Here to help our small businesses

Whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur or are just starting with an idea in your head, there are many resources throughout the City of Winchester to help small businesses.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Laurel Ridge Community Center offers small businesses and entrepreneurs training, counseling, and regional resources all free of charge. The provide several different services, all of which can be seen on their website. They also host numerous helpful webinars throughout the year.

A major step to opening a small business is obtaining a Business License. This must be applied for before a business can officially be started. Business Licenses can be applied for with the Commissioner of Revenue’s office, located at 21 S Kent St. Their website provides required forms for your business, guides to starting a business in the city, and instructions on what to keep in mind as you set up your business, such as Zoning laws and Tax fees.

The City also offers several incentives for local businesses, such as loans, grants, and exemptions. These are offered through the Economic Development department and the Economic Development Authority. To learn more about these incentives and if you qualify, see our Incentives page.

With the use of a library card, the Handley Library offers Reference Solutions. This software provides access to accurate & complete business and consumer data for job seekers, small business owners, marketing professionals, and researchers. Locals are able to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, read news articles, conduct job searches and research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, and conduct market research. Other free services that Handley Library offers for local businesses are notary services, meeting rooms, Accel 5 program, free wifi and more. Check out Handley Library’s website to learn more.