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Deal Graduates from the Advanced Economic Development Leadership (AEDL) Program

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Orange County, VA – Orange County Economic Development and Tourism Director, Rose Deal, recently completed a two-week Advanced Economic Development Leadership (ADEL) Executive Education Program and was awarded the Master Economic Development Practitioner (MEDP) certificate.  Mrs. Deal has been an economic development practitioner for seven (7) years.  Deal noted that, “The Advanced Economic Development Leadership program was an exceptional learning experience!  It allowed me to convene and collaborate with like-minded economic development professionals from around the country, while also learning about today’s leadership and economic development best practices. I look forward to applying these new skills with our staff and community.” 

AEDL is a collaboration of three universities – The University of Southern Mississippi, Texas Christian University, and the University of New Mexico. These universities are committed to excellence in economic development and advancing the knowledge, skills, and application of key job creation strategies in America’s cities, communities, and counties.

The AEDL program is immersive and challenging. The experiential curriculum enhances key skills necessary for leading successful community and economic development strategies. Led by experienced world-class faculty, program topics include negotiation, personal and professional leadership, successful teamwork, site selection, economic development, incentives, innovative data for retention, expansion, attraction, entrepreneurship, talent, and more.  The Advanced Economic Development Leadership course accepts mid and senior-level practitioners from across the United States.

For more information on Orange County’s economic development opportunities please contact the Economic Development and Tourism Office at (540) 672-1238 or at thinkorangeva.com. 

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Orange County Economic Development & Tourism Kick - Off Shop Local Small Business Passport Event

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Orange County, VA – As a component of our “Enjoy Orange Campaign,” the Orange County Office of Economic Development encourages our community to shop local, by participating in the Orange County Enjoy Orange Passport Event. The event begins on Small Business Saturday, November 26th, and extends through December 16, 2022. The passport event encourages consumers to shop and dine at small businesses throughout Orange County (excludes franchises or national chains) for a chance to win one (1) of four (4) $25 gift card to an Orange County business of choice, or a variety of other prizes from local businesses. Winners will be announced on December 19, 2022.

Rose Deal, Economic Development and Tourism Director noted, “We want to encourage residents and visitors alike to “Enjoy Orange” buy shopping and dining local this holiday season. Our shops have personal, unique gifts for everyone on your shopping list. While you’re out and about, be sure to experience some of the best fare around at our local restaurants.”

To download your passport and for more information, please visit https://www.thinkorangeva.com/living-here/enjoy-orange, or contact Regan McKay at the Orange County Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238 or rmckay@orangecountyva.gov.

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Orange County Announces Edna Lewis Menu Trail

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ORANGE, VA – The Orange County Office of Economic Development and Tourism is pleased to announce the creation of the Edna Lewis Menu Trail in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the release of The Edna Lewis Cookbook in 1972.

Edna Lewis was born on April 13,1916 in an area of Orange County called Freetown. Lewis authored three, groundbreaking cookbooks and is credited with bringing the culture and heritage of African American, Southern Cuisine to the world. She is often referred to as the Grande Dame of Southern Cooking and was the recipient of an honorary Ph.D. in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University (1996) and the James Beard Living Legend Award (1999). The United States Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp in her honor in 2014.

The Orange County Edna Lewis Menu Trail is a collaborative effort commemorating Lewis and the 50th Anniversary of her first cookbook – The Edna Lewis Cookbook. It highlights seven (7) Orange County restaurants whose chefs will be creating their own versions of Lewis’s recipes for purchase on their menus from Thanksgiving 2022 to Memorial Day 2023. Assistant Director, Julie Perry says “This new Menu Trail is a way for visitors and locals alike to get a sense of Lewis’s legacy today. It’s a chance to see how local chefs reinterpret classic, Southern dishes - with access to many of the same ingredients and agriculture that inspired the great Edna Lewis. We can’t wait to taste their creations!”

Participating Restaurants are the BBQ Exchange, Champion Ice House, Clearwater Grill, Coopers Cookin and Catering, the Market at Grelen, Spoon and Spindle, and Vintage at the Inn at Willow Grove. 

