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Economic Development Authority Awards Start Up Incentive to Pinnacle Physical Therapy

Orange County, VA – The Orange County Economic Development Authority is pleased to announce the award of a $2,000 Start Up Incentive to Pinnacle Physical Therapy, a new, locally- owned private practice group, located at 13180 James Madison Highway, Orange. The Start Up Incentive is designed to attract creative talent, and support local entrepreneurs locate into commercial space.

Pinnacle Physical Therapy opened its doors in September 2021, offering over 20 years of experience and providing individualized treatment programs for every patient. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 9:45 a.m., and an Open House planned for December.

“We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to bring a local company to this great community. We can't wait to serve the people of Orange with unsurpassed compassion and quality care. Thank you, Orange Economic Development, for the warm welcome and support," commented Jen and Jamie Collins, Owners of Pinnacle Physical Therapy.

“We are delighted to welcome Pinnacle Physical Therapy to the Orange County business community. Their unique patient-focused approach will be a wonderful addition to our local medical industry,” noted Rose Deal, Director of Economic Development.

For more information, please contact Susan Turner, Economic Development & Tourism Assistant, at (540) 672-1238 or sturner@orangecountyva.gov.

Orange County Announces Worthington Architectural Millwork to Expand and Move Into Thomas E Lee Industrial Park

Orange County, VA – Orange County is pleased to announce that Worthington Architectural Millwork will invest $1.473 million, over the next three years, to expand its manufacturing operation in Orange County. Worthington Architectural Millwork specializes in high-end residential custom cabinetry, custom millwork, commercial interiors, and museum exhibit fabrication.  The expansion is anticipated to create 26 new jobs over the next three (3) years. Worthington Architectural Millwork’s sister company, Seabury Moore, LLC., which specializes in high-end custom home building, will co-locate in the future 20,000 sq. ft. building to be constructed on a 5-acre pad-ready site located in the Thomas E. Lee Industrial Park. 

The Economic Development Authority incentivized Worthington Architectural Millwork to keep its operations in the County by offering a discounted land sale in exchange for their $1.473 million investment.  “This is really great news for Orange County.  Worthington Architectural Millwork has been a wonderful corporate citizen for Orange County, and we are so excited that they have chosen to continue operating here in the County,” noted Rose Deal, Economic Development Director.

“We are thrilled to be able to keep our growing business in Orange County and even more excited to be able to launch our new business (Seabury Moore) here as well. Together, my business partner Maureen and I, intend to bring organization, efficiency, and effectiveness back to the general contracting process. As strong female leaders it is our hope to attract capable women and men to mentor within both businesses. We aren’t afraid of hard work and look forward to continuing to help our local community thrive,” noted Alycia Worthington, majority-owner of Worthington Architectural Millwork.

Worthington Architectural Millwork has been headquartered in Liberty Park located in Gordonsville, Virginia since 2015, and is a SWaM Certified Small Woman-Owned Business in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

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

Orange County Welcomes First HubZone Certified Business

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Orange County, VA – Orange County is pleased to welcome Innovation Orange, LLC to the business community.  Innovation Orange, LLC., is the first HUBZone Certified business to locate to Orange County’s only HUBZone, located in the Town of Orange census tract in their soon to be completed office, located at 329 North Madison Road, Suite 100.

Innovation Orange, LLC offers IT solutions to help citizens manage their business. Their portfolio includes operating as a Managed Service Provider (MSP), delivering systems and platforms, and a complete array of managed solutions to include a robust structure for secured storage and cloud hosting.  Innovation Orange, LLC. provides a high quality and secure IT infrastructure and managed solutions based on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and behavior analysis to ensure business and mission success. They provide connectivity, reliability, and scalability to your IT infrastructure to increase your productivity while reducing costs. 

Kenneth Runkles, Founder and Managing Partner for Innovation Orange, LLC, noted, “We are really excited to be basing our company in Orange County, specifically the Town of Orange.  As a lifelong resident of rural Virginia, I am very passionate about being in a position to make an impact on my community and state.  Basing our operations in Orange really satisfies two important goals of our company, provide world class Information Technology solutions to both our federal and commercial clients and make a strong impact on our community by bringing good paying jobs and career paths to our neighbors.”

The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program helps small businesses in urban and rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities.  The government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses in historically underutilized business zones. Joining the HUBZone program makes a business eligible to compete for the program’s set-aside contracts and HUBZone-certified businesses also get a 10 percent price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions.

The Orange County Economic Development Office worked with Innovation Orange, LLC. to successfully find a location and connect them with community business partners and resources.

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

Orange County Launches Tourism Cooperative Marketing Grant

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Orange County, VA – Orange County Economic Development and Tourism is pleased to announce a Cooperative Marketing Grant program. The program offers a matching 1:1 reimbursement, up to $5,000, to Orange County tourism related businesses and organizations. This grant leverages Orange County Economic Development dollars with matching funds provided by the applicant for their proposed marketing project. 

This grant program was created to assist businesses (non-franchise) and organizations located, operating a business, or hosting an event in Orange County, Virginia, with marketing and promotion.   The Tourism Advisory Committee will review and approve all grant applications. 

Lori Landes-Carter, Tourism Manager, noted, “The Tourism Cooperative Marketing Grant will offer an opportunity to create partnerships and support within the tourism industry that are crucial to the success of our destination. The Tourism industry has been one of the hardest hit in the last 18 months, and this cooperative grant will supplement and amplify the marketing efforts of our local businesses and organizations.”

For more information regarding the program and how to apply, visit https://www.thinkorangeva.com/why-orange/incentives or contact Lori Landes-Carter, Tourism Manager, at (540) 661-5324.

Economic Development Authority Awards Expansion Assistance Incentive to Missy Moodies Sweet Treats

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Orange County, VA – The Orange County Economic Development Authority is pleased to announce the award of a $3,000 Expansion Assistance Incentive to Missy Moodies Sweet Treats, a bakery, located in the Town of Orange at 152 Caroline Street. Missy Moodies Sweet Treats opened their doors in April 2021, and because of the support from her customers, will be expanding her operations. The Expansion Assistance Incentive will allow Kim Adamson, owner, to purchase additional equipment to increase production.

“We are pleased to support the growth of Missy Moodies Sweet Treats and look forward to seeing their continued growth and success in the community,” noted Rose Deal, Economic Development Director.

Ensuring future progress, Orange County Economic Development offers a suite of incentives available for commercial, retail, and industrial investment. For more information, please visit our website at https://www.thinkorangeva.com/why-orange/incentives or contact Rose Deal at the Orange County Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238 or rdeal@orangecountyva.gov.

Orange County Launches First Ever Revolving Loan Fund

Orange County, VA – Orange County Economic Development is pleased to announce a Revolving Loan Fund program, aimed to provide a flexible source of supplemental financing for businesses expanding or locating to Orange County.  The fund, created to assist businesses respond to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, was funded using American Rescue Plan Act monies.  Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) will administer the Fund and only Orange County businesses will be eligible to receive loans from the fund.  Eligible uses for loan proceeds include operating capital, land or building acquisition, new construction, property rehabilitation or improvements, the purchase of equipment, supplies and material, and inventory for resale.

The revolving loan fund is the first of its kind available to Orange County businesses and will offer individual loans up to $20,000.  Rose Deal, Economic Development Director, noted, “The Orange County Revolving Loan Fund will provide affordable loans to the business community and help get additional support to more Orange County businesses as the community continues to recover from impacts associated with the coronavirus pandemic.”

As a certified Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) and a focus on under-resourced entrepreneurs, CIC is an ideal partner for this initiative. Since launching in 2012, it has made nearly $2 million in microloans to businesses throughout the region, displaying its commitment to the continued evolution of the business community and the entrepreneurial spirit of its members.  "We're excited to launch this new partnership with Orange County and to assist Orange County entrepreneurs access the capital they need to launch and grow their businesses," said Stephen Davis, President of CIC.

For more information regarding the program, please visit our website at https://www.thinkorangeva.com/why-orange/financing  or contact Rose Deal at (540) 672-1238.

 

Marc Willson to Present a Virtual Workshop on A Guide for Retail Renewal

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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 Guide for Retail Renewal Virtual Workshop and 1-on-1 counseling sessions will be offered on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, with special guest speaker, Marc Willson.

Marc Willson, retail expert with the Virginia Small Business Development Center, will present A Guide for Retail Renewal on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The virtual workshop is available to businesses interested in learning about retail trends in a post- pandemic world, customer expectations of the retail experience, new opportunities and challenges for success, and tips for developing a renewed business strategy.

Marc Willson will also provide FREE and confidential, 1-on-1 business counseling sessions after the workshop. Counseling sessions are available by appointment only, please call the CVSBDC at (434) 295-8198 or email events@cvsbdc.org to schedule your appointment.

These events are FREE to all local businesses. To reserve your spot for the workshop, register online at https://bit.ly/3jOhyze.

For more information, please contact Susan Turner, Economic Development & Tourism Assistant, at (540) 672-1238 or sturner@orangecountyva.gov.

6th Annual Quad-County Business Summit Announces Speakers and Competition Details

Orange County, VA – Orange County Economic Development and the Quad County Business Summit Planning Committee are pleased to announce this year’s Summit will include keynote speaker, Kiley Doll, a local serial entrepreneur.  Kiley is passionate about the empowerment of struggling entrepreneurs and uses every challenge she has encountered during her career to mentor budding business owners. Her enthusiasm for progress has led to the pursuit of a prosperous career consulting and working with household brands like Amazon, EO, and Berkshire Hathaway.

The Summit will also feature a local business owner panel discussion with live Q & A.  Panelists include, Peter Rice, Chairman of BoxInBoxOut, LLC located in Madison County, Andrew Mavraganis, COO & CFO of Spire Collective located in Fluvanna County, and Shannon Horton General Manager of Horton Vineyards located in Orange County.

We will round out the Summit with the QuadTank, a winner takes all pitch competition.  To date, $6,750 has been raised to award to the winner of the Competition.   We would like to graciously thank all of our generous sponsors: Dominion Energy, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Woods Rogers Attorneys at Law, Community Bank of the Chesapeake, First Citizens Bank, KileyCo, BC Photography, Orange Downtown Alliance, Firefly, Xpress Copy & Graphics, Community Investment Collaborative, Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Louisa County Chamber of Commerce, Greene County Chamber of Commerce, and Fluvanna County Chamber of Commerce.

The full 2021 Summit agenda, QuadTank Pitch Guidelines, and registration is now live at https://www.qcbsummit.com/.

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

Orange County Economic Development and Workforce Center to Host Outdoor Hiring Event

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Orange County, VA – On Wednesday, October 6, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Orange County Economic Development Office along with the Virginia Career Works Center in Orange County will host an outdoor Hiring Event. Jobseekers from the community are invited to speak to hiring managers and learn about job openings in manufacturing, food service, administration, healthcare, agriculture, and distribution. “This is a fantastic time to be a job-seeker in Orange County,” noted Marty Bywaters-Baldwin with the Virginia Career Works Center. “We are seeing local businesses respond with some of the most competitive wages and hiring packages in years.”

Rose Deal, Director of Economic Development for Orange County, noted, “We are excited to partner with the Orange Workforce Center to offer this outdoor job fair to connect our Orange County business community with job-seekers.  With over 100 available job opportunities, job-seekers are sure to find something that matches their skill set and interests at the event.  We encourage job-seekers to stop by and check out the variety of great opportunities that exist here in Orange County.”

The event will be held outdoors, at the Sedwick Building, located at 146 N. Madison Road, Orange, Virginia 22960, and all participants are encouraged to register for the event at https://bit.ly/3DGh9H8.

