Expert training helps you develop marketing, cash flow, and operational business plans.
Grow Waynesboro offers training, mentorship, and business planning opportunities year round. Regardless of whether you choose to participate in our grant competitions, we are always committed to providing resources, training, mentorships, and connections to help you launch your Waynesboro business.
Guide to Starting a Business in Waynesboro
A brilliant business idea may begin with an inspiration. We’re here to help you move it forward into reality, with a step-by-step guide to creating a business plan, finding the ideal location, building a marketing strategy, connecting with your customers, identifying local business incentives, and obtaining business licenses and registration.
Visit our interactive, online guide for help every step along the way.
We have developed some important partnerships with local experts to help you grow or start your business.
Starting a Business
Work with a small business expert from the SBDC Navigator Program for a free analysis of your business idea and “start-up” boot camp to give you the basics of starting and opening your business. Connect with us today by completing this short application.
The SBDC Navigator Program is designed for growth-oriented existing businesses that just need a little help. We have partnered with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to offer valuable services to small business owners within the City at no cost to you. Business owners will be paired up with a Navigator from SBDC to go through an assessment process and develop an Action Plan based on the business’s needs for growth. After the initial assessment SBDC will connect you with a local expert to complete the plan.
This program is funded by a DHCD grant and is available at no charge, is limited to the first 20 dedicated clients who want to see a difference in their business, and for projects completed by May 15, 2022. Connect with us today by completing this short application.
Interested in ways that we incentive and support local small business development? We encourage you to check out many of our entrepreneurial support initiatives we offer:
- Facade Grants for businesses located in downtown buildings.
- Enterprise Zone grants (both state and local) for job creation and real property investment within our Enterprise Zone.
- Historic Tax Credits for building renovations.
- Special incentives in our Tourism Development Zone.
- Revolving Loan Fund business development loans.
- Business Planning assistance with the Shenandoah Capital Community Fund and the Small Business Development Center.
- Sidewalk and Landscaping grants.
- And more.
Work with Us
Want customized counseling to help determine which of our services might best match your business needs? We’re here to help and would love to hear from you.