This page is by no means a complete or exhaustive list, it contains only some of the more commonly encountered steps to start a business.

The Virginia Small Business Development Center
The Virginia SBDC Network is the largest and most effective provider of customized counseling and education for small businesses in the Commonwealth. You can meet in private with a certified business analyst to discuss your specific issues. Or you can attend small-group trainings for in-depth presentations on critical management topics.Click here to access the SBDC.
Fairfax County BizEx (Business Experience)

Talk to us when you’re ready to start or grow your business. Before you sign a lease, we can help. We’ll advise and guide you through the process to get any needed county licenses, permits, reviews or inspections.?

Community Business Partnership

About: Created in 1995, Community Business Partnership, CBP is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization working in collaboration with a number of local, regional and national organizations to promote small business growth in our communities.

We help small businesses start and grow.? Our mission is to be the premier provider of full spectrum educational and support services to small businesses in Fairfax County and beyond; enabling them to make a significant contribution to a vibrant local economy.

Our Core Business.?Community Business Partnership (CBP) provides education, technical assistance, business incubation services, access to capital and networking opportunities.

Our Clients.?We serve potential and existing small business owners to include socially and economically disadvantaged individuals including minorities, women and the disabled – primarily located in Northern Virginia.

Our Impact.?We empower our clients by providing access to resources in order to fulfill their dreams, to provide for their financial security as well as that of their families, and to contribute to the economic growth of their communities.? We also help our strategic partners meet business development and regulatory objectives aimed at providing economic growth and stability for the region.

Over the past decade Community Business Partnership has grown to include 5 distinct programs:

The Virginia Women’s Business Center, the South Fairfax Small Business Development Center, the Business Finance Center and the Business Incubation Center, and the Veterans Business Outreach Center. Please click on the logos below to learn more about the individual programs, or attend our free one hour orientation.Click here to access the Community Business Partnership



Business One Stop, State of Virginia

Virginia takes its businesses very seriously and?time is money. We’ve created this site to live up to its name and be a quick?One-Stop?source for information?related to business in Virginia.

Part of our goal is to fairly and efficiently connect private businesses to the resources they need as quickly as possible and to be the best?point-of-contact for changes?affecting business in Virginia.

Click here to access Business One Stop.



Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP)

The Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) was authorized by Congress in 1985 and provides matching funds through state and local government and non-profit organizations to establish Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) regionally dedicated to free and low cost assistance to businesses who want to participate in the government procurement process, whether federal, state, or local. Having locally run PTACs allows for flexibility and customization of each program to the needs of area businesses.

The Virginia PTAP is administered by George Mason University, our regional sponsor, and covers a significant portion of the state ranging from Northern Virginia down through Fredericksburg, Williamsburg into the Hampton Roads area, Chesapeake, Central Virginia into Richmond past Charlottesville and as far west as Roanoke. Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, we offer multiple locations and partner with local public and private organizations to offer counseling and training close to our clients.

Virginia PTAP’s mission is to “Help business do business with government”, both federal and state/local. Our services cover the full range of information, from the very basics for newcomers (FAR, FBO, SAM, DSBS, and more) to WOSB, SDVOSB, GSA schedules application, 8(a) certification, and more. We help our clients understand how to analyze and respond to RFPs, the advantages of priming and subcontracting opportunities, and assist with more intricate company-specific challenges including pricing and compliance questions.

Click here to access PTAP.



The George Mason University Enterprise Center

The Mason Enterprise Center offers a unique combination of programs, services, and resources for entrepreneurs of all experience levels – aspiring, start-up and established. Though we have vast capabilities in all facets of business, we are particularly focused in the areas of small business services, incubation and acceleration, government contracting, international business, entrepreneurship, technology ventures, and telework initiatives.

Click here to access the Mason Enterprise Center.



Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce

Our Vision

A vibrant community enriched and supported by strong businesses.

Our Mission

To champion business and build community in partnership with our members.

Since 1954, MVLCC has been the premier business organization to represent both Lee and Mount Vernon districts in Fairfax County, Virginia. Today, more than 300 businesses belong to this organization.

MVLCC has been a major player in several initiatives that have strengthened the vitality of the greater Richmond Highway Corridor. We have supported the BRAC moves to Fort Belvoir and worked to facilitate the selection of Fort Belvoir as home of the National Museum of the United States Army.

We provide scholarships for students pursuing further education in a business field. We encourage local businesses and “shop local” initiatives.

The Chamber sponsors a full program of activities for our members including business breakfasts and after-hours networking. Business awards, the Chamber Scholarship Golf Tournament, scholarships for local high school students, and recognition for public safety officers are all part of the Chamber’s annual program.

The Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce has consistently been recognized as one of the largest Chambers in the metropolitan area.

Click here to access the Mount Vernon Lee Chamber of Commerce.



?Springfield Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1957, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce brings local businesses together to develop and promote balanced economic growth and business opportunities in harmony with the objectives of our community. We do that by strengthening our local economy, promoting the community, providing opportunities to connect, representing the interest of business with government and developing community leaders. Let us know how we can help you connect, grow and succeed.

Click here to access the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.