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Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC. To Expand In Orange County

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Orange County, VA – Orange County is pleased to announce that MPS, a division of Macmillan Publishers, will invest $26+ million over the next three years to expand its distribution operation in Orange County. Macmillan Publishers, based in New York, NY, is a global trade and higher education publishing company operating in over 70 countries, with imprints in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, and India. Macmillan Publishers is a division of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, a large family-owned media company headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. MPS first opened its’ doors in Orange County in 1997 and then expanded in 2000 to add their Returns Facility, located in the Thomas E. Lee Industrial Park. The Orange County distribution facility handles all distribution for the United States and Canada, and some international customers.

This expansion is anticipated to create 10 new jobs over the next three (3) years. The Economic Development Authority incentivized MPS to expand its operations in the County by offering a $250,000 real estate and machinery and tools performance tax grant, in exchange for their $26+ million investment. “This is wonderful news for Orange County. MPS has been a valued corporate citizen for the past 25 years and we are so excited that they have chosen to invest in the community once again,” noted Rose Deal, Economic Development Director.

“We could not be more appreciative of the Economic Development Authority’s generosity and support of our business efforts. This is an exciting opportunity for MPS to continue expanding our operations here in Orange County. We’ve enjoyed a strong relationship with this community and its leaders for the past 25 years and this project solidifies many more years of growth and partnership.” noted a representative from MPS.

For more information, please contact Rose Deal, at (540) 672-1238.

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Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC) To Present Starting Your Business Workshop

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Orange County, VA – The Orange County Economic Development Office, in collaboration with the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC), is hosting two (2) FREE business development opportunities. A Starting Your Business Workshop and 1-on-1 counselingsessions will be offered on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

The Starting Your Business workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and is targeted towards those interested in learning best practices for starting a business, required registrations and regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections.

In addition to the workshop, free and confidential 1-on-1 business counseling sessions are available from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for those seeking feedback and advice from an experienced business advisor. Counseling sessions are available by appointment only. Please call the CVSBDC at (434) 295-8198 to schedule your appointment for November 2, 2022.

These events are free to all local businesses. To reserve your seat at the workshop, register online at https://cvsbdc.org/event/starting-your-business-19/.

For more information, please contact Regan McKay, Economic Development & Tourism Assistant, at (540) 672-1238 or rmckay@orangecountyva.gov.

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Orange County and Virginia Tourism Corporation Announce 2021 Visitor Spending Results

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ORANGE, VA – The Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) announced this week that travelers to Virginia spent $69 million a day in 2021, up from $48 million in 2020. Virginia’s tourism revenues also reached $25.2 billion in 2021, marking an 87% recovery to pre-pandemic spending in 2019. This spending supported 185,000 jobs, $7.1 billion in salaries and wages, and $1.8 billion in state and local taxes. 80 of Virginia’s 133 localities fully recovered to 2019 levels of spending and many grew even further.

“Tourism has seen an incredible comeback thanks to the hardworking leaders in the travel and tourism industry across Virginia,” said Rita McClenny, president and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation. “As travelers continue to visit communities across the state, Virginia is on pace to restore the tourism industry into the vibrant and highly performing economic engine it always has been. We look forward to an even stronger recovery in 2022.”

In Orange County, direct visitor spending in 2021 was up 34.1% over 2020 and has surpassed pre-pandemic levels from 2019.  Tourism Program Manager, Julie Perry said “We are excited to see such tangible evidence of Orange County’s tourism recovery and are grateful for the dynamic attractions, lodging, restaurants, retail and recreation businesses in our community who have labored to make this a reality.”   

Total Direct Visitor Spending in Orange County

2019 - $45.6 million

2020 - $37.6 million 

2021 - $50.5 million

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Cooper's Cookin and Catering Celebrates 1st Anniversary

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Orange County, VA – Cooper’s Cookin and Catering will celebrate their one (1) year anniversary on Saturday, September 24, 2022, from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at its restaurant location in Orange. The event will host a DJ and door prizes along with raffles and their famous southern cuisine and soul food.  

Cooper’s Cookin and Catering co-owners, Denise Thompson and her cousin Phillip Cooper, are direct descendants of several of the women from Gordonsville, VA tied to the “waiter carriers.” “Waiter Carriers” were local women who sold fried chicken and other food items at the railroad stop in the late 1800s and 1900s, prior to the time that dining cars existed. These women were able to gain financial independence through their entrepreneurial skills. Because of this, Gordonsville became known as the “Fried Chicken Capital of the World.”  Although the need for the services decreased as dining cars were added to rail cars and government regulations increased, their recipes lived on through Mildred Cooper, Gladys Cooper, Pauline Johnson and other relatives who continued to sell locally until the late 1900s.  