For more information regarding this event, please contact Marty Bywaters-Baldwin at (540) 847-9238.  Free resume writing assistance is also available through the Virginia Career Works Center, located at 127 Belleview Ave, Orange, Virginia 22960 or by calling (540) 661-3419. 

 

 
   

 

Businesses to be Featured at the Locally Made Market at the Montpelier Hunt Races

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ORANGE, VA – The Orange County Office of Economic Development and Tourism is pleased to announce the businesses selected to participate in the first-ever Locally Made Market at the Montpelier Hunt Races.  Bound2Please Books, Maier Mercantile, Paint it Orange, and Toadstool will all be featured under the Locally Made Market tent. This program was created to support and encourage local entrepreneurship and will allow for these business owners to connect with potential consumers that they otherwise would not get exposure to, as home-based businesses.

The 86th running of Montpelier Hunt Races takes place on November 6, 2021, with gates opening at 9:00 a.m.  The Locally Made Market tent can be found amongst other vendors in the Vendor Village.

For more information regarding this program, please contact the Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238.

Around Town Scavenger Hunt

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ORANGE, VA – The OrangeCounty Office of Economic Development and Tourism is pleased to host the First Annual Around Town Scavenger Hunt. The event will begin Friday, August 6, 2021, and conclude on Sunday, October 3, 2021. Players will follow photo clues from the event flyer to locate ten (10) architectural details around the downtown areas of Gordonsville and Orange. Six (6) lucky winners will be randomly drawn and awarded a $50 gift card. Grab a friend and your walking shoes and start scavenging!

“We encourage our residents and visitors alike to get out and explore our Towns, and invite them to try a new restaurant, or visit a new shop while they are on the hunt,” stated Susan Turner, Economic Development and Tourism Assistant.

Event forms can be downloaded at https://www.thinkorangeva.com/living-here/orange-county-is-retail-ready or picked up at the Visitor Centers in the Town of Orange and Town of Gordonsville. Once each object has been located, write their location on the entry form, and submit your completed form by Monday, October 4, 2021, to sturner@orangecountyva.gov.

For more information on the Around Town Scavenger Hunt, please contact Susan Turner, Economic Development and Tourism Assistant, at (540) 672-1238.

 

Save the Date for the 2021 Quad County Business Summit & QuadTank Pitch Competition

Orange County, VA – The Orange County Economic Development Office is pleased to announce it will co-host the 2021 Quad County Business Summit & QuadTank Pitch Competition along with the Economic Development Offices of Fluvanna County, Greene County, Louisa County, Madison County, and the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center on October 20, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The 6th Annual Quad County Business Summit will be held at The Pavilion on Lakeland Farm, in Orange County. The Summit will include a keynote speaker, local business owner panel discussion with Q&A, opportunities for networking, luncheon, and the QuadTank - a winner take all pitch competition. The event is free for Quad County business owners. More information and registration will be available in the coming weeks. Sponsorship opportunities are listed on the Summit website: www.qcbsummit.com. For more information, please contact Rose Deal, Director at (540) 672-1238.

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 counseling sessions will be offered on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

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 about the steps for starting a business, required registrations and regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections.

In addition to the workshop being offered 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 July 6th.

These events are FREE to all local businesses. To reserve your seat at the workshop, register online at https://bit.ly/33RK6z6.

For more information, please contact Susan Turner, Economic Development & Tourism Assistant, at (540) 672-1238 or sturner@orangecountyva.gov.

 

 

 

Locally Made Market at the Montpelier Hunt Races

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ORANGE, VA – The Orange County Office of Economic Development and Tourism is pleased to host the first Locally Made Market at the Montpelier Hunt Races.  To support and encourage local entrepreneurship, the Orange County Economic Development Department would like to extend to three (3) home-based businesses, the opportunity to compete for a FREE shared vendor tent to market and sell their product(s) at the 2021 Montpelier Hunt Races.

“Everyone knows that shopping at the unique Vendor Village is a fun part of race day for the thousands of visitors who attend the Montpelier Hunt Races each year.  We are hoping that this opportunity allows entrepreneurs to connect with those visitors and convert them to consumers that they otherwise would not necessarily get in front of, as a home-based business,” noted Rose Deal, Economic Development Director.

To be considered for one of the three (3) vendor spaces businesses should submit a brief presentation (in Word or PowerPoint format) telling us about your business along with a fully completed application no later than Friday, July 30, 2021. Should you need any 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.

For more information regarding this program, please contact the Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238.

Orange County Celebrates Small Business Week MAY 2-8, 2021

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ORANGE, VA – The Orange County Office of Economic Development and Tourism is pleased to announce plans for the 2021 Small Business Week, scheduled for May 2-8, 2021.

Orange County will celebrate its many small businesses starting on Sunday, May 2, 2021. This year’s theme is focused on keeping it local, and we are encouraging residents to do so by shopping, dining, and supporting Orange County businesses. Each day on social media the Office will post facts and tidbits about why small businesses are essential to our community. The Office will distribute digital marketing materials, including a poster to download and display, and a Facebook header to help bring awareness to the community about this important week.

“This past year has proven to be difficult for all, however, the business community has remained strong, and we want to recognize the contributions our small businesses make to Orange County by highlighting the importance of shopping and dining local.” said Rose Deal, Economic Development Director. “The small business community in Orange County is the character that adds to our quality of life and small-town charm. Show support of the small businesses in your community, the impacts of that support are priceless,” noted Lori Landes-Carter, Tourism Manager.

We encourage individuals to check out the digital business directory at www.buyorangeva.com, which showcases businesses throughout the county. Businesses will have the ability to feature services offered, menu items, hours of operation, website, social media links, promotions, photo galleries, and more.  Visitors and residents can sign-up to receive update notifications as new promotions appear.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to participate along with the hashtags #buyorangeva and #OCsmallbusinessweek while utilizing and patronizing local businesses. The ThinkOrangeVA Instagram and Facebook pages will have highlights throughout the week.

Businesses looking to collaborate on Small Business Week are encouraged to reach out to the Economic Development and Tourism Office at (540) 672-1238. Follow us on social media for more information. @thinkorangeva, @VisitOrangeCountyVirginia.

Orange County Economic Development and Workforce Center to Host Outdoor Hiring Event

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Orange County, VA – On Friday, April 30, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the Orange County Economic Development Office along with the Virginia Career Works Center in Orange County will host an outdoor Hiring Event. Local students are invited for the first hour of the event to learn about immediate opportunities for summer employment, apprenticeships, and long-term careers.  During the second hour of the event, jobseekers from the community are invited to speak to hiring managers with job openings in manufacturing, retail, food service, administration, healthcare, agriculture, logistics, and distribution. “As businesses are rebounding from the economic impact of the past year, we’re seeing an increase in job opportunities with local employers,” noted Marty Bywaters-Baldwin 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 an outdoor 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 outdoors, under the pavilion at Booster Park, located at 11177 Bloomsbury Road, Orange, Virginia 22960, and all participants are encouraged to register for the event at https://bit.ly/3tPggWP

For more information regarding this event, please contact Marty Bywaters-Baldwin at (540) 847-9238.  Free resume writing assistance is also available through the Virginia Career Works Center, located at 127 Belleview Ave, Orange, Virginia 22960 or by calling (540) 661-3419. 

 

Workforce Training Funds Available for Orange County Residents

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ORANGE, VA – Orange County residents may receive up to $5,500 in workforce training funds for tuition, books, fees, and travel through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program.  The WIOA workforce program is designed to prepare Orange County jobseekers for a position earning a competitive wage in high-demand industries, such as healthcare, manufacturing, information technology, and business.  To quality for the program you must either be recently unemployed, earning below the income threshold, a young adult aged 16-24, or present another applicable barrier to employment.    

“Last year, 117 individuals in our region received training through the Virginia Career Works-Piedmont workforce program. Many graduated with short-term credentials including: Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), Certified Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy, Security+, and Information Technology certificates.  In addition to the credentialed training, we also provide support for soft skills development, resume writing, interview skills, and local job searches,” stated Marty Bywaters-Baldwin, Director of Workforce Services at the Orange Workforce Center. 

For more information about the WIOA programs, the Orange Career Center, and Virginia Career Works, contact the Orange Workforce Center at (540) 322-8850, visit the Orange County Workforce Center located at 127 Belleview Ave, Orange, VA 22960, or visit online at https://vcwpiedmont.com/about/wioa/.

 

 

 

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Orange County and LOVEOrangeVirginia Partner for Downtown Strategic Assessment

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ORANGE, VA – In a joint partnership between the Orange County Economic Development Authority and LOVEOrangeVirginia (formerly Orange Downtown Alliance, Inc.) a downtown Orange strategic assessment will be conducted by Downtown Strategies.

“Orange County is pleased to be bringing Downtown Strategies into the Town of Orange,” said Rose Deal, Director of Economic Development. “Orange looks forward to the continuation of economic development and growth through this new partnership.”

"LOVEOrangeVirginia, in its growing partnership with Orange County, is delighted to be working with Downtown Strategies on this effort to strengthen the economic vitality of the Town of Orange,” said Charlotte Cole, LOVEOrangeVirginia Executive Director.  As an accredited Main Street program, our focus is to support small independent businesses, cultivate an entrepreneurial environment, and work with all stakeholders. Thanks to the generous support of one of our donors, LOVEOrangeVirginia is able to contribute to the funding for this project and help create a roadmap to guide our future work."

The Downtown Strategies team will facilitate an in-market workshop with business owners, merchants, community leaders, and elected officials to solicit feedback and encourage dialogue. The end result will produce a customized strategic plan with specific strategies focused on policy, design, tourism, and economic catalyst opportunities for the downtown area.

For more information, please contact Rose Deal at the Orange County Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238 or rdeal@orangecountyva.gov or Charlotte Cole at LOVEOrangeVirginia at (540) 672- 2540 or odaexecd@gmail.com.

 

Orange County's Barboursville Vineyards Takes Home 2021 Governor's Cup® with 2015 Paxxito

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Congratulations to Orange County's Barboursville Vineyards for being awarded the Virginia Wineries Association’s 2021 Governor’s Cup® for their 2015 Paxxito during the annual Governor's Cup Celebration, which was held virtually this year.  Horton Vineyards, Honah Lee Vineyards, and Reynard Florence Vineyards also received multiple top honors as Gold, Silver, and Bronze Cup winners. For more information read the full Governor's press release

 

Economic Development Authority Awards Advanced Start Up Incentive to LACED Revival, LLC

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Orange County, VA – The Orange County Economic Development Authority is pleased to announce the award of a $3,000 Advanced Start Up Incentive to LACED Revival, LLC, a new business slated to open this spring in the Locust Grove Towne Center. The Advanced Start Up Incentive is designed to attract creative talent, support local entrepreneurs, and encourage existing home-based businesses to locate into commercial space. 

LACED Revival’s new brick and mortar location will offer a unique shopping experience to include upcycled and refinished goods, furniture, gifts, home decor, as well as showcase local artisans and offer DIY classes.

“We are pleased to support the growth of LACED Revival as they move into their first brick & mortar location and look forward to seeing their continued growth and success in the community.” noted Rose Deal, Director of Economic Development.

For more information, please contact Susan Turner at the Orange County Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238 or sturner@orangecountyva.gov.

 

Marketing and Social Media Now Workshop Available for Local Businesses

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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 virtual workshop, Marketing and Social Media Now, and virtual 1-1 Counseling Sessions will be offered on April 6, 2021.

The Marketing and Social Media Now virtual workshop is available for businesses interested in learning how to create a strategy for web, email, and social media, and what tips and tools are available to create a successful plan. Overall, the program will explain how to communicate with customers and create a presence that efficiently builds audience over time. The Marketing and Social Media Now workshop will be held on April 6, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

An experienced business advisor is also offering FREE and confidential, virtual 1-on-1 business counseling sessions on April 6, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Counseling sessions are available by appointment only, please call the CVSBDC at (434) 295-8198 to schedule your appointment.

