Economic Development

Rich Creek Corporate Park SignThe Patrick County Office of economic development is a department of the County government.

Patrick County really is a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family. The area is world renowned for its beautiful scenery and its friendly citizens. For the corporate community, Patrick County offers educated, hard-working employees and a low-cost environment in which to do business.

 Patrick County boasts a quality of life unrivaled in Virginia and possibly the country. Our schools have consistently proven to be among the state's elite. Our health care system is innovative and comprehensive. We are a unique combination of contemporary, cutting edge services and thinking, while retaining the charm of traditional small town America in its friendliest form.

We hope you will accept our invitation to learn more about what Patrick County, Virginia can do to help you be more successful. Come join the Patrick County business family.

Economic Development
106 Rucker Street
P.O. Box 466
Stuart, Virginia 24171
Ph: (276) 694-8367
Fax: (276) 694-2160

Bryce Simmons

Economic Development Director

Business & Resources amid COVID-19

The presence of the Coronavirus in the Commonwealth of Virginia has undoubtedly changed operations from "business as usual". The Governor's Declaration for economic assistance through the Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened up Patrick County businesses to low-interest federal loans through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. For any business that may be interested, information can be found at:

Online business that advertise and gain followers through online media may also be interested in a Facebook Small Business Grants Program at:

At this time, there has been no indication that funding will be made available to the local governments to help business out; however, we do hope and continue to be vigilant towards the economy at hand. To help Patrick County and the Economic Development Authority better prepare for the needs of our community, I ask that anyone with immediate needs to please comment in the Google Form at: 

Starting a Business

Starting a business is very exciting, but it can also be quite challenging and overwhelming at times. There are several resources that can be utilized to help with the process as you formulate your business plan. If you are considering the Town of Stuart as a location for your business, be sure to contact Terry Tilley, Town Manager, at 276-694-3811 to determine any requirements, such as a Town Business License, and/or zoning questions within the Town limits. Patrick County does not have zoning and does not require a business license. The resources below will be helpful with any questions regarding the legal business process in Virginia.

Commonwealth of Virginia's business-one-stop page

Longwood Small Business Development Center

State Corporation Commission

West Piedmont Business Development Center

West Piedmont Business Development Center CEDS List

Virginia Workforce

Virginia Department of Taxation

Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity

Virginia Employment Commission