Doing Business in Richmond

Successful companies have found Greater Richmond, Virginia to be extraordinarily business-friendly for 400 years. Ideally situated in the heart of the East Coast economic corridor, the Richmond metropolitan area encompasses nearly 14,807 square km (5,717 miles) and has a population of nearly 1.3 million people.

Today, Greater Richmond is home to 11 Fortune 1000 companies. The diverse local economy produces experienced and productive workers with the skills required for 21st century research, production, and headquarters operations. Greater Richmond offers the cultural and recreational opportunities of a large city with minimal traffic congestion and an average 24-minute commute.

Advantages for International Businesses

There are nearly 150 internationally owned companies representing 29 countries.

All business support services are available with multilingual staff capabilities, including accounting, financial, and legal service providers with international experience.

A wide range of site and building options is available, including prepared sites and buildings in more than 100 office and industrial parks.

International business centers offer short to mid-term leases for offices and suites and access to a network of experienced service providers.

The 34-acre downtown Virginia BioTechnology Research Park is home to many international life sciences companies.

Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital and the location of embassies, consulates, and international organizations, is only 160 km (100 miles) away.

Greater Richmond, Virginia is a dynamic hub of national and international business. Eleven Fortune 1000 companies have their corporate headquarters here. Other internationally acclaimed companies such as Capital One, DuPont, and Hewlett-Packard represent the diversity of industries that thrive here. From biotechnology research to finance & insurance, the Richmond region is host and home to some of the world's most successful businesses.

Virginia has dominated the and best state for business studies, placing either first or second since 2006. The reviews examine multiple objective measurements, including business cost, regulatory climate, quality of the workforce, and economic growth.

It's easy to see the future from here.

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Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc.
901 E. Byrd St., Suite 801
Richmond, VA, USA 23219
(804) 643-3227
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International Cost Comparison

PDF Download Compare startup costs in Greater Richmond and seven other cities. The Directory of Interntationally Owned Firms provides contact and product information for the metro area's foreign affiliated firms.

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