Both events are FREE to all local businesses.  To reserve your seat at the workshop and receive dial in credentials, businesses can register online at https://bit.ly/3mY7a6f.

For more information, please contact Susan Turner at the Orange County Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238 or sturner@orangecountyva.gov.

 

Orange County Awards $194,000 to Organizations from the Third Round of the Bounce Back Orange Small Business Grant Program

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Orange County, VA – Orange County Economic Development is pleased to announce the third Round of Bounce Back Orange Small Business Grant awards.  Thirty-five Orange County small businesses and non-profit organizations were awarded a total of $194,000 from this round of funding.

Round 3 of the Bounce Back Orange Small Business Grant program was funded by the County of Orange and administered by the Community Investment Collaborative (CIC).  In total, the Bounce Back Orange Grant program has awarded approximately $688,000 to local organizations through ninety-nine individual grants.

“With the new COVID-19 restrictions imposed upon businesses, and the increased interest in another round of business assistance, the Board saw the need for another round of crisis assistance within our community.  We are pleased to be able to award funding to so many Orange County businesses and organizations and commend the Office of Economic Development on their efforts in directing the various rounds of funding.” noted James “Jim” P. Crozier, Chairman, Orange County Board of Supervisors. 

If your business or organization missed out on this funding opportunity, please contact Economic Development to discuss other available funding sources. We encourage businesses to reference our COVID-19 Resources for Local Businesses page, at https://www.thinkorangeva.com/covid19-resources, to stay up to date on various business assistance programs.

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

 

Orange County Economic Development Launches Digital Business Directory

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Orange County, VA – Orange County Economic Development is pleased to announce the launch of a digital business directory.

The new Orange County Business Directory is a FREE online platform for local businesses to promote their services and maximize exposure to new and existing customers. The user-friendly online directory is a helpful tool for those searching for business information or businesses looking to share updates with customers.  The directory can be easily searched by category, location, purchasing options, and contact details. The directory is also mobile friendly allowing the information to be accessed anytime and anywhere. 

We encourage businesses who wish to participate, to go to www.buyorangeva.com to create and update their profile information.  Once subscribed, businesses can showcase their offerings by featuring services offered, menu items, hours of operation, website, social media links, promotions, photo galleries, and more. Users are encouraged to update their content regularly.

Businesses with questions about the Orange County Business Directory should reach out to the Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238.

 

Champion Ice House Slated for Spring Opening in Gordonsville

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Gordonsville’s historic Memorial Hall is being transformed into Champion Ice House.  Champion Brewing Company of Charlottesville is partnering with Craig Hartman, owner and chef of the BBQ Exchange.  Hartman, with years of experience as a chef and pit master, will feature Southern fried chicken as the centerpiece of the Ice House’s menu. Champion Brewing Company will oversee the beer operation side of the Ice House.

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Feed Your Hunger

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From cakes to steaks, Orange County restaurants are serving up some delicious fare. Who really feels like cooking anyway? Certainly not us. These local restaurants and markets are filled to the brim with delicious cuisine, and ready to serve you safely. 

Sweet Treats and Deli Meats

JB Cakes, is offering up more than their infamous cakes and desserts. Did you know they’re also a deli? Using Boar’s Head meats, all their sandwiches are made in-house and available for pick-up or curbside. Beginning in 2021, they've adjusted their hours to be open for dinner!

When it’s time to settle down for dinner, Graze Steakhouse offers sanitized and socially distanced dining room and patio seating. Whether you’re looking to casually nibble on appetizers or enjoy a full meal, they’ll have their full menu and specialty drinks available. You can make a reservation and purchase an online gift card through their website. 

All-Day Delights

Located in Locust Grove, Bella Cucina is open from 8 AM-8 PM for breakfast, brunch and dinner. This Italian restaurant offers yummy pasta, pizza, subs and more. While they’ve been impacted by COVID-19, they were able to create an online order system and vamp up their delivery operations by hiring more delivery drivers. 

Provisions Market Table offers chef-created, farm-fresh seasonal meals.  Located in the old Silk Mill, they offer an array of specialty pantry items, catering services for your events, as well as Take It and Make It kits. You can dine-in or place your order online through their website for pick up or curbside delivery options.

Whether you’re dining in or carrying out your meal, support small business! They’re ready to welcome you back safely.

Third Round of "Bounce Back Orange Small Business Grant"

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Orange County, VA – Orange County is pleased to announce a third round of the Bounce Back Orange County Small Business Grant program, aimed to provide immediate relief to small business owners, private schools, and non-profits throughout the County impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Bounce Back Orange County Small Business Grant will offer grants up to $10,000 to qualified businesses and organizations and is funded directly by Orange County. Similar to the past two (2) rounds, Community Investment Collaborative (CIC), a non-profit organization will administer the program developed by Orange County.  

Interested business owners and organizations with zero (0) to one hundred (100) employees are encouraged to start the grant process immediately by completing the required online interest form at https://forms.gle/cRTNq8TaeqxnfCDv9.  Staff will utilize the interest forms to communicate directly with businesses and organizations regarding the grant application. The grant application process will open on Monday, January 4, 2021 and will close on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST. For a full overview of the program, please visit https://www.thinkorangeva.com/covid19-resources.

For more information, please contact the Economic Development Department at (540) 672-1238.

Relaxation-Ready in Orange County

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Between working from home, virtual learning and planning safe outings, this year has been stressful. We all need a little TLC sometimes, and Orange County businesses are here to help! From shopping to a spa day, these businesses are working to keep each and every client safe. 

Retail Therapy

Located in downtown Gordonsville, Cavallo Gallery is an eco-friendly and toxin-free mercantile open Monday-Thursday, Sunday, and by appointment. They offer a carefully curated selection of creative custom frame choices, original art, artisan gifts, and organic and green indie favorites. They even offer delivery through what they call “Moblie Mondays!” To shop for unique gifts in a COVID-safe environment, visit Cavallo Gallery!

If you’re looking for great finds, Second Times the Charm Clothing Consignment Store has new consignment pieces coming in daily! For a safe shopping experience, all who enter the shop are required to wear a mask. As part of their protocol, they disinfect every item that comes in, and they offer electric hand sanitizer at the front desk. 

Taking Time For You

Med Spa of Virginia, located in the Town of Orange, is open and ready to help you relax. They offer rejuvenating services customized to fit your needs, from massages and waxing to various body and face treatments. To make each appointment safe, they are only accepting clients one at a time, all medical instruments and laundry are sterilized between uses, and masks are required.  

The Hairitage Co. offers excellent hair and beauty services if you want a new look! To keep you safe during your appointment, they spaced out each station to maintain social distancing. The Hairitage Co also sanitizes each station, the waiting area, and the front desks frequently. They even go the extra mile to ensure your safety by hiring a cleaning service to deep clean the salon when they’re closed. Hand sanitizer and disposable masks are provided! 

The Inn at Willow Grove's Mill House Spa offers body and face treatments, as well as multiple package options for couples and singles. They're following CDC guidelines to ensure you and their staff remain safe as you relax, restore and renew yourself! 

So relax, and support local businesses through shopping and self-care.

Growing Your Career in Orange County

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Orange County businesses are resilient. Amid the pandemic, companies have risen to the challenge of protecting their employees – implementing new policies and strategies to mitigate as much risk as possible. Despite national trends, our industries are growing and eager to connect with job seekers for skilled and unskilled work. 

Employers across the County are following the same assured philosophy: they want to build careers in Orange County, not just provide jobs. Here is a sampling of the exciting opportunities present in Orange County:

FM Expressions:

FM Expressions is a company that provides custom tee shirts and garments for small, medium, and large business owners through heat transfer appliques. Committed to protecting their customer's supply chain, their organization remains fully operational. They've installed hand sanitizer stations, disinfectant wipe stations throughout their production floor and have a mandatory mask policy. They have recently installed contactless thermometers for temperature checks and are continually researching new best practices to reduce their employees' risk. These measures will stay in place until COVID-19 is eradicated and may even become semi-permanent to their operations. To learn more about the opportunities at FM Expressions, contact Caitlin Jack at cjack@fmexpressions.com or 571.762.2152 ext:118

Homestead Building Systems:

As a residential home building and remodeling firm, Homestead Building Systems has provided structural building components, carpentry, and pre-engineered roof truss packages for more than 20 years. Since the pandemic hit, their commodity pricing has more than doubled, but they are still looking to increase their labor pool. To keep their workers safe, Homestead Building Systems has created new teleworking options, amped up their internal and external communications, and implemented the latest COVID-19 practices. To learn more about the opportunities at Homestead Building Systems, contact Esmie Roth at esmie.roth@hbsva.com or 703.331.5600 ext:121

Zamma Corporation:

Zamma Corporation was founded in 1970 and began as a producer of pre-finished molding for the home center industry. Over the years, their company has evolved into one of the largest manufacturers of pre-finished floor moldings, including vinyl, laminate, and wood moldings. Realizing the seriousness of the pandemic, Zamma was quick to incorporate new policies for the safety of their employees, including mandatory mask-wearing, increased sanitation supplies in their high-traffic areas, virtual meetings, and 6ft spacing between workers. Zamma offers competitive pay, benefits, and time off! To learn more about the opportunities at Zamma, contact Jeff Earney at 678.903.6001 or click here to apply directly!

Lohmann Corporation & Subsidiaries:

This manufacturing company produces a state-of-the-art solvent coating line for both acrylic and rubber adhesives for industrial and medical markets in North and Latin America. Lohmann plays an important role in overcoming this pandemic, as their materials are used to produce COVID-19 testing kits. To keep their workers safe, they've implemented crisis management techniques, introduced new production shifts, and created protection protocols. To learn more about the opportunities at Lohmann, contact Pam Turner at pam.turner@lohmann-tapes.com or call 540.308.2080 

Orange County is ready to work! Check out our latest video and see for yourself. 

Safe Places to Stay in Orange County During the Pandemic

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Are you or a loved one traveling to Orange County this holiday season? We know that traveling during the holidays is already stressful. Add on a global pandemic, and it can seem nearly impossible. Don’t worry, we have several local accommodations that have been working tirelessly to implement COVID-19 precautions, ensuring that you have a safe place to stay.

Holladay House Bed and Breakfast:

Like many businesses, Sam and Sharon Elswick, the owners of Holladay House, have noticed the challenges COVID-19 has posed for their business and have adapted to make sure that their guests are safe. In addition to their employees not traveling outside of the United States in over a year, they have put protocols in place to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus and suggest that you visit their website to check out their policies before booking your stay.  

Inn on Poplar Hill: 

Despite the challenges Coronavirus brought, the Inn on Poplar Hill is committed to safely serving guests. They have enacted several preventative measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, these protocols include: closing specific rooms, setting up private dining tables on their covered porch, frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces, added signage, and requiring all guests to wear masks and practice social distancing. In addition, guests can engage in socially distant fun by walking over 2 miles of trails on the inn’s property.  They have also relaxed their cancellation policy to allow for flexibility. Book your stay today by visiting their website or Facebook page.

Mayhurst Estate:

Just three weeks after buying Mayhurst Estate, COVID-19 hit, and new owners Jason and Casey Cashell were forced to adapt. Their first two months weren’t easy, but they were able to use that time to focus their attention on making improvements to the property. For example, they worked on building renovations, planted a peony and lavender field, manicured the grounds, and brought in animals to the estate. All of this being a part of their vision to turn Mayhurst into an old-world, working estate modeled after the French countryside.

