Small Business Resource Center


Are you small business in Smyth County? Perhaps you are wanting to start a small business and you ready to get started. Either way, you have come to the right place! Below are a list of tools to help you get started!

Chamber Tools
Event Submission Tool – Do you have an event that you would like for the community to know about? Fill out this form and we will put it on our website calendar and our weekly event newsletter!
Press Release Tool – Do you have news to share? Let us help you get the word out! Fill out this form to share your news with the local papers, and our members!

Resources in Smyth County

The Bank of Marion Business Banking “Our commitment to supporting local business development is evident in lending services that are expressly tailored for businesses in the communities we serve. While some big banks are curtailing their lending to smaller businesses, we have strengthened ours. Companies of all sizes have come to depend on our long-term relationships that help them build solid businesses now and for the future.”

New Peoples Bank Banking for Business “Powerful business banking tools at your fingertips” (Local Contact: 276-646-2700 – Ask for Tammy Fletcher)

Smyth County Economic Development “Smyth County has gained a reputation through the decades for supporting industry and business, both existing and new. We embrace our industrial roots and would love to help you in any way we can no matter how large or small your business.”

Town of Chilhowie – Starting a business in Chilhowie, Virginia? This is a good place to start!

Town of Marion Pop Up Business Boot Camp “Interested in starting your own business, but you’re not sure how to go about creating your dream business?  We’re here to help!  Marion’s Community and Economic Development Department offers a  five -week class designed for new business owners and entrepreneurs who are looking to start their own business and have a basic understanding of developing a business plan. This includes the potential of up to $5,000 in grant monies to assist with starting your own business!”

Town of Saltville“Saltville has historically been an industrial town, but modern-day Saltville is now home to manufacturing and service industries as well as a growing tourism industry.”

Wells Fargo Small Business Center“The Wells Fargo Works website is our online resource center dedicated to the small business owner. By delivering a wide range of products, resources, and guidance, we help small businesses take steps towards achieving their goals.” (Local Contact: Selena Sisk selena.sisk@wellsfargo.com)

Regional Resources

Accelerating Appalachia “A nature-based business accelerator, connecting innovative businesses, investors and mentors aligned with people, place and prosperity. We attract and scale high-impact, seed-stage businesses in the following sectors: Farming, Food, Clean Energy, Forest products (natural building) and non-timber forest products (ginseng, mushrooms, fruit & nut trees), Fiber/ Textiles, Craft Brewing/ Distilling, Botanicals/Wellness, Outdoor Industry, and more.

Opportunity Southwest Virginia “Join SWVA communities as we take our next economic leap, working together to build a prosperous region. Entrepreneurs are a key partner in emerging local and regional strategies, and our stewardship of this place—our towns and cities, our rivers and mountains—make Southwest Virginia a worthy investment. You can find your SWVA opportunity right here.”

People, Inc. Community Economic Development – “People Incorporated links entrepreneurs, individuals, and families to financial services, affordable housing and transportation to develop a more prosperous, sustainable and viable economy throughout Virginia.

U.S Small Business Administration “Whether you’re already up and running or just getting started, we can help. Come take a look how.”

Virginia Community Capitol“We partner with organizations and individuals to provide financial resources and advisory services for projects designed to have a positive impact in their community. We are a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with a mission to create jobs, energize places, and promote an enhanced quality of life for Virginians.  Let’s do more, together.”

Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development “DHCD has several programs that can help develop a new business or expand your current business. Below is a list of programs that may meet your needs.”

Virginia Small Business Financial Authority “The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority (VSBFA) is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s business and economic development financing arm.  Aligned within Virginia’s Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity, the VSBFA offers programs to provide businesses, not-for-profits, and economic development authorities with the financing needed for economic growth and expansion throughout the Commonwealth.”

Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program“The Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program is designed to stimulate new tourism marketing programs through the creation of tourism partnerships and to extend the “Virginia is for Lovers” campaign. The objective of this program is to leverage limited marketing dollars, resulting in increased visitor spending, revenue, and jobs.”