Launch & Grow Roadmap

Your One-Stop-Shop for Starting or Growing Your Business

You should put blood, sweat and tears into your business, not the process. We’re here to make it easy on you. To help you through everything from incentives to permits to resources. Get started with these four basic steps, knowing you have the power of the EDA and the City beside you the whole way.


Coming up with a business idea is exciting. Don’t let the hurdles of getting it up and running slow your momentum. With a strong foundation in place, as well as the right connections in the community, you will be positioned for lasting success. Make sure you check off all the items on the To-Do List.

To-do List

  • Business Plan
  • Business Structure
  • Financing
  • Naming
  • Registering Your Business Name
  • Finding a Location


Think of the permitting process as self-defense. Permits assure you and public agencies that everything is on the up and up. That you’re building your business by the book. In doing so, you protect yourself, your employees, and your customers and establish a bulletproof path for your future. Take a look at the To-Do List to see which permits are right for your business.

To-do List

  • Planning
  • Finance
  • Alcohol Licensing
  • Building & Safety
  • Public Works
  • Water
  • Fire
  • State and Federal Registration


Now that you’ve gotten through the proverbial red tape, let’s celebrate! Then let’s launch that business of yours.

To-do List

  • Sign Up for Utility Services
  • Prepare Your Marketing Strategy
  • Plan a Grand Opening


What does growth mean to you? Hiring more employees? Upgrading your office space? Expanding your offerings? Whatever your answer, we couldn’t be more excited to help. Because our job is to help the Newport News residents and community thrive, and your business growth accomplishes just that. So thanks for growing with us. In return, here is a simple list to help propel you into your next chapter.

To-do List

  • Hire Your First Employee
  • Expand or Relocate
  • Façade Improvement Grant
  • Commercial Rehabilitation Tax Abatement
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