Networking

ChamberRVA

The Richmond Chamber’s mission is to serve members and enhance the community by building a pro-business environment and outstanding quality of life in the Richmond region.

Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce

Committed to outstanding service, the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce works to serve, protect, and promote the common interests of their membership and the business community. As a unified voice, they provide leadership and vision for the advancement of economic prosperity and an exceptional quality of life for Chesterfield County.

Hanover Association of Business and Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the HABCC is to provide leadership within the Hanover and Ashland business communities, to champion economic development while safeguarding business interests and property rights, to promote professional standards and ethics within the business community, and to maintain positive relationships among businesses, educators, governments and residents.

Virginia Chamber of Commerce

The Virginia Chamber is the only statewide business organization that represents all types and sizes of businesses on broad-based issues at both the state and federal level. They enjoy a good working relationship with the 130 local chambers throughout the state.

Western Chesterfield Business Alliance

The mission of Western Chesterfield Business Alliance (WCBA) is to bring together business owners, representatives and government officials for the purpose of networking, education and collaboration on issues and activities affecting businesses in the Western Chesterfield area.

Industry-Specific

Agile Richmond

Agile Richmond is a professional non-profit organization of people in the Richmond, Virginia area committed to Agile and Lean practices. Agile Richmond is a vibrant, well-run organization promoting the opportunity for its members and guests to share knowledge, excitement and learning about Lean and Agile in both theory and practice.

AITP Richmond

The Association of Information Technology Professionals provides learning and growth opportunities to data processing managers and staff through networking, chapter activities, conferences, seminars and special interest groups.

BDPA Richmond

BDPA (Black Data Processing Associates) is a non-profit organization of professionals working in or having an interest in the Computer Science and Information Technology fields. BDPA has a diverse representation of information technology professionals. Included amongst the organization’s members are programmers, analysts, engineers, managers, instructors, and entrepreneurs, to name a few.

American Marketing Association – Richmond Chapter

The AMA-Richmond Chapter has been one of the largest and most dynamic business organizations in the greater Richmond Virginia area. Their membership includes a variety of professionals in the marketing industry at various career levels. From collegiate members to executive-level marketers, the AMA-Richmond Chapter offers something for everyone working in this exciting industry.

Central Virginia Ruby Enthusiasts Group (CVREG.ORG)

Central Virginia Ruby Enthusiasts’ Group is a Richmond-based group for the advancement and furtherance of the Ruby programming language and the Rails web application. Its focus is to keep the central Virginia Ruby community connected, provide venues to learn about developments and trends in the larger Ruby ecosystem, and to help new Rubyists get started.

Commercial Real Estate Women – Richmond Chapter

CREW-Richmond is an organization of experienced commercial real estate professionals from diverse fields established to enhance and promote members’ achievement of their full personal, professional, and leadership potential as a result of the opportunities for interaction and communication provided on both local and national levels.

Data Management Association Central Virginia

DAMA Central Virginia Chapter is a not-for-profit, vendor-independent, professional organization dedicated to furthering the understanding of the field of data management and information management by providing educational opportunities and supporting an open forum addressing issues related to this field.

Greater Richmond Association of Commercial Real Estate

The Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate (GRACRE) provides opportunities for professionals in all disciplines relating to commercial real estate to network and socialize. GRACRE is the only organization in Richmond whose primary mission is to be an advocate for commercial property owners, developers, and related professionals. GRACRE proactively addresses issues effecting the commercial real estate industry in Richmond.

Greater Richmond Relocation Council

The Greater Richmond Relocation Council (GRRC) was formed by relocation professionals in the Richmond metropolitan area. The GRRC was created by its members to share and gain knowledge on issues, challenges and solutions in the evolving field of relocation.

GreenDrinks

Green Drinks is a simple and unstructured event where people interested in sustainability can get together to network, talk shop, learn something new, share something innovative or maybe even find a job! It’s a great time to chat with folks you know or to meet new ones.

Home Builders Association of Richmond

Vision is to champion housing and community. A non-profit trade association affiliated with the Home Building Association of Virginia and the National Association of Home Builders, representing members in the building industry.

Information Systems Security Assoc Central VA Chapter (ISSA)

The Central Virginia Chapter of ISSA was founded in 2006 and is part of the national Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). ISSA is the largest international, not-for-profit association for information security professionals. It provides educational forums, information resources and peer interaction opportunities to enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members.