In addition to property upkeep, Jason and Casey spent their downtime working with health experts to ensure the safety of their guests and staff. They quickly came up with protocols and procedures that include masks, social distancing, and cleaning regimens. As a result of these policies, the owners have been able to safely welcome many guests to their property. Mayhurst Estate guests can enjoy many outdoor activities such as hiking on private trails that span the course of 37 acres, fishing in the lily pond, and playing with farm animals. Check out their website, Facebook, or Instagram for updates and availability. 

Round Hill Inn:

Round Hill Inn has also implemented several precautionary measures to ensure the safety of its staff and guests are of top priority. They include: masks, barriers at the front desk, signage around the inn, hand sanitizer stations, no housekeeping unless requested, rigorous cleanings, no room rentals back-to-back, and no breakfast. If they thought that they couldn’t create a safe environment they wouldn’t stay open. Stacy Harden, General Manager of the Round Hill Inn, states, “I would trust my family to stay here – and I wouldn’t stay open if I couldn’t do that.” You can check out their website for their updated policies and to book a stay. 

So, whether you are traveling for the holidays or just need a break from the city, Orange County has many Historic Inns and Bed & Breakfasts that are committed to making sure you have a safe and healthy trip! We ask that you check your accommodations COVID-19 protocols before booking your reservation and observe them during your visit.

Safe Shopping in the Town of Orange

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The season of giving is here! Consider giving our local Orange County retailers a little extra support this year, as they’re working harder than ever to stay open and keep their customers safe. Through shopping online to in-store options, you can find holiday gifts and decor for every person on your list without having to leave the Town of Orange.

Holiday Decorations

‘Tis the season to begin decorating for the holidays! The Market at Grelen has sleighs full of Christmas decorations to spruce up your home, and they provide the opportunity to cut down your own tree! When you head into Orange, Grelen Downtown has the most whimsical gifts and curated gift guides for everyone in your life.

If you’re looking to spread holiday cheer, Lacy’s Florist and Flower Cottage offers beautiful and classic centerpieces, bouquets, holly trees, and fresh wreaths - the perfect gift for a loved one.

Online Opportunities

Nothing beats the convenience of online shopping. Businesses like Gibson Auction Inc. have pivoted during the pandemic to provide online auctions, so you can safely bid for items by only lifting a single finger! The online auctions are open to all, but registration is required.

Amid the pandemic, Bound2please Books moved their entire shop online to accommodate bookworms looking for their next great read. While they may have moved online permanently, they’re offering all the same perks the in-person shop did, like special orders, special events, and gently used or brand new books. Take advantage of this local eCommerce site! 

As the expression goes, the best gift keeps on giving, and Edward Jones is your go-to in Orange for your financial needs. Giving the gift of financial literacy might not be on the top of most people’s list, but it’s an excellent investment for the future. While in-person appointments are available, Edward Jones offers secure video conferencing to serve their customers in whatever capacity they need.

Gifts for All

With an ever-changing inventory, Unique to Chic Galleria is a one-of-a-kind liquidation store that tempts residents and visitors alike to stop by to see what’s in stock. From over 32,000 masks to hand sanitizer, they offer plenty of PPE (perfect stocking stuffers!) at a great price.

“It’s going to take all of us working together. We are here to help -- let us know what you need. We are trying to source helpful items. Before you go outside of Orange, try looking locally first!” - Troy Ayers, Owner of Unique to Chic Galleria.

If you're looking for gifts for the females in your life, My Sister's Closet offers trendy, chic consignment pieces at affordable prices. Mask wearing is mandatory and hand sanitizer is provided. They also offer a special 10% discount to those in the Orange School system. Stop by for a personalized shopping experience! 

Providing clean and safe environments, Melrose Antiques & Fine Interiors and D+J Thrift Shop sanitize often and require masks. D+J Thrift Stop sterilizes all incoming items, like their wide variety of books and quality clothing. If you’re unsure of the perfect gift, purchase gift cards to either location so friends and family can pick out their own gift. Customers can even schedule an appointment with Melrose Antiques & Fine Interiors if they’re looking for personalized assistance.

From clothing to furniture, Objects on Main has the perfect gifts for the interior designer in your life! Designing and decorating is their specialty, so whether you’re looking to shop or schedule a design consultation, you won’t be disappointed by their products and service.

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a loved one, we ask you to please follow all COVID-19 safety protocols this season, including social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands frequently. If you would like to be featured as part of the #RetailReady campaign, share your business’s story here!

The Show Must Go On!

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Staying close to home this holiday season gives us all a wonderful opportunity to explore the treasures of our own backyard. Whether you’ve got family coming to visit, or you’re just looking for a little extra fun, Orange County’s arts, entertainment, and attractions businesses have dazzled us with their adaptations.

Arts

Carving out time to ship online orders more frequently, Art From The Bark, a woodcarving studio, art gallery, and store in Rhoadesville, is still open for business. Showing off local and national artisans, Annie Gould Gallery represents over 50 artists. With a constant rotation of items, this gallery has beautiful decorative works and functional pieces, like wine accessories and jewelry! To visit the gallery, they recommend making an appointment. Same-day walk-in appointments are available depending on the day.

Similarly, The Arts Center in Orange is also open by appointment only. Visitors can schedule appointments to visit their current exhibition, Blue Ridge Sonnets, or their gift shop. They also have times available to reserve their ceramics studio. If you’re not up to leaving the house, their free Online Art Clubs are designed to promote creativity and connection.  

Entertainment

Something we’ve all been missing is live entertainment. Four County Players, the region’s longest operating community theater, presents “Help Desk: A Stay-at-Home Play.” Hosted via Zoom, this play provides viewers the in-person show experience from the comfort of their own home! Performances are November 18-22, and tickets can be purchased online.

Attractions

Orange County is full of Presidential, Civil War, and local history. During this momentous year, the James Madison Museum of Orange County Heritage has been cataloging and recording pieces of local history that we’re living through now in hopes of using it in a future exhibit. To see current exhibitions for yourself, they encourage visitors to call ahead and schedule a tour, especially if you have a larger group. The staff cleans exhibits, common touch-point areas, and restrooms in between tours to ensure visitor safety. The museum has facemasks, hand sanitizer, a digital temperature scanner, and sanitizing wipes readily available at their entry, which features a clear acetate protective screen. 

Similarly, the Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum appreciates that guests remain socially distant when visiting, wear masks, and abide by state regulations. They’re also offering private tours for guests who would like to explore the museum with their own group.

AJ Austin of the Exchange Hotel Civil War Museum echoed this sentiment to visitors: “we’re thankful for everyone’s continued support and appreciate you helping us stay open.”

If you’re looking to explore history while remaining outdoors, the Germanna Foundation has approximately 7 miles of beautiful hiking trails open 7 days a week during sunlight hours. Explore the history of Fort Germanna by stopping by their Visitor Center, scheduling reservations to use the library, or schedule a private tour in Salubria, a Georgian-style manor built in 1757. Each of these amenities are open at a limited capacity and require facemasks and social distancing. 

Arts, entertainment, and attraction-focused organizations are ready to welcome you back safely as you look to explore your own community! If you would like to be featured as part of the #RetailReady campaign, share your business’s story here.

Orange County Awards $194,000 to Organizations from the Second Round of the “Bounce Back Orange Small Business Grant” Program

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Orange County, VA –Orange County Economic Development Office is pleased to announce the second Round of Bounce Back Orange Small Business Grant awards.  Twenty-three (23) Orange County small business and non-profit organizations were awarded a total of $194,000, from this round of funding.

Rounds 1 and 2 of the Bounce Back Orange Small Business Grant program were funded using federal CARES Act funds provided to Orange County and administered by the Community Investment Collaborative (CIC).  The program was able to award approximately $492,000 in total to local organizations through sixty-four (64) individual grants.

“The Orange County Board of Supervisors has been very proactive in responding to COVID-19, by quickly adopting a County CARES Act spending plan aimed at providing support to residents and businesses alike. The Bounce Back Orange Small Business Grant program was one of the many ways the Board was able to ensure that small businesses and organizations received the support they needed in order to help them keep their doors open and their employees employed,” noted Rose Deal, Director of Orange County Economic Development. 

If your business or organization missed out on this funding opportunity, please contact the Office of Economic Development to discuss other available funding sources. We encourage businesses to reference our COVID-19 Resources for Local Businesses page, at https://www.thinkorangeva.com/covid19-resources, to stay up to date on various business assistance programs.

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

Safe Sipping in Orange County

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From warm gulps of coffee to refined tastings of wine, Orange County businesses have discovered new ways to let you sip safely with them. Craft beverage makers around the County have brewed up fresh strategies to keep your purchases anxiety-free – including porch pickup processes and at-home tastings.

Coffee:

While most cafes came to a grinding halt during the pandemic, a few coffee shops and roasters were quick to adapt.

Witch’s Brew Café thought on their feet and implemented online ordering, curbside pickup options, and even local coffee deliveries. Known for their latte art, these cups of coffee are sure to put a smile on your face.

Similarly, Orange County Roasters had to enable contactless methods of exchange. Though they had to close their associated coffee bar, Stand Up Coffee, they are anticipating opening back up soon! For now, you can get your favorite espresso blend or internationally curated beans by using their highly popularized “Porch Pickup.” Simply call in your order, and in 30 minutes or less, you’ll find a bag with your name on it on their steps!

Wine and Beer:

We are presently in the height of wine-tasting season, and Orange County vineyards are determined to help you pop and pour at home.

Caitlin Horton, from Horton Vineyards, reassures visitors by saying, “We are trying to get through this pandemic as best we can, and every decision we make prioritizes our customer’s safety.” Like many vineyards in Orange County, Horton Vineyards have made the switch to single-use products to reduce potential contamination. They also offer ample spacing in their outdoor patio.

To embrace the change, Well Hung Vineyard has expanded their line of apparel to include masks! You can now represent this local winery with an added peace of mind. Well Hung Vineyard has also implemented strict cleaning regiments and staff temperature screenings.

For those who prefer the comforts of their own home, Chateau MerrillAnne Winery offers an at-home wine tasting kit! Choose from three of their take-home experiences: Bottled Wine Tasting, Wine Party in a Box, and the Virginia Wine Starter Pack.

Let’s not forget our local breweries! Family-run Iron Pipe Alewerks had to take on new tactics to adapt to the pandemic changes. They now have canning apparatuses that allow their loyal customers to bring home their six-packs. Also equipped with tents for outdoor enjoyment, be sure to support this local business by grabbing a brew or two.

Central VA Wine Tours is still touring throughout Orange County for those looking to avoid driving! Brewery and distillery tours and vineyard hopping has never been so easy. Book a private party through this safe, sanitized, and reliable transportation company. 

Craft Beverage businesses are welcoming you back safely! If you would like to be featured as part of the #RetailReady campaign, share your business’s story here!

      

Staying Healthy and Fit with Orange County Businesses

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If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it is the importance of health. The impact of this pandemic is causing lots of changes in our daily lives, and it can be confusing to figure out the best ways to stay healthy. Fortunately, Orange County is full of small businesses dedicated to health and fitness. They are going above and beyond to make sure their customers and clients are safe and protected. See for yourself!

From the Health Businesses:

Significantly impacted by the statewide lockdown, Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic (PRDC) opened back up at 50% capacity to the public in August. Deeply affected by not operating, PRDC incurred a buildup of expenses and are eager to help their patients again. PRDC has instituted a series of protective measures, including a pre-screening checklist two days ahead of appointments, check-ins from patient vehicles, temperature screening, and additional Covid-19 patient questionnaires. Clinically, they've installed multiple air purifying devices and HEPA and UV light filters. They want their patients and potential patients to know that their safety is their most important priority.

The same is true for the Orange County Free Clinic, located on Woodmark Street in the Town of Orange. Director Dorren Brown wants everyone to know that "We are still here and helping people." The Clinic has embraced phone appointments (more accessible than computer-based telehealth), patient waivers, temperature checks, regular cleanings, and new air purifying systems.

