- Business One Stop now includes a special GATE subsite for prospective entrepreneurs!


Many of the most popular information resources:


Commonwealth of Virginia Publications

2013 – 2014 Virginia Guide to Establishing a Business – A publication of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), this guide, a downloadable PDF, covers all of the basics.

Guide to Business Incentives – Another VEDP PDF publication covering 2007 -2008. Guide to Local Taxes on Business – The 2007- 2008 PDF published by the VEDP.

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Popular Business Help Publications

How to Start Your Own Business: A Recipe for Obtaining Capital – This Longwood University Small Business Development Center publication in PDF is the most popular VDBA website download.

Question & Answer Guide from Entrepreneur Express – 45 pages of helpful information from Entrepreneur Express partners that have trained thousands of Virginia businesspersons. In PDF.

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Key Agency/Organization Websites


  • Department of Commerce
  • Internal Revenue Service - IRS
  • Small Business Administration – SBA


  • Department of Motor Vehicles - DMV
  • State Corporation Commission – SCC
  • Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - VDACS
  • Virginia Department of Health - VDH
  • Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise - DMBE
  • Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation - DPOR
  • Virginia Department of Taxation – Tax
  • Virginia Economic Development Partnership - VEDP
  • Virginia Employment Commission – VEC
  • Virginia Procurement System - eVA
  • Virginia Small Business Development Centers – SBDCs

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Helpful Websites

Please note: These links have been reported as helpful to clients of the Virginia Business Information Center (VBIC). The Commonwealth of Virginia and the Department of Business Assistance do not endorse the content of the following sites or any products sold by these sites.

nolo.com – This site is recommended for information on business entity choice (sole proprietor, LLC, Corporation), articles of incorporation, operating agreements, and other legal issues.

smetoolkit.org - the SME Toolkit offers free business management information and training for small businesses / small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on accounting and finance, business planning, human resources (HR), marketing and sales, operations, and information technology (IT).

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