Small Business

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The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is committed to supporting small businesses in the Fifth District. This web page highlights our programs and resources aimed at helping small businesses access the technical and financial resources they need.  They are categorized by location: VA, MD, NC, SC and WV. 

The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond began organizing a series of technical assistance programs for small businesses in 2010. We were motivated by small businesses who shared their challenges with finding sufficient credit during an economic downturn and from financial institutions that regularly interact with small businesses searching for credit. We partner with a variety of organizations, including nonprofits, government agencies, and financial institutions, as well as other Reserve Banks across the United States.

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Community Development
(804) 697-8631


The Richmond Fed, in partnership with the Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Kansas City, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and St. Louis Federal Reserve Banks, conducts an annual survey of small business owners. Read the 2015 Reports on Employer and Nonemployer Firms here. The 2016 Report on Employer Firms is forthcoming.