For some of our healthcare businesses, the work never stopped with the outbreak. Orange Chiropractic & Family Fitness is one of them as an essential business. On the pandemic's frontlines, Orange Chiropractic & Family Fitness has continued to offer their chiropractic services, family care, nutrition resources, BioFlex laser therapy, and therapeutic rehabilitation exercises. It is paramount to their practice to ensure that their facilities undergo super-sanitation frequently, that masks are worn at all times, and that their clients feel safe.

Co-owner Dr. Eileen Whalen says their message to their clients during this time has been: "The healthier you are, the less vulnerable and more protected you will be against the coronavirus or any other virus that you face." 

And this is undoubtedly true for other fitness-oriented businesses around the County. 

From the Fitness Businesses:

Getting creative with the restrictions, MFA Studios has sectioned off their studios into 10ft squares to maintain social distancing requirements. Now you can take their Zumba, HIIT workout, aerobics, toning, and kickboxing classes in your own personal square! MFA Studios also offers every class online through Zoom, and their equipment is available to rent for those wanting to work out from home. They are still offering dance classes for children.

Brushwood School of Dance is also taking the pandemic seriously and has incorporated several measures to protect its dancers. In fact, they've created an entire video about their new precautions. From temperature screenings to highly regimented cleanings, the Brushwood School of Dance wants their dancers to feel safe and protected. They also offer Zoom classes to their students!

Stay safe, and support our local Orange County Health and Fitness businesses!

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

As a component of our “Orange is Retail Ready Campaign,” the Orange County Office of Economic Development encourages our community to shop local, by participating in the Orange County Small Business Passport Event. The event will be held November 3 – December 17, 2020 and encourages consumers to shop and dine at small businesses throughout Orange County (excludes franchises or national chains) for a chance to win one of ten, $150 gift certificates to an Orange County Small Business.

To download your passport and for more information, please visit, https://www.thinkorangeva.com/living-here/orange-county-is-retail-ready or contact Susan Turner at the Orange County Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238 or sturner@orangecountyva.gov.

Orange County Economic Development Launches New Campaign "Orange County is Retail Ready" to Encourage Local Spending

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Orange County Economic Development, is launching a new campaign, “Orange County is Retail Ready,” to support consumer-facing businesses this holiday season. For the months of November and December, Orange County Economic Development, will be highlighting retail, service, restaurant, and other small businesses throughout the County. The campaign will occur mainly over social media and also includes informative blogs and video footage from local businesses.

Rose Deal, Director of Economic Development says, “We recognize that consumers are receiving mixed and conflicting messages about safe behavior, which has created confusion, anxiety, and may have impacted willingness to shop locally this year. In response, our office will be launching a marketing campaign that will help customers feel safe shopping. We want our residents and visitors to know that Orange County is Retail Ready!”

Deal noted that “Our office is looking to make sure the small businesses of Orange County feel supported at this critical time of year.” Small businesses looking to be part of this campaign can fill out a form at this link: https://forms.gle/PnVftG56mDiqAbhz7 or visit the campaign website at https://www.thinkorangeva.com/living-here/orange-county-is-retail-ready.

For more information regarding this event please contact the Orange County Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238.

 

Orange County Receives $2 Million in Cares Act Funding from the Commonwealth for Wireless Hotspot Project

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Orange County receives $1,999,620 from the Commonwealth of Virginia for broadband funding pursuant to the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) for a wireless hotspot project.

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Tourism Revenue Reached $53 Million in Orange County in 2019

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Tourism revenue for Orange County reached $52,922,809.00 in 2019, a 3% percent change over 2018. Local tourism-supported jobs totaled 624 and local tourism-related taxes totaled $1,529,611.00.

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Aquaphalt Progresses on New Orange County Plant

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The Thomas E. Lee Industrial Park is soon to see a new tenant.  Aquaphalt is making progress on their new 40,000 sq. ft. facility, with operations expected to begin in January, 2021.

Pitch Perfect: QuadTank Pitch Competition and Business Summit Going Virtual Nov. 17

Last year, Orange County Economic Development hosted the Quad County Business Summit and introduced the first ever QuadTank Pitch Competition, at which Jennifer Bryington was the finalist and winner.  After taking home the grand prize, she took her busy home-based bakery business, JB Cakes to a storefront operation and sandwich shop in Rhoadesville. 

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2020 QuadTank Pitch Competition and Quad County Business Summit Go Virtual

The Orange County Economic Development Office is pleased to announce it will co-host the 2020 QuadTank Pitch Competition and Quad County Business Summit along with the Economic Development Offices of Greene County, Louisa County, and Fluvanna County, the Fluvanna Chamber of Commerce, and the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center on November 17, 2020.  The QuadTank Pitch Competition will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and the Quad County Business Summit from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

The 5th Annual Quad County Business Summit will be all virtual. The event will feature keynote speaker Sandy Sponaugle from Platinum PR. Participants will also hear from Hope Lawrence of Hudson Henry Baking Company on how her Fluvanna business has reached its current level of success. The Summit will also include breakout sessions and opportunities for virtual networking. The event is free for Quad County business owners. Interested participants can register at www.qcbsummit.com

“In light of current pandemic, the Quad County Business Summit Planning Committee decided to take these events virtual to ensure that our rural entrepreneurs and businesses owners would still have access to this valuable network of resources,” noted Rose Deal, Project Manager for Orange County Economic Development.

Similar to last year, The Summit will also include the QuadTank, a winner take all pitch competition. The QuadTank is available for new or current business owners from the participating counties. Businesses should prepare a business plan and pitch their plan to the panel of judges. The final presentations and judge questions will be hosted live the morning of November 17th, for all participants to view. The grand prize for the QuadTank is $5,000. Last year’s winner was JB Cakes of Orange County.

This year the Quad Counties are inviting Madison County businesses to participate in the Summit as special guests! Madison County entrepreneurs can view the QuadTank and participate in the Summit with fellow Central Virginia business owners.

Registration and sponsorship opportunities are listed on the Summit website: www.qcbsummit.com. Please save the date, November 17th, to virtually attend this event.  For more information, please contact Rose Deal, Project Manager at (540) 672-1238.

Second Round of "Bounce Back Orange Small Business Grant"

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Orange County is pleased to announce a second round of the Bounce Back Orange County Small Business Grant program, aimed to provide immediate relief to small business owners, private schools, and non-profits throughout the County impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Bounce Back Orange County Small Business Grant will offer forgivable grants up to $8,000 to qualified businesses and organizations and is funded using federal CARES Act funds. Similar in round one, Community Investment Collaborative (CIC), a non-profit organization will administer the program developed by Orange County.  

Interested business owners and organizations with zero (0) to one hundred (100) employees are encouraged to start the grant process immediately by completing the required online interest form at https://forms.gle/cRTNq8TaeqxnfCDv9.   Staff will utilize the interest forms to communicate directly with businesses and organizations regarding the grant application. The grant application process will open on October 5, 2020 and will close on October 19, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST. For a full overview of the program, please go to https://www.thinkorangeva.com/covid19-resources.

 For more information, please contact the Economic Development Department at (540) 672-1238.

Orange County Economic Development & Tourism Office Relocation

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The Orange County Economic Development and Tourism offices have relocated to their newly renovated administration space.  The new offices are located at 109 West Main St, Orange, VA 22960, in the building also known as the Historic Clerk’s Office.  For more information regarding the move, please contact Rose Deal, Project Manager at (540) 672-1238.

Orange County Economic Development, Chamber, and Workforce Center to Host Job Fair

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On September 16, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., the Orange County Economic Development Office along with the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Inc., and the Orange Workforce Center will host an outdoor Job Fair. The event will be held under the pavilion at Booster Park located at 11177 Bloomsbury Rd, Orange, VA 22960 and will feature 8 Orange County businesses.

Job candidates are respectfully asked to wear a mask, wash or sanitize hands, and practice social distancing guidelines while in attendance.

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Orange County Offering PPE Kits for Small Businesses

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Starting in mid-September, Orange County Economic Development will offer small businesses and non-profits, with fifty (50) employees or fewer, free personal protective equipment (PPE) kits in an effort to enhance support to organizations who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   

The kits contain one (1) box of gloves, one (1) box of disposable masks, one (1) bottle of hand sanitizer, a window cling with the image below, and information on the proper use and care of PPE.  The kits will help organizations offset unexpected supply expenses and ensure a safe environment for employers, employees, volunteers, and customers.

Effective May 26, 2020; Executive Order 63 requires all patrons in the Commonwealth aged ten (10) and over to cover their mouth and nose with a face covering, as described and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), when entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time inside buildings.  Additionally, the Executive Order requires employees working in customer-facing areas to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth.

Please contact the Office of Economic Development at (540) 672-1238 or email rdeal@orangecountyva.gov to reserve your complimentary PPE kit.

 

Orange County Awards $277,725.50 to Organizations from the “Bounce Back Orange Small Business Grant” Program

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Orange County Economic Development Office is pleased to announce grant awards totaling $277,725.50, to thirty-nine (39) business and non-profit organizations through the Bounce Back Orange Small Business Grant program.  

The Bounce Back Orange Small Business Grant program was funded using federal CARES Act funds provided to Orange County and was administered by the Community Investment Collaborative (CIC).  The CARES Act spending plan was authorized by the Orange County Board of Supervisors as part of a multifaceted effort to help the community mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “We are pleased with the interest we received in the grant program and are excited to be able to provide much needed relief to various organizations throughout Orange County who have experienced business disruption from COVID-19. While we know these grants will never replace the loss of revenue businesses have experienced, it is our hope that the funds will provide short-term relief to assist them in remaining open and operational far into the future,” noted Rose Deal, Project Manager for Orange County Economic Development. 

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Orange County Golf Course Formerly Known as Rapidan Golf Course, Now Under New Management and Reopening as Somerset Farms Golf Course

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Orange County Economic Development would like to announce the reopening of Somerset Farms Golf Course located at 35448 Somerset Ridge Road in Locust Grove, VA.  The course, formally known as Rapidan Golf Club, was purchased in early June, by Kenny and Lora Dotson. With the help of New Direction Golf Management (NDGM), improvements were made to the clubhouse and course; and the tee boxes, fairways, and greens were restored. The course is open and ready to welcome golfers.  “Everyone can learn and enjoy the game of golf,” stated a representative of NDGM.  NDGM’s mission is to grow the game of golf within the community by specifically designing programs and initiatives to create, develop, and sustain interest in the sport.  The Dotson’s, who also own another golf course in Orange County, understand the time and dedication it takes to make a golf course successful.  Mr. Dotson noted, “We will work hard to make Somerset Farms a course to be proud of and a benefit to the community and the region.”

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Orange County Welcomes New Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility

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Orange County Economic Development welcomes Trinity Senior Village, a new family owned and operated Assisted Living and Memory Care community under construction near Lake of the Woods in Locust Grove, Virginia.  Trinity Senior Village is projected to open in September 2020.  James P. Crozier, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors noted, “Trinity is a welcome addition to the Germanna Wilderness Area of Orange County, providing a senior living option that was not previously available in eastern Orange County. For residents that want to transition from independent living, this will allow then to keep their friends and family close while staying connected to a familiar environment.”

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Two New Breweries Open in Orange County

Orange County has welcomed two new breweries to its community over the past two months.  Iron Pipe Alewerks, located in the Town of Orange in the Silk Mill Building, opened its doors in early December and Unionville Brewing Company, located in Unionville, opened its door this past weekend.   

See more on this story from CBS19.

Orange County Tourism Related Business See More Than 5% Increase in Revenues in 2018

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According to data recently released by the United States Travel Association (USTA), tourism revenues in Orange County increased more than 5% in 2018 to $51.3 million.

