Hampton Roads Business Resource Guide

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Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
The Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce (VPCC) serves the Cities of Newport News, Hampton and Poquoson; and James City County and York County. The Chamber focuses on the solution of business related community issues through collaboration and facilitation by bringing solution-oriented resources together. 

Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance
Assists international and domestic companies with investment projects, expansion and relocation.

Retail Alliance
Non-profit trade association serving the interests of local retailers in greater Hampton Roads. They are committed to strengthening the retail community by championing for your success, educating you and your peers, and building lasting relationships far beyond your membership.

Reinvent Hampton Roads
Community leadership initiative focused on improving the region's economic performance and profile. The strategic focus of Reinvent Hampton Roads is creating more and higher paying jobs, building a culture where entrepreneurship can thrive and diversifying the economy.

Hampton Roads Chamber
Pro-business organization serving as “an Impactful Advocate, Powerful Economic Partner, and Inspiring Ignitor in order to set the conditions for businesses to succeed.” The Chamber provides leadership in articulating business viewpoints in the public arena and strives to be the region’s primary source of information about business issues. 

Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center
Provides both existing and prospective small business owners tools, information and resources to help them better operate and manage their small business.

Lead Hampton Roads
Through varied programs and events, connects and inspires a wide range of leaders who work together to build a better Hampton Roads. LEAD Hampton Roads provides balanced education and dialogue on issues of critical regional importance. 

Future of Hampton Roads Inc.
The Future of Hampton Roads Inc. advocate for initiatives that transform the region. Their mission is to "encourage, support, and sustain activities and other organizations which promote regionalism; and to work toward achieving the vision of a political union representing the region."

Volunteer Peninsula
Connects to volunteer opportunities on the Peninsula.

Volunteer Hampton Roads
Connects businesses and individuals with opportunities to create a positive impact on their community.

Greater Norfolk Corporation
A group with a mission to “participate in the Economic revitalization and development of the City of Norfolk by marshaling the resources of the private sector in support of the City and its agencies.”  GNC continues to play a leadership role in efforts to enhance Norfolk’s and the region’s competitiveness and quality of life. 

American Marketing Association - Hampton Roads
Connects local marketing community with essential tools, educational information and networking opportunities. They aim to be the leading resource essential for local marketers, providing a channel for exchanging industry knowledge, elevating the careers of their members and ultimately, putting answers into action.

CIVIC Leadership Institute
Connects executive leaders through service to improve life in Hampton Roads. “We’re looking for exceptional candidates who are professionally accomplished, civic minded and willing to step up to the challenging work of making the Hampton Roads region the best it can be.”

Hampton Roads Business Outreach
Virginia’s first LGBT Chamber of Commerce; empowering and supporting member businesses and professionals to provide our community an inclusive and welcoming environment to live, work, and grow.

Black Brand
(Business Research Analytics Networking and Development) Black Brand’s mission is to promote group economics through professional development and community empowerment.

Asian Indians of Hampton Roads
Promotes the cultural heritage of the people of Asian-Indian origin in the Hampton roads area. 

Asian Business Association of Hampton Roads
Mission is to strengthen the Asian communities of Hampton Roads through cultural, economic, and social empowerment.

Christian Business Coalition of Hampton Roads
Encourage, equip, and develop Christian business leaders to fulfill their God-given purpose through business.

Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Principal resource and advocate for the joint promotion of Hispanic businesses, consumers and organizations.

Central Business District Association
Supports the growth and development of the business community within the Pembroke Strategic Growth Area in Virginia Beach.

Better Business Bureau of Greater Hampton Roads
Organization that sets the standards for marketplace trust and best practices between consumers and businesses.

Ghent Business Association
Non-profit organization promotes understanding and relationships among all businesses in the Ghent neighborhood of Norfolk.

A platform to empower young professionals (21-39), give them a voice, and invest in the future of our region through free membership and events that promote professional development to get them engaged.

Junior Achievement of Hampton Roads
This organization gives young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices.

Hampton Roads Partnership
Public-private nonprofit committed to pursuing regional competitiveness for Hampton Roads in a dynamic global economy.

The Bridge
Educational series that offers a variety of professional development experiences to Young Professionals under 40 on the Peninsula. Bridge "connects current leaders to emerging leaders in our market while offering opportunities for Young Professionals (YP's) to gain experience, practical wisdom, resources, mentorship, and meaningful professional relationships with mentors and peers alike."


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VA State CapitolVA Department of Housing and Community Development - Business Info
Great starting point for information about starting or running a business in the state of Virginia.

Business One Stop
A quick source for information related to business in VA. Fairly and efficiently connects private businesses to the resources they need as quickly as possible.

SBA VA Resource Guide for Small Businesses
2018-2019 guide from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Focuses on cultivating new business investment, fostering international trade growth, and encouraging the expansion of existing Virginia businesses.

Steps to Starting a Business in Virginia
Handy graphic from VAStartup.org

Connect VA
A one-stop communication network linking individuals with the ideas, information and resources that help the nonprofit community stay informed and work together.

Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (DSBSD)
The Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) has four Divisions including: Business Certifications; Business Development and Outreach Services; Virginia Small Business Financing Authority; SBSD Agency Administration.

