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How to Start a Business

Hanover County citizens have a thriving entrepreneurial spirit.  Our business base is primarily comprised of many small, medium, and family-owned businesses that were conceived, developed and grown right here in Hanover.

To support small business development, HCED:

  • Provides free business coaching and advocacy.
  • Offers free small business counseling through a cooperative venture with the Small Business Development Center. To obtain an appointment with a counseling specialist, please contact the SBDC at 804-783-9369.
  • Serves as a founding partner in the Dominion Resources Innovation Center which provides start-up assistance to companies developing new products and solutions.

Business growth opportunities abound as there are many ways to grow a business in the global economy as well.  Many Hanover companies have seen success in utilizing the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s global marketing and trade programs and through other creative joint venture activities.

Starting a Business FAQ's

How do I start a business in Hanover County?

The Hanover County Commissioner of Revenue has helpful information regarding new business requirements on its website.

What licenses and permits are required to run a business in Hanover County?

All businesses operating in Hanover County are required to register with the Commissioner of the Revenue. Once registered, all businesses must file an annual filing form on or before May 1st of each year. Businesses pay personal property taxes on the equipment used for the business. Hanover County does not require a business license for most businesses to operate in the county; however, we do require a Contractor’s License for contractors, electric contractors, plumbers and steam fitters.

What are the state’s requirements for operating a business in Hanover County?

Both new and existing business owners must register with the state for tax payment purposes. On the Web, visit the Virginia Department of Taxation’s VATAX Online. Click on the “Businesses” portion of the state image and then choose the “Register a New Business Online” option. You'll be taken to iReg, the state’s online business registration system, where you can complete the necessary forms electronically.

What if I want to become an incorporated business in Hanover County?

You will need to register your business name and file the appropriate paperwork with Virginia's State Corporation Commission (SCC). For specifics, visit the SCC Office of the Clerk, which discusses incorporation requirements.

How do I obtain a Federal Tax Identification Number?

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, and is used to identify a business entity. Every employer is required to have a federal identification number. Visit IRS FIN for more information. You can apply online at the IRS website, or if you are not comfortable with sending information via the Internet, or you may call the IRS Business & Specialty Tax Line (Obtain an EIN from 7:00 AM -10:00 PM local time only) at (800) 829-4933.

I am interested in running a home-based business in Hanover County. How do I go about getting licensed?

Home businesses are occupations, professions, or activities conducted by one or more members of a family within their home. Some home businesses require a special permit. For further information, contact the Planning Department.

How do I find out if my business meets zoning requirements in a specified location?

If locating a business in an existing structure, contact the Planning Department to be sure that the business is suitable for the site. Parking, lighting, screening, or land use issues may need to be addressed. Contact the Building Inspector's Office to determine if any building permits will be required.

How do I find out if my business product/service is allowed in Hanover County?

If you are not sure if your business is permitted in Hanover County, contact the Planning Department to find out if the business meets the requirements for the desired area.

How do I find available property or storefronts for lease?

Hanover County Economic Development can provide information on available property or storefronts for lease. For more information, contact us at (804) 365-6464.

How can the Hanover County Economic Development help a small, start-up company?

We can provide information on how and where to get your business plan reviewed, provide a list of organizations that may be able to provide funding, provide class and seminar information for small businesses, and in some cases, introduce you to venture capitalists if your organization needs additional funds. For this information and more, contact Hanover County Economic Development at (804) 365-6464.

Business Resources

A few business start-up resources you may need are listed here. Our job is to help you succeed. Let us help you with questions navigating permits and government process and any other issues that may arise.  Our network of information sources, databases, contacts, and programs can help you launch your business successfully. Call Hanover County Economic Development now at 804-365-6464.  

