Best Small Business Resources in the Hampton Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Virginia has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Hampton area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Virginia.

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Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Networking

Description

This workforce development center offers entrepreneurial education through seminars, classes, and workshops. Included in these events is time for networking with other entrepreneurial participants.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

525 Butler Farm Rd.
Hampton, VA 23666
757-825-2937
wtce@tncc.edu

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Hampton SBDC of Hampton Roads

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

500 E Main Street , Suite 700
Norfolk, VA 23320
757-664-2595


Hampton SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


Peninsula Technology Incubator

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Coworking

Description

This coworking space offers offices, conference room access, and basic amenities such as printers and scanners. Membership also includes consulting services at no additional cost. PTI has its own accelerator program that you can apply to if you would like more intensive help with your business (though this is most useful for those past the idea stage).

Restrictions

Must be a technology-oriented company in order to be admitted.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1100 Exploration Way, Suite 300
Hampton, VA 23666
757-325-6800


Studio 9

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking
  • Networking

Accepts Walks In

Description

Studio 9 is a coworking space offering useful amenities like wifi, conference room access, and a small kitchen. They have occasional social events that bring in speakers from both creative and technical fields.

Restrictions

Cannot accommodate manufacturing businesses. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

9 East Mellen St.
Hampton, VA 23663
757-723-7717
contact@studio9workspace.com

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI: 8:30 am - 5 pm


Work Nimbly

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

This coworking space offers basic amenities including wifi, access to conference rooms, and an interactive work environment. It also offers regular meetings with participating entrepreneurs and other social opportunities, such as a book club.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

201 Penniman Rd.
Williamsburg , VA 23185
757-561-0005
thegnome@worknimbly.com

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI:  8 am - 5:30 pm