Business Support

Woman works at B&F CeramicsStafford is a competitive and business-friendly community with simple processes for opening and operating a business. Getting started here couldn’t be easier with:

  • No business, professional, and occupational license (BPOL)
  • No Machinery & Equipment tax (eliminated in 2014)
  • Access to knowledgeable County staff and a wide variety of helpful public resources

The Stafford Economic Development Department is the first office you should contact for detailed information regarding the business start-up process.  Reach the office via phone at (540) 658-8681, or email at

Quick Links

Starting, Relocating, or Expanding a Business

Find information about the local business start-up requirements, regional and state resources, workforce, quality of life and available infrastructure.

Expansion: For more space, additional capital investment in property, building or equipment, growth in employment, or any combination of the three.  If you anticipate or are in the process of such a transition, please contact the Economic Development staff and allow us to guide you through the public sector aspects of your local growth.  Economic Development can also facilitate workforce development and training assistance.

Financial Assistance

Stafford County offers a competitive and affordable environment for doing business.  A free business registration process and several tax breaks makes Stafford a desirable location for any company operation.

The Stafford County Economic Development Authority also offers an Industrial Revenue Bond program for qualifying companies. To discuss your needs and the available options in greater detail, please contact the Economic Development Office.

Resources & Useful Links

Connect to US Census data, business development tools, community profiles, employment resources…the list goes on!

“I chose to relocate to Stafford County in 1987 because of its proximity to Washington and Richmond and the opportunities it held to start and grow a business.  I opened Stafford Printing, bought a home in Falmouth and, 25 years later, I’ve never regretted either decision. Stafford County is a wonderful place to live and the business climate is second to none in the region. But it’s the people who make Stafford County the place to live and work in the area. Stafford County is more of a community than just a place on the map.“

Howard Owen, President
Stafford Printing