Start a Business

For entrepreneurs interested in starting a business in Montgomery County-Blacksburg-Christiansburg, a range of resources exist to help in your new venture.

Local Business Licenses

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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
  • Counseling
  • Online resources
  • Veteran assistance
  • Workshops

For more information, visit

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.

  • Pre-Launch category – addresses start-up or re-start issues because success or failure of a venture is quite often determined by decisions and assumptions made well before the business is formally launched.
  • Enterprise category – designed for operating companies and seasoned business leaders to share vision, experience, and insight.

For more information about membership and services, visit

Need a place to start a business?

Check out, a multiple listing website for commercial real estate in Montgomery County-Blacksburg-Christiansburg, Virginia.  Search for available sites and buildings suitable for a variety of commercial uses, including: office, industrial, lab, hotel/motel, retail and restaurant.   

Contact Us

The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development (MCDED) offers a number of free and confidential services and resources to help companies large and small. We welcome the opportunity to provide direct assistance to companies interested in starting, expanding or relocating a business in Montgomery County, Blacksburg and Christiansburg. Contact us today!