My Guide to Starting a Business

Americans are by nature independent. Even before we became the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia, individuals who settled here started businesses. Today, hundreds of years later, small businesses are the heart of the American — and the Virginian — economy. The American economic system, the number of opportunities in central Virginia, and the wealth of resources available to help small businesses, combine to make starting a business an achievable dream.

If you are serious about starting a small business, this guide should get you started. It is designed to answer your questions about starting a business in Chesterfield and direct you to agencies and people who can further assist you.

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For more information or additional small business assistance, contact Karen Aylward, Assistant Director, Chesterfield Economic Development at 804-318-8550 or