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Welcome to Community Business Partnerships’ Resources page.
We will continue to add resources to help you on your entrepreneurial journey. Check out the resources for the individual considering entrepreneurship, a startup, or small business trying to navigate various growth stages.
- Small Business Administration (SBA)
- Internal Revenue Services (IRS)
- Dept of Commerce – Services for Businesses
- VA State Corporation Commission: (VA SCC)
- If you are starting a business in Virginia or need to be compliant with your company’s annual registration fees, please visit the VA SCC link to learn more.
- Fictitious Name Filing – Don’t have an official filing for your Fictitious (DBA or Trading As) name? If no, use the link to access the VA SCC Fictitious filing process.
- Foreign Entity Filing – IF you formed your company outside of Virginia and are now operating in Virginia, please use this link to add your entity as a Foreign Entity doing business in the Commonwealth.
- Dept of Professional and Occupational Regulation: (DPOR)
- Check out the DPOR site to learn more or to get your professional license up to date.
- Virginia Dept of Taxation
- Learn more about the tax requirements for operating a business in Virginia.
- Starting A Business
- Business, Professional and Occupational License (BPOL)
- Nonresidential Use Occupancy Permit (NonRUP)
- Home Occupancy Permit
- Regulations and Licensing
- Dept of Taxation
Other Fairfax County Resources
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY
- Prince William County Dept of Economic Development (PWCED)
- Starting A Business in PWC
- Business License
- Maryland Business Express – Starting or operating a business in Maryland? Be sure to check out the MD’s site for businesses or use it to update your company’s annual information and fee requirements.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
- District of Columbia Business Division: Business startup and annual compliance site with lots of resources.
Human Resources & FAQs
Q: How do we communicate with customers, employees and partners during this crisis?
A: During a crisis, it is important to keep messages concise and brief as possible while still sharing important info. Here are four steps to effectively communicate during a crisis:
- Gather the Facts. Understand the situation, its components, results and future implications as much as possible.
- Tell the Truth.
- Plan Your Communications.
- Build Communication Skills.
When you communicate, make sure you convey the following:
- We’re Aware – share that you are aware of what is going on and are continuing to monitor the situation as you make decisions for your business.
- We Care – show that you are thinking about the greater good of your employees, partners, and customers through all your decisions.
- We’re Here – communicate how your business is still running and how individuals can continue to work with you whether they are employees, partners, or customers.
Everyone is receiving numerous communications through email, social media, etc. so make sure to only communicate when you truly have something new to share.
Q: When should I file a claim for unemployment compensation benefits?
A: You should file your claim on-line (**preferred method) at www.vec.virginia.gov> after you have been out of work at least 1 full day. If you do not have access to a computer, you can file your claim through our Customer Contact Center by calling 866-832-2363 Monday through Friday 8:15am – 4:30pm. Your claim will be effective Sunday of the week in which you submit your on-line application or file through our Customer Contact Center.
Q: What happens after I complete my unemployment insurance application?
A: Once your claim is processed by the VEC, you will receive three important documents. The Benefit Rights document explains eligibility requirements and what you need to do each week to claim your benefits. The Monetary Determination document shows how much money you may be eligible to receive. You will also receive a PIN. You need the PIN to claim weekly benefits and to make inquiries about your claim.
Q: How much money will I qualify to receive?
A: Depending on your earnings, your benefit amount may range from a minimum of $60 per week for 12 weeks to a maximum of $378 a week for 26 weeks. (Refer to your Monetary Determination)
Q: How soon before I can expect a benefit payment?
A: Beginning with claims effective March 15, 2020, Governor Northam has directed that the one week waiting period and the requirement to conduct a weekly job search both be suspended for those receiving unemployment insurance benefits. If you are eligible for benefits, a payment should be processed shortly after you claim your first full week. You will need to refer to the Benefit Rights document for instructions on claiming weekly benefits.
- Small Business Counseling – Community Business Partnership
- Small Business Counseling – Mason Enterprise Center, George Mason University
- Small Business Counseling – SCORE, Washington DC Branch
- Small Business Counseling – Arlington BizLaunch
- Small Business Counseling – Alexandria Small Business Development Center
- Small Business Resources – Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
- Free Small Business Resource Databases and Tools – Fairfax County Public Library