Step 1: Plan & Research

Do your research, write a business plan and determine what resources may be available to you.

Business Plan

Write a business plan. See the U.S. Small Business Administration's write a business plan page for a free template.

Meet with free business counselors to review your business plan and to get advice. You can arrange a free meeting with a SCORE Mentor through the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority or the Community Business Partnership.


Research your available resources to help you start, open or grow your business.

View the Resource Grid, which provides an overview of available resources. Then explore the additional resources below to connect with the local business community .

Economic Development Authority (EDA)

Fairfax Virtual Assistant