Start Your Business

Starting a business can be a daunting task. Choosing the right locality as your business partner is a critical step.

James City County offers small business owners and entrepreneurs a variety of programs and assistance opportunities designed to build a solid foundation for growth. Available resources include:


Launchpad provides entrepreneurs and startups with a comprehensive support process designed to assist and accelerate the successful development and growth of start-up and young companies. This is accomplished through a carefully designed incubation program of business education, targeted services, networking, and other programs designed to help the entrepreneur. In 2018, Launchpad was winner of the Gold Award for Best Business Incubator/Startup Program from CoVaBiz during their Best of Business awards.

Start! Peninsula

Start! Peninsula is a multi-city competition that starts as entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to judges on Friday night. Individuals with the top ten pitches are given needed resources to refine and develop their ideas over the weekend-long event, culminating in a Sunday pitch for a chance to win three top prizes of cash and continued business incubation.

College of William & Mary Entrepreneurship Center

The W&M Entrepreneurship Center focuses on educating, inspiring and supporting individuals in developing the skills and mindset of an entrepreneur.

New ventures in James City County
By providing entrepreneurs with the information and resources they need, James City County has established itself as a destination of choice for new business start-ups.

In the past 5 years, more than 400 start-ups have opened their doors in James City County.
Source: VirginiaLMI

CoreSix, Williamsburg, VA
​"Coresix does business worldwide and is always proud to host customers in this historic and interesting place. We produce glass components that enable the most sophisticated technologies of our times, just a few miles from where the first American-made glass products were blown by hand in 1608."

Alan Graham-Founder & CEO, Coresix Precision Glass