Business Development

With an extremely low cost of doing business, Smyth County is a great place for entrepreneurs to develop a new adventure or reinivgorate a past venture! Whether it is connecting you to the Chamber of Commerce for small business development, guiding you through necessary planning phases, or just answering questions; Smyth County Economic Development office and our partners are here to support you!

Below are a few links to connect entrepreneurs, like you!

Training Opportunities


From small business start-up costs rennovations or expansions, funding your project is always top of mind. Below you can find links to agencies and grant opportunities that provide funding assistance.

Small Business Funding Assistance:

Small Business Administration
People Inc.
Virginia Community Capital
Smyth Strong Grant
Town of Marion – Revolving Loan Fund (Email Ken Heath for more information)

Government Programs

Selling opportunities, better known as “procurement”, exist at the local, state, and federal government levels. There are opportunities carved out especially for certified small, woman and minority-owned businesses as well as Veteran-owned small businesses. Please see the links provided below regarding these opportunites.

Federal Procurement Certification Programs:

Small Business Administration HUBZone Program
Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program
General Information about Small Business Certifications

State Procurement Certification Programs:

Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Business (SWaM)

Additional Local & Regional Resources

Contact us today to learn more.