A message from the Governor

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Welcome to the Guide to Doing Business in Virginia 2011!

Devoted to providing a “Commonwealth of Opportunity” for all Virginians, my administration is committed to helping foster the creation of more jobs and entrepreneurial investments in the commonwealth. This is the basic tenet of every action we take. Growing our existing businesses and encouraging the development of new enterprises are keys to the continued prosperity of the talented citizens who call Virginia home.

Since the beginning of my administration, Virginia has added 67,900 jobs.  This is the third highest number of new jobs in the country and the fourth highest percentage increase nationally during this period.  Virginia’s unemployment rate is tied for ninth lowest in the nation at 6.8 percent.

We wish to provide your business access to the many great resources offered by the state through the Virginia Department of Business Assistance (VDBA), by way of Business One Stop, Entrepreneur Express and the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority. All are available to support your business. Whether you are just getting started or looking to expand, we are here to help. I pledge that you have a dedicated partner in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The Honorable Robert F. McDonnell
Governor of Virginia

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