Virginia Employment Commission
Official web site

Virginia Startup
Offers training programs to help new and existing entrepreneurs build the skills, access local, state and federal resources, and network with other business owners to ensure success.

Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Non-partisan business advocacy organization that works in the legislative, regulatory, civic and judicial arenas at the state and federal level to be a force for long-term economic growth in the Commonwealth.

GO Virginia
A bipartisan, business-led economic development initiative that is changing the way Virginia’s diverse regions collaborate on economic and workforce development activities.

Virginia Municipal League
A statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of city, town and county governments established to improve and assist local governments through legislative advocacy, research, education and other services.

Virginia Small Business FinancingAuthority (VSBFA)
The Commonwealth of Virginia’s business and economic development financing arm. Offers programs to provide businesses, not-for-profits, and economic development authorities with the financing needed for economic growth and expansion throughout the Commonwealth.

Virginia Innovators Network
Not for profit, educational organization that supports innovative Virginians who are pursuing bringing their unique products and services to market.

Virginia Business Incubation Association
Promotes small business development in the Commonwealth by providing greater public awareness of the economic benefits of business incubation.

Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council
Promotes and facilitates business relationships between the public/private sector and certified minority-owned businesses. The Council is a membership organization of major corporations, financial institutions, government agencies, and universities that operate within North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Virginia eProcurement Portal
Web-based vendor registration and purchasing system allows state agencies, colleges, universities, and local governments to conduct all purchasing and sourcing activities for goods and services.

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Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
Focused on recruiting new businesses to the state, supporting the needs of existing businesses, connecting exporters with customers around the globe, helping small business owners get their start, and attracting tourists and visitors from all over the world.

NC State University Industrial Extension Service
Engineering-based, solutions-driven, client-focused extension unit of NC State’s College of Engineering. With extensive partnerships with business, industry, education and government generate a unique culture of collaboration that provides access to cutting-edge expertise, research, and technology.

Business Alliance of North Carolina
Business programs, events and networking.

NC Department of Commerce, Labor & Economic Analysis

NC Department of Commerce
The state’s lead agency for economic, community and workforce development. The North Carolina Department of Commerce works closely with local, regional, national and international organizations to "propel economic, community and workforce development for the state."

NC Rural Databank
North Carolina’s leading source of information on rural people, communities and the rural economy. Their mission is to "develop, promote, and implement sound economic strategies to improve the quality of life of rural North Carolinians."

Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)
Management counseling and educational services to small and mid-sized businesses. A business advisory resource for growing and developing businesses.

Business Link North Carolina (BLNC)
Free service for anyone seeking to start a small business in North Carolina. Offered in partnership with the N.C. Department of Commerce. One-on-one phone consultations to people interested in starting a business, small business owners in need of general support, and entrepreneurs interested in moving to North Carolina.

North Carolina Chamber
The North Carolina Chamber is the state’s largest, broad-based business advocacy organization with 35,000 members that employ 1.26 million workers in North Carolina. Our mission is to be a nonpartisan business advocacy organization that works in the legislative, regulatory and political arenas to proactively drive positive change to ensure that North Carolina is a leading place in the world to do business

NC Biotechnology Center
Connects the company and university researchers; the funders and the small companies; the job seekers and job providers. A private, non-profit with headquarters in Research Triangle Park and offices in Asheville, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greenville and Wilmington.

A portal that enables users to search, browse and find thousands of experts and assets within University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

North Carolina Veteran's Business Association
Assists veterans, veteran professionals, and veteran business owners with the intent to develop and strengthen a veterans’ business network in North Carolina.

NC East Alliance
Regional, private, not-for-profit, economic development agency that provides community capacity building and assists companies with site location and expansion decisions.

North Carolina City & County Management Association
Professional association for city and county managers and assistant managers from counties and municipalities throughout the State of North Carolina.

NC Data Center
A consortium of agencies cooperating with the US Bureau of the Census to provide the public with data about the state and its component geographic areas.

NC Demographics
Develops estimates of the population of counties using uniform procedures largely standardized for data input and methodology.

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757 Accelerate
757 Accelerate is a non-profit startup accelerator program. Our mission is to provide startups with the customized resources and capital they need to grow. We boost promising startups towards customer traction and revenue using our a network of mentors, investors, support services, working space, and a lean startup education.

START! Peninsula
A multi-city competition that starts as entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to judges on Friday night. Individuals with the top ten pitches are given needed resources to refine and develop their ideas over the weekend-long event, culminating in a Sunday pitch for a chance to win three top prizes of cash and continued business incubation.

Launchpad - Greater Williamsburg Business Incubator
Provides entrepreneurs and startups with the amenities, counseling, and services necessary to grow a successful business. A facility that provides a "comprehensive support process designed to assist and accelerate the successful development and growth of start-up and young companies."

Hampton Roads Innovation Collaborative
Helps organize a regional entrepreneurial and innovation-based support ecosystem. Delivers mentoring, experience learning sessions, growth modeling and access to capital.  

Ignition Center
Business accelerator by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. Their goal is to actively help serious clients, and to encourage the curious. They set individual paths to "success for all of our incubator and accelerator clients, and work closely with them to build an awesome and profitable business."

