Local Chambers of Commerce
There are four local Chambers of Commerce that serve York County: The York County Chamber of Commerce, The Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance, the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and the Hampton Roads Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. These organizations are there to serve the local businesses. Each offers numerous events, activities, sponsorship, advertising, networking, and educational opportunities to its members, all of which are excellent ways to market your business. Examples include monthly business-after-hours networking events, golf tournament sponsorship opportunities, BNI business networking groups, referral groups, discount coupon programs for other Chamber members, and much more. See the different Chamber websites for specific event and marketing details.
York County Government Website
When a new business applies for a business license, their new business name will automatically be listed on the County's Economic Development homepage. This free publicity is helpful for any new business and it allows citizens to see what new businesses have recently opened. Businesses can also submit news stories about their company to be posted on the site.
Local media contacts are listed in the Business Resource Guide (PDF). Free publicity is an excellent marketing tool. If you believe you have a newsworthy story or event regarding your business, contact the media, via a phone call or press release, to attempt to get coverage.
The Retail Alliance
The Retail Alliance is committed to strengthening the retail community in Hampton Roads. They provide many benefits to members through education, advocacy, and products & services. Programs such as LOVEVA Buy Local Initiative and the Center for Retail Excellence education series are invaluable resources to local businesses. We have matching grants for both programs, so it's even more affordable to invest in your business!
Marketing & Promotion Resources
- York County Grand Opening Guide (PDF)
- York County Shopping and Dining Guide (PDF)
- Local Business Networking Opportunities (PDF)
- Marketing and Promotion Ideas Sheet (PDF)
- Google Free Business Listings and Websites
- Doing Business in a GAFA World (Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon) (PDF)