Industry-Specific Guides to Starting a Business

Some specific business types have different, or additional, requirements. The industry-specific guides on this page will assist you in determining all your needs.

See the Starting a Business page for a general step-by-step guide to starting a business in Fairfax County.

Restaurant Start Up Guide

Our new guide will help you open a restaurant in Fairfax County. It contains information about key steps needed to build a new commercial space or take over or renovate an existing one.

The Business Experience Program (BizEx)

Get your small business on a path to success. BizEx can help you understand Fairfax County processes, including zoning, site and building plans, parking, signs, businesses licenses and more. Talk to us when you’re ready to start or grow your small business. Before you sign a lease, we can help.

The purpose of BizEx is to assist entrepreneurs in learning about the permits and processes, specific to Fairfax County, that are necessary to open a business in Fairfax County.

See the Starting a Business page for a general step-by-step guide to starting a business in Fairfax County.

Economic Development Authority (EDA)

For an additional overview of the process of starting a business, see this Small Business Start-Up Guide published by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority.

Contact BizEx for Help

We want your small business to succeed and our Business Experience Program—known as BizEx for short—can help you.

Call BizEx at 703-324-2694, TTY 711 or email BizEx.

If your phone call isn't answered right away, please leave a message or send an email. We aim to respond to your call or email before the end of the day.

If you need assistance in a language other than English, please set up an appointment in advance.