See more on this story from the Orange Review.

2019 QuadTank Pitch Competition Winner Opens Storefront in Orange County

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Orange County, VA – Orange County is pleased to announce that JB Cakes, winner of the 2019 QuadTank Pitch Competition is officially open for business in their new retail storefront. JB Cakes offers breakfast, lunch, and several varieties of sweet treats.  Owner and operator, Jennifer Bryington, opened the business out of her home and quickly outgrew the space. 

In early October 2019, Bryington competed against three finalists in the QuadTank Pitch Competition held during the Quad County Business Summit. She took home the grand prize of $4,750 which was quickly put to use in her new storefront.  Bryington noted, “The prize money has definitely been put to good use. The opportunity to grow and expand business in the community is priceless. I look forward to serving our community for many years to come!”

Phil Geer, Director of Economic Development stated, “We are incredibly proud that Orange County’s own JB Cakes won the first ever QuadTank Pitch Competition and has put the prize money to good use. Her business is filling a need for that area of the County and we’re confident that JB Cakes will be very successful for many years to come.”

JB Cakes is located at 26322 Constitution Highway, Rhoadesville, VA, 22542 and will hold their grand opening event on January 25, 2020 during normal business hours.

For more information, please contact Phil Geer, Director at (540) 672-1238.  See more on this story from the Culpeper Star-Exponent.

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Orange County Receives Final Report From Hotel Feasibility Study

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Orange County, VA – Earlier this year, Orange County hired Core Distinction Group to conduct a lodging market feasibility study. The study focused on the Town of Gordonsville, Town of Orange, and Locust Grove (specifically the Route 3 Corridor). It was determined that the markets in the Town of Orange and Locust Grove have the highest viability.

The recommendation for the Town of Orange property segment indicated a newly developed, boutique style hotel with 35-45 guestrooms would sufficiently meet the Town’s and surrounding area’s lodging demands.

The recommendation for the Route 3 Corridor in Locust Grove indicated that a newly developed, upper midscale hotel with 65-75 guestrooms would sufficiently meet the lodging demands of Locust Grove.

Detailed proformas that include return on investment figures, as well as the full lodging market feasibility study for both recommended areas, are available and can be obtained by contacting the Orange County Economic Development office. Phil Geer, Director noted, “we will use the research and results obtained from our consultant to solicit investors, developers, and major hotel brands to bring additional lodging options to our community, which are needed by our local businesses and tourism industry.”

For more information regarding this study, please contact Phil Geer, Director at (540) 672-1238.

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Orange Chiropractic & Family Fitness Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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Orange County, VA – Orange County Economic Development would like to extend a congratulations to Orange Chiropractic & Family Fitness for celebrating their 30th anniversary of doing business in Orange County!

The mission at Orange Chiropractic & Family Fitness is to help as many people as possible restore health, vitality and optimal wellness at any age.  They are dedicated to providing the highest quality chiropractic care in a family friendly, fun and motivating environment. 

Orange Chiropractic & Family Fitness specializes in family chiropractic care, stability/therapeutic exercises, laser therapy, nutritional guidance and promoting motivating positive mindset.  They believe that all bodies, young and old, have the innate ability to express their fullest health potential.  For 30 years they have helped people of all ages maximize the quality and quantity of their lives, which has kept them inspired to achieve a long future of sharing the power of chiropractic care and the 100 Year Lifestyle health care philosophy.

Orange Chiropractic & Family Fitness invites you to come out on Wednesday 11/13/19 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and celebrate their 30th Anniversary with them and enjoy awesome food and festivities.  Bring a friend and find out how the 100 Year Lifestyle can help you reach optimum health and peak performance regardless of your age or provide healthy drug free solutions for your children and family.  RSVP via FB Event or call 540-672-9350

At Orange Chiropractic & Family Fitness, they want to help you express your full potential and live your best life every day for 100 years and beyond!! Check them out at www.orangechiro.net and www.100yearlifestyle.com.  

 

 

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Orange County's JB Cakes wins QuadTank Pitch Competition held at the 2019 Quad County Business Summit.

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The 4th annual Quad County Business Summit was held at Madison at the Mill on October 2, 2019. Small business owners and entrepreneurs from Greene, Orange, Louisa, and Fluvanna gathered to hear from various professionals on topics including; business survival, human resources, and social media marketing.  The day was kicked off with a motivational speech delivered by Brett Leake on how "Fun Gets Work Done."  Also in attendance was Doug Bouton, Greene County native, and the co-founder of Halo Top Creamery.  Bouton also participated in a Q&A session regarding the business success story of Halo Top.

The Summit concluded with a live pitch competition where one business from each of the four localities pitched their business idea to a panel of judges, for a chance to win $4,750.  The winning business was JB Cakes of Orange.

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4th Annual Quad County Business Summit to Include Guest Speaker, Doug Bouton, Co-Founder, President, and COO of Halo Top Creamery

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Orange County, VA –  Orange County Economic Development and the Quad County Business Summit Planning Committee are pleased to announced this year’s Summit will include a Business Success Story Question & Answer session with guest speaker Doug Bouton, Co-Founder, President and COO of Halo Top Creamery.  Halo Top was founded in 2011 by Justin Woolverton, who began the company by making ice cream in his own kitchen.  Bouton joined Halo Top shortly after as co-founder and the rest is history.   

The full 2019 Summit agenda is now available and can be found on the Quad County Business Summit's website at www.qcbsummit.com

Sponsorship opportunities are still available and are listed on the Summit website.  To date, over $3,500 has been raised to award to the winner of the QuadTank Pitch Competition.   We would like to graciously thank all of our generous sponsors: Halo Top Creamery, Dominion Energy, Draper Aden Associates, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Virginia Community Bank, Partner’s 1st Federal Credit Union, Xpress Copy & Graphics, Madison at the Mill, and JB Cakes.

For more information regarding the event, please contact Rose Deal, Project Manager at (540) 672-1238.

Virginia Named "Top State for Business" by CNBC

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In a live broadcast this morning, Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginia has been named America’s “Top State for Business” by CNBC.   The ranking is determined by CNBC following an extensive study of all 50 states based on 64 metrics in 10 categories of competitiveness. Virginia is tied with Texas for most years named top state for business by CNBC, with wins in 2007, 2009, 2011, and now 2019.

Read the Governor's full press release or watch a short video.

Virginia Ranks #1 in the Nation in Site Selection Magazine's Annual Prosperity Cup Ranking

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The team at Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) has secured the number one spot in the nation in the 2019 Site Selection’s annual Prosperity Cup ranking.  The ranking gauges success of the business recruitment and retention efforts of state-level economic development offices. This is a five spot increase from Virginia's ranking in both 2017 and 2018.

Read the full story from Site Selection Magazine.

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center to Present How to Start Your Own Small 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), Orange County Chamber of Commerce, and Orange Downtown Alliance is hosting two (2) FREE business development opportunities.  A workshop, How to Start Your Own Small Business, and 1-1 Counseling Sessions will be offered at The Gordon Building located at 112 West Main Street, Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, Orange, VA 22960 on June 19, 2019.

The How to Start Your Own Small Business workshop is being offered from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and is targeted for those individuals thinking about starting a small business or those who have already started one and have realized they may have missed a few things. We will review the steps to a successful start, the registrations and regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections, and how to choose the right marketing media. 

 In addition to the workshop being offered this day, FREE and confidential, 1-on-1 business counseling sessions are available from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. for those seeking feedback and advice from an experienced business advisor.  Counseling sessions are available by appointment only, so please call the CVSBDC at (434) 295-8198 to schedule your appointment on June 19th, or in Charlottesville any other date.

Although these events are FREE to all local businesses, space is limited.  To ensure a seat at the workshop, businesses can pre-register online at https://bit.ly/2wscg2Q or by phone at (434) 295-8198.

For more information, please contact Rose Deal at the Orange County Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238 or rdeal@orangecountyva.gov.

 

 

 

CVSBDC to Present: Financing Your Business: Preparing for Loans and Microloans Workshop

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The Financing Your Business: Preparing for Loans and Microloans workshop is being offered from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 15, 2019, and is targeted for those individuals looking for business financing for a startup or an existing business.  This interactive workshop will cover the following topics: types of capital, types of financing, sources of capital for businesses, facts about small business loans, preparing to meet with your potential lender or investor, and how the SBDC can help you prepare.   

Also, being offered this day, FREE and confidential, 1-on-1 business counseling sessions are available from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for those seeking feedback and advice from an experienced business advisor.  Counseling sessions are available by appointment only, so please call the CVSBDC at (434) 295-8198 to schedule your appointment on April 17th, or at the Main CVSBDC officer in Charlottesville any other date.

Although these events are FREE to all local businesses, space is limited.  To ensure a seat at the workshop, businesses can pre-register online at https://bit.ly/2EUUXfY or by phone at (434) 295-8198.

Read the full press release.

4th Annual Quad-County Business Summit Will Feature First Ever Pitch Competition - The Quad Tank

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Orange County Economic Development in collaboration with the Orange Chamber of Commerce, Central Virginia Small Business Development Center and peer organizations in Fluvanna County, Greene County, and Louisa County has just announced the inclusion of a pitch competition titled, The Quad Tank, to be held at this year’s Summit.  The Quad Tank will offer entrepreneurs from the four localities a funding opportunity to take their business ideas to the next level.

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Faye's Office Supply Inc., Celebrating 25th Anniversary

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Orange County, VA – Faye’s Office Supply Inc. has been in business since 1994. We are locally owned and operated by Faye and Curtis Gish of Orange, Virginia. I started my business in 1994 in Locust Grove, Virginia. I realized a market existed for an office supply store in the area. 

Read the full press release from Faye's Office Supply.

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center to present How to Start Your Own Small Business Workshop on 3/7/2019

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The Orange County Economic Development Office, in collaboration with the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC), Orange County Chamber of Commerce, and Orange Downtown Alliance is hosting two (2) FREE business development opportunities.  A workshop, How to Start Your Own Small Business, and 1-1 Counseling Sessions will be offered at The Gordon Building located at 112 West Main Street, Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, Orange, VA 22960 on March 7, 2019.

The How to Start Your Own Small Business workshop is being offered from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and is targeted for those individuals thinking about starting a small business or those who have already started one and have realized they may have missed a few things. We will review the steps to a successful start, the registrations and regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections, and how to choose the right marketing media. 

In addition to the workshop being offered this day, FREE and confidential, 1-on-1 business counseling sessions are available from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for those seeking feedback and advice from an experienced business advisor.  Counseling sessions are available by appointment only, so please call the CVSBDC at (434) 295-8198 to schedule your appointment on March 7th, or in Charlottesville any other date.

Although these events are FREE to all local businesses, space is limited.  To ensure a seat at the workshop, businesses can pre-register online at https://bit.ly/2Wv2714 or by phone at (434) 295-8198.

 For more information, please contact Rose Deal at the Orange County Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238 or rdeal@orangecountyva.gov.

Save the Date for the 4th Annual Quad County Business Summit Set to Take Place in Orange County on October 2, 2019
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Save the Date for the 4th Annual Quad County Business Summit Set to Take Place in Orange County on October 2, 2019

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Orange County will host the 4TH annual Quad-County Business Summit on October 2, 2019 at Madison at the Mill, located at 323 N Madison Rd, Orange, VA 22960.  Orange County Economic Development is working in collaboration with the Orange Chamber of Commerce, Central Virginia Small Business Development Center and peer organizations in Fluvanna County, Greene County, and Louisa County. The Summit is intended to bring together businesses from the four- county region for a half-day of networking and educational programs, with various speakers covering a vast range of topics. The event is FREE to attend. Sponsorship opportunities are available! 

 Please save the date, October 2nd, 2019 to attend this event.  More information and registration will follow in the coming months. Please contact Rose Deal, Project Manager at (540) 672-1238 for more information.

