Economic Development

Business Assistance

Smyth County recognizes the significant positive impact that small businesses have on our area. Whether you are looking to expand, relocate, or are just starting out, we want to help your business reach its fullest potential. Below you will find helpful information, links, and contact information that will guide you along your path to success in Smyth County.

The Virginia Department of Business Assistance is the go-to source for information on nearly every aspect of small business in the state. Virginia Department of Business Assistance
Nearby Radford University has developed a great page containing step-by-step advice and how-to information for small business owners on a variety of subjects from human resources to marketing. Radford University
Virginia Business One Stop provides a wealth of information in an interactive format for those wishing to start, expand, or relocate a business, as well as advice on running your business more efficiently. VA One Stop
Looking to establish a business in Smyth County? This guidebook from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership will walk you through the process.
Virginia-Best State for Business
If you think your business could use mentoring of a more personalized nature, we encourage you to take advantage of our great local sources of strategic business assistance and review.
  • The Virginia Highlands Small Business Development Center in nearby Abingdon provides in-person, tailored guidance to local business owners and entrepreneurs:
  •   SCORE © is an organization that provides free small business mentoring through a number of branch offices across the nation. Their local chapter is located at:
    30 Sixth Street 2nd Floor
    Bristol, TN 37260
    (423) 989-4866

In today’s market, businesses must have a streamlined online presence in order to compete. Vectec helps small to medium size businesses develop and implement electronic commerce activities. They also offer matching grants through the Virginia Tobacco Commission to assist companies. For more information on these grants please call (757) 243-8700.
Here is a useful link for information on Virginia business tax policy at the state and local level :

The U.S. Small Business Administration has a useful online tool that helps small business owners identify not only what types of financial assistance they need and qualify for, but also matches them with potential sources of recommended funding.
SBA-Small Business Administration

Other helpful links:
Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise:
Virginia Business Incubation Association:
The Virginia Department of Business Assistance offers many funding opportunities to a variety of different business types. You can find a listing of their funding programs here:
The Manufacturing Technology Center is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to assist the industries of our area with engineering and environmental compliance advice and guidance. Manufacturing Technology Center
Financial Institution and Business Information