Starting a Business
Thinking of starting a business? This can be an overwhelming task from conception to development of a business plan, accessing capital, or finding the ideal location. Take a look at our recommended resources below and don’t hesitate to contact our Economic Development Office at (804) 898-3002 for assistance in starting a business or locating your operation in Colonial Heights. Colonial Heights has the knowledgeable staff and access to resources that can help a business prosper and grow.  We can support your efforts and ideas, review your business planning, as well as link you to existing business resources within our region. 

Start-up phases may include (but are not limited to): identifying the concept; identifying the location; developing a business plan; obtaining a business license; meeting local, state and federal requirements; and gathering important resources. Many helpful resources are listed below.

For entrepreneurs seeking information on starting a business, visit the Virginia Business One Stop and the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CV SBDC). The CV SBDC is a great resource for start-ups and provides a useful checklist for new businesses. New in 2014, the Virginia Community Economic Network designed SourceLink Virginia to provide entrepreneurs with free and easy access to resources.

Also, visit our Economic Development Quick Links for resources to assist you in starting your business in Colonial Heights.

Colonial Heights takes great pride in its ability to fast-track new business development. Alongside the Department of Planning and Community Development, Building Inspections, as well as the Department of Public Works and Engineering, a preconstruction plan can be designed and implemented tailored to your business’ timeline. From initial permitting to ground breaking, our staff will ensure that the preconstruction phase of the project is on schedule.

About Business Licenses in Colonial Heights

As a start-up business, you may need an assumed, fictitious name or "Doing Business As" (DBA) certificate filed with the Colonial Heights Circuit Court. This certificate will also be needed to set up your business' bank account. Contact the City’s Courthouse for more information at (804) 520-9364. Also visit Central Virginia Small Business Development Center or Virginia Business One Stop for more information. You may also need to obtain a Federal Tax Identification Number or Employer Identification Number (EIN) for your business. Visit the Internal Revenue Service online to get more information regarding EINs.

Business Start-Up Resources

A few of the business start-up resources you may need are provided in this quick reference guide. Let us help you with any questions navigating permits and other government processes. It is our goal to connect you with the right resources to help launch your business successfully. Contact our office for more information at (804) 898-3002.

Local Level Resources:

  • Department of Economic Development (804) 898-3002
  • Department of Building Inspections (804) 520-9297
  • Department of Planning and Community Development (804) 520-9297
  • Department of Public Works and Engineering (804) 520-9334
  • Department of Purchasing (804) 520-9333
  • Billing & Collections Office (804) 520-9320
  • Colonial Heights Circuit Court (804) 520-9364
  • Colonial Heights Chamber of Commerce (804) 526.5872

State of Virginia Resources

Federal Resources

Additional Resources