Local Business Assistance


Ready to start or expand your business in Richmond? Take advantage of our services, which include:

Business Location Assistance

Make DED your first point of contact as you considering locating your business in the city. We offer site selection assistance, customized information packages and connection to the contacts throughout the city you need to help make your decision.  Contact DED today.

Business First Richmond

If you are an existing business, the Business First Program is geared to assist you with your needs. In addition, Business First Richmond engages the business community through face-to-face interviews to keep a pulse on the companies in the city. Learn more.

Workforce Development

The Richmond Workforce Pipeline works with businesses to identify potential workforce in the greater Richmond area and train the talent to meet the needs of the specific business the Pipeline is serving. Learn more.

Start-Up Resources

The Atlantic magazine recently named Richmond a "Start-Up Hotspot" because of it's location and workforce. Start-ups are fully supported by the Richmond community, with organizations such as the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce developing the hugely successful i.e. initiative in 2011. Learn more.

Incentives & Financial Tools

With nearly two-thirds of the city located in the local and state Enterprise Zone, rebates offer businesses significant business savings. The City also offers a strong set of financial tools including Revolving Loan programs. Learn more.

Minority Business Development

Providing equal access to job opportuniities and training programs to emerging and small business programs, as well as support assistance in different languages, the Office of Minority Business (OMBD) and The Hispanic Liaison Office work to strengthen the diverse range of businesses in the city. Learn more.


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City of Richmond
Economic & Community Development

Main Street Station
1500 East Main Street, Suite 400

Richmond, VA 23219