__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________WHAT IS THE SMALL BUSINESS PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM?
Whether you are looking to build a new structure or move into an existing space, the Small Business Project Management Program can let you know what to expect and help guide you through the steps it takes to get there.
HOW DO I QUALIFY?
We understand navigating starting a new business can seem daunting. If you do not know where to begin, we encourage all customers to visit our Early Assistance Desk for prompt assistance and expedited services. They'll explain the step-by-step process and point you to a team of experts and/or the Small Business Project Management team, who are notified by our E-Alert system and ready to serve.
WHERE IS THE SMALL BUSINESS PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM LOCATED?
The Small Business Project Management Program is in Room 105, Development Services Building. For contact information click here and for driving directions click here.
WHERE DO I START?
Build your business with our team of experts that are ready to help streamline your process. Benefits include:
- Experienced professionals working closely with your project team
- Expertise, checklists and practical strategies
- Professional advice and knowledgeable conversations
- Extensive support over the length of the project
- Guidance on how to prepare efficiently for your next assessment
- Customer follow-up to ensure all aspects and expectations are met
- Every step covered from guidance on hiring a contractor to obtaining a permit for your Grand Opening Event!
STEP 1: BEFORE PURCHASING A BUILDING OR SIGNING A LEASE
Determine the existing conditions of your selected property and how they may impact your type of business, by asking the current owner/lessor. Contact us to confirm your findings and determine the impact, before deciding and commencing the regulatory process to open your business.
STEP 2: SELECT YOUR PROJECT MANAGEMENT TEAM
Selecting an experienced project manager is essential to ensuring you 'Open on Time, on Cost' based on your agreed Scope of Work to make your business operational. Your project manager will typically handle the entire process from purchasing/leasing property, design, permitting, construction and inspections. Failing to get this right will result in avoidable delays.
STEP 3: OBTAIN AN ESTIMATED PROJECT BUDGET & SCHEDULE
When you have selected your Project Manager it is critical to establish how you need the space to be designed for your business. Once a realistic Scope of Work is established, your Project Manager can provide and estimated project schedule and budget.
Meet with one of our professionals to ensure your project meets with Code Regulations; help you understand the process; and address any other concerns. Then it is time to submit your plans for County approval!
STEP 5: SMALL BUSINESS PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM – A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDED PROCESS
Our team of experts are here to guide your project through the County approval process and assign you a Project Manager that will remain your project point-of-contact through to completion.
STEP 6: FOLLOW-UP SITE VISIT
Ensuring customer satisfaction and on-time delivery is very important to us. The Commercial Development Administrator will be in touch in the initial days of opening your new business. In the meantime, please contact us anytime.
"Thank you for helping me whenever I come to you will all my questions! I appreciate your great customer service and friendship."
Weber Rector Commercial
"We just completed another smaller building project and wanted to compliment your team for all their expertise and guidance. Ricky O'Connor was just fantastic with his knowledge and navigation through the process. Ricky made numerous follow up calls just to make sure the project was going smooth and if we needed anything. Joe Allen and Stan Otis, the electrical and building inspectors also did another outstanding job. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate them going behind the contractors to make sure the job was done correctly. Being a business owner in the County and not up on all the changing construction requirements; your team was extremely valuable in expediting the entire project. Your department has truly evolved into a great business partner within the County and I look forward to our next project in Prince William. Thank you again."
MJ Robic Companies
Starting a New Business
Joint Occupancy Evaluation Program
Existing Building/Tenant Space
Expedited Plan Review Program
Other links outside of Prince William County website
Prince William County Service Authority
Virginia American Water
Virginia Department of Health
Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Virginia Department of Transportation