Franklin Business Center & Incubator
Assists businesses during their first few years of operation and also provides hands-on management assistance, access to equipment and exposure to critical business and technical support services. 

Hampton University Business Incubator
Provides space and nurturing services to new and small businesses during their critical early existence. Office space, advice, technical assistance, counseling and other services on-site. 

Alan B. Miller Entrepreneurship Center
Educates, inspires, and supports William & Mary students in developing the skills and mindset of an entrepreneur. Part of the Raymond A. Mason School of Business College of William & Mary Williamsburg, VA. 

Hampton Roads SCORE
Mentors provide free face-to-face meetings and low-cost workshops and events designed to enable entrepreneurs succeed and thrive in today’s challenging business climate. 

Portsmouth Partnership Starting Block
Provides incubation space for young companies that will eventually move on to seek their own space as they grow their payroll and revenue. 

Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
A business-friendly entry point to engage the intellectual capital, innovative technologies, and world-class infrastructure of Old Dominion University. 

Includes the seven programs listed below:

Strome Entrepreneurial Center
The Strome Entrepreneurial Center helps students, faculty, and staff collaborate to develop innovative and creative thinking to launch ideas and businesses.

ODU Innovation Center
As hub for entrepreneurial activity it provides space and programming to startups and service providers within the Hampton Roads ecosystem. Supported by, and in partnership with, Old Dominion University and the City of Norfolk.

TempO is a program providing Business Creation, Incubation & Acceleration services. Your business idea lives or dies by your ability to get to market. The program turns ideas into solutions, and solutions into viable businesses.

The Hampton Roads Procurement Assistance Center (HRPAC) assists area businesses in establishing themselves to bid competitively on federal, state, and local government contracts

The Technology Applications Center (TAC) provides engineering and technical expertise to local businesses and organizations who seek to innovate, grow, and achieve performance excellence.

The Hampton Roads Veterans Business Outreach Center (HRVBOC) is designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business.

Women’s Business Center
Helps elevate women to business success through education, counseling, networking resources and entrepreneurial training. Recognizing the challenges of an increasingly complex marketplace, they work with women entrepreneurs as they "launch and grow influential, profitable businesses."

PROPEL Mentor – Protégé Programs
Seven-week business boot camp where participants attend half-day training programs to refresh their business knowledge. Upon completion of the bootcamp, Protégé are introduced to their mentors and a two-year mentoring program begins. 

757 Makerspace
Community workshop and prototyping center that serves entrepreneurs and creators in need of 3D printing, laser cutters/engravers/ cutters, CNC’s, welding and related equipment & services. 

1000 Four
1000 Four is a community first platform developed with the modern entrepreneurial experience in mind. The combination of real interactions with other entrepreneurs and an on-demand ready-to-use educational library gives entrepreneurs actionable solutions to their growth problems.

Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship
Supports the development of micro, small and medium-size enterprises in rural North Carolina. They serve the state’s 80 rural counties, with a special focus on individuals with low to moderate incomes and communities with limited resources.

Small Business and Technology Development Center
The business and technology extension service of The University of North Carolina. Offers entrepreneur-focused programs and online training resources. 

Council for Entrepreneurial Development
Identifies, enables and promotes high-growth, high-impact companies to accelerate the entrepreneurial culture of the Research Triangle and North Carolina.

EntreDot was established to help entrepreneurs create, launch, and operate their businesses by providing professional mentoring and business education programs that maximize the opportunity for success, resulting in incremental economic growth in revenue and jobs. 

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Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs
Advises the Secretary of Defense on all matters related to small business and committed to maximizing the contributions of small business in DoD acquisitions.

Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program
Provides matching funds through state and local government and non-profit organizations to establish Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) regionally dedicated to free and low cost assistance to businesses who want to participate in the government procurement process, whether federal, state, or local.

Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance
Established to collectively focus area efforts on preserving and growing Federal capabilities within Hampton Roads. Through "regional advocacy and influence, the Alliance acts to attract, retain and grow organizations, capabilities and investments owned, operated or funded by the Federal government."

Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Mission is to enable veterans to gain access to economic opportunity by leveraging the federal procurement system and expanding participation of procurement-ready small businesses.

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Virginia Tourism Corporation
Promotes and develops the tourism and motion picture industries to stimulate Virginia’s economy and enhance the quality of life of all Virginians.

Virginia is for Lovers
Official tourism website of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Coastal Virginia Tourism Alliance
A group of destination marketing professionals that represent one voice for tourism in the region. They operate entirely on a voluntary sharing of information.

Virginia Beach Hotel Association
A representative trade association serving the Virginia Beach hotel industry. They "advance and promote ethical practices; education and training of employees; cooperation with local government officials and city leaders; and a spirit of friendly cooperation among members to better serve the public."

Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association
The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association is the only unified voice for the restaurant, lodging, travel and hospitality suppliers associations.


North Carolina Tourism
Official tourism website of the state of North Carolina.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina
Official tourism website of the Outer Banks.

Northern Outer Banks Department of Travel and Tourism
Official tourism website of Currituck County and the Northern Outer Banks.

