Business Counseling & Resources
The list of useful resources below includes local, state and federal levels of government. The Orange County Economic Development Office may help facilitate meetings with these groups, or you may directly contact these agencies.
Orange County Government
Visit the Orange County website to find a complete list of county departments, elected officials, and the most recent news and announcement updates.
American FactFinder is an online search tool to extract and report the U.S. Census Bureau’s population, housing, economic, and geographic data.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor measures labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.
Electronic Virginia (eVA)
eVA is Virginia's web-based vendor registration and purchasing system that allows state agencies, colleges, universities and local governments to conduct purchasing and sourcing activities for goods and services. Businesses may create profiles, receive notices, and bid on requests for products and services being solicited by the Commonwealth of Virginia and participating localities.
Small, Women- and Minority-Owned Certification (SWaM)
The Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) administers the SWaM Procurement Initiative. SWaM certified businesses benefit from increased eligibility of and fairness in procurement opportunities of state-funded projects. SWaM Certification is also awarded to Service Disabled Veterans.
Procurement Training Assistance Programs (PTAP)
PTAP provides services that help small businesses interested in selling their goods and services to government at the federal, state, and local level.
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS)
VDACS promotes the economic growth and development of Virginia agriculture, provides consumer protection and encourages environmental stewardship. There are many business assistance opportunities available through VDACS.
The 3/50 Project
The 3/50 Project is a national movement designed to support local, independent businesses. The organization helps to spread the word of “saving the brick and mortars our nation is built on.” Joining as a supporter is free and gets your independent business listed on the website.
All Virginia’s Finest products are approved by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Virginia's Finest are Virginia’s top-quality produced and processed products. It is one of the most highly regarded marketing vehicles that gives Virginia companies an added advantage in the marketplace.
Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC)
The VTC serves to broaden interests of Virginia’s economy by supporting, maintaining and expanding the Commonwealth’s domestic and international tourism and motion picture production industries. Businesses may take advantage of VTC’s vast services and marketing resources.
Virginia Green participants have made commitments to reduce their impacts on the environment through recycling, waste reduction, and energy and water conservation. Virginia Green participants practice green activities and are identified by residents and travelers by the Virginia Green logo.
Orange County Chamber of Commerce
The Orange County Chamber of Commerce promotes the general welfare and prosperity of the County through building and maintaining a mutually beneficial network of local businesses, providing valuable assistance and resources to local businesses, and stimulating public support for the business community.
Orange Downtown Alliance (ODA)
The ODA strives to enhance the economic environment of the Town of Orange while maintaining the character and integrity of the town's business district as an attractive place to live, work, and visit. Its activities are focused on promotion, economic development, design and partnership.
Virginia Technology Alliance (VTA)
The VTA’s mission is to bolster the successes of Virginia’s technology industry through: coordination and enhancements of regional technology; advocating important growth and development issues; educating policy makers; and, communicating the economic importance of technology to Virginia's education, civic and business leaders.
Virginia Business Incubation Association (VBIA)
VBIA promotes, encourages, and supports the successful establishment and operation of small business incubation programs to stimulate economic development activity through the creation of new jobs, new investment, and new business formation.