Home-Based Business Assistance
The Home-Based Business Conference and its related Lunch & Learn Series began as programs of the York County Economic Development Office, in partnership with the York County Chamber of Commerce. County representatives learned that two-thirds of York County’s businesses are home-based, a trend that is growing both locally and nationally. In 2018, all six neighboring localities joined together to co-host the conference and lunch & learn series. This strategic partnership allows these nationally award-winning home-based initiatives to reach and assist more local business owners.
Virtual Home-based Business Lunch and Learn Series
Lunch and Learn sessions are free, but require preregistration. Each session includes a keynote speaker and Q&A. The series generally runs the second Wednesday April through October. The Home-Based Business Virtual Lunch and Learn Series is presented by York County, Williamsburg, James City County, Poquoson, Gloucester, Newport News and Hampton.
Home-Based Business Resources & Support
We love our home-based businesses!
In recent years, there has been a substantial increase in home-based business licenses in York County. The data shows that two-thirds of York County's businesses are home-based and that this trend is growing, not just here, but nationwide. The number of home-based businesses in America more than doubled from just 2010 - 2012, with growth continuing upward each year since. Home-based entities are an important sector of York County's business community, creating jobs and generating important tax revenue.
The County partnered with the York County Chamber of Commerce to create the Home-based Business Assistance Program initiative aimed at providing you with the resources and support you need to grow and thrive. This initiative includes:
- Home-based Business Transition Grant
- Business Growth Grant
- Networking opportunities
- Lunch & Learn Series focused on home-based business needs
- The York County Chamber offers tiered rates, office space and conference rooms
Local Home-based Business Resources & Programs
- York County Home-Based Business License Application
- York County Home-Based Business Assistance Programs Flyer (PDF)
- Home-Based Business Website
- York County Home-Based Business Transition Grant
- York County Business Growth Grant
- York County E-Commerce Grant
- York County Google Virtual Grant Tour Grant
- York County Chamber of Commerce Membership
- START! Peninsula - Annual Startup Competition
- Hampton Roads Small Biz Financing
- Launchpad, Greater Williamsburg Business Incubator
State Programs for Starting up and Getting Funding
Home-Based Business Awards & Features
- 2018 Featured Article in The IEDC Economic Development Journal - The Forgotten Sector: Focusing on Home-based Businesses (PDF)
- 2017 NACo Achievement Award - Top 100 Brilliant Ideas at Work Across the Nation
- 2017 VACO Achievement Award - Overall Best Achievement Award Winner
- 2017 International Economic Development Council - Excellence in Economic Development Gold Award Recipient