If you’re interested in starting a small business in Radford, the Office of Economic
Development has put together this guide in order to provide the basic steps needed to turn your
idea into a reality. It lists the offices and departments that you will need to contact in order to
start your business. To help ease the process, you are encouraged to read through this entire
sheet before beginning the process. If you ever have any questions, we are here to help connect
you to the offices, organizations, and resources that can help you be successful in your new
Center For Innovative Technology
The intent of the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) is to transfer technology from the laboratory to the work bench. The goal of the program is to apply technology to improve the performance of small and medium sized businesses by making technological developments available though licensing and cooperative ventures. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Director of the program at (540) 674 -3643.
Chamber of Commerce
The Radford Chamber of Commerce was incorporated in 1944 to provide leadership. To help solve problems facing the community and to serve as a force for constructive change. It is a non -profit action oriented organization serving as the leading spokesman for business in Radford. It dispenses information concerning all aspects of the community and acts as a catalyst in civic activities. The Radford Chamber of Commerce is a major force in promoting the community and in improving the quality of life.
For more information call (540) 639 -2202.
City of Radford Department of Economic Development
The Office of Economic Development was created in 1955 to assist existing and prospective business and industry and to promote the general economy of the City of Radford. The City maintains a full-time office, which is available to assist business and industrial prospects with site locations and contact information. For more information call (540) 731 -3623.
SCORE: the Service Corps of Retired Executives Association, is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and provides free, confidential counseling to entrepreneurs who want to start a business and small businesses that need help, Nationwide. SCORE has 380 chapter locations and additional satellite locations manned by 13,000 experienced business professionals. Locally, the Roanoke Chapter (540) 982-4334: the Radford Satellite, 639 -2202: and the Blacksburg Satellite, (540) 552-4061 are ready to provide service.