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How To Start a Small Business in Virginia?

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Selecting the Right Name

The first step to starting your small business is choosing a name for your small business. Make sure to choose a name that is relevant to your industry, or the products/services you offer. It should give your potential customers an idea of what your business is about.

In today’s digital age, having an online presence is crucial. There are many domain names to choose from so be sure that you’ve chosen the right one for your new small business. Check the domain name is available using registrar database sites like Then create an email address with your domain (info@ or contact@ are popular choices) as it will be essential when branding your business.

Register Your Business Name

The second step is to register your business with the Virginia State Corporation Commission. There are many reasons to register your business including:

  • Legal compliance
  • Business name protection
  • Limited liability protection
  • Access to business services and benefits
  • Credibility

Marketing and Branding

The final step is to give Commonwealth Creative Marketing a call to help build your brand by creating you a professional website, designing you an eye-catching logo with high-quality business cards to match. With over a decade of experience helping small businesses throughout Hampton Roads Virginia succeed you can trust that CCM has the knowledge and experience to put you on the map!