Best Small Business Resources in the Richmond 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 Richmond 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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Hopewell Downtown Partnership

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

Downtown Hopewell provides networking and learning opportunities for local businesses. This organization can help you find real estate for your business, network with other downtown businesses, and even receive one-on-one counseling. 

Restrictions

Entrepreneurs planning to own or who already own a business in downtown Hopewell. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

205 ½ E. Broadway Ave., S-1
Hopewell, VA 23860
804-446-4847
evan@hopewelldowntown.com

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI: 8 am - 5 pm


Gather

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking

Description

Gather is a coworking space that provides basic office amenities as well as networking opportunities. You can choose a more basic membership to access the space, or pay for additional services such as a private office and use of conference rooms. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

409 E. Main St.
Richmond, VA 23219
804-684-8881
info@gatherrva.com

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI: 8 am - 5 pm


Greater Richmond SBDC

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:

919 East Main Street, Suite 1700
Richmond, VA 23219


Richmond 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.


Venture Forum RVA

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Networking

Accepts Walks In

Description

The Venture Forum provides networking and learning opportunities for entrepreneurs in the Richmond area. 

Restrictions

Non-members can attend events but pay more than members do. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

12741 Soxstone Rd.
Midlothian, VA 23113
804-840-6600
rhogge@VentureForumRVA.com

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI: 9 am - 5 pm