Volunteer Center

Business First is made possible by a team of dedicated volunteers who understand the importance of a thriving business community to the health of the Greater Richmond economy. Our trained volunteers, who are business people just like you, conduct visits with local business leaders, allowing Business First to touch hundreds of businesses each year. Interested in becoming a volunteer?

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Be a Volunteer

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Being part of a process that touches hundreds of local businesses each year is a rewarding way to give back to your community.

Who are the Business First Volunteers?

See the volunteer job description below to learn more about what a Business First volunteer does.

Job Title:

  • Outreach Specialist


  • To conduct the business visits for the Business First program collecting information that will help identify issues and suggest strategies to assist businesses.


  • Participate in training sessions and program update events
  • Attend monthly committee meetings to learn about existing business initiatives and receive site visit assignments
  • Send provided letter to companies informing them of the Business First program
  • Contact the appropriate company representatives to set up an appointment
  • Make a company site visit to conduct conversational style interviews with assigned firms using the Business First site visitation survey
  • Submit completed surveys through the online FormStack web portal
  • If immediate follow up is needed with a business, call local contact to inform them of the issue
  • Provide feedback on the Business First program and survey questions

Qualifications and Skills Required

  • Enthusiasm and Reliability
  • Professionalism in representing your community for the Business First program
  • Strong listening and recording skills
  • Ability to respect and exercise confidentiality
  • Willingness to work within project timeframe

Time Commitment

  • One committee meeting held monthly and the time required to schedule and complete assigned visits each month.

Fill out the form below if you’re interested in volunteering.

We’ll get back to you soon to answer your questions and let you know which communities have open positions.

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The Business First Visit

So you've decided to participate in a Business First visit. We're looking forward to talking to you!

This is a great oppurtunity to voice your opinion, connect with resources that might help your business today, and form a lasting relationship with your local economic development department for any needs that may arise in the future.