How to Start a Business
Hanover County citizens have an entrepreneurial spirit unique in the Greater Richmond region. The county’s 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 continued local and small business development, HCED:
- Works with the Greater Richmond Partnership to provide an interactive business start up CD. The CDis designed to provide information on all aspects associated with the start up of an entrepreneurial venture.
- 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 Mike Leonard at 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 in the alternative energy industry.
The recent economic downturn can't discourage entrepreneurship in Hanover County as recessions can stimulate innovation in the region even in these trying times. Opportunities can abound for new joint ventures with existing companies, and 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 can be overwhelming. Only a fraction of the 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. You can also download our business resource guide.
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Library (Pamunkey Regional Library)
Dominion Resources Innovation Center
Town of Ashland
State of Virginia
VA State Corporation Commission
VA Employment Commission
Virginia Procurement (eVA)
VA Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Food & Agribusiness Development
Virginia Tourism Corporation
VA Dept. of Housing & Development
VA Dept. of Health
Community College Workforce Training, Recruitment & Consulting
VA Dept. of Minority Business Ent.
VA Dept. of Environmental Quality
Small Business Administration
Internal Revenue Service
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
Virginia Natural Gas
Phone, Internet & TV
Networking & Professional Associations
Hanover Assoc. of Business Chamber of Commerce
Hanover Business Council (GRCC)
Hanover Industrial Air Park Business Association
Market Ashland Partnership
VA Asian Chamber of Commerce
VA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Development Center
Service Corp. of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Center for Innovative Technology