ISACA Virginia Chapter
ISACA is a global organization for information governance, control, security, and audit professionals. Founded in 1977, the ISACA Virginia Chapter serves over 900 members across the state by providing training opportunities through chapter meetings and seminars; exam review courses; resource sharing; advocacy; and professional networking on a local level.

The Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association (MRWBA)
MRWBA’s mission is to improve the professional competence of area lawyers, including its members, through educational and other means, as well as to support and enhance the personal satisfaction and professional advancement of women in the legal profession and in the judiciary.

PMI Central Virginia Chapter

The mission of PMI Central Virginia is to serve the professional interests of chapter members by enhancing expertise through project management education and training, supporting PMI certifications, and promoting association with other project management professionals. Members include business, civic, government, and education communities in Central Virginia.

Public Relations Society – Richmond Chapter

PRSA Richmond is a professional association serving Central Virginia public relations practitioners.

Retail Merchants Association

The mission of the Retail Merchants Association is to enhance the image and profitability of member companies through advocacy, information and networking opportunities.

rvatech

Founded in 1996 as the Greater Richmond Technology Council, rvatech today is the premier technology association in Central Virginia and serves over 300 companies and 3000 people from all sectors of technology. The membership is comprised of creative, innovative technical professionals who represent the full complement of individuals and organizations that design, deploy and embrace technology in their everyday life. It is rvatech’s mission to be a catalyst and a resource to connect these talented individuals within business, industry, government and education who work daily to provide growth and sustainability of the Virginia economy.

Richmond .NET User Group

The Richmond .NET Users Group meets on a regular basis to discuss and share information on a variety of topics focused on Microsoft .NET. The aim is to build better software by sharing .NET-related development practices, code, and resources.

Richmond Ad Club

The Richmond Ad Club is a dynamic organization of advertising professionals that’s been around since 1960. Their official mission is to unite their ad community through service endeavors, education and the celebration of creativity.

Richmond Association of Business Economics

The Richmond Association for Business Economics (RABE) is a non-profit, non-partisan professional association that provides educational and networking opportunities for individuals interested in economics and its application to public policy. RABE members come from many professions, including business economics, real estate, university education, central banking, state and local government, and financial consulting.

Richmond Java User Group

The Richmond Java User Group (RJUG) is for Java professionals and enthusiasts in the Richmond, VA area. We meet the third Wednesday of each month. Our goal is to provide a forum for the Java community to discuss current trends in the programming language and software development practices. We host speakers to discuss current trends in Java, JVM-hosted languages and software development practices.

Richmond Recruiters Roundtable

The Richmond Recruiter Roundtable is a membership of recruiting professionals with a shared commitment to professional development, peer interaction, and understanding market trends. This membership offers a forum where recruiters can get up to date information on trends, techniques, tools, technology and training, as well as vendor products and services information.

Richmond SharePoint User Group

The Richmond SharePoint User Group seeks to build community among SharePoint enthusiasts for learning, sharing, and connecting. The group consists of professionals from all SharePoint roles and from a broad cross section of business sectors, including the private sector, legal, education, state and federal government, nonprofit and for profit companies and organizations.

Richmond SQL Server User Group

The Richmond SQL Server User Group is a professional and social user group based in Richmond, Virginia for Database Developers and Architects to explore the Microsoft SQL Server database.

Society of Human Resource Management – Richmond Chapter

The mission of the RHRMA is to provide leadership and support for the growth and development of the human resources profession.

The Venture Forum

Richmond Venture Forum provides a forum to bring sources of capital and entrepreneurial ideas together. To this goal, they provide an educational forum in which entrepreneurs, sources for capital, and service professionals exchange ideas about venture related issues – promoting the common interests of all parties in the venture process.

The Richmond Torch Club

TORCH was formed to facilitate the free flow of ideas and fellowship across disciplinary boundaries.TORCH exists to breakdown the narrowing tendencies of over-specialization. TORCH exists to foster the highest standards of professional ethics and civic well-being.

Virginia Bar Association

The Virginia Bar Association is a voluntary organization of Virginia lawyers committed to serving the public and the legal profession by promoting the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and excellence in the legal profession; working to improve the law and the administration of justice; and advancing collegial relations among lawyers.

Virginia Bankers Association

The Virginia Bankers Association has served as the organized voice for the Commonwealth’s banking industry since 1893 providing solutions to aid in resolving differences, unifying efforts, and accomplishing objectives otherwise not achievable.

