LAUNCH

Congratulations – you are almost ready to launch! Before you do, take this time to tackle some administrative tasks.

Get connected to the business development and business support organizations that can help you promote, launch, and grow your business.

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  • Fairfax County is home to more than 20 chambers of commerce and nonprofit development organizations. Search this interactive map or the Fairfax CORE Resource Navigator by zip code to find the closest business support organizations, or by keyword: business development
  • More than 200 trade associations and business development organizations are located in the area. See the list here.
  • If your business involves a destination activity, search the Fairfax CORE Resource Navigator using the keyword: destination to find your locality’s Destination Marketing Organization which may be able to promote your business.

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  • If your business is a retail or restaurant business, sign up for STAMP, a comprehensive collection of webinars, workshops, virtual one-on-one sessions, hands-on initiatives, and resources designed to address your specific needs. Search the Events calendar, using keyword: STAMP, or connect with the Mason SBDC in the Fairfax CORE Resource Navigator.

 

Consider who your clients/customers are and how/where you can best find them. Choose your platform(s) based on your industry.

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By now, you have identified several Fairfax CORE resource partners. As your business grows, your needs will change, at the same time, the resource partners’ offerings are expanding. Be sure to sign up for newsletters and email blasts so that you are aware of new opportunities.  Some to consider include:

Fairfax County Department of Economic Initiatives Electronic Newsletter

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority E-Newsletter

SFDC, MSBDC, BFC, WBC, FEP, Fairfax City, Town of Clifton, Town of Herndon, Town of Vienna

Will you have a grand opening event? Make sure that you will have all of your inspections and permits in time to open. For most businesses in a commercial location, that means you will have a Non-Residential Use Permit/Occupancy Permit (“NonRUP”) before you open.

If your grand opening includes activities that are not part of your usual business model (for example, food service, bounce houses, live animals) be sure to ask whether additional permits may be necessary. See the Connect section below for details. (Natalie/Karen/Evan/Nicole – is this you, or your permitting offices?).

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If your business is in a commercial location and is a destination business (members of the public visit your business for an activity or event) each locality has a destination marketing organization which may be able to help promote your activities. Search the Fairfax CORE Resource Navigator, keyword: “Destination”

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Some of the commitments you may want to track include: permit/licensing renewals/expirations, loan payments, inspections, tax filing deadlines, and networking/education opportunities. Also make a commitment to revisit and update your business plan anually.

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