Local Resources State & Federal Resources Additional Resources

Hanover County

Economic Development
Any and All Business Activity/Questions
804-365-6464
hanovervirginia.com

Building Inspections/Permits
Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, etc.
804-365-6040
bldginsp@hanovercounty.gov

Hanover Airport
804-365-6208

Library (Pamunkey Regional Library)
Research Staff, Meeting Space, Wi-Fi, Printing and Copier Service
804-365-6210
pamunkeylibrary.org

Planning
Inspection, Zoning, Land Use, Signage
804-365-6171
planning@hanovercounty.gov

Public Utilities
Water and Sewer service
804-365-6024
publicutilites@hanovercounty.gov

Public Works
Road Improvements, Storm Water Drainage, Public Landfill Use
804-365-6181

publicworks@hanovercounty.gov

Purchasing
County Procurement Services
804-365-6105

fms@hanovercounty.gov

Dominion Resources Innovation Center
Startup Services for Technology Businesses
804-368-8612
dominnovation.com

Town of Ashland

Economic Development
Information, Grants, Resources
804-798-1073
town.ashland.va.us

Planning Department
Water and Sewer service
804-365-1073

Public Works
Leaf Removal, Roads, Water Drainage
804-798-9219

Treasurer’s Office
Business License & Fees
804-798-8650

 

State of Virginia

VA Dept. of Business Assistance
Startup, Expand, Financing, Incentives
804-371-0438
vdba.virginia.gov
Business One Stop
bos.virginia.gov

VA State Corporation Commission
Register Business
804-371-9967
scc.virginia.gov

VA Employment Commission
Post Job, Find Employees, Tax Credits, Unemployment Insurance & Research
804-786-1485
vec.virginia.gov

Virginia Procurement (eVA)
Procurement Process for VA & Localities
804-786-3842
eva.virginia.gov

VA Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Food & Agribusiness Development
804-786-3530
vdacs.virginia.gov

Virginia Tourism Corporation
Service for Tourism Related Companies
804-545-5500
vatc.org

VA Dept. of Housing & Development
Enterprise Zones & Microlending
804-371-7000
dhcd.virginia.gov

VA Dept. of Health
Food Enterprise Permit, Well & Septic
804-365-4343
vdh.state.va.us

Community College Workforce Training, Recruitment & Consulting
804-523-2292
ccwa.vccs.edu

VA Dept. of Minority Business Ent.
Enhance Procurement for Minority Bus.
804-786-6585
dmbe.state.va.us

VA Dept. of Environmental Quality
Environmental Permits
804-698-4000
deq.state.va.us

Federal

Small Business Administration
Startup, Expand, Financing, Grants, License, Permits, HUB Zone
800-827-5722
sba.gov

Internal Revenue Service
Federal Employer ID Number, Taxes
804-916-8700
irs.gov/businesses

Census
Demographic & Market Research
800-923-8282
census.gov

Private Utilities

Dominion Power
Electric Provider
888-216-3718
dom.com

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
Electric Provider
800-552-3904
myrec.coop

Virginia Natural Gas
Natural Gas Provider
877-572-3342
vng.aglr.com

Verizon
Phone, Internet & TV
888-481-0387
smallbusiness.verizon.com

Comcast
Phone, Internet & TV
800-391-3000
comcast.com

Networking & Professional Associations

Hanover Assoc. of Business Chamber of Commerce
804-798-8130
habcc.com

Hanover Business Council (GRCC)
804-648-1234
grcc.com

Hanover Industrial Air Park Business Association
804-675-7502
hiapba.com

Market Ashland Partnership
shopashlandfirst.com

VA Asian Chamber of Commerce
804-798-3975
aabac.org

VA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
804-378-4099
vahcc.com

Small Business Development Center
Business Planning and Seminars
804-783-9314
grsbdc.com

Service Corp. of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Counseling from Former Executives
804-771-2400
richmondscore.org

GENEDGE Alliance
Manufacturing Process Improvement
804-323-2226
vpmep.org

Center for Innovative Technology
Solutions for Early Stage High-tech Companies
703-689-3000
cit.org