Essential Resources to Help Your Business Excel
Newport News is a great place for your business. The City is committed to helping new and existing businesses grow and flourish, from financial, information and technical assistance programs and roundtable discussions through our Business Visitation Program to a wide variety of incentives available to new and expanding businesses.
As the fourth largest city in Hampton Roads and the sixth largest city in Virginia, Newport News is a diverse and vibrant metropolitan city, with the conveniences of a small, navigable town. Virginia has been ranked as one of the top states for business.
There are several reasons why your business belongs in Newport News.
- A Resilient and Innovative Economy
- Favorable Labor Climate
- Highly Productive Workforce
- Outstanding Quality of Life
- Nationally Recognized Schools
The business resources provided by the Economic Development Authority and Industrial Development Authority are here to help your business thrive in Newport News.
Get Your Start at Brooks Crossing Innovation + Opportunity Center
The Brooks Crossing Innovation + Opportunity Center (BCIOC) is a unique career and active learning center offering opportunities for visitors in a modern facility of state-of-the-art equipment and experienced professionals. Conveniently located at 550 30th Street, Suite 101 & 102, within the Southeast Community at the Brooks Crossing shopping center, BCIOC operates on the first floor of a new, four-story office building adjacent to Newport News Shipbuilding’s digital shipbuilding offices on the upper floors.
Where Entrepreneurs Come To Work
The Offices @ Two Five & J (The Offices) offers a shared, community-driven coworking space to local entrepreneurs and small businesses and connects them to additional business assistance resources and opportunities in the Hampton Roads area. Memberships at The Offices are available to Newport News businesses and Newport News residents actively establishing a business. The Offices offer the use of a business address, shared open area, conference room, dedicated desks, as well as shared and private office options.
Newport News Department of Development
Expands/diversifies the City’s tax base by attracting new businesses and is also responsible for creating new jobs, retaining existing jobs and helping existing businesses to expand.
Center for Innovative Technology
CIT seeks to close innovation gaps in the Commonwealth and the nation by focusing on new technologies, entrepreneurs and technology companies that make innovation happen.
Future of Hampton Roads – Mentoring for Emerging Companies
A new program in conjunction with Future of Hampton Roads, designed to provide an advanced level of expertise and support to entrepreneurs and businesses
Hampton Roads Procurement Assistance Center
Exists to assist area businesses in establishing themselves to bid competitively on federal, state, and local government contracts.
Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center
Contributes to the growth and development of the economy by providing management, technical and other assistance and information to the Hampton Roads region’s small business community.
A nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small business start, grow and succeed nationwide.
Member-driven association which promotes the healthy growth of retail merchants throughout Hampton Roads and Northeastern North Carolina.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Provides support to small businesses and small-business owners across the nation.
Virginia Department of Business Assistance One Stop
Virginia’s Business One Stop was launched in May of 2008 to assist entrepreneurs in obtaining the information and completing the steps required to register their business.
Virginia Startup Small Business Events
Offers numerous workshops on starting your business and growing your sales, as well as training on social media and using the iPad for business, financing programs and workforce incentives
Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
Advocates and supports the economic and business interests of the Virginia Peninsula and the Region and believes that more can be accomplished on behalf of business and the community through collaboration, communication and cooperation.
The Apprentice School
Founded in 1919, the Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding offers four-, five- and eight-year apprenticeships in nineteen shipbuilding disciplines and eight advanced studies. Apprentices can earn college credits while learning a valuable trade.
Tech Center Research Park
The Tech Center Research Park, located on 50 acres adjacent to the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, provides collaborative space where high-tech companies can carry out advanced research.
Who To Contact
General questions and information
Derek Perry, Assistant Director of Development
Questions, information and expansion opportunities for existing Newport News businesses
Shakir Johnson, Business Retention Coordinator
(757) 597-2840 x 409
Permitting and project technical assistance
Milissa Story, Economic Development Manager (Projects and CIP Coordination)
Business incentive programs
Kathrina Turner, Economic Analyst II
(757) 597-2840 x 402
Low-interest loan and matching grant programs
Tricia Wilson, Business Development Specialist
Site selection assistance
Robin Boyd, Senior Marketing Coordinator
(757) 597-2840 x 406