Rose Deal, Director of Economic Development noted, “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate this milestone with Cooper’s Cookin and Catering and are proud that they continue the legacy of the waiter carriers today.  It’s significant that residents and visitors alike can taste the authentic, original recipes of the entrepreneurial women who earned Gordonsville the title of “Fried Chicken Capital of the World.”  We wish Denise and Phillip many more years of continued business success!”

Denise is Mildred Cooper’s youngest daughter and uses the original family recipes at Cooper’s Cookin and Catering. “This is where my vision came from. … My aunts and my mom. I know that they are smiling down on us,” says Denise Thompson. In addition to Phillip and Denise, Michael Cooper (one of Mildred’s sons) the special family chicken cooker, adds his flair to the mix. He is the force behind many of the Gordonsville Fried Chicken Festival wins held by the Cooper family.

Cooper’s Cookin and Catering is located at 131 Byrd Street, Orange, VA.  They are open daily (except Wednesdays) for breakfast and catering, lunch.  For more information call 540-308-7199.   

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Central Virginia Wine Tours & Transportation, Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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Orange County, VA – Central Virginia Wine Tours & Transportation is celebrating their 10th anniversary. Locally owned and operated by Stephen and Jenny Sanford of Orange, Virginia, Central Virginia Wine Tours & Transportation was started in 2012, when Stephen realized there was a need for transportation services in the region. Beginning with a six passenger Cadillac Escalade for tours, the business soon evolved and the inquiries for transportation continued. Over time, Stephen expanded his fleet to another SUV and a Minibus and extended the service regions to include Charlottesville, Madison, and Culpeper. Today, Central Virginia Wine Tours & Transportation has a fleet of six (6) vehicles, ranging from an SUV to a 24-passenger shuttle bus.

From wineries, breweries, and cideries to wedding/event venues to chef and family-owned restaurants, supporting local establishments has been at the forefront of their services. Stephen Sanford, owner of Central Virginia Wine Tours &Transportation, noted, “What better way to help our local economy by providing a service for guests coming to visit this beautiful area!” 

“We are thankful for Stephen’s vision to bring a transportation business to Orange County.  This is a much-desired service for County residents and visitors alike and supports our growing wedding industry and tourism industry partners,” noted Rose Deal, Director of Economic Development.  You can get more information for any tours or group events by visiting their website at centralvirginiawinetours.com or send inquiries to centralvirginiawinetours@gmail.com.

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7th Annual Quad-County Business Summit Planning Team Announces Speakers and Quadtank Pitch Competition Details

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Orange County, VA – The Louisa County Chamber of Commerce, with the Orange County Economic Development and the Quad County Business Summit Planning Committee, are pleased to announce the October 12, 2022 Quad Summit at Shenandoah Crossings Resort featuring keynote speaker Dr. Kelli Palmer, Chief Diversity Office at WillowTree®.  WillowTree is a full-service digital product consultancy, with over 1,000 employees.  WillowTree began in 2008, with three individuals building mobile apps in Charlottesville, VA.  Today, WillowTree creates digital products for companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500.

Prior to WillowTree, Palmer was CFA Institute’s Head of Global Inclusion & Diversity and Corporate Citizenship. In this role, Palmer led the strategic direction of CFA’s internal initiatives to improve the organization’s ability to recruit, retain, and promote an inclusive, diverse, and culturally competent employee base.  Palmer focused on the organization's culture to ensure success and to maintain/attract a high-quality workforce. 

This half day summit will include a panel of local business owners showcasing Wesley Chiles, owner of Chiles Enterprises (Louisa, VA), André Xavier, owner - C'ville Travel, C'ville Tours, C'ville Transportation, and Casa X Publishing, co-owner -Virginia Hop on Tours, Patch Brewing Co. (Orange, VA), and C'ville 3D, and Katherine Morris, co-owner of Performance Signs & Wraps (Greene, VA). 

