Starting a Small Business

Starting a small business can be an exciting but overwhelming endeavor. Here are some links to tools that will help you navigate the process.

Business and Professional License
All business and professional operations, according to Ordinance No. 38,573, must purchase a business license before commencing operation in the City of Norfolk, including home businesses. Licenses expire December 31st of each year. An on-line application is available at www.norfolk.gov/revenue/securerev/blappform.htm.

Additional Resources

Department of Development

The City of Norfolk’s Department of Development provides numerous resources on how to start a business in Norfolk.

Department of Development
500 East Main Street, Suite 1500
Norfolk, Virginia 23510
757-664-4338

Department of Planning

The Department of Planning provides planning and enforcement services that emphasize the development of safe, healthy and fun places to work and live. This includes building safety, the Development Services Center, zoning and long range planning.

Department of Planning
City Hall Building
810 Union Street, Suite 508
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-664-4752

Virginia Small Business Financing Authority
The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority (VSBFA), which is housed within the Virginia Department of Business Assistance, offers programs to provide businesses and communities with access to capital needed for economic growth and expansion.

Virginia Small Business Financing Authority
4490 Cox Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060
804-371-8254

U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

Richmond District Office
400 North 8th Street
Federal Bldg., Suite 1150 
Richmond, VA 23219
804-771-2400 
E-mail: richmond.va@sba.gov

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