Chesterfield Wins Innovation in Government Award for “My Business Starts Here”

The Excellence in Virginia Government Awards (EVGA) are presented by VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs to celebrate the accomplishments of Virginians who have made distinctive contributions to the practice of government and to the well-being of our communities and our citizens. Now entering its eighth year, the EVGA has become a hallmark of excellence for both VCU and the commonwealth of Virginia.

At the award ceremony last week, Chesterfield County received the 2012 EVGA Innovation in Government Award for “My Business Starts Here“.

The Chesterfield County Department of Economic Development and the Chesterfield County Public Library combined forces in a unique partnership to develop and implement “My Business Starts Here,” a web-based portal with access to data and information for starting a small business in Chesterfield County.

Potential entrepreneurs can access accurate and specific information needed to facilitate starting a small business. The system is user-friendly and leverages the resources available in the Chesterfield County Public Library with the development information available through Economic Development. The website’s focus is on providing real world solutions. “My Business Starts Here” is an innovative approach that can positively impact not only individuals within the community through potential business success, but also the entire community through improved economic activity.