One of the core missions of the Downtown Lynchburg Association and the Main Street program is to strengthen the community's existing economic assets while diversifying its economic base.

This is accomplished by retaining and expanding successful businesses to provide a balanced commercial mix, sharpening the competitiveness and merchandising skills of business owners, and attracting new businesses that the market can support. Converting unused or underused commercial space into economically productive property also helps boost the profitability of the district. The goal is to build a commercial district that responds to the needs of today's consumers.

Downtown Quick Facts

  • 67 Blocks

  • 40 Restaurants/Specialty Food Stores

  • 35 Retail Stores

  • 288 First-Floor Storefronts

  • Approximately 939 residential units with 90%+ occupancy

  • Approximately 5600 workers employed in the district

Below are quick links to partner organizations that can help you get started on Downtown Lynchburg. Our staff is always available to discuss your downtown dreams with you.

Lynchburg Office of Economic Development

900 Church Street
(434) 455-4490

The Lynchburg Office of Economic Development and Tourism (LOEDT) and the Economic Development Authority continued to implement progressive initiatives and incentives to promote Lynchburg’s business community, centered around eight key areas: Business Attraction, Business Retention & Expansion, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure, Talent Development, Economic Empowerment, Lodging & Dining, and Visitor Experience.

Business and people prosper here. We invite you to find out why.

Commissioner of the Revenue

900 Church Street
(434) 455-3870

The Commissioner of the Revenue is a locally elected Constitutional officer responsible for administering various local tax programs, including personal property tax, business tax, business licenses, meals and lodging, and others.

Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance

2015 Memorial Avenue
(434) 845-5966

The Lynchburg Regional Chamber is the region’s largest business association whose mission is to provide programs and services that strengthen member businesses and stimulate regional prosperity.

Small Business Development Center

Central Virginia Community College
3506 Wards Road
(434) 832-7607

Central Virginia Community College the proud host of the Region 2000 Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The Region 2000 SBDC is an effective provider of customized counseling and education for small businesses in the region. You can meet in private with a certified business analyst to discuss your specific issues. Or you can attend small-group trainings for in-depth presentations on critical management topics.

Business Development Center

147 Mill Ridge Road
(434) 582-6100

The services of the Business Development Centre are available to business owners and prospective business owners in the cities of Lynchburg and Bedford, the towns of Altavista and Amherst, and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell in Central Virginia.

Greater Lynchburg SCORE

147 Mill Ridge Road, Suite 122
(434) 582-4560

SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Local chapters provide free mentoring and low-cost workshops in their communities. Both working and retired executives and business owners donate their time and expertise as business counselors.

Central Virginia Business Coalition

147 Mill ridge Road
(434) 528-1732

Central Virginia Business Coalition is dedicated to promoting locally owned retail establishments and service providers. It helps fuel the local economy and preserve the unique character of our area. Many studies have been conducted about the importance of buying local and supporting your neighbors. Local businesses are the largest source of new jobs across the country and help keep money circulating locally.