Supporting our Military Veterans in Business

Hampton Roads is home to one of the largest military populations in the world. From active duty to recently transitioned, veterans represent a rich and diverse pool of workers and business owners. As the home to multiple military installations and facilities, Portsmouth is proud to support our veterans as they build their business legacy as owners of businesses. Portsmouth Economic Development can help veterans start a new business, find a location for a brick-and-mortar space, and connect with resources to support business growth.



Warrant Realty

Warrant Realty was founded in 2013 by two retired Coast Guard Warrant Officers. When owners Richard Barbee and Michael Stevenson, Jr. were looking for a new location to be home to their growing business, they found the perfect spot in the Churchland area of Portsmouth. The Warrant Realty team is active in both the business and veteran community and focuses on representing current and former military in all aspects of the homebuying process. Warrant Realty was honored as the Hampton Roads Chamber 2020 Portsmouth Small Business of the Year.