Steps to Launching a Business

New business owners should always seek the guidance of a professional tax consultant, accountant, and/or attorney to verify all legal requirements are met before operating a business. A little effort now can save you a lot later!

Virginia offers an online registration system on this website that can accomplish this task for most users. If your business structure is too complicated for the online system, or if you are starting a non-profit organization, the forms must be filled out and filed manually with the State Corporation Commission, a lawyer can help you with this.

(Special Note: Business One Stop auto-fills State Corporation Commission forms for you to print and file. However, if you are registering a new LLC or corporation in Virginia and only need to file your Articles of Organization or Incorporation, you can file those Articles electronically.