NC Restaurant & Lodging Association
The uniting force of the North Carolina hospitality industry. Impacts legislation and policies, cultivates relationships and provides valuable resources to members.

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ODU Maritime Institute
Provides world quality maritime, ports and logistics management education, training and research to meet regional, national and international needs.

Virginia Marine Resources Commission
Stewards of the Commonwealth’s marine and aquatic resources, and protectors of its tidal waters and homelands, for present and future generations.

Virginia Ship Repair Association
A regional trade association representing companies engaged in, or supporting, the ship repair industry in Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic region.

Propeller Club Port of Norfolk
A grassroots, non-profit organization, dedicated to the enhancement and well-being of all interests of the maritime community.

The Port of Virginia
The Port of Virginia is a hub port. Nearly 30 international shipping lines offer direct, dedicated service to and from VA, with connections to 200+ countries around the world.

Virginia Maritime Association
To promote, protect and encourage international and domestic commerce through the ports of Virginia.

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Towne Bank
Headquarters: Suffolk, VA

Wells Fargo
Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

Headquarters: Atlanta, GA

Headquarters: Winston-Salem, NC

Bank of America
Headquarters: Charlotte, NC

Old Point National Bank
Headquarters: Hampton, VA

Southern Bank
Headquarters: Mount Olive, NC

Headquarters: Pittsburgh, PA

Chesapeake Bank
Headquarters: Kilmarnock, VA 

Farmers Bank
Headquarters: Windsor, VA

Xenith Bank
Headquarters: Richmond, VA

C&F Bank
Headquarters: West Point, VA

Fulton Bank
Headquarters: Lancaster, PA

Union Bank & Trust
Headquarters: Richmond, VA

First National Bank
Headquarters: Pittsburgh, PA

Virginia Commonwealth Bank
Headquarters: Petersburg, VA

Credit Unions

Langley Federal
Headquarters: Newport News, VA

Chartway Federal
Headquarters: Virginia Beach, VA

Headquarters: Newport News, VA

1st Advantage
Headquarters: Yorktown, VA

ABNB Federal
Headquarters: Chesapeake, VA

Bronco Federal
Headquarters: Franklin, VA

Beach Municipal Federal
Headquarters: Virginia Beach, VA

NAE Federal
Headquarters: Chesapeake, VA

Navy Federal Credit Union
Headquarters: Vienna, VA

Virginia Beach Schools Federal
Headquarters: Virginia Beach, VA

Northern Star
Headquarters: Portsmouth, VA

Virginia Educators
Headquarters: Newport News, VA

NMA Federal
Headquarters: Virginia Beach, VA

 State Employees Federal (NC)
Headquarters: Raleigh, NC

Financing Organizations

Tidewater Business Financing Corporation
Non-profit that promotes commercial and industrial growth throughout Virginia and Eastern North Carolina. A resource for small businesses in need of permanent financing to acquire fixed assets.

Virginia Community Capital
Partners with organizations and individuals to provide financial resources and advisory services for projects designed to have a positive impact in their community.

HR Small Biz Loans
A service by public, private and nonprofit lending institutions to provide a place where entrepreneurs and small business owners in Hampton Roads can get all the information they need to get a loan, a line of credit or other financing options.

757 Angels
757 Angels is a select network of over 100 business and community leaders in the Hampton Roads region. They provide "investment capital, strategic advice and mentoring to selected startup and early-stage companies to help them achieve market leadership."

Capital Opportunities for Small Business
Information about financial resources available to small businesses in North Carolina. It serves as a resource for individuals seeking start-up financing, businesses hunting for expansion capital, and organizations that aid small businesses in obtaining financing.

The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses. Here is a complete guide to SBA financing options. 

Virginia Small Business Financing Authority (VSBFA)
Offers programs to provide businesses, not for-profits, and economic development authorities with the financing needed for economic growth and expansion.

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Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate (HRACRE)
Serves the commercial real estate community on both the Peninsula and Southside areas of Hampton Roads. They educate members by heightening awareness of issues with immediate and long-term concern.

Urban Land Institute - Virginia
Provides responsible leadership, research, and programs in the planning and development of land in Virginia with the objective to enhance the quality of life while accommodating the growth in population.

Hampton Roads REALTORS Association
Mission is to enhance the ability of REALTORS® throughout Eastern Virginia to achieve business success in an ethical and professional manner, and to protect and preserve private property rights.

Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
Association of members from various disciplines engaged in the professional practice of commercial real estate in the Hampton Roads MSA. CREW Hampton Road’s Mission Statement: Influencing the success of the commercial real estate industry by advancing the achievements of women.

Old Dominion University Center for Real Estate and Economic Development
The E.V. Williams Center for Real Estate strives to connect those engaged or interested in real estate and economic development to the research, curriculum and students at Old Dominion University (ODU).

Downtown Norfolk Council
Dedicated to promoting and enhancing business, cultural, retail and residential initiatives in Downtown Norfolk. The unifying voice of its members and stakeholders, and the primary catalyst for advancing the collective vision for the future of Downtown. 