Virginia Biotechnology Association

The purpose of the Association is to promote the bioscience industry in Virginia, expand the knowledge and expertise of Virginia’s businesses concerning the life sciences through seminars, educational publications and to enhance public awareness of the biotechnology industry in Virginia. VaBIO represents the interests of the bioscience industry in Virginia before federal, state and local legislators and regulators. They provide a forum for members and their guests to get to know each other and the many bioscience companies operating today in Virginia. They coordinate information among the many agencies and organizations interested in biotechnology.

Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association

The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association has 46 member health systems and hospitals, representing 106 community, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals throughout Virginia. Its mission is to improve the health status of the communities they serve.

Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association

The Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association is the unified voice for the restaurant, lodging, travel and hospitality suppliers associations. The Association creates value for members by promoting the legislative interests of the industry, providing cooperative marketing, educational opportunities and protecting free enterprise.

Virginia International Trade Association

The mission of the Virginia International Trade Association is to be a foremost 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.

Virginia Manufacturers Association

The Virginia Manufacturers Association develops constructive policies and activities on behalf of industry by serving as an advocate for legislative, regulatory, taxation, environmental, workplace, business law, insurance, and technology issues, and as an aggregator of business services for their members.

Virginia Society of Public Accountants – Richmond Chapter

The mission of the Virginia Society of Public Accountants is to enhance the success of their members by providing timely, relevant CPE and networking opportunities.

Resources for Unique Populations

American Business Women’s Association (ABWA)

River City Express Network was founded in 2001 to provide professional education and networking support to Richmond area business women who need a different kind of organization.

American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA)

The mission of the American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA) is “to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full personal, professional and economic potential and to contribute to the future development of their profession.”

Commercial Real Estate Women – Richmond Chapter

CREW-Richmond is an organization of experienced commercial real estate professionals from diverse fields established to enhance and promote members’ achievement of their full personal, professional, and leadership potential as a result of the opportunities for interaction and communication provided on both local and national levels.

Executive Women International

The mission of Executive Women International is to bring together key individuals for the purpose of promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development, and encouraging community involvement.

HYPE – Helping Young Professionals Engage

The goal of HYPE is to enrich our region by connecting young professionals.

The Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association (MRWBA)

MRWBA’s mission is to improve the professional competence of area lawyers, including its members, through educational and other means, as well as to support and enhance the personal satisfaction and professional advancement of women in the legal profession and in the judiciary.

National Association of Women Business Owners

The Richmond chapter of NAWBO provides a strong voice and vision for women business owners in Central Virginia. Richmond NAWBO consists of a dynamic, diverse, and powerful group of women entrepreneurs and corporate partners who encourage and enhance the success of their peers through programs designed to create business opportunities, build strategic alliances, influence public policy, and promote leadership within the civic and business community.

Richmond Metropolitan Business League

Richmond Metropolitan Business League promotes small and minority business development in the Richmond Metropolitan area. They provide programs, services, leadership, education, training and advocacy for their members in order to promote the creation of wealth in the minority business community.

Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce

VACC helps Asian businesses to compete in the global marketplace with strategic research, guidance, and connections. Headquartered in Hanover County, Virginia, U.S.A, VACC is a leading global economic development agency focused on delivering innovative business services to companies wishing to enter the Asian market.

Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The Virginia Hispanic chamber promotes business opportunities for membership by providing proactive business and resource links to and within the Virginia Hispanic community.

Volunteer Opportunities

Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Through BoardLink, the Partnership facilitates the connection of nonprofit organizations to trained and talented individuals who are interested in nonprofit board service. BoardLink prepares individuals for board service and aligns their passions and skills with the mission and needs of organizations.

Connect Richmond

ConnectRichmond provides information, resources and instant access to nonprofits, civic leaders, volunteers and others interested in improving Metro Richmond – the rest is up to you.

HandsOn Greater Richmond

HandsOn Greater Richmond provides a link for individuals, families, teams, and corporate groups to join together and engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities within the Greater Richmond region. We offer unique, fun, and flexible ways for you to get connected and involved.

