Business Assistance

Steps to starting a Business


In the business-friendly environment of the Town of Abingdon, the process of starting a new company is straightforward and streamlined.


The first step is simple: Contact the Office of Economic Development in the Town of Abingdon

Economic development personnel can provide information about pad-ready sites, available buildings, as well as local and state incentives and workforce development programs to help launch your business and train your employees.


The second step: Check your chosen site’s zoning to ensure it is compatible with your business plan.

Town of Abingdon staff members can help you determine whether the selected site for your business will require rezoning or a special-use permit. They also can walk you through the process of seeking the proper permits and designations. In Abingdon, rezoning requests are referred to the Planning Commission for consideration.  The commissions’ recommendations are forwarded to the Town Council, which act on rezoning applications during regularly scheduled meetings.

Once it is determined that your business is suitable for your chosen location, a site plan will be required. Town staff members can provide guidance on setbacks, building codes, and other pertinent information to help your project move through the approval process expeditiously.


The third step: Register your company with the state.

The State of Virginia requires new businesses to be registered with the State Corporation Commission. This can be accomplished by visiting the Clerk of Circuit Court where your business is located or filling out the online forms at

Your business also should be registered with the Town of Abingdon tax revenue offices.


The fourth and final step: Receive your approval notification.

Once your project has been approved, you may begin operations. Congratulations!


Additional Business Assistance


Located in Abingdon, the Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator provides their clients with business support services and community resources to help new businesses survive and grow during the start-up period.


The Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) offers numerous workshops on starting your business and growing sales, as well as training on iPad for business, technology in business, mobile marketing, financing programs and more.