Virginia Beach Economic Development

4525 Main Street, Suite 700

The HIVE - Business Resource Center

The HIVE offers mentorship, networking, and a variety of fundamental resources to support an innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Virginia Beach.

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Access to Capital

Learn more about the small business grants and financing opportunities.

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Thrive @ The HIVE

Thrive @ The HIVE offers workspace and various business resources at no cost to eligible Virginia Beach entrepreneurs to help them succeed and grow.

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Manage Your Workforce

Motivating staff and inspiring loyalty can help you get the most out of your employees. It begins with hiring the right people for your needs.

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See the frequently asked questions for additional business resources.

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Library Resources

From resume-building workshops to business planning guides, the library serves as a valuable hub for professional development and entrepreneurial support in the Virginia Beach community.

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Closing a Business

There are a few administrative items you should complete if you sell, close, or move your business out of the City of Virginia Beach.

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Glossary of Terms

Access the glossary of common terminology and acronyms relating to business plans, accounting, finance, and other aspects of small business.

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Free Workshops

These workshops are accessible to anyone who may be interested in learning, collaborating with community members, and/or growing their entrepreneurial skills.​

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VBePay Portal

With the new VBePay system, existing businesses are able to make payments, file business license renewals and update their information online.

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Documents and Forms

Access this collection of important documents and forms for business licenses, business property as well as tax relief.

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Research Resources

Virginia Beach Public Library has resources and staff to assist you in navigating these resources.

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