Regional Transportation

Richmond International Airport 

Located seven miles southeast of Richmond’s central business district, within a one hour drive of historic Williamsburg and a two hour drive from Washington, D.C., the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Virginia Beach, Richmond International Airport is the main hub to tourist attractions across Virginia. Nine air carriers currently serve RIC offering nonstop flights to major domestic destinations and connecting service to points around the globe. More than 3.5 million travelers utilize RIC annually and that number continues to grow. In addition, RIC handles approximately 115 million pounds of cargo annually, utilizing its more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse/office space and 1,000,000 square feet of ramp space.

Port of Richmond

The Port of Richmond is Central Virginia’s domestic and international multi-modal freight and distribution gateway on the James River serving waterborne, rail and truck shippers throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. The Port is owned by the City of Richmond, managed by the Port of Richmond Commission and operated by Federal Marine Terminals, Inc. (FMT), a private company. The operator provides stevedoring services on a full range of Supply Chain services including export packaging and transfer, and warehouse and inland distribution services.

Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC)

GRTC provides fixed bus service and specialized services such as CARE, C-VAN, and RideFinders in the Greater Richmond area. A fleet of 186 buses travels over 40 separate routes within the City of Richmond and Henrico County. GRTC is considered one of the most efficient transit systems in the United States.

RideFinders

RideFinders, a division of GRTC Transit System, is the regional non-profit agency that works to move more commuters in fewer vehicles throughout the Central Virginia region to protect air quality and increase the efficiency of the region’s transportation network.

CSX and Norfolk Southern

Rail is the right option for some types of cargo. CSX and Norfolk Southern can help you move your goods across the nation and beyond.

Amtrak

Amtrak offers passenger rail service, whether you need to travel to Washington, D.C. or across the country.

International Trade

Division of International Trade, Virginia Economic Development Partnership

The Division of International Trade is part of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), a state authority created to promote economic expansion within the Commonwealth of Virginia. The goals in the Division are to increase the number of Virginia companies exporting and the volume of Virginia’s exports. The Division helps Virginia companies sell Virginia’s manufactured goods and services to the billions of people outside the United States. The group works with small and large companies, both public and private from all types of industries. The Division helps both new exporters and experienced exporters enter new markets. This is done by helping companies identify potential new markets, develop market entry strategies and locate possible distributors and representatives for your products, all at little to no cost.

Metro Richmond Exports Initiative

The Metro Richmond Exports Initiative (MREI) is a non-profit group that’s here to help central Virginia businesses export their goods and services. This is done through special educational and networking programs, through grants and scholarships for export-related activities, and by connecting businesses with the resources they need to go global. MREI also work to make local businesses and organizations more aware of the benefits of exporting.

Virginia International Business Council

Formerly known as the Richmond Export-Import Club, the Virginia International Business Council seeks to be a foremost 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. The group provides its members numerous regularly scheduled networking events, which provide business owners the opportunity to gather and share insights and experiences. It also provides educational seminars and conferences that highlight the issues business need to be aware of when transacting business abroad.

Richmond Foreign Trade Zone

A Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) is an area of land within the United States, located at or near a U. S. Customs port-of-entry, where foreign and domestic merchandise is generally considered to be in international commerce (not in U. S. Commerce Territory). Zone procedures provide an extremely flexible method of handling domestic and imported merchandise, allowing users to save time, transportation and handling charges. FTZ provides U.S. businesses the opportunity to save both money and time on goods sourced abroad. FTZ #207 is located at Richmond International-Airport and features the following:

  • Over 2,500 Acres designated FTZ
  • 45,000 s.f. on airport warehouse space
  • Two operators available to handle general purpose warehouse needs
  • Provides general purpose benefits to Fortune 500 clients
  • Promotes/provides support for manufacturing clients who need FTZ benefits on their facilities
  • Full time staff to support FTZ users

U.S. Commercial Service – International Trade Administration

Courtesy of your U.S. tax dollars, find a wealth of information on the website or reach out to Richmond’s local trade expert.

U.S. Small Business Administration – Office of International Trade

Get information, learn about trade programs, take advantage of seminars or talk to an expert.

Staffing and Training

RESOURCE

The purpose of RESOURCE and the Capital Area Workforce Center is to increase private sector employment opportunities and to ensure the integration of services to prepare individuals to meet the needs of business and industry in the Richmond region. Three centers in the region can help businesses with employment and training needs by offering services and information to help meet a variety of employment challenges.

