COVID-19 Procedures: All business with the Commission should be through electronic filing systems, email, or by telephone. For public health safety, in-person visits to SCC offices are suspended. Filings or other deliveries are permitted by drop off at main entrance. On-site staff is minimal and processing of such deliveries may be delayed.
Resources for New Businesses
This page provides resources to establish your business.
Resources to Help Start Your Business
These resources will help you start your business.
10 steps to start your business. Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions, and completing a series of legal activities. Review this guide from the U.S. Small Business Administration to learn about each step.
Virginia State Bar - Lawyer Referral Service. Making decisions for your new business may require an expert. Seek legal advice to ensure you will operate within the law.
Steps to Starting a Business in Virginia. Doing business in Virginia requires many steps. Visit Business One Stop to learn more.
Most businesses formed in Virginia will need a local business license. You can obtain a license from the city or county where the business operates. Visit the Commissioners of the Revenue of Virginia Association to learn more.
In addition, certain business types may require an industry license or permit (e.g. contractors, insurance agencies, realtors). The SCC does not provide business licenses. You will need to contact the responsible agency.