The Central Virginia Small Business Development Center will host the fourth annual QuadTank Pitch Competition during the summit. The winning individual or team will be awarded a $$$ cash prize ($5,000 or more) to support implementation of their business plan. At the end of the Quad Business Summit, the winner will be chosen by a panel of judges. For applicants that are starting new businesses, there will be an opportunity to be evaluated for a Market Validation Micro Grant up to $1,000 from Community Investment Collaborative.  Interested individuals or teams must schedule a meeting with a Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CV SBDC) before September 16th to apply.  Contact Client Services Coordinator, Mesa McMurtrey via email: contact@cvsbdc.org, or by calling 434-295-8198.

We would like to graciously thank all of our generous sponsors: Bluegreen Shenandoah Crossing Resort, WillowTree, First Citizens Bank, Dominion Energy, Community Bank of the Chesapeake,  Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Seventh Wall, Community Investment Collaborative, Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Louisa Chamber of Commerce, Greene Chamber of Commerce, Orange Chamber of Commerce, Fluvanna Chamber of Commerce, Fluvanna Economic Development Authority,  Xpress Copy & Graphics, and Firefly Fiber Broadband. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and are listed on the Summit website.

The full 2022 Summit agenda and registration is now available and can be found on the Quad County Business Summit website at www.qcbsummit.com.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Tracy Hale Clark, Executive Director at (540) 967-0944.

 

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ConnectOrange Community Showcase Postponed

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ORANGE COUNTY, Va. – Due to field conditions at Booster Park, The ConnectOrange Community Showcase has been postponed. The ConnectOrange Community Showcase has been rescheduled for Friday, August 19, 2022, at Booster Park, located at 11177 Bloomsbury Road, Orange from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. For more information please contact the Orange County Chamber of Commerce at (540) 672-5216 or orangevadirector@gmail.com.

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Orange County Economic Development and Workforce Center to Host Hiring Event

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ORANGE COUNTY, Va. – On Tuesday, September 20, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Orange County Economic Development Office and the Virginia Career Works Center in Orange County will host a Hiring Event. Jobseekers from the community are invited to speak to hiring managers with job openings in manufacturing, retail, food service, administration, healthcare, agriculture, logistics, distribution, and more. “There are lots of new opportunities for jobseekers in the area and we are excited to connect them with our local businesses. Whether you are looking for full or part-time employment, there is something for everyone,” noted Jenny Biche with the Virginia Career Works Center.

Rose Deal, Director of Economic Development for Orange County, noted, “We’re once again excited to team up with Virginia Career Works - Orange County Center to host a local employer hiring event. Several Orange County businesses who represent a variety of employment sectors will be present and are eager to welcome jobseekers. We encourage jobseekers to stop by to learn about and discuss the many career opportunities that exist here in Orange.” 

The event will be held at the Orange Train Depot, located at 122 East Main Street, Orange, VA 22960. All participants are encouraged to register for the event at  https://forms.office.com/r/yQ1FKpTAPG.

For more information regarding this event, please contact Jenny Biche at (540) 614-2604 or jenny.biche@fredgoodwill.org. Free resume writing assistance is also available through the Virginia Career Works Center, located at 127 Belleview Ave, Orange, VA 22960 or by calling (540) 661-3419. 

 

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Market at Grelen Opens New "Duncan Trail"

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ORANGE COUNTY, Va. – The Orange County Office of Economic Development and Tourism is delighted to announce a new trail is now open within the Market at Grelen Trail System. The “Duncan Trail” adds 1.5 miles to Grelen’s existing five miles of trails. Additionally, the new, higher "Grelen Overlook" offers breathtaking panoramic views of Grelen Nursery and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

On Friday, July 15, 2022, we invite you to join us at the Market at Grelen for the Duncan Trail Opening Celebration, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Market at Grelen will host live music, a ribbon cutting ceremony, ice cream, and a limited menu. Visitors are invited to hike to the new “Grelen Overlook” as a part of the celebration.

Julie Perry, Tourism Program Manager noted, “Outdoor Recreation is a significant driver of visitation for Central Virginia. Virginia Tourism statistics show that 13% of visitors list Sports and Outdoors as the main purpose for their trip to Virginia. This new trail expands Orange County’s assets in this important sector, and we are thrilled to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Duncan Trail with team at Grelen”

To learn more about the new trail system please visit www.themarketatgrelen.com. 

For more information, please contact Julie Perry, Orange County Tourism Program Manager, at (540) 672-1653.

