Start a Business

Tazewell County Welcomes You to Our Community

For entrepreneurs interested in starting a business in Tazewell County, we welcome you and want to assist in any way we can with direction and information. Tazewell County promotes entrepreneurship, whether it be a tourism business, an industry business, retail, restaurant, service or any other.

Tazewell County Commissioner of Revenue’s Office

Thank you for choosing Tazewell County as the place to establish your new business. The Tazewell County Commissioner of Revenue’s office is here to assist.  We are available to answer questions and concerns. Please voluntarily register your new business with the Tazewell County Commissioner of Revenue’s office. This registration is not the same as required by state and federal governments, there are no fees involved.

The Commissioner’s office will need the following information:

  • Business Name
  • DBA Name
  • Owner’s Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Location Address
  • Description of Business
  • Phone Number
  • Fax Number
  • Email Address
  • Business Start Date

Access the Tazewell County Business Registration Form. If you have further questions, visit the Commissioner's website at www.tazewellcountycor.org or visit The Commissioner of Revenue’s office on the third floor of the Tazewell County courthouse.

Mail to:

  • Tazewell County Commissioner of Revenue
    101 E Main St Ste 201
    Tazewell VA 24651-1071.

Contact Information for Tazewell County New Business Incentives

  • Economic Development – Mike Thompson: (276) 385-1270
  • County Administrator- Pat Green: (276) 385-1204

Contact the Tazewell County Office of Economic Development or Industrial Development Authority to determine what resources are available to help get your business started. Tazewell County’s Office of Economic Development is located at 108 E Main St Tazewell, VA. The telephone number is 276-385-1270.

Business Plan

Determine the feasibility of your business project and seek financing. In order to obtain financing, you’ll need to develop a business plan that a financial institution or program can review. Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) located on the campus of Southwest Virginia Community College (276.964.7345). Visit http://www.vdba.virginia.gov to download free software that can help you write your business plan. Once you have a draft of your business plan, the Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network can help you improve it.

Register Your Business Name

To obtain forms and file for a factitious name for your business please contact the Tazewell County Circuit Court Clerk’s office at: (276) 385-1222 or go to https://sccefile.scc.virginia.gov/NameAvailability

Licenses/Permits

Tazewell County Does Not Have a Business License, however if your business is located within one of the towns listed below you will need to contact that town because towns in Tazewell County do require a Business License:

  • Town of Bluefield: (276) 322-4628
  • Town of Cedar Bluff: (276) 964-4889
  • Town of Pocahontas: (276) 945-9522
  • Town of Richlands: (276) 946-2566
  • Town of Tazewell: (276) 988-2502 

You may need a special permit or license to operate a business in Virginia.  Go to http://vdba.virginia.gov//Licenses_A-Z.shtml  to verify if the Commonwealth requires a permit or license to operate your type of business.

Contractors Licenses State Board of Contractors: 

1-804-367-8500 or 1-804-367-8511

Or contact the County Building Inspector’s office at:  (276) 385-1215

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You also must also obtain an identification number from the federal government.  Form SS-4 – you will find this form in the Commissioner of Revenue’s office or go to:

http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Employer-ID-Numbers-(EINs)

Virginia Department of Taxation contacts:

1-866-248-8814, 1-804-371-0438

1-804-367-8037, 1-804-367-8031

Local Virginia Representative:  Brenda Justus (276)530-9384

Register With the State of Virginia

You must register your business with the state of Virginia to obtain an identification number for sales tax, employer withholding, corporate income tax, use tax etc. Form R-1 – You will find this form in the Commissioner of Revenue’s office or by going to: www.busihttps://www.business.tax.virginia.gov/VTOL/Login.seamnessonestop.virginia.gov

Helpful Sites to Get Your Business Under Way

The Commonwealth also has a guide on starting a business in Virginia. It can be found at http://www.yesvirginia.org/pdf/guides/EstablishingBusinessGuide11-12.pdf