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center to present Build a Local Search Presence – A Google Livestream Workshop

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The Orange County Economic Development Office, in collaboration with the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC), Orange County Chamber of Commerce, and Orange Downtown Alliance is hosting two (2) FREE business development opportunities.  A workshop, Build a Local Search Presence – A Google Livestream Workshop, and 1-1 Counseling Sessions will be offered at The Gordon Building located at 112 West Main Street, Basement, Orange, VA 22960 on January 16, 2019.

There are billions of local searches happening on Google every day….learn how to maximize the benefits of these searches for your small business! Google experts will explain how Build a Local Search Presence, in order to more effectively “be found” by customers in your area.  In addition to Google’s instructional video,  Betty Hoge, Director of the Central Virginia SBDC will share best practices for using Google My Business features (like posts and reviews) to put your best foot forward Ms. Hoge will also will lead a roundtable discussion about consumer trends related to local searches.

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Orange County Economic Development and Tourism Office Relocates to Historic Town of Orange Train Depot

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On November 1, 2018, the Office of Economic Development and Tourism will relocate to a "new" temporary location.  The historic Town of Orange Train Deport, located at 122 E Main St, Orange, VA 22960, will house the department while renovations take place to their future and permanent home, the Historic Clerk's Office.  

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Virginia Ranked #4 in 2018 Top States for Business by CNBC

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CNBC announced its' 2018 rankings for America's Top States for Business.  Virginia ranked #4 for 2018, an increase of three spots from 2017 rankings.  

Read more and view the full list.

Central Virginia Wine Tours & Transportation, Locally Owned and Operated, Celebrates 6th Anniversary

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Central Virginia Wine Tours & Transportation LLC is entering its 6th year of operation this month, as a locally owned and operated business serving Orange and its surrounding areas of Central Virginia.  

Two Cadillac Escalades (6 passengers each), a comfortable VanTerra MiniBus with table and social seating arrangement (seats up to 14 passengers) and two Limousine Buses (seats 20 passengers each) make up the current fleet. The buses include leather seats in bench row style, a wet bar, as well as TV’s and a surround sound phone hook up to travel in comfort and style. All vehicles are provided with complimentary chilled water bottles for passengers.

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Homestead Building Systems, Inc. to Expand in Orange County

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On May 29, 2018, Governor Ralph Northam announced that Homestead Building Systems, Inc. will invest $2,450,000 to expand its production operation and create 60 new jobs in Orange County. This expansion will allow Homestead Building Systems to better serve the demands of the homebuilding market with its custom-engineered lumber products. As part of this project, Homestead Building Systems will increase their annual purchases of Virginia forestry products by more than thirty percent over the next three years. A check for $78,000 was presented to Homestead Building Systems, Inc., from the governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund and Orange County will match the amount.

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U.S. Department of Treasury Formally Recognizes the Town of Orange with Opportunity Zone Designation

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Orange, Virginia – In a follow up from Governor Northam’s April 2018, announcement that the census tract which includes the Town of Orange was nominated for a Federal Opportunity Zone designation, Governor Northam announced on May 24, 2018, that the U.S. Department of Treasury has officially granted the designation.

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CVSBDC to Present Choosing the Right Media Workshop and FREE 1-1 Business Advice Sessions

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The Orange County Economic Development Office, in collaboration with the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC), Orange County Chamber of Commerce, and Orange Downtown Alliance is hosting two (2) FREE business development opportunities.  A workshop, Choosing the Right Media, and 1-1 Counseling Sessions will be offered at The Gordon Building located at 112 West Main Street, Lower Level, Orange, VA 22960 on June 20, 2018.

The Choosing the Right Media workshop is being offered from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and is targeted for those individuals interested in exploring what forms of media are best in small towns, including both paid and unpaid advertising.  We will give you guidelines to use to select the media mix that works best for your business, your customers, your marketing goals, and your marketing budget.  

In addition to the workshop being offered this day, FREE and confidential, 1-on-1 business counseling sessions are available from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for those seeking feedback and advice from an experienced business advisor.  Counseling sessions are available by appointment only, so please call the CVSBDC at (434) 295-8198 to schedule your appointment on June 20th, or in Charlottesville any other date.

Although these events are FREE to all local businesses, space is limited.  To ensure a seat at the workshop, businesses can pre-register online at https://bit.ly/2wtpNdB or by phone at (434) 295-8198.

For more information, please contact Rose Deal at the Orange County Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238 or rdeal@orangecountyva.gov.

In Honor of Virginia's Business Appreciation Month Orange County Thanks Business Community

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Orange, Virginia – During the month of May, Virginia will acknowledge its existing business community and the pivotal role it plays in strengthening the Commonwealth and building the new Virginia economy in a month-long celebration.

Orange County Economic Development would like to personally say THANK YOU to, and honor all of, the accomplishments of our existing businesses; entrepreneurs; small, minority and women-owned businesses; and the major employers that contribute greatly to Orange County and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s economic vitality and the well-being of our citizens. Phil Geer, Economic Development Director, noted, “We sincerely appreciate each and every one of the businesses who have chosen to operate here in Orange County. Our door is always open and we are more than willing to lend a helping hand in making your business prosper. Your success is the backbone of Orange County!”

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Vanan Online Services, Inc. Expands in Orange County, VA

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Vanan Online Services was originally founded in India in 2011 as an online services provider specializing in transcription, translation, captioning, subtitling and more. In 2016, the company established their US headquarters in Locust Grove, Virginia, with just a single employee. Today, Vanan Services continues to deliver outstanding value, and has been joined by Vanan Healthcare. The company now has four full-time employees, and four commission-based employees due to growth in demand for the firm’s expertise in handling medical billing and transcription, as well as additional services, including denial management, payment posting, physician credentialing, electronic claims submission, and more.

On April 13, 2018, Vanan Healthcare officially announced an expansion of the company’s Virginia headquarters as the company positions itself for growth in the current year and onward. Vanan Healthcare has officially expanded its physical infrastructure, and is positioned for exponential growth, with new contract partners, platform automation, and additional value-added services.

Read more about Vanan Online Services recent expansion.

Town of Orange Nominated for Opportunity Zone Designation

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The census tract that includes the Town of Orange has been nominated by Governor Northam for a Federal Opportunity Zone designation. A maximum of 25% of the eligible census tracts, for a total of 212, were submitted to the U.S. Department of Treasury for consideration and approval on April 19, 2018.  Read more about this designation.

Orange County Tourism to Debut 2018 Tourism Video

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The Orange County, Virginia Department of Tourism is excited to announce the upcoming release of a new 2018 video depicting the experiences of Orange County.  The video, Welcome to Orange County, Virginia, highlights a sample of the spectacular views, activities and experiences available in this beautiful County loved by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.  Read more about the video release.

Orange Workforce Center to Host Open House and Regional Job Fair

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The Orange Workforce Center is preparing for an Open House to be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Orange Workforce Center located at 127 Belleview Ave., Orange, VA 22960. Throughout the morning, one of the six partners at the Workforce Center will give a short presentation on the services they offer.  

In addition to the Open House, the Orange Workforce Center is also coordinating a Regional Job Fair at Germanna’s Daniel Technology Center (18121 Technology Dr, Culpeper, VA 22701) on Saturday, April 28th from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. This event is open to ALL job-seekers. Doors will open at 10 a.m. for area high school and college students, with businesses offering part-time, full-time, summer, and internship possibilities.  From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., all job-seekers (regardless of age) are invited to meet with area hiring managers during the Job Fair. 

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Netherlands Ambassador to the U.S. Henne Schuwer and Orange County Officials Bond Over Shared History

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Netherlands Ambassador Schuwer and Embassy staff made a special visit to Orange County, VA on March 23-24, 2018, in an effort to strengthen historical and economic ties to the area.

See NBC29's full story on the visit.

Netherlands Ambassador to the United States Henne Schuwer to Visit Orange County

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Netherlands Ambassador to the United States Henne Schuwer plans visit to Orange County March 23-24th.  Ambassador Schuwer will host a roundtable with the many Dutch-American entrepreneurs in the region as well as learn more about the historic link between the Netherlands and Orange County.  

Read the full press release.

Virginia Ranked as #1 in the Atlantic in Workforce Development Rankings by Site Selection Magazine

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Governor Northam has announced that Virginia now ranks as #1 in the Atlantic Region in Workforce Development rankings as analyzed by Site Selection Magazine.  Virginia beat out other highly competitive states such as Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, and Delaware.  

Read the full report.

Zoning Amendments for microbreweries and microdistilleries moves on for Board of Supervisors Approval

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Zoning text amendments allowing “microbreweries” and “microdistilleries” as special-uses in agriculturally zoned land and as permitted uses in commercially zoned land, were given recommended approval by the Planning Commission. The text amendments will later be scheduled for a public hearing before the board of supervisors for their final approval. 

Read the full article from the Orange Review.

1st ever "Hornets for Hire" Job Fair was a Success

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On January 10, 2018, students and employers came together for the first ever "Hornets for Hire" job fair.  The job fair included a workplace readiness workshop prior to the job fair to ensure students were ready to meet with employers looking to fill vacancies. Read more from the Orange Review.

Orange County Considers Text Amendments to allow for "Microbreweries" and "Microdistilleries"

The Orange County Planning Commission is currently considering text amendments that would allow “microbreweries” and “microdistilleries” as special uses in agriculturally zoned land, as well as a permitted uses in commercially zoned land. The definitions for those uses are also being considered and proposed as additions to the county’s zoning ordinance.  Read more from the Orange Review.

Governor Announces Rooftop Solar Project in Gordonsville at Green Applications

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On January 4, 2018, Governor McAuliffe announced a new 860 kilowatt rooftop solar array at specialty apparel firm, Green Application in Gordonsville, VA.  This new solar array will offset almost 50 percent of the facility’s electricity usage, which represents a significant benefit to the company.  The system was designed, engineered, and installed entirely by Virginians who work for Charlottesville-based Sun Tribe Solar. 

Read more about the solar project.

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CV SBDC) to Present Small Business Sources of Capital 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), Orange County Chamber of Commerce, and Orange Downtown Alliance is hosting two (2) FREE business development opportunities.  A workshop, Small Business Sources of Capital, and 1-1 Counseling Sessions will be offered at The Gordon Building located at 112 West Main Street, Basement, Orange, VA 22960 on January 17, 2018.

The Small Business Sources of Capital workshop is being offered from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is targeted for those individuals interested in learning more about sources of funding for their small business.  Where and how you finance an operation can be the difference between dominance and failure, whether you need startup funding, ongoing working capital, or funding for a business expansion. All money may sound like good money in today’s environment. It isn’t. Often it makes the most sense to tap a few different sources of capital. This workshop will review the pros and cons of a myriad of financing sources available to entrepreneurs and give tips for success in obtaining capital needed for your business.

In addition to the workshop being offered this day, FREE and confidential, 1-on-1 business counseling sessions are available for those seeking feedback and advice from an experienced business advisor.  Counseling sessions are available by appointment only, so please call the CVSBDC at (434) 295-8198 to schedule your appointment on January 17th, or in Charlottesville any other date.

Although these events are FREE to all local businesses, space is limited.  To ensure a seat at the workshop, businesses can pre-register online at https://goo.gl/ioY8TQ or by phone at (434) 295-8198.

For more information, please contact Rose Deal at the Orange County Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238 or rdeal@orangecountyva.gov.

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Governor McAuliffe and Senator Warner Launch ‘Virginia is for Entrepreneurs’ Initiative

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Governor Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Senator Mark Warner have announced the launch of the Virginia is for Entrepreneurs (VA4E) initiative.  This initiative has been created in an effort to better match entrepreneurs with potential investors across regions, backgrounds and industries. V4E’s first initiative will feature an online application to better link entrepreneurs with investment firms and potential funders to help launch or grow their Virginia-based businesses.  Read more from the Governor's full press release.

