Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program; created. (HB321)

Introduced By

Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave) with support from co-patron Del. David Ramadan (R-South Riding)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program. Creates the Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program, a pilot program administered by the Secretary of Commerce and Trade to improve outreach by state government to the private sector. The objectives of the program are to (i) strengthen coordination and interaction between state government and the private sector on issues relevant to entrepreneurs and small business concerns and (ii) make state government programs and operations simpler, easier to access, more efficient, and more responsive to the needs of small business concerns and entrepreneurs. Under the bill, entrepreneurs-in-residence serve without compensation but, at the discretion of the head of the agency they were appointed to serve, may receive reasonable and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties. The program was created by Chapter 788 of the Acts of Assembly of 2013 but will not become effective unless reenacted by the 2014 Session of the General Assembly. The program has a 2017 sunset date. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/02/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14103069D
01/02/2014Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/10/2014Assigned App. sub: Agriculture, Commerce, Technology and Natural Resources
01/20/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB321)
01/22/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB321)
01/27/2014Reported from Appropriations with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2014Read first time
01/30/2014Read second time
01/30/2014Committee amendment agreed to
01/30/2014Engrossed by House as amended HB321E
01/30/2014Printed as engrossed 14103069D-E
01/31/2014Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
01/31/2014VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2014Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/05/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB321E)
02/10/2014Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (15-Y 0-N)
02/11/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/12/2014Read third time
02/12/2014Reading of amendment waived
02/12/2014Committee amendment agreed to
02/12/2014Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/12/2014Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 0-N)
02/13/2014Placed on Calendar
02/14/2014Passed by for the day
02/17/2014Senate amendment agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
02/17/2014VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB321ER)
02/19/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB321ER)
02/19/2014Signed by Speaker
02/21/2014Signed by President
03/03/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 63 (effective 7/1/14)
03/03/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0063)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.


Waldo Jaquith writes:

Thumbs up. I participated in the federal equivalent of this program, and the state would be smart to emulate that.