Economic Development

Smyth County has gained a reputation through the decades for supporting industry and business, both existing and new.  From the early days of the extract plant at Teas, the brick plant at Chilhowie, the Look & Lincoln wagon making company in Marion and the salt works and Mathieson Alkali (Olin Corp.) in Saltville, the County has been a home to many growing and successful manufacturing operations.  Today, we have a strong employment base including such well-known companies as General Dynamics, Utility Trailer, Royal Mouldings, TRW and United Salt; and many home-grown successful businesses including Smyth County Machine and Welding, Marion Mold and Tool, and C & A Fabricating to name only a few. We embrace our industrial roots and would love to help you in any way we can no matter how large or small your business.


Smyth County is located in the lower portion of the Great Valley of Western Virginia. Interstate 81 runs through the county's central valley, and intersects with Interstate 77 approximately 25 miles northeast of the Town of Marion. Three towns are located in Smyth County: Marion (the county seat), Chilhowie, and Saltville.

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 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.

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.  For more information please call (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.

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.
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. 

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Michael Carter, County Administrator
121 Bagley Circle, Suite 100
Marion, VA  24354
Phone:  (276) 783-3298 ext. 8301
Fax:  (276) 783-9314


Enterprise Zone Information
Tax Rates
Mount Rogers Planning District Commission
Virginia Economic Development Partnership Incentives
Virginia Business Incubation Association
Virginia Business Tax Policy
Virginia’s Career Readiness Certificate
Virginia Department of Business Assistance
Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise
The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission
GENEDGE Alliance 

For more information please contact:

Michael Carter, County Administrator
121 Bagley Circle, Suite 100
Marion, VA  24354
Phone:  (276) 783-3298 ext. 8301
Fax:  (276) 783-9314