Do your research, write a business plan and determine what resources may be available to you.
- Check out the business planning resources available at the Fairfax County Public Library.
- See the demographic and mapping information that is available through the Economic, Demographic and Statistical Research (EDSR) unit of the Fairfax County Department of Management & Budget and the county's Interactive map gallery.
- 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.
Additional Business Resources
Visit these other resources to help you start, open or grow your business:
Economic Development Authority (EDA)
- Attend the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority’s (EDA) free Entrepreneurship 101: Starting a Business in Fairfax County workshop, and learn about the services offered by the Economic Development Authority and their partner agencies. The class is free, but pre-registration is required.
- The EDA provides reports and publications, including an email digest, newsletter, book, reports and more to help start your business and connect to other local business opportunities.
- For an additional overview of the process of starting a business, see the EDA's Small Business Start-Up Guide
- Check out the free and low-cost resources at the Community Business Partnership and the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity.
Connect with your local Chambers of Commerce and other business resources:
- Small Business Commission
- Commercial Real Estate Services Division
- Community Business Partnership
- George Mason University Small Business Development Center
- SCORE Business Counseling Services
- Small Business New Jobs Program
- Virginia Small Business Development Center
- Virginia Small Business Financing Authority