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Save The Date For The 2022 Quad County Business Summit & Quadtank Pitch Competition

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ORANGE COUNTY, Va. – The Orange County Economic Development Office is pleased to announce the 2022 Quad County Business Summit & QuadTank Pitch Competition, hosted in partnership with the economic development offices of Fluvanna County, Greene County, Louisa County, Madison County, and the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center.

The Seventh Annual Quad County Business Summit will be held at Bluegreen Shenandoah Crossing Resort, located at 174 Horseshoe Circle, Gordonsville, VA 22942, on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Summit will include a keynote speaker, a local business owner panel discussion with a Q&A session, opportunities for networking, a luncheon, and the QuadTank: a winner-take-all pitch competition.

The event is free for businesses from the host counties. More information and registration will become available in the coming weeks. Sponsorship opportunities are listed on the Summit website: www.qcbsummit.com. For more information, please contact Rose Deal, Orange County Economic Development Director, at (540) 672-1238.

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Orange County Awarded $25,000 Grant From The Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industry Development (AFID) Fund Infrastructure Grant Program

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ORANGE COUNTY, Va. – Last week, Orange County received a $25,000 grant award from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industry Development (AFID) Fund Infrastructure Grant Program to assist Piedmont Processing, LLC. with a freezer expansion.

The Governor’s AFID Fund Infrastructure Grant Program supports strategic investments into missing infrastructure that is impeding small-scale farmers and food producers from growing their operations. This 2:1 matching grant will allow Piedmont Processing, LLC. to increase its cooler space by 40%.

“Orange County is pleased to be able to support its agricultural community. This grant not only supports Piedmont Processing’s operation but also the 75 to 100 local producers that rely on the facility to process their meat locally.” noted Orange County Administrator, Theodore L. Voorhees.

The Orange County Office of Economic Development worked to successfully secure the competitively awarded grant. A total of 11 projects across the Commonwealth were awarded funding. The Governor’s official press release is available at: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/news-releases/2022/june/name-934635- en.html.

For more information, please contact the Orange County Office of Economic Development at (540) 672-1238.

 

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Orange County Economic Development and Chamber of Commerce Announce ConnectOrange Community Showcase

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ORANGE COUNTY, Va. – The Orange County Office of Economic Development and Tourism and the Orange County Chamber of Commerce have partnered to host the first- ever ConnectOrange Community Showcase. This family-friendly event is designed to help connect your business to the community.

The ConnectOrange Community Showcase is scheduled for Friday, August 12, 2022, at Booster Park, located at 11177 Bloomsbury Road, Orange. Both businesses and non- profits are invited to participate. Vendors can display and sell products, set up appointments, distribute literature to highlight services offered, and advertise current job openings. The deadline for vendor registration is Friday, July 29, 2022.

Sponsor opportunities are available. To ensure maximum publicity for your business, sponsorship requests must be received by Friday, July 15, 2022. Those interested in registering, and those with questions, should contact the Orange County Chamber of Commerce at (540) 672-5216 or orangevadirector@gmail.com.

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Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC) To Present Business Plan 101 Workshop

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ORANGE COUNTY, Va. – The Orange County Economic Development Office, in collaboration with the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC), is hosting two (2) free business development opportunities on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

The Business Plan 101 workshop is for businesses interested in learning how to create a successful business plan that will ensure profitability and efficiency in operations, as well as help set guidelines for operational success. The workshop will be held online, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

In addition to the business plan workshop, an experienced business advisor will be available online by appointment only to offer free and confidential, one-on-one business counseling sessions, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Counseling sessions are available by appointment only, please call the CVSBDC at (434) 295-8198 to schedule your appointment.

This event is free to all local businesses. To reserve a seat at the workshop, businesses can register online at https://bit.ly/3aIt1y9. For more information, please contact Regan McKay, Economic Development and Tourism Assistant at (540) 672-1238 or rmckay@orangecountyva.gov.

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Economic Development Offers Locally Made Market Vendor Opportunity for Home Businesses

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ORANGE COUNTY, Va. – The Orange County Office of Economic Development and Tourism is pleased to host the return of the Locally Made Market at the Montpelier Hunt Races. To support and encourage local entrepreneurship, the Office is offering the opportunity to compete for free inclusion in a shared vendor tent. Three (3) home-based businesses will be selected to market and sell their product(s) at the 2022 Montpelier Hunt Races.

