Market Ashland Partnership is a volunteer business networking organization based in Ashland. The organization offers cooperative advertising discounts and promotions. Monthly meetings held on Second Thursdays of each month at 8:15am at The Supply Room Company (14140 Washington Hwy).

Hanover Chamber is a business association that serves as a liaison to government and provides networking opportunities throughout Hanover County. The organization offers seminars and workshops for business owners quarterly.

Hanover County Economic Development operates the Business First Hanover program to support existing businesses. Staff will visit your business and work with you to sustain or expand. Call 804-365-6459 for assistance.

SCORE Richmond provides education and mentorship for businesses free of charge. The website offers many resources on-demand, and expert in-person mentoring is available by subject area.

US Small Business Administration sponsors regional Small Business Development Centers in Fredericksburg and Charlottesville. The Centers offer in-person and online business resources and counseling. The agency’s website presents a step-by-step guide to create a personalized business plan and financial statements. Business training courses are available through the Virginia website and the national website.

SourceLink Virginia provides an online clearinghouse of business resources for entrepreneurs in all industries.


Town of Ashland Economic Development Authority offers low-interest loans and grants to encourage business growth. Call 804-798-1073 for assistance.

US Small Business Administration offers a variety of loan products. Small Business Development Centers in Fredericksburg and Charlottesville connect clients with these services.

Virginia Small Business Financing Authority offers a variety of loan products. Contact the state office for more information.

US Department of Agriculture offers programs for rural businesses. Call 804-287-1557 for more information.