Making the initial decision to start a business is a quick and “easy” one – what comes next is the hard part, as you will face an overwhelming number of choices and decisions as
you progress through creating, establishing, and maintaining your business.
Below, you will find a number of small business resources that we hope will assist you in navigating the uncertain and oftentimes confusing world of small business formation and management.
Small Business Resources List
Local Chambers of Commerce
Business Advocacy Groups
- The Fairfax Small Business Commission (SBC) was created by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to advise and assist the Board, county executive, and county purchasing agent on any matter that will enhance the capability of small, minority and women-owned businesses, and those owned by service-disabled veterans, to succeed.
- Success in the City is an executive women’s organization for smart, unique, and driven
women. The group focuses on celebrating women’s success and
accomplishments and providing a rich network of shared experiences, and
- The Small Business Administration is an independent agency of the federal government, which works to help Americans start, build, and grow businesses. Among other things, the SBA offers Business Guides by Industry!
- The Community Business Partnership works to help small businesses start and grow. The Partnership provides educational and support services to small businesses in Fairfax County and beyond.
Mentors and Advice
- Washington DC SCORE is the DC area’s chapter of SCORE – a premier source of free and confidential business advice for entrepreneurs and small businesses, dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE volunteers provide mentoring, and low cost workshops.
- Alexandria’s Small Business Development Center provides counseling, training, and information in a wide variety of subjects related to small business management.
- The Mason Small Business Development Center assists over 500 local small businesses each year, providing one-on-one counseling to small businesses, at no cost!
- The Women’s Business Center of Northern Virginia is a proud program of the Community
Business Partnership, Inc., (CBP), a non-profit organization founded in 1995. In addition to the Women’s Business Center of Northern Virginia, CBP also hosts a Small Business Development Center – serving existing businesses; the Business Finance Center – making microloans, connections to bank loans and alternative funding; and a Business Incubation Center – offering office space, room rentals, mailbox services and more.
*Please note that Gelber & Associates, PLLC does not necessarily endorse the services of any of the small business resources listed above, but merely hopes to provide those in need with
some information to help them!