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


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