Business First Visitation Program

The Charlottesville Office of Economic Development’s existing business visitation program is designed to provide you with a single point of contact to help you find solutions for today’s business issues.

  • Share Your Story - Schedule an interview with a development professional from your community. The meeting will include a comprehensive conversation about the past, present, and future plans for your business.
  • Connect with the Resources Your Business Needs Today - Based on the unique needs of your business, your local development office will work to quickly connect you to the right resources and information in the network.
  • Help Build a Better Business Community - Your voice becomes one of hundreds as business leaders from throughout the region share their opinions and attitudes about doing business in the area. This information will help policy leaders better understand the business environment and give them information to help remove barriers to business growth.

For more information, email the Office of Economic Development or call the office at 434-970-3717.

Starting a Business in Charlottesville Interactive CD

A CD-based program designed to step local entrepreneurs through the nuts and bolts of setting up and operating a successful business. Unlike traditional guides, it is designed to operate in a web-browser environment which means the content is easily navigated and the user has access to up-to-date information through external Internet links. The CD also contains copies of all relevant federal, state, and local forms needed to start and operate a business, and because of its interaction with the Internet, updates are just a click away.

One of the highlights of the guide is an innovative and easy-to-use program that helps the user develop a business plan, often one of the more difficult steps in setting up a new business. Using nationally known EntrePlan™ Business Plan Software, the CD generates customized financial projections, a marketing plan, and competitor analysis and encourages the entrepreneur to develop a meaningful business strategy.

To get a free copy of the CD, please contact the Office of Economic Development.