“We are excited to bring back the Locally Made Market for the second year in a row.  Last year’s vendors were extremely pleased with the exposure that the Vendor Village provided them. By offering this opportunity for home-based businesses to connect with the many visitors who come to the Montpelier Hunt Races, we can continue our commitment to growing and supporting entrepreneurship in Orange County.” noted Rose Deal, Economic Development Director.

Entrants must be registered home-based businesses situated within Orange County, current on all business and/or personal property taxes. To be considered for one (1) of the three (3) vendor spaces, businesses should submit a brief presentation (in Word or PowerPoint format) about their business, along with a fully completed application no later than Friday, July 29, 2022.

For more information or assistance preparing your presentation, please contact the Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238. Fully completed packets must be submitted via email to Rose Deal at rdeal@orangecountyva.gov, or via mail to P.O. Box 111, Orange, VA 22960. Full program guidelines and application can be found at https://www.thinkorangeva.com/support. Read more here

 

 

 

Orange County Economic Development and Tourism Announces Corks and Caps Marketing Program and Summer Contest

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ORANGE COUNTY, Va. – The Orange County Office of Economic Development and Tourism is pleased to announce the Corks and Caps marketing program and summer contest. Corks and Caps is a passport- style marketing initiative featuring our award-winning local wineries and breweries. All of Orange County’s seven (7) wineries and four (4) breweries are participating in the inaugural program this summer. They are excited to open their doors and pour another round for Orange County visitors.

The Corks and Caps Summer Contest invites guests to create their own beverage trail, collecting a stamp at each location. Completed passports can be mailed to the Office of Economic Development and Tourism to receive a free commemorative T-shirt. T-shirts are available while supplies last. Julie Perry, Tourism Program Manager, calls Corks and Caps, “a great opportunity for Orange County to highlight the strength and depth of its Tourism product. Orange County’s wineries and breweries really put Orange over-the-top as a destination of choice for Virginia visitors!” The Corks and Caps contest will run Memorial Day through Labor Day 2022.

Corks and Caps leverages interest in Virginia’s growing agriculture and viticulture to extend stays and increase visitation at these important, local attractions. “Orange County is home to a robust craft beverage scene as well as agriculture industry, and we want folks to come out and experience it. Whether you are a local or a tourist, I encourage you to get out and support these businesses,” said Rose Deal, Economic Development Director. Participating wineries and breweries are as follows.

Barboursville Vineyards

Chateau MerrillAnne Vineyard

Honah Lee Vineyard

Horton Vineyards

Reynard Florence Vineyard

Sweet Vines Farm Winery

Well Hung Tasting Room and Restaurant

Champion Ice House

Iron Pipe Alewerks

Patch Brewing Company

Unionville Brewing Company

For more information regarding Corks and Caps, please visit www.corksandcapsva.com, or contact the Economic Development and Tourism Office at (540) 672-1238.

Orange County Economic Development Launches "Enjoy Orange" Campaign

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Orange County, VA – The Orange County Office of Economic Development is excited to announce the launch of the Enjoy Orange campaign. This shop local effort targets residents, building on Orange County’s previous high-quality campaigns encouraging non-residents to “Visit Orange” and businesses interested in opening, expanding, or relocating to “Think Orange.” 

The campaign highlights Orange County’s unique small business community and encourages residents to shop, dine, and enjoy Orange County. With a wealth of vibrant new businesses and blossoming Main Streets, residents need not travel to enjoy high-quality shopping, dining, and more.

“From our tasty BBQ to our award-winning wineries, Orange has something right here at home for everyone. Your local purchases support vital public services, create local jobs, and help attract new entrepreneurs and skilled workers. So, before you travel outside of Orange for your next cup of coffee, meal, or special gift, I encourage you to Enjoy Orange first,” stated Rose Deal, Director of Economic Development. “Spending dollars locally has a major impact on Orange County compared to residents spending outside of the county.”

The campaign will consist of the new Enjoy Orange logo and a series of videos featuring local businesses discussing the importance of Orange County residents' support. Follow the campaign on Facebook and Instagram at @thinkorangeva, or https://www.thinkorangeva.com/living-here/enjoy-orange.

For more information regarding the Enjoy Orange Campaign please contact the Economic Development and Tourism Office at (540) 672-1238.