Employers may post their jobs and receive qualified applicant referrals for no fee. Other services include applicant screening, conducting specialized recruitment projects for employers and providing interview space. RESOURCE prides itself on connecting employers to a diverse applicant pool and providing information on state and federal tax credit programs and helping to address issues related to immigration.

Companies who are downsizing are also encouraged to contact the Center to inquire about transitional support and job search services for their employees.

The Virginia Employment Commission

The VEC provides a wide variety of no-fee services to employers, including exposure to job vacancies, recruitment assistance, labor market information, tax credit information, and many more.  Employers may post jobs for free, review resumes of registered candidates and manage those candidates online. In addition, the site features a comprehensive listing of other resources of interest to employers.

Community College Workforce Alliance

The Community College Workforce Alliance (CCWA) is a partnership between J. Sargeant Reynolds and John Tyler Community Colleges serving the economic development and workforce needs in four cities and 12 counties of Central Virginia. The organization provides non-credit training, customized instruction, consulting, skills assessments and educational programs for government, corporate, non-profit and educational employers. CCWA offers on-line registration, customer support and courses delivered by adjunct faculty in three convenient locations, at employer sites and on-line. Facility rentals are also available for business meetings and corporate training sessions.

Virginia Jobs Investment Program

The Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP) is an economic development incentive supporting the creation of new jobs and investment throughout the Commonwealth. The program offsets the recruiting and training costs of new and expanding companies by providing customized services and funding to qualifying companies that are creating new jobs or experiencing technological change. The program specifically addresses the top concern of existing businesses as well as economic development prospects — finding and developing a skilled workforce.

ECPI

ECPI College of Technology offers Bachelor of Science degrees, Associate’s degrees or diplomas in technology, business, health sciences and culinary arts.

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College was founded in 1972 to serve the capitol region in and around the city of Richmond. In just over 36 years, J. Sargeant Reynolds has grown into the third largest college in the Virginia Community College System, enrolling students at three major campuses, at five off-campus sites, and “virtually” through distance learning. The college currently offers 24 two-year occupational/technical degree programs, nine occupational/technical certificate programs, five two-year college transfer programs, and 43 career studies certificate programs requiring less than one-year of full-time study.

John Tyler Community College

John Tyler Community College offers a variety of two-year associate degrees, as well as shorter certificate and career studies certificate programs, with a focus on primarily serving the residents of the cities of Colonial Heights, Hopewell and Petersburg, as well as the counties of Amelia, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Prince George, Surry and Sussex. Classes are held at campuses in Midlothian and Chester, as well as locations throughout the service area and via distance education.

Randolph-Macon College

Founded in 1830 and located in historic Ashland, Va., Randolph-Macon College is a selective, co-educational, national liberal arts and sciences college. The school offers students a broad academic foundation and provides them numerous opportunities for individualizing their education. It also features a student-faculty ratio of 11:1, an average class size of 15 students and an overall enrollment of approximately 1,175 students.

University of Richmond

The University of Richmond blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciences, business, leadership studies, law and continuing studies. In 2009, the Robins School of Business was voted No. 12 in the nation by BusinessWeek for its undergraduate business program.

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is the largest university in Virginia and ranks among the top universities in the country in sponsored research. Located on two downtown campuses in Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 32,000 students in 208 certificate and degree programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-five of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 15 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University compose the VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers.

Virginia State University

Virginia State University was founded in 1882 as the Virginia Normal and Collegiate Institute, making it the first fully state supported, four-year institution of higher learning for Blacks in America. Today, Virginia State University is one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions. The school has a student population of nearly 5,000 students who enjoy personal attention by the faculty and staff not typically found at larger institutions. U.S. News & World Report acknowledged VSU’s excellence by naming the University the top, public, master’s level HBCU in America. Virginia State University offers 50 baccalaureate and master’s degree programs and a Certificate of Advanced Study within five schools: The School of Agriculture; The School of Business; The School of Engineering, Science and Technology; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Graduate Studies, Research and Outreach.

Virginia Union University

Virginia Union University was founded in1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement. The University is the result of the merger of four institutions: Richmond Theological Seminary, Wayland Seminary, Hartshorn Memorial College, and Storer College. Today, Virginia Union University has the distinction of being one of the oldest historically black universities in the South. The University offers a broad range of educational opportunities while advancing its focus on teaching, research, science, and technology, as well as adult continuing education, civic engagement, and distance education.

