Resources for a new business

Winchester is an independent city located in the northwest Virginia. It is the county seat of Frederick County. As the home to over a dozen historic sites on the National Register of Historic Places, Winchester boasts a thriving tourism industry attracting Civil War history enthusiasts.

Business Environment

  • The Winchester Regional Airport serves the top of Virginia and is an all weather, 24-hour general aviation airport with a full ILS approach system, 5,500’ grooved asphalt runway.

  • Winchester, known as the “Apple Capital,” is one of the largest apple export markets of the nation and the largest producing area in Virginia. The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is head annually, usually during the month of May.

  • The major industries in Winchester, Virginia are education, health and social services, and manufacturing. Kraft Foods Global, Inc, Winchester Medical Center, Walmart, and General Electric Company make up some of the city's largest employers.

Business Structure and Licensing

To start a new business in Winchester, you must first select a legal entity.  To set up an LLC or corporation, you must use the e­file SCC system to submit the required forms to the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC).

All businesses operating in The City of Winchester are required to obtain business licenses. The taxes and licensing fees are payable to the Commissioner of the Revenue.

Businesses that will engage in the sale, lease or rental of tangible personal property are required to register for a retail sales tax permit with the Virginia Department of Taxation.

Business Support From the City

The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber provides active support for business owners in the community and offers programs and services to members that can improve the odds of business success.

For small businesses, Central Virginia SCORE offers business support with local workshops, free mentoring and other tools. Many SCORE offices are located within an equal distance from Winchester with available resources for business owners.


The following links provide resources to help you get started with your Winchester business:

Winchester Chamber of Commerce

Winchester City Census Information

Buy a Business in Winchester

Find Commercial Real Estate in Winchester

Find the Best Winchester Accountant

If you need tax and accounting advise for your Winchester business, call us at (540) 678-9497 for a consultation!