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Business One Stop

The Business One Stop tool will ask a few simple questions about your business, then produce a customized list of the licenses, permits and registrations you need plus suggest resources that can help. To begin, visit their website at

If you have questions before, during, or after the Business One Stop process, contact:

The Virginia Business Assistance Center
Toll Free:  1-866-248-8814  

Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center

The Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center offers a number of services for new as well as existing businesses, including: 

  • Business planning assistance
  • Loan packaging assistance
  • Sources of business financing
  • Marketing assistance
  • Census, economic and business data
  • Financial analysis
  • Small business training workshops
  • Business consulting

For more information, visit or contact:

Mr. Bart Smith, Director
210 South Jefferson Street
Roanoke, Virginia 24011
Phone 540.983.0717 Ext. 102

VT KnowledgeWorks

VT KnowledgeWorks is a regional business acceleration center serving technology-based enterprises at all stages of the corporate lifecycle. With conference and incubation facilities located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, VT KnowledgeWorks encourages and supports entrepreneurs, executives, and investors as they plan, launch and grow companies to financial independence.

Programs for Members are divided into two categories according to the evolutionary status of the member company: Pre-Launch and Enterprise.

  • Plan category- components help market-worthy ventures organize, formulate strategy, and obtain outside investment.
  • Launch Category – addresses recruitment, finances and locating the perfect business venue.
  • Grow category– emphasize strategic support for ongoing growth, continuing intra-preneurship, and professional development for the corporate leader. 

For more information about membership and services, visit or contact:

Jim Flowers, Director 
2200 Kraft Drive, Suite 1000 
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060
Phone: 540-443-9100


Techpad is a technology focused coworking and hacker community. Conveniently located in downtown Blacksburg, across the street from Virginia Tech, they love start-ups, teleworkers and driven entrepreneurs. 

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