300 Preston Avenue, Suite 205, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Our hours are 9:00 - 5:00 EST Virtual meetings only until further notice

Getting Started

If you are a first time entrepreneur or doing it again…
                                  planning is paramount

Our twice monthly ‘Starting Your Business’ 2-hour class prepares entrepreneurs and offers startup assistance. Links to municipal resources to get ready are below. We would be honored to take you through the business planning process to help eliminate surprises and help you connect to the best resources available in Central Virginia’s business ecosystem.

Topics covered include:

  • is entrepreneurship for you
  • deciding on a legal entity structure
  • basic accounting and tax issues
  • steps you need to take for permits and licensing
  • steps to develop a business plan and
  • basics of product, process and people to make your business work.

Start with our Planning Your Startup Checklist

Putting it all Together

The four primary categories to consider for business success are:

• the product or business CONCEPT

• engaging your CUSTOMERS to transact and everything that goes into sales

• the OPERATIONS that support the transactions, and

• the ORGANIZATION‘s people and legal structures that support all of the above. 

We will help you find the business development and management process that works best for you, as well as help with setting up recordkeeping!  

Coursework options to extend your knowledge

Starting a Business Class

CIC workshop 16wk entrepreneurship workshop

Founder’s Series 5 week training (can lead to an Entrepreneurship Certificate)

Business License Links by Locality:

Counties in our region that do NOT require a business license:

Fluvanna County
Louisa County
Madison County
Rappahannock County

City of Charlottesville

Albemarle County

Culpeper County

Greene County

Nelson County

Madison County

Orange County

Explore Start-Up Resources

We are happy to work with you through your start-up planning. We’ve also provided a host of resources to get you started.

Take 'How to Start a Business' Class (monthly on our Events page)

Join Community Investment Collaborative's Entrepreneurship Cohort

Attend ICAP to Build Your Customer-centric Business Plan

Meet with a SCORE mentor and check out their resources

Learn about writing a Business Plan (30 minute course through SBA)

Explore Legal Requirements for Small Business (30 min. SBA course)

How to Start for Young Entrepreneurs (30 minute SBA course)

An Introduction to Financing Options (30 min. SBA course)

Explore Sales and Customer Engagement (30 min. SBA course)

Watch our Online Marketing for Retailers program

Watch our Online Marketing for Service Businesses

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