Find support for your business.

At the Office of Economic Development and Tourism, we are in the business of supporting your business. From offering support programs to equipping you with the tools you need to prosper, we are here for you. 

In addition to the support we offer as a department, the Office of Economic Development along with the Economic Development Authority of the City of Lynchburg can connect you with many programs and services to help you jumpstart your career and business.

Downtown Lynchburg Association

Downtown Lynchburg Association is an accredited program of the Virginia Main Street and the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The DLA tackles new and recurring challenges to developing downtown Lynchburg and generates marketing initiatives, public space improvements, business engagement programs, cultural events and more to drive vibrant growth to the area.

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Lynchburg Business Development Centre

The Lynchburg Business Development Centre provides development services to small business owners within the Region 2000 area. The Business Development Centre’s three primary focuses are: business incubation, counseling and business-related training classes, and direct financing to small business owners.

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Economic Development Authority of the City of Lynchburg

The Economic Development Authority is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia and serves as the incentive arm of the City of Lynchburg. The Economic Development Authority actively pursues investment and development opportunities and works to elevate the economic profile of the city.

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Office of Economic Development & Tourism

The Office of Economic Development and Tourism is the City of Lynchburg’s economic development and tourism agency. With a focus on developing people and place, staff leads business retention, expansion and attraction efforts, entrepreneurship and tourism initiatives, and business marketing and promotion for the City.

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Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance

The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance represents the Lynchburg, Virginia, MSA, which includes Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell Counties, as well as the towns of Altavista, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Brookneal, and the city of Lynchburg. The Alliance focuses on promoting start-ups, business expansion and retention, new job creation, workforce development and more.

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CO.STARTERS is a nine-week program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships and tools needed to turn business ideas into action. A nationally-recognized program, CO.STARTERS walks prospective business owners through the various facets of brainstorming, pitching, financing and launching a business.

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Central Virginia Business Coalition

The Central Virginia Business Coalition, formerly the Lynchburg Retail Merchants Association, promotes locally owned retail businesses. The CVBC provides education, support, resources and the promotion of smaller organizations who may not have the financial or network support available.

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SCORE - The Greater Lynchburg Chapter

A local chapter of a national volunteer network, SCORE provides business professionals with free and confidential business mentoring services as well as low-cost workshops for entrepreneurs. The local Lynchburg SCORE chapter represents over 200 years of real-world experience in a variety of industries and specialties.

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Small Business Development Center - Lynchburg Region

The Small Business Development Center provides counseling and education for small businesses and business owners in the Lynchburg region. The SBDC is headquartered at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) but represents Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell Counties, as well as the City of Lynchburg.

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View the NaviGrid resources

Ready to know how these programs and services can help? Whether you need legal assistance, office space or financing, we’re here with the resources you need to succeed. Our NaviGrid tool is a resource designed to help business owners get the most out of their local government to find the support they need.

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