Commercial Real Estate Firms: Virginia

150 West Main Street Suite 1100 - Norfolk

Real Estate 4525 Main Street, Suite 900 - Virginia Beach

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer
One BayPort Way Suite 100 - Newport News 222 Central Park Avenue, Suite 1820 - Virginia Beach

Harvey Lindsay Commercial
Real Estate 999 Waterside Drive Suite 1400 - Norfolk 701 Town Center Drive Suite 100 - Newport News

101 West Main Street Suite 7770 - Norfolk

S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.
1700 Wells Fargo Center 440 Monticello Avenue - Norfolk

Pembroke Commercial Realty LLC
4460 Corporation Lane, Suite 300 - Virginia Beach

Olympia Development Corp.
272 Bendix Road, Suite 120 - Virginia Beach

The Morgan Real Estate Group
223 E. City Hall Avenue, Suite 214 - Norfolk

Hamner Development Co.
703 Thimble Shoals Blvd, Suite A-1 - Newport News

Riddle Associates Inc.
530 Woodlake Circle, Ste. 100 - Chesapeake

Harbor Group International
999 Waterside Drive, Suite 2300 - Norfolk

The Runnymede Corp.
600 22nd St, Suite 400 - Virginia Beach

Robert Brown & Associates LLC
41 Old Oyster Point Road, Suite A - Newport News

Commercial Real Estate Firms: Coastal NC

Harrell & Associates
6701 S. Croatan Highway - Nags Head

Red Sky Realty Group
223 E. City Hall Ave

Sun Realty Sales
1135 Ocean Trail P.O. Box 580 - Corolla

Twiddy & Co Real Estate Sales
1140 Ocean Trail - Corolla

OBX Realty Group
Southern Shores

Jim Perry & Company
3118 N Croatan Highway Suite 103 - Kill Devil Hills

Eastern Carolinas Commercial Real Estate, Inc
432 Landmark Drive Suite 4 - Wilmington

Soles Realty OBX
337 Soundview Drive - Kill Devil Hills

Elan Real Estate Sales
8648 Caratoke Highway - Powells Point

Southern Shores Realty
5 Ocean Boulevard - Southern Shores

Coldwell Banker Seaside Realty
918-C Halstead Blvd., Halstead Plaza - Elizabeth City

Rich Company
204 S Poindexter Street - Elizabeth City


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Hampton Roads Workforce Council
The Hampton Roads Workforce Council is responsible for developing workforce policy and administering workforce development initiatives in Virginia’s Workforce Investment Area 16. The Hampton Roads Workforce Council oversees federally funded workforce development programs, which assist businesses in accessing qualified workers and jobseekers in finding suitable job openings and bolstering their earning power through training.

Peninsula Council for Workforce Development / Peninsula Work
Identifies the workforce needs of Peninsula-based employers, job seekers, and youth. They partner with economic development entities, educational institutions, local governments and employers to devise innovative strategies. 

Goodwill of Central & Coastal Virginia
Provides job seeker services and job skills training programs for individuals with challenges to work. Goodwill helps individuals "overcome challenges to work while helping employers meet their workforce needs."

The Apprentice School
The preeminent apprenticeship program in the nation and offers four-, five-, and eight-year apprenticeships in nineteen shipbuilding disciplines and eight advanced programs of study.

TCC Center for Workforce Solutions
South Hampton Roads’ most comprehensive workforce training resource for businesses and individuals.

Virginia Employment Commission
Online source to connect with potential employers, search for jobs, find training opportunities, and research wage data along with industry and occupational trends.

New Horizons Regional Education Centers
New Horizons Regional Education Center (NHREC) is operated by the six Peninsula School Divisions to provide educational services that are most efficient to implement through a regional partnership.

Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Development
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Division of Workforce Development can provide customized training to keep your company on the cutting edge. Our programs can be customized to meet your specific objectives and classes can be held to match your schedule and at your location or at our Regional Workforce Development Center.

Thomas Nelson Community College - Workforce Development
Short-term career training for individuals. Customized training and solutions for local employers and businesses.

North Carolina

NC Works
Helps companies find and develop a strong workforce, by better aligning state and local services and resources to meet that goal.

North Carolina Association of Workforce Development Boards
The North Carolina Association of Workforce Development Boards (NCAWDB) is the voice for workforce development in North Carolina. Comprised of 23 local workforce boards with over 500 members, the Association is dedicated to enhancing North Carolina’s workforce by supporting local workforce development boards statewide.

N.C. Department of Labor
In addition to labor rules and regulations, the department offers a variety of free training resources on safety and health.

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Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
Responsible for building, maintaining and operating the state’s roads, bridges and tunnels.

North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)
Responsible for maintaining approximately 80,000 miles of roadways and 18.000 bridges and culverts across North Carolina, as well as regulating and implementing programs to support rail, aviation, ferry, public transit and bicycle and pedestrian transportation.

Hampton Roads Transit
Transit organization that serves six cities: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.

Hampton Roads Public Transportation Alliance
Established to educate citizens of Hampton Roads about the importance of public transportation and to secure a dedicated funding source for the maintenance and enhancement of local transportation projects.

Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization
Created by the Hampton Roads localities and appropriate state and federal agencies to perform the duties of an Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to conduct a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning process.

Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission
Manages the Hampton Roads Transportation Fund (HRTF) revenues for the Hampton Roads region. Comprised of locally elected officials, the commission has the organizational structure and leadership in place to determine how new regional money, approximately $200 million annually, will be invested in transportation projects.

Virginia Roads
Open data portal for interactive mapping applications and publications.

511 Virginia Traffic Info
Real-time traffic information.


Norfolk International Airport
The major airport serving coastal Virginia and northeast North Carolina. Allegiant, American, Delta, Southwest and United offer convenient daily access to hundreds of cities worldwide.

Newport News/Williamsburg Airport
Nonstop flights to Atlanta, Charlotte and Philadelphia on American Airlines and Delta with connections to destinations worldwide.

North Carolina
Currituck County Regional Airport
A publicly owned, business and general aviation airport located 40 miles south of Norfolk, VA and 30 miles located 40 miles south of Norfolk, VA and 30 miles Carolina.


A leading supplier of rail-based freight transportation in North America.

Norfolk Southern
A Class I railroad that operates 19,500 route miles in 22 states and D.C., supports international trade with service to every major Eastern seaport, 10 river ports, and nine lake ports, and operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East.

Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad Company
A Class III terminal switching railroad, incorporated in the State of Virginia as the Southeastern and Atlantic Railroad Company on March 4, 1896, currently operating over 26 miles of road in the Hampton Roads communities of Norfolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake.

Commonwealth Railway
A Class III short-line railroad operating 16.5 miles of track of a former Norfolk, Franklin and Danville Railway line from Suffolk, Virginia, to Portsmouth, Virginia.

North Carolina & Virginia Railroad (NCVA)
A short-line railroad that operates 49 miles of track from Boykins, VA to Cofield, NC.

Chesapeake & Albemarle Railroad (CA)
A short-line railroad that operates 68 miles of track from Chesapeake, Virginia to Edenton, North Carolina.

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Currituck Class

Independent & Private

ECPI University
(Virginia Beach, Newport News)

Hampton University

Regent University
(Virginia Beach)

Stratford University
(Virginia Beach)

Virginia Wesleyan University


Christopher Newport University
(Newport News)

College of William & Mary

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Norfolk State University

Old Dominion University

UVA Hampton Roads Center
(Virginia Beach)

Virginia Tech
Hampton Roads Center (Virginia Beach)

Elizabeth City State University
(Elizabeth City, NC)

Community Colleges

Thomas Nelson Community College
(Hampton, Williamsburg)

Tidewater Community College
(Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth)

Paul D. Camp Community College
(Suffolk, Franklin, Smithfield)

College of the Albemarle
(Currituck, Elizabeth City, Dare, Edenton-Chowan, Roanoke Island)

Rappahannock Community College
(Gloucester County)

Professional & Technical

Advanced Technology Institute
(Virginia Beach)

Bryant and Stratton College
(Virginia Beach)

ECPI University Medical Careers Institute College of Health Science
(Virginia Beach)

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Industrial & Manufacturing

Virginia Manufacturers Association
Statewide association dedicated to manufacturers and their allies, legislative and regulatory affairs, workforce development, communications and business services.

Advanced Manufacturing Center
Regional project directed by Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development. Learn through exciting real-word, hands-on experiences with local industry partners.

North Carolina Chamber: Manufacturing
State affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). They work in the legislative, regulatory and political arenas to proactively drive positive change, ensuring that North Carolina is one of the best places in the world to do business.

NC Manufacturing Extension Partnership
A public-private operating alliance of state supported programs, working to help manufacturing companies become operationally efficient and well positioned to grow profitably.

Manufactured in North Carolina
Manufactured in North Carolina is a directory of manufacturers based in North Carolina.

North Carolina Manufacturer’s Alliance
NCMA is a non-profit organization originally founded in 1988. Their mission is to represent and promote the interests of manufacturing industries in North Carolina.

Science & Technology

Center for Innovative Technology
Creates technology-based economic development strategies to accelerate innovation and technology companies. 

Innovation Collaborative Hampton Roads
Established to advance the mission of technology business advancement in the region. It helps entrepreneurs launch and grow high-growth technology companies and create high-paying jobs for the future.

Hampton Roads Innovations
Information, communications and tools to help drive innovation in Hampton Roads.

Innovation Reports
Free reports from North Carolina Department of Commerce.

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General Hospitals

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

Riverside Regional Medical Center
(Newport News)

Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center

Chesapeake Regional Medical Center

Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital
(Virginia Beach)

Sentara Leigh Hospital

Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
(Virginia Beach)

Sentara Careplex Hospital

Sentara Obici Hospital

Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital
(Newport News)

Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center

Sentara Williamsburg Reg. Medical Center

Riverside Doctors’ Hospital

Riverside Walter Reed Hospital

Specialty Hospitals

Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters

Lake Taylor Transitional Care Hospital

Riverside Rehabilitation Institute
(Newport News)

Kempsville Center for Behavioral Health

The Pavilion at Williamsburg Place

Hospital for Extended Recovery

Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center
(Virginia Beach)

Hampton Roads Specialty Hospital
(Newport News)

Military Hospitals

USAF Hospital
Langley Air Force Base, 77 Nealy Ave., Hampton 757-225-7630

McDonald Army Health Center
576 Jefferson Ave., Fort Eustis 757-314-7500

Naval Medical Center
Portsmouth 620 John Paul Jones Circle, Portsmouth 757-953-5000

Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center
100 Emancipation Drive, Hampton 757-722-9961

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Virginia Foundation for Agriculture, Innovation and Rural Sustainability
A not-for-profit foundation based in Richmond with the mission of assisting rural agricultural enterprises. They have assisted hundreds of people in strengthening their business ideas. 

