Business Counseling and Entrepreneurial Assistance

Business Counseling

The Business One Stop tool will ask a few simple questions about your business, then produce a customized list of the licenses, permits and registrations you need plus suggest resources that can help. To begin, just click on the icon above.

If you have questions before, during, or after the Business One Stop process, contact:

The Virginia Business Assistance Center
Toll Free:  1-866-248-8814 

Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center

The Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center offers a number of services for new as well as existing businesses, including:

  • Business planning assistance 
  • Counseling
  • Online resources
  • Veteran assistance
  • Workshops

For more information, visit

Virginia Tech Business Technology Center

The Virginia Tech Business Technology Center (BTC) helps emerging and evolving technology-based businesses assess and quantify their business opportunities. It is a resource available to entrepreneurs and businesses throughout Virginia; and is part of Virginia Tech’s statewide economic development support activities. All work done by the BTC is kept confidential to the client.

The BTC is focused on providing entrepreneurs and small businesses an understanding of and a base for quantifying their business opportunities. It will provide an initial review of a business concept at no cost to the client; and can perform an initial intellectual property assessment at minimal cost.

Typical in-depth BTC projects support the assessment of a business opportunity by providing:

  • Market Research:the data needed to make an intelligent decision
  • Market Opportunity Assessment: determine if there is an audience big enough and willing to pay enough to support a profitable business
  • Competitive Analysis: know who else is trying to meet the same customer need
  • Market Strategy Development: what is the most affordable and least combative way to enter the market
  • Business Plan Development:  determine the near-term plan for the business
  • Financial Modeling & Pro-Forma Development:  estimate of the finances needed to get to a profitable business base

For more information, visit or contact

Dr. Richard Daugherty
2000 Kraft Dr, Suite 2005 
Blacksburg, VA.  24060
Phone: 540-443-9290


VT KnowledgeWorks is a regional business acceleration center serving technology-based enterprises at all stages of the corporate lifecycle. With conference and incubation facilities located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center, VTKnowledgeWorks encourages and supports entrepreneurs, executives, and investors as they plan, launch and grow companies to financial independence.

Programs for Members are divided into two categories according to the evolutionary status of the member company: Pre-Launch and Enterprise.

  • Pre-Launch category – addresses start-up or re-start issues because success or failure of a venture is quite often determined by decisions and assumptions made well before the business is formally launched.
  • Enterprise category – designed for operating companies and seasoned business leaders to share vision, experience, and insight.

For more information about membership and services, visit or contact:

Jim Flowers, Director 
2200 Kraft Drive, Suite 1000 
Blacksburg, Virginia 24060
Phone: 540-443-9100

Contact Us

The Montgomery County Department of Economic Development (MCDED) offers a number of free and confidential services and resources to help companies large and small. We welcome the opportunity to provide direct assistance to companies interested in starting, expanding or relocating a business in Montgomery County, Blacksburg and Christiansburg. Contact us today!