Business Support


Collaboration and innovation are an integral part of a business’ success.  In addition to the James City County Economic Development staff, these resources offer a wealth of business support to help your company move forward. Click through the tabs to view different resources.

James City County offers the following programs:
Enterprise Zone (EZ): Local and/or state financial incentives are available to qualified businesses and commercial/industrial property owners located within James City County’s designated Enterprise Zone. Read More

Tourism Zone (TZ): The James City County Tourism Zone, which includes the entire County, provides incentives to both new and existing qualified tourism businesses. Local and/or state incentives are based upon capital investment and real property improvement. Read More

Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRB): Low interest, tax exempt industrial revenue bonds are available for eligible industrial projects through James City County’s Economic Development Authority. These bonds are designed to assist new and expanding industry through convenient, long-term, flexible financing. Contact the Office of Economic Development for more information.


SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business -  This not-for-profit association has been dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship for nearly fifty years.  Supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), this network of 13,000+ volunteers is able to deliver services at no charge or very low cost. www.score.org

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - SBDC professionals assist with business planning, marketing, financial analysis, access to capital, business start-up and other specialized services as requested. The Virginia SBDC helps grow existing companies and start up new companies through one-on-one counseling and group training on a variety of topics.  www.hrsbdc.org

The Peninsula Council for Workforce Development (PCFWD) - The Council’s Number One mission is to identify the workforce development needs of jobseekers, youth, and employers in seven localities, including James City County.  Once the needs are identified they work to implement solutions that specifically address those needs through partnerships with training and education providers.  www.pcfwd.org

Thomas Nelson Community College Workforce Development (TNCC-WD):  delivers quality, market-responsive training specifically designed to meet the changing technical requirements for today’s jobs.  Whether it’s enhancing employee productivity at a small or large business, knowledge to stay current in the field, or a career change, TNCC Workforce Development’s accelerated workforce training, in-demand skills certification programs, customized solutions and online classes offer convenient options to meet the needs of businesses and their employees.  tncc.edu

William & Mary Mason School of Business: Companies and organizations may be involved with Mason in various points of engagement, such as field consultancies, tailored programs, career acceleration modules, advisory boards and executives in residence.  The goal is to ensure the engagement meets the needs of the individual company or organization.  For local businesses, the Mason School of Business is an excellent local resource.  mason.wm.edu/companies/index.php

Virginia Employment Commission (VEC): Recruiting and training new employees can be a big drain on the bottom line of businesses.  VEC’s focus is to help people find jobs and businesses find the right employees. The Virginia Employment Commission Business and Economic Development Team is available to educate employers about the many powerful recruiting resources available, including the Virginia Workforce Connection. The goal of the Connection is to help employers find the qualified employees they need without spending a lot of time or money. The team also provides labor market information for decision makers.

Additionally, the VEC Business and Economic Development Team is a resource for information about Trade Act on the job training, tax incentives and other VEC services.  www.vec.virginia.gov/employers

Virginia Department of Business Assistance (DBA):  The Virginia DBA, created by the Virginia General Assembly in 1996, provides a one-stop-service for technical assistance related to business formation, access to capital, and workforce development. VDBA works with existing businesses as they grow their workforce and mentors entrepreneurs from ideas to launching their first business venture.  vdba.virginia.gov

DBA administers the following:

  • Virginia Jobs Investment Program:  offers financial incentives for existing companies or start up businesses expecting significant growth in the next 3 years; who are expanding in the next 12 months; or are implementing significant technological upgrades affecting a large number of employees.
  • Virginia Small Business Financing Authority: is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s economic development and small business financing arm. They help Virginia’s existing businesses and those businesses that are seeking to come to Virginia through our extensive portfolio of financing programs.
  • Business Information Services: houses a number of programs designed to assist entrepreneurs and existing business owners in obtaining the information they need to establish and grow their businesses.  For those considering starting a business, the Business One Stop online system, free Entrepreneur Express seminars and “Starting a Business” business plan software can be a valuable asset.  For owners of existing Virginia businesses, the free Growing Sales seminars and One-on-One technical assistance sessions offer your business the tools you need to grow.

Virginia Department of Labor & Industry, Apprenticeship Division:  The Virginia Registered Apprenticeship program is a training system that produces highly skilled workers to meet the demands of employers competing in a global economy, through a combination of on-the-job training and theoretical classroom instruction.  It is a “win-win” approach to workforce development.  www.doli.virginia.gov

Virginia Economic Development Partnership/International Trade (VEDP/IT):  VEDP promotes international trade for companies and professional firms throughout Virginia for new and experienced exporters by helping to identify potential markets, develop market entry strategies, and locate distributors and representatives for products, goods, equipment, technology or services.  For little to no cost, Virginia businesses can access a global network of consultants, market visits, one-on-one counseling, and the award-winning VALET program.  exportvirginia.org

Internal Revenue Service (IRS): The IRS offers a Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center that may be helpful for the financial parts of running a business. Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center

Print Friendly