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Promotes the economic growth and development of Virginia agriculture, provides consumer protection, and encourages environmental stewardship.

Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Conducts research and extension programs to benefit the agricultural community of the eastern VA region. Current research areas include: nursery production, landscape maintenance, turf-grass, small fruit production, and urban stormwater management.

Virginia Beach Restaurant Association
The restaurants listed on this website are active, participating members of the VBRA, the Virginia Beach Restaurant Association.

Hampton Roads Food Truck Association
An association of like minded entrepreneurs who share best practices, exchange ideas, and grow the industry.

Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association

The Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association promotes and protects the economic interests of the Williamsburg area restaurant industry. They maintain favorable business environments thus delivering tangible value and benefits to their members.

Virginia Wine
Marketing and info about Virginia wineries.

Virginia Craft Brewers Guild
A coalition of independent, small, commercial breweries dedicated to growing the craft beer industry in the Commonwealth.

Virginia Breweries
Searchable list of breweries operating in Virginia.

North Carolina

North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association
Serves its members by advancing and protecting North Carolina’s hospitality industry. They impact legislation and policies, cultivate relationships and provide valuable resources to help members run their business.

North Carolina Food Processing & Manufacturing
Guide to some of the largest food companies operating in North Carolina.

The Business Side of the Food Industry: Resources
Extensive guide and list of resources for doing business in the food industry in NC.

North Carolina Specialty Foods Association
The North Carolina Specialty Foods Association is a volunteer organization providing its membership with educational, marketing and collaborative opportunities that promote their passion for culturally diverse and excellent specialty food products, while creating quality brand recognition.

North Carolina Wine
Promotional site for NC wines, wineries and tours.

North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild
A not-for-profit organization comprised of brewers, vendors, retailers and craft beer enthusiasts focused on promoting North Carolina beer.

North Carolina Beer Guys
Comprehensive site with interactive map of North Carolina breweries.

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Hampton Roads Global Commerce Council
Serves the industries in Hampton Roads associated with national and international commerce, particularly the trucking, shipping, rail and air transport industries, education, information-sharing, and networking opportunities.

Virginia International Business Council
Provider of impactful, international intelligence with respect to market opportunities, sourcing possibilities, environmental realities and the strategies and tactics related to global business success in Virginia.

Ex-Im Bank
Provides trade financing solutions – including export credit insurance, working capital guarantees, and guarantees of commercial loans to foreign buyers – to empower exporters of U.S. goods and services.

Export Virginia
Export development programs, grants, and market research for Virginia businesses. Programs identify which markets to pursue, determine a market entry strategy, and secure appointments with pre-qualified customers in new international markets.

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Dominion Energy
Service area: Greater Hampton Roads, Northeastern NC

Albemarle Electric Membership Corp.
Service area: Currituck County, NC

Roanoke Electric Cooperative
Service Area: Gates County, NC

Natural Gas

Columbia Gas of Virginia
Service area: Chesapeake, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Suffolk

Virginia Natural Gas
Service area: Greater Hampton Roads

Piedmont Natural Gas
Service area: Currituck and Gates counties, NC


AT&T Cox Communications
Service area: Greater Hampton Roads

Verizon Communications Spectrum
Service area: Franklin, Isle of Wight, Hampton, Suffolk, Gates County NC

Frontier Communications



Lumos Networks
Fiber-based service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Broadband, voice, video, advanced data and managed network services.

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Virginia Beach
(Virginia Beach) Offers open workspaces, two conference rooms, video conferencing capabilities and a 1,500-square-foot multi-purpose space.

Work Nimbly
(Williamsburg) A productive haven for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and independent workers Their mission is to "create a community of independent workers, to foster collaboration, and to provide resources to the business community."

Suffolk Executive Offices
(Suffolk) Fully furnished, modern, turnkey offices, with flexible lease terms and office solutions. Executive private suites, virtual offices, day offices, conference rooms, and modern co-working space.

Regus - Dominion Tower
(Norfolk) Fully equipped workspace that includes facilities, furniture, high-speed internet and a staffed reception.

A collaborative, creative community for entrepreneurs, startups, and innovators in the heart of downtown Norfolk, Virginia. 

Biz Connect Resource Center
(Norfolk) Offers networking events, business tools workshops, and private office space rental as well as shared space, drop-in desks and meeting space.

Studio 9
(Hampton) Co-working space, private offices and a conference room available.

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1701 VA BEACH 2


1701 is the first co-working space in Virginia Beach. Located in the ViBe District, the building is home to individual freelancers, startups and artists. 

