists pre-venture and existing businesses in developing their business plans which include market analyses, creating financial projections, and identifying capital needs. For additional information about the SBDC, please visit their website.

SCORE

SCORE provides free consulting services to both start-up and existing small businesses in the City of Charlottesville and counties of:

  • Albemarle
  • Culpeper
  • Fluvanna
  • Greene
  • Louisa
  • Madison
  • Nelson
  • Orange

SCORE has more than 20 counselors, all of whom have many years of business experience in various fields such as restaurants, retail stores, construction, etc. SCORE also presents approximately 40 seminars each year on various business topics such as business planning, marketing, financing, etc.