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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.

Business Resources

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

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