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Inside Business
Published weekly with business news, feature stories, expert columns and events.
Editor Ron Crow

The Virginian Pilot
Founded in 1865, a metro serving almost 300,000 readers daily and over 400,000 on Sunday.
Business Editor Carl Fincke

Quarterly business magazine published by Inside Business. Executive Editor Clay Barbour

CoVaBiz Magazine
Business magazine of Coastal Virginia.
Editor Angela Blue

The Daily Press
Headquartered in Newport News, the Daily Press newspaper publishes 7 days a week.
Business Editor Shana Gray

Virginia Business
Monthly magazine that covers major industries and business trends in Virginia.
Editor Robert Powell

North Carolina

Information about the people, places and things that make the Outer Banks one of the top destinations on the East Coast.
Editor Victoria Bourne

The Outer Banks Voice
Online source of news and information for northeastern North Carolina.
Editor Rob Morris

The Daily Advance
A daily newspaper based in Elizabeth City, NC.
Cindy Beamon

North Beach Sun
Print and online publication since 1987.

Business North Carolina
Editor David Mildenberg

Radio & TV

The Outer Banks Voice
Online source of news and information for northeastern North Carolina.
Editor Rob Morris

WHRO Public Broadcasting
Public broadcasting station owned by a collaboration of 19 local public school districts. Operates WHRO TV, WHRO FM, WHRV FM, and WHRO.com.

(Channel 3) Hampton Roads CBS affiliate. (757) 446-1352
Contact Form    Advertising

(Channel 10) Hampton Roads NBC affiliate. (757) 393-1010

(Channel 13) Hampton Roads ABC affiliate. (757) 625-1313

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Marketers Anonymous

Marketers Anonymous
A monthly meet up run by marketers for marketers. Hear success stories first-hand, learn cutting-edge marketing tactics, discover the latest industry research and insights, and get to know others in the local marketing community.
Southside Event: Third Friday of each month at the Blue Moon TapHouse at Waterside in Norfolk. Peninsula Event: 2nd Friday of each month at Smoke BBQ on Warwick Blvd in Newport News.

1 Million Cups - Virginia Beach
1 Million Cups is a free, weekly program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. 1 Million Cups works with entrepreneurs, empowering them with the tools and resources to break down barriers that stand in the way of starting and growing their businesses.   Developed by the Kauffman Foundation.
Most Wednesday mornings at 9am Stratford University’s Virginia Beach campus 555 S. Independence Blvd

Norfolk’s Business Cafés
Regular meet ups “provide new and existing businesses with the information, guidance, and resources needed to move forward and achieve success.” Business Cafés are held in three locations: Ocean View, Park Place, and Southside. Contact: Ihsane Mouak (757) 664-4338

Biz Connect Hampton Roads
Dedicated to helping small businesses grow, increase presence in the community and build revenue by offering the resources and tools necessary to succeed. Offers regular free networking opportunities for everyone and even more BizConnect “member only” events. 

Global Shapers Norfolk
The Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements, and their drive to make a contribution to their communities. Supported by the World Economic Forum, there are now Global Shapers Hubs in over 400 cities around the world.

Online Events Calendars

Hampton Roads Chamber Events
Full calendar of regular and special events.

CoVaBiz Events Calendar
Calendar of events from CoVaBiz magazine.

Inside Business Calendar
Updated weekly with a list of networking and professional development events. Includes a form for submitting events.

Startwheel Events Page

Search results for “Hampton Roads Business Events”

Eventbrite: Networking Events
Search results for “Hampton Roads Networking Events”

Eventbrite: Business Events
Search results for “Hampton Roads Business Events”

Sign up for free account and search different events and meet ups around you.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Official site.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Official site.

American National Standards Institute
Official site.

USA.gov - Small Business
Official site.

US Small Business Administration (SBA)
Official site.

SBA: Analyze Your Business
Online tool for evaluating your business.

SBA: Business Plan
Tool Guide for building a business plan.

IRS: Small Business & Self-Employed
Tax Center Tax information for small businesses.

US Patent & Trademark Office
Search for patents and trademarks.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Official site of the EEOC.

National Association of Women Business Owners
Dues-based organization representing interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries; and with chapters across the country.

Veteran Entrepreneur Portal
Direct access to the resources necessary to guide every step of entrepreneurship.

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About Currituck County, North Carolina


There’s never been a better time to "Think Currituck."

In 2045, the population of Currituck County is projected to reach 42,800. That’s a 71.1% increase from 25,000 in 2015!

That kind of projected growth makes Currituck one of the ten fastest growing counties in North Carolina.

Big development projects are set to transform the mainland and change our county for the better. Major infrastructure improvements will connect us across the Currituck Sound, across the state to Raleigh and across the border into Virginia. There’s a real sense of excitement and opportunity in the air.

Our tax rates are lower. Our business costs are lower. Our incentives continue to grow. And here in Currituck County, we’re pro-business and accessible. Everyone from the Board of Commissioners to county officials are eager to grow our commercial economy.

Businesses here deal with less gridlock and red tape. Even our permitting and zoning process is personalized, streamlined and designed to get you open for business quickly!

If you have any questions about starting, expanding or moving your business to Currituck County, North Carolina... CALL LARRY!

Thank you,






Larry J. Lombardi
Economic Development Director
Currituck County, NC

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