Local Resources:

Hampton Roads SBDC (Small Business Development Center) – A non-profit organization in partnership with the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, provides resources such as: business planning assistance, business information through research & access to databases, management skill counseling, and more…

Portsmouth, Virginia Department of Economic Development – See what’s happening in Portsmouth.

Urban League of Hampton Roads – Offers “support and service programs designed to implement strategic methods of empowerment” including Youth Services, Education and Employment Programs, Health Programs and Awareness, Housing and Economic Development, Community Events and Volunteer Services.

State Resources:

Virginia Chamber of Commerce – “Representing all business sectors in the Commonwealth”, this site includes, business & government resources, business advocacy, news & events, relocation information and more….

Virginia Department of Business Assistance – All about doing business in Virginia; Virginia Business Information Center, Small business development, Financing, Workforce Development, Selling to the Commonwealth, Licenses & Permits, and more.

General Resources:

Blue Book of Building and Construction – Described as the “construction industry’s most frequently used information source.” There are hundreds of thousands of companies, including general contractors, sub-contractors, architects, engineers, manufacturers, equipment, material, and product suppliers. Searchable by region, then keyword or company name, then narrow by county.

International Center for Assistance (ICFA) – A 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization committed to small business development, assisting all small business owners, specializing in working with minority, women and veteran owned businesses

Small Business Administration – Information on starting, financing and expanding your business; SBA info by state; searchable.

World Industrial Reporter – A database of over 700,000 industrial suppliers located in over 30 countries, organized by industrial product classifications and available in several languages. Search by product/service or company name and limit by location. Also has an extensive list of other manufacturing and exports sites. Registration (free) required.

ThomasNet – A directory of industrial products, services, and suppliers in the United States and Canada. Browsable by category; and searchable by product or service, company name, and geographic area. Also features news on new products.