Entrepreneurs are people who exercise initiative by organizing a venture to take benefit of an opportunity and, as the decision makers, decide what, how, and how much of a good or service will be produced. An entrepreneur supplies risk capital as a risk taker, and monitors and controls the business activities. The entrepreneur is usually a sole proprietor, a partner, or the one who owns the majority of shares in an incorporated venture.

Are you itching to venture out on your own, but you wonder if you have what it takes to choose the road less traveled? We hope the resources and information here will help you on your journey to becoming a new and successful business person.

Links to the Town of Chincoteague, Accomack-Northampton County Planning District, Eastern Shore Small Business Development Center, and Eastern Shore Community College are listed below for easy navigation of the entrepreneurial waters. A list of services that are currently not being filled within the business community is also provided as a guideline for entrepreneurs contemplating a new business venture on the island.

The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce is ready to help you along the way to reaching your entrepreneurial goals. We offer seminars, workshops, customer service training, and networking opportunities to enhance, educate, and grow your business. Volunteer opportunities within the chamber allow for further ways to meet other business owners who can offer guidance, advice, and mentoring as you mature and grow in your new role as entrepreneurs. Stop in to talk with our knowledgeable staff soon and begin your journey to small business ownership.

Licensing and permits

Eastern Shore Small Business Development Center

Funding Sources

Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission

Eastern Shore Community College


Census Bureau Statistics

Real Estate Agencies



Chincoteague High School 2021 Entrepreneurial Essay Contest – The “Tools to Success” Needed To Be A Successful Entrepreneur on Chincoteague Island – Deadline March 26, 2021
The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Strategic Action Plan adopted in 2018 defined a short-term goal under Business Development to “Find out what the next generation wants in the Town of Chincoteague.” We are reaching out to Chincoteague High School seniors and FBLA members for your valued input. The information from this essay contest will help the chamber further support our business community and will be used to expand the Entrepreneurial Opportunities section of the chamber website www.chincoteaguechamber.com/entrepreneurs .
There are many reasons why individuals choose to become entrepreneurs over the more traditional route of becoming employees. Only you can decide the life that is right for you, but if you were to become an entrepreneur on Chincoteague Island, what ‘Tools for Success’ would be necessary for you to operate a prosperous business?

Winning Press Release

Winning Essay



New Entrepreneurial Opportunities:

Child Day Care or Preschool

Drop In Childcare for Visitors

Bike Repair Shop

Laundromat — open year round

Pet Sitters or Day Kennel

Pony Rides

Uber / Lyft / Taxi Service

Airport shuttle service (from Norfolk & BWI)

Recycling Operations

Marketing / Web Development / Social Media Management

Culinary Tour Provider

Living History Interpreters


Event Management Company




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