Marketing Resources

Marketing Ideas for Your Small or Home-Based Business

Click the heading above for inspiration and tips covering social media, networking, your website, promotions, and more. 

This Website


When you start a new business and apply for a business license, we will list your new business name the County's Economic Development homepage. This is free publicity for you, and it allows citizens to see what new businesses have recently opened. You can also submit news stories about your company to be posted on this site.


Local Media


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.

Local Chambers of Commerce

There are four local Chambers of Commerce that serve York County. These organizations are here to serve the local business community. 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 each Chamber website for details.

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! 

Other Helpful Links and Documents