Financing

Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity – Small Business Financing Authority

The Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity – Small Business Financing Authority (VSBFA) is the Commonwealth’s economic development financing arm. It does not have grant programs, but it does provide debt financing assistance to Virginia’s established, existing businesses, its entrepreneurs, as well as businesses looking to expand into Virginia. In general, the VSBFA’s financing programs assist:

  • Economic Development efforts by offering direct loans, in conjunction with bank and other financing, to localities and Industrial and Economic Development Authorities (IDA’s/EDA’s) for projects of all sizes.
  • Small Businesses by making it easier for Virginia’s financial institutions to make loans to small businesses by offering loan guaranties and loan loss insurance programs to reduce a bank’s risk.
  • Small manufacturers and 501(c)(3) non-profits by providing access to low-interest, tax-exempt bond financing.
  • Virginia’s tourism Industry through direct loans and loan guaranties in partnership with Virginia’s financial institutions.
  • Licensed child care centers and family-home providers by extending low-interest, direct loans for necessary items which banks have difficulty financing.

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 the nation. The SBA offers a variety of programs and resources to help build and grow small businesses, including financing options. The SBA’s assistance usually is in the form of loan guaranties – the SBA guarantees loans made by banks and other private lenders to small business clients.

Debt.org – America’s Debt Help Organization

Debt.org is America’s Debt Help Organization. It strives to provide small businesses with a wide variety of information in regards to their finances. It offers information on how to handle tax delays, how to make pay roll, how to separate business and personal finances and numerous other pages of helpful information. It can also assist small businesses with settling or consolidating previous debts.

Managing and Growing Your Business

Greater Richmond Small Business Development Center

The Greater Richmond Small Business Development Center is a partnership program between the U.S. Small Business Administration and ChamberRVA, providing assistance and training to help small business owners and potential small business owners make sound decisions for the successful operation of their business. This service includes in-depth quality counseling, education and information services.

Venture Forum RVA

Venture Forum RVA provides a forum to bring sources of capital and entrepreneurial ideas together. To this goal, the Venture Forum provides an educational forum in which entrepreneurs, sources for capital, and service professionals exchange ideas about venture related issues – promoting the common interests of all parties in the venture process. Luncheons and networking events are held every month and a member directory is available on the website.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)

The Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a nonprofit organization that uses older adults to help others generate economic gains. The nonprofit organization provides free and confidential business counseling, professional guidance, low cost workshops, and information accessible to all, to maximize the success of America’s existing and emerging small businesses. The Richmond Chapter of SCORE was founded in 1966 making it one of the oldest continuous operating chapters in the national SCORE organization. The counselors of Richmond SCORE are experienced business owners and managers who volunteer their experience and knowledge to help small business owners and potential small business owners achieve success.

U.S. Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a number of services and tools for the small business person. From financial assistance such as SBA-loans to government contract opportunities, disaster assistance and free online training courses – the SBA wants to help your business succeed.

The Virginia Council of CEOs

The Virginia Council of CEOs, a nonprofit organization, connects the CEOs of small and mid-sized, second-stage Virginia companies through best-in-class peer roundtables and exclusive learning events. Member CEOs are brought together in private, CEO-only monthly roundtables that use a structured process to facilitate the exchange of experience, knowledge and support. Educational and social events are also held for the entire membership.

Senate Productivity and Quality Award

The mission of SPQA is to promote continual improvement strategies by providing training, mentoring, and recognition to organizations in pursuit of performance excellence. Industries that benefit from their services include healthcare, large and small enterprises, not-for profits, school systems and government agencies. SPQA uses the Baldridge Performance Excellence Framework as our foundation in our efforts to assist organizations in Virginia and Washington, DC to achieve better results. The Baldridge Performance Excellence Framework is a systems approach to performance excellence. The Framework empowers your organization to achieve goals, improve your results, and become more competitive by aligning your plans, processes, decisions, people, actions, and results. The Malcolm Baldridge National Quality award is the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence. It is presented annually by the President of the United States to organizations that demonstrate quality and performance excellence.

Starting a Business

Business One Stop

A tool courtesy of our friends at the Virginia Department of Business Assistance, this handy guide runs through some important tips and steps, no matter what stage you and your business are in.

My Business Starts Here – Chesterfield

This tool offers a six-step guide to starting a business, plus some important things to consider no matter what stage of business creation you are in. Some links are specific to Chesterfield County, but the information is pertinent no matter where you are starting your business.