Small businesses fuel the Hampton Roads economy. We know that when small business succeeds, the community benefits. Our mission is to ensure that our small business community is equipped with the tools for continuous learning, connection to resources, an environment to enable job growth and creation.
With over 90 percent of Chamber members made up of small companies, we connect Hampton Roads’ business community and help our members grow their businesses through a broad range of best-practice sharing, networking and advocacy programs and events. The Chamber collaborates with companies and organizations to build a strong community for small businesses, their employees, and customers.
Small Business of the Year
Hampton Roads is home to an abundance of top notch small businesses, young entrepreneurs, flourishing startups and small business leaders working every day to strengthen our small business community. The Hampton Roads Chamber annually recognizes small businesses that have demonstrated leadership, creativity, and integrity in operating a successful small business in Hampton Roads.
Recognize your favorite small business, start up or small business leader with a nomination for a Small Business of the Year Award.
The Hampton Roads Chamber is committed to supporting member business development by offering low or no cost educational opportunities on topics of interest to the business community. The Chamber Education Series sessions are intended to provide Chamber members with opportunities for practical up-to-date information and training on topics of interest to business. The series provides members, who are experts in these topics, the opportunity to make connections with other members and increase their visibility.
Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center
The Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a team of business and technical experts available to listen, advise and assist entrepreneurs. Completely confidential and free of charge, the SBDC leverages a wealth of assets and a commitment to entrepreneurship to help set conditions for small business success in Hampton Roads. Hosted by the Hampton Roads Chamber, with locations at the Chamber and at Virginia Peninsula Community College, the Hampton Roads SBDC champions small business in the 18 localities we serve (Williamsburg to the Eastern Shore) by offering business programs, training, access to research and 1:1 advising to entrepreneurs at every stage of their business.