Companies operating in Hanover County have access to a number of quality resources that are available for free or a nominal fee. The professionals that work in these organizations can offer business to business counseling, financial information, export training and guidance, and many other valued services that can help a company grow their markets and develop their long range business plans.
These resources include:
Service Corporation of Retired Executives (SCORE)
SCORE offers free and confidential counseling, workshops on management and a resource index for businesses.
Center of Innovative Technology (CIT)
From its original mission to enhance the research and technology transfer activities of Virginia universities, CIT has moved its focus toward the new technologies, entrepreneurs and technology companies that make innovation happen.
- CIT Entrepreneur
- Gap Funds
- Federal Funding Assistance
- CIT Broadband
- CIT R&D
- CIT Connect
Virginia Economic Development Trade Programs
Hanover County businesses have access to the professional trade programs and services that have been developed by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s (VEDP) Division of International Trade to help any Virginia company export for the first time or expand their international markets.
- One-on-One Counseling
- Trade Missions
- VALET Program
- Accessing International Markets Program (AIM)
- Global Network
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Virginia’s SBDC network has 29 active, local business assistance centers across the Commonwealth providing professional business counseling, training and information resources to help grow and strengthen Virginia businesses.
- One-on-one Counseling
- Seminar Programs
- Finance Information
The GENEDGE ALLIANCE, formerly the Virginia Philpott Manufacturing Extension Partnership, assists small and medium manufacturers to improve their productivity and performance through services such as needs assessment, general business assistance, business systems improvement, manufacturing process improvement, materials and product engineering, quality improvement, pollution prevention, workforce development, and identification, selection, and implementation of technologies.
Virginia Biotechnology Park
The Virginia Biotechnology Research Park for the life sciences is located in Richmond, Virginia, adjacent to the medical science campus of Virginia Commonwealth University and the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals. It is home to 34 biotechnology, bioscience, and related companies and research institutions.
Virginia Commonwealth University is a Carnegie Foundation Research 1 University and is in the process of adding a number of exciting new programs and facilities. In addition, the School of Engineering has one of the most advanced clean room training and research facilities of any university in the United States.
Virginia Biotechnology Association (VaBIO)
VaBIO represents the interests of the biotechnology industry in Virginia before federal, state, and local legislators and regulators. Additionally, VaBIO promotes the biotechnology industry in Virginia and expands the knowledge and expertise of the biotechnology industry through seminars and educational publications. The Association also enhances public awareness of the industry and the scientific, economic and other benefits it provides.
Virginia Procurement Pipeline
The Virginia’s Business Pipeline delivers information and data necessary to establish sustainable competitive advantages for the businesses of the Commonwealth. Using innovative vehicles, the Pipeline fosters relationships with each Virginia business, demonstrating their importance to the economic vitality of Virginia.
Virginia’s government purchasing (also known as procurement) is conducted on eVA, the state’s electronic purchasing system. eVA is managed by the Department of General Services (DGS), the Commonwealth agency which oversees state purchasing and sets related policies.
Greater Richmond Partnership Relocation Support
Hanover County has been a member of the Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. since 1994. The Partnership provides economic data and business information to new, expanding and relocating companies. It also is responsible for RichmondJobNet.com, a web portal that helps match up employees with employers, and vice versa.