Start a Business
Orange County is a business-friendly community and an excellent place to start a business. Whether a small or large business, or an entrepreneur, Orange County has the knowledgeable staff and access to resources that can help a business prosper and grow. See our Business Startup Checklist and Resource Directory for a comprehensive look into starting your business.
Start-up phases may include (but are not limited to): identifying the concept; identifying the location; developing a business plan; obtaining a business license; meeting local, state and federal requirements; and gathering important resources. Many helpful resources are listed below.
For entrepreneurs seeking information on starting a business, visit the Virginia Business One Stop and the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CV SBDC). The CV SBDC is a great resource for start-ups and provides a useful checklist for new businesses. New in 2014, the Virginia Community Economic Network designed SourceLink Virginia to provide entrepreneurs with free and easy access to resources.
Orange County takes great pride in its ability to fast-track new business development. Working with the Department of Economic Development, the Department of Planning and Zoning and the Building Inspection Department, a preconstruction plan can be designed and implemented that will keep your project on schedule. From initial permitting to ground breaking, Orange County will ensure that the preconstruction phase of the project is not delayed.
About Business Licenses in Orange County
Orange County and the Town of Orange do not have a Business, Professional and Occupational License (BPOL) tax requirement; therefore, they do not issue business licenses (BPOL) for Orange County businesses. However, the Town of Gordonsville does have a BPOL requirement; contact the Town of Gordonsville Treasurer’s Office for more information:
Town of Gordonsville Treasurer's Office
P.O. Box 276
Gordonsville, VA 22942
Office: (540) 832-2233
As a start-up business, you may need an assumed, fictitious name or "Doing Business As" (DBA) certificate filed with the Orange County Circuit Court. This certificate will also be needed to set up your business' bank account. Contact the Orange County Circuit Court for more information at (540) 672-4030. Also visit Central Virginia Small Business Development Center or Virginia Business One Stop for more information. You may also need to obtain a Federal Tax Identification Number or Employer Identification Number (EIN) for your business. This is a good resource on EINs.
Business Start-Up Resources
A few of the business start-up resources you may need are provided in this quick reference guide. Let us help you with any questions navigating permits and other government processes. It is our goal to connect you with the right resources to help launch your business successfully. Contact our office for more information at (540) 672-1238.