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Welcome to the 2010 Guide to Doing Business in Virginia!  Growing our existing businesses and encouraging the formation of new ventures are the keys to future prosperity in the commonwealth.  My administration makes supporting opportunities for job creation and investment pursued by Virginia’s entrepreneurs the basis of every action we take.

As a business owner or prospective one, consider the Guide to be an introduction to your partners:  the Virginia Department of Business Assistance (VDBA) and the Virginia Small Business Development Centers Network (SBDC).  From VDBA’s Business One Stop, Virginia Business Information Center and Entrepreneur Express workshops on the front lines of business formation to SBDC counseling and education for maturing businesses, these partners are committed to your success with support customized to your needs.

My administration is committed to making this a “Commonwealth of Opportunity” for all Virginians. As current and prospective business owners, you are a crucial part of this effort. By seizing the personal opportunity to open your own business, you are providing new opportunities for your fellow citizens in the process. I thank you for it. And I pledge that you will have a steadfast partner in the Commonwealth of Virginia.   

I wish you every success as you pursue your dreams.

The Honorable Robert F. McDonnell
Governor of Virginia


You are among the ranks of fellow Virginians running a business and helping drive Virginia and America’s economic engine. Even as we see new norms in the economy, small businesses are critical to our future economic growth.

Asking questions, weighing options and taking action is what business ownership is all about.  The Guide to Doing Business is a great starting point.  It will help you find answers and discover resources essential to your success.

The Virginia Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Network is the most extensive business assistance program in the commonwealth with offices conveniently located throughout Virginia.  Each SBDC offers business counseling, specialized training and information resources to help emerging and established owner-entrepreneurs succeed.  You can count on experienced insight, practical solutions and respect for confidentiality when you work with the staff of a Virginia SBDC.

The SBDC network is a partnership among the U.S. Small Business Administration, George Mason University-Mason Enterprise Center at the School of Public Policy and premier local institutions focused on supporting your initiatives every step of the way. 

Visit to find an office near you. 

Virginia SBDCs is where business comes to talk business.  Call us — we are ready to help you excel! 

Jody Keenan
State Director

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