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Business Resources

Resources for businesses, entrepreneurs and nonprofits.

Small Business

Small Business Q&A 

What resources would be best for finding new customers for my small business in Fairfax County? 

AtoZ Databases and Mergent Intellect, accessible 24/7 via the library website, are best e-resources for market, consumer and company research that the library can offer. 

Where can I find articles on business, management and marketing?

ABI Complete Collection from Proquest and Business Source Ultimate from EBSCO provide access to online archives for thousands of business-related magazines and journals, including Harvard Business Review (HBR). Our downloadable magazine collection from Overdrive includes The Economist, Entrepreneur, Inc. and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazines. 

I need to put a business plan together, where do I start?

How to write a business plan by Mike P. McKeever (658.152 M 2018) and Business Plans Kit For Dummies by Steven Peterson (658.4012 P 2016) would be two good books to start with. Multi-volume Business Plans Handbook is available online via Gale eBooks, one of many library premium e-resources that can be accessed remotely with a library card.  Also available in the reference section at some of the larger regional library branches is the Troy Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios. The City of Fairfax Regional Library has RMA Annual Statement Studies. Both books are used for finding industry ratios when formulating a business plan for a new company. 

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Starting or Running a Business

Laws & Regulations

See also codes, statutes and regulations.


  • Licenses and Permits
    Information for new businesses on the licenses and permits required to do business in Fairfax County, Virginia.


  • Registering a Business in Virginia
    Information on obtaining a Virginia tax account number from the Virginia Department of Taxation.
  • Virginia Business One Stop
    Access to information on license, permit and registration requirements for business start-ups. Maintained by the Virginia Department of Business Assistance.


Government Contracting

Local Area


  • eVA - Virginia's eProcurement Portal
    Learn about selling to the commonwealth and locate current Virginia business opportunities on this site developed by the Virginia Department of General Services.
  • Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program
    A statewide program to help businesses do business with the federal, state and local governments. This nonprofit program is cosponsored by George Mason University and the Defense Logistics Agency.<


  • Contracting
    The U.S. Small Business Administration outlines the steps necessary to do business with the federal government.
  • Federal Business Opportunities (
    A list of current federal government procurement opportunities.             
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