Useful Links

The list of resources below includes useful information for the local, state and federal levels of government. Information at the state and federal level has been divided by category.

The Stafford Economic Development Office is available to assist you in facilitating meetings with these groups, or you are welcome to contact these agencies directly.

General Resources
Stafford County Government – Visit the Stafford website to find a complete list of County departments, elected officials, and the most recent news and announcement updates.  While you’re on the site, be sure to “friend” the County on Facebook!Stafford Regional Airport – Stafford County eliminated its Aircraft Tax in 2010.  With a 5,000 foot by 100 foot instrument runway, full parallel taxiway, and 25 acres of paved aircraft parking aprons, the 550 acre facilities can house 100 based aircraft and accommodate 75,000 annual operations.

Stafford County Public Schools – The Stafford County school system focuses on strategies that challenge each student to reach his or her potential and to prepare each student to succeed in society.  Learn more about local schools by following the link to the SCPS website.

American FactFinder – The Census Bureau conducts nearly one hundred surveys and censuses every year. By law, no one is permitted to reveal information from these censuses and surveys that could identify any person, household, or business.  Data from a number of these surveys are available in American FactFinder, and can be accessed by following this link.

Bureau of Labor Statistics – A division of the US Department of Labor, the Bureau of Labor Statistics provides data, statistics, publications, news, and announcements regarding the US labor market and its current and past trends.

Virginia Employment Commission and Virginia Labor Market provide community profiles on each jurisdiction in Virginia.  Important statistics on workforce education, demographics, income, etc. for each community.  Check out Stafford!

Business Start-Up Resources

University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – For new and existing companies; small business counseling on marketing, cash management, loan proposal preparation, general business planning – free of charge.

University of Mary Washington Center for Economic DevelopmentBusiness Reference Guide.

 Chamber of CommerceHow to Start a Business in Virginia

Virginia One Stop – Information for starting, locating or expanding a business in Virginia, including entrepreneur training, loan programs, development zones, and incentives.  You can also get answers to all questions related to operating a business in the Commonwealth by calling the Business information Hotline at (866) 248-8814.

Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) – Works to close the innovation gaps within the Commonwealth and nation through a focus on new technologies, entrepreneurs and technology companies.  Visit CIT Entrepreneur for information on GAP Funding and the Federal Funding Assistance Program (SBIR & STTR).

Virginia Department of Business Assistance (DBA) – Get entrepreneur support, including access to capital, business problem-solving, small business formation and growth assistance, and the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.

Virginia Department of Health – The mission of the Office of Environmental Health is to protect public health by preventing the transmission of disease through food, milk, shellfish, water and sewage and to work in partnership with other agencies to protect the environment.  If you are thinking of opening a restaurant or selling foods, click through to this website to find information regarding requirements and contact the regional office.

Virginia Circuit Court – Circuit Courts are located in every city and county in the Commonwealth.  Visit this website to download the Assumed or Fictitious Name Certificate required for some businesses.  For more information regarding this requirement, visit the SBDC or Business One Stop links above.

Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation – The Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation’s mission is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by licensing qualified individuals and businesses, and enforcing standards of professional conduct for professions and occupations as designated by statute.  If your business involves health care, cosmetology, skilled trades, engineering services and many others, you’ll want to check out this website before getting started.

Fredericksburg Regional Alliance – This regional public/private economic development marketing partnership provides CEOs, presidents, corporate real estate executives, and site selection consultants with a single source for comprehensive data and information relevant to the Greater Fredericksburg business community.

Export Virginia – Learn about increasing your company’s bottom line through export sales.  Information and resources are available for first-timers and companies already engaged in selling to foreign markets.

Non-Profit Learning Point – The NLP provides high quality, affordable professional and leadership development for the non-profit community.  Part of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence and VCU’s Division of Community Engagement, the group’s offices are located in Richmond, VA.

Procurement Resources

Electronic Virginia (eVA) – Virginia’s procurement database.  Create a profile for your company, receive notices, and bid on applicable requests for products and services being solicited by the Commonwealth of Virginia and participating localities.

SWaM Certification:  Department of Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) – Apply for Small, Women-owned and Minority-owned business (SWaM) Certification to increase eligibility for set-asides when exploring Virginia procurement opportunities.  SWaM Certification is also awarded to Service Disabled Veterans.

Procurement Training Assistance Programs (PTAP) – Designed to assist companies increase competitiveness when doing business with the public sector, PTAP centers provide services that help companies do business with government at the Federal, State, and Local level.

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Learn about Virginia agriculture and consumer services and the many business assistance opportunities available through the agency.  Also learn more about marketing your product(s) through the “Virginia’s Finest” program.

Marketing Resources

Project 3/50 – A national “shop local” movement designed to support independent businesses, this organization helps to spread the word about how important it is to support a community’s “mom & pop” establishments.  Join the Project 3/50 movement free of charge and enjoy a listing on the 3/50 website.

Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) – VTC allows tourism-related companies (restaurant, attractions, recreation, lodging, dining, meeting facilities, festivals) to post profiles and list special tourism events.  Register for an account to take advantage of these services and submit your information.

Virginia Green – Virginia Green participants have made voluntary commitments to reduce their impacts on the environment.  Travelers who are passionate about preserving and protecting the environment are looking for the Virginia Green logo.  Read about the program, join the effort, and help keep Virginia beautiful!

Networking Resources

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce – The Fredericksburg Chamber serves Stafford County and the other localities in the Fredericksburg Region.  Find information regarding upcoming meetings and events, boards and committees, and networking opportunities on the Chamber website.