Find out more about the Virginia is for Entrepreneurs (VA4E) initiative.

RIDGID Celebrates 50 Years of Drain Cleaning at Orange, Virginia Plant

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RIDGID has announced its 50th year of producing drain cleaning tools in its Orange County, Virginia Plant.  

Read the full press release from RIDGID.

Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity (SBSD) and Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC) to Present Selling to the Commonwealth Workshop

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Orange County, VA – The Orange County Economic Development Office, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity (SBSD) and the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC) is hosting a FREE business development opportunity.  A workshop, Selling to the Commonwealth will be offered at The Gordon Building located at 112 West Main Street, Basement, Orange, VA 22960 on August 30, 2017.

The Selling to the Commonwealth workshop is being offered from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will present an overview of the two basic requirements—Small/Micro Certification and eVA Registration—for a small business to be in position to conduct business with the state and many local government agencies, and also how to access information to tap into state agency markets.  The targeted audience is startup businesses and emerging small businesses.

Although this event is FREE, space is limited.  Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.  To ensure a seat at the workshop, businesses can pre-register online at https://www.sbsd.virginia.gov/business-development-and-outreach/events/ or contact Courtney Mustin by phone at (804) 786-0942.

For more information, please contact Rose Deal at the Orange County Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238 or rdeal@orangecountyva.gov.

 

 

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Orange County Awarded $40,300 in Second Phase of Virginia Business Ready Sites Program

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In the second phase of the Virginia Business Ready Sites Program (VBRSP), Governor McAuliffe announced development grants for eight sites across the Commonwealth totaling $1,188,288 in grant funding. The VBRSP, administered by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), is a discretionary program established to help Virginia localities develop and market their existing industrial or commercial sites to prospective businesses, thus enhancing the Commonwealth’s infrastructure and promoting its competitive business environment.

Orange County was awarded $40,300, for the King Property Site, to assist with site assessment and development, including environmental assessments, wetland delineation, boundary survey, infrastructure design and development, and other costs associated with improving the site. The King Site is geographically located in the northeastern portion of Orange County, in what is the most populated area of the county, and referred to as the Germanna-Wilderness Area. 

 Read more about the announcement.

Germanna Wilderness Area Plan Progresses

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The Germanna Wilderness Area Plan continues to progress.  In late June, Orange County hosted a Town Hall as an opportunity for the community to hear the County's recent work on the Plan.  Citizens had the opportunity to view maps and other updated documents related to the Plan and to engage County officials in feedback on economic development, historical and cultural assets, planning and zoning, utilities and infrastructure, and transportation.

Read the full article from the Orange Review.

Orange County Welcomes First Co-Working Space

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Orange County, VA – The Orange County Economic Development Office is pleased to announce the opening of co-working space off Route 3 in the eastern end of Orange County. Entrepreneur and Developer, Mansour Azimipour has planned to officially open the collaborative work space with a grand opening reception open to the public from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Wednesday, May 31st at the Twins of Germanna Office Park located at 4444 Germanna Highway, Locust Grove, VA 22508.  Mansour and Orange County Economic Development are currently engaging the public and Orange County High School’s DECA team to help name the space.  To provide name suggestions please reach out to the Economic Development Office by emailing info@thinkorangeva.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thinkorangeva/.

Collaborative working space, coined co-working space, provides inexpensive office space geared toward small business owners, freelancers, entrepreneurs and the like, in an open office environment. Users pay a monthly membership to have access to an open desk or table space, internet connectivity and office essentials ranging from paperclips to a printer. Members typically enjoy the company of other like-minded individuals and help foster an environment to collaborate and share ideas.  

Orange County’s office of Economic Development has been working with, Mansour Azimipour, on the shared office concept for almost a year. The collaborative work space will occupy an available unit in Azimipour’s building encompassing 2,100 square feet. The space will provide twelve (12) desks, a shared high-top desk, conference room, one (1) private office, 24/7 access, Wi-Fi connectivity, printer services, refreshments and much more. In addition, the Economic Development office and Orange County Chamber of Commerce will look to provide a mentor community for members and host occasional meetups and business workshops.

Economic Development Director, Tommy Miller explains, “Historically co-working space in larger markets attract high tech millennials. The goal with Mr. Azimipour’s co-working space is to reach those same creative folks but expand the opportunity of membership to all interested individuals. Including, our home-based business community looking for an inexpensive second office with reliable internet as well as the recent retiree who’s been toying the idea to create a new widget.”   

Mansour Azimipour, who has been a high-energy entrepreneur all his life notes, “I am excited to open this new creative space and provide Orange County and the surrounding community a new business environment to foster success for the small business entrepreneur”.

Orange County Supervisor and Vice-Chairman, Lee Frame, says, “Mansour Azimipour has been active and supportive in efforts to develop the Germanna Wilderness Area and the county looks forward to working with Mansour to provide entrepreneurial support in the eastern end of the County and in all areas of the County”.

For more information please contact Tommy Miller at the Orange County Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238 or tmiller@orangecountyva.gov or Mansour Azimipour at (540) 972-2000 or ma@akdevco.com

Orange Workforce Center: Here to Help

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The Orange Workforce Center is a one stop shop with numerous resources to help people find and sustain employment. The Center houses trained staff members who can assist job-seekers with job searches, questions about unemployment, career counseling, resume writing, interview training and much more. Additionally, businesses can also use the Center to host hiring events and post jobs.  Read full article here.

Lohmann Corporation's Consolidation Benefits Orange County Facility

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Lohmann Corporation has announced that it will consolidate its San Jose, CA facility and transition that work to the Orange County plant located in the Thomas E. Lee Industrial Park.  In 2016, Lohmann announced its intent to expand its Orange County facility by investing $6.7 million to erect a new building and adding 56 new jobs. Read full article here.

CVSBDC to Present February Business Development Workshop

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The Orange County Economic Development Office, in collaboration with the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC), Orange County Chamber of Commerce, and Orange Downtown Alliance is hosting two (2) FREE business development opportunities.  A workshop, How to Start a Business, and 1-1 Counseling Sessions will be offered at The Gordon Building located at 112 West Main Street, Basement, Orange, VA 22960 on February 23, 2017. The How to Start a Business workshop is being offered from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is targeted for those individuals interested in starting a small business or those who may have just started a business and have questions.  Topics that will be reviewed will include; the steps to a successful start, the registrations and regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections. In addition to the workshop being offered this day, FREE and confidential, 1-on-1 business counseling sessions are available for those seeking feedback and advice from an experienced business advisor.  Counseling sessions are available by appointment only, so please call the CVSBDC at (434) 295-8198 to schedule your appointment on February 23rd, or in Charlottesville any other date. Although these events are FREE to all local businesses, space is limited.  To ensure a seat at the workshop, businesses can pre-register online at www.cvsbdc.org/workshops or by phone at (434) 295-8198. For more information, please contact Rose Deal at the Orange County Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238 or rdeal@orangecountyva.gov.

Orange County Board of Supervisors Adopt Incentive Policy

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On June 14, 2016, the Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to adopt an Economic Development Incentive Policy. The nine (9) page document outlines state and local incentives available to businesses.

To complement and further enhance the opportunity of investment in Orange County, the Orange County Economic Development Authority now has available, eleven (11) performance-based incentives to offer entrepreneurs, existing businesses or businesses locating new operations in Orange County. The availability of these incentives offered by the Orange County Economic Development office will help streamline future investment inquiries for prospective business investors and further enhance the marketing potential for Orange County as a place to do business.

Tommy Miller, Economic Development Director states, “Our office is excited to have such a comprehensive list of incentives available to our local entrepreneurs, existing businesses and companies looking to locate in Orange County. This is a great new tool for our department and we look forward to utilizing these incentives for future investment in our community.”

Read Full Article Here.

Orange County Economic Development Office Launches New Website and Logo

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The Orange County Office of Economic Development officially launched their new website on August 9, 2016. The new website was designed for mobile, tablet and desktop users and hopes to visually enhance user experience while providing easy navigation to information. During design, the team focused on search engine optimization and key word identification. With this focus, the Orange County Economic Development Department anticipates a growth in website traffic, allowing the office to provide more services to local businesses and respond to leads from prospective companies.

The new website was designed and created by Blue Cloud Studio of Barboursville, VA in Greene County. Their proposal was awarded shortly after quotes were solicited in early March 2016. Director of Economic Development, Tommy Miller said, “Blue Cloud Studio was very appealing based on their extensive and impressive portfolio servicing other local companies in the region."

The new website also features a new logo which was also designed by Blue Cloud Studio, providing a more modern and appealing design. Further complimenting the modern look and feel, the website features several new maps designed by DIA, Inc. of Norfolk, VA.

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Agritourism Workshop To Be Held September 29th at the Pavilion on Lakeland Farm

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Farms are inviting visitors to tour a vineyard, enjoy hayrides, buy their produce, and eat ice cream made from the local dairy’s milk. If agritourism is part of your farm’s business plan, the September 29th, Innovative Communities: Agritourism in Virginia’s New Economy workshop is the place to be.

Scheduled for Thursday, September 29, 2016, the workshop is sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, and Virginia Tourism Corporation in partnership with the Orange County Department of Economic Development and Tourism Offices and the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center.

Held at The Pavilion on Lakeland Farm located at 13475 Sedwick Lane, Orange, Virginia, the workshop will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude around 3:00 p.m.  This event is FREE to attend and a boxed lunch will be provided.

Quad-County Business Summit to Take Place in Orange County on October 5, 2016

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Orange County will host the first ever Quad-County Business Summit! The Orange County Economic Development Office is working on collaboration with the Orange Chamber of Commerce, Orange Downtown Alliance, Central Virginia Small Business Development Center and peer organizations in Fluvanna County, Greene County and Louisa County. The Summit is intended to bring together businesses from the four county region for a half-day of networking and educational programs with various speakers covering a vast range of topics including: business start-up, marketing strategy, customer service and employee engagement. The event is FREE to attend and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Sponsorship opportunities are available! More information and registration will follow in the coming weeks. Please contact Rose Deal, Economic Development Assistant at 540.572.1238 for more information.

Read Full Article Here.

Governor Announces Lohmann Specialty Coatings to Invest $6.7 Million to Expand Manufacturing Operation

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Lohmann Specialty Coatings LLC, a subsidiary of Lohmann Corporation and Subsidiaries, will invest $6.7 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Orange County. The company, which manufactures adhesive bonding materials for custom coating of adhesives, slit rolls, double-sided tapes, and precision die-cutting, will increase capacity to include fabricating and specialty converting, creating 56 new jobs. Virginia successfully competed against Kentucky and West Virginia for the project.

CVSBDC to Present “Best Workforce Practices for Small Businesses” as May Business Dev. Workshop

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In support of “Virginia Business Appreciation Month,” the Orange County Economic Development Office, in collaboration with the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC), Orange County Chamber of Commerce, and Orange Downtown Alliance is hosting Best Workforce Practices for Small Businesses, a FREE business development workshop for firms located in Orange County.

Read Full Press Release Here.

Orange County Economic Development Authority Adopts Strategic Plan

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On March 15, 2016, the Orange County Economic Development Authority adopted a five (5) year Strategic Plan, outlining the departments goals and strategies. After a year-long collaboration with various stakeholder groups, a long compilation of ideas were generated, sorted, and organized to draw the guiding principles for the plan. This Plan is the first document of this nature adopted by the Economic Development Authority of Orange County, VA. Mr. Winston Sides, Chairman of the EDA stated, “I look forward to watching the progress of this five-year plan and the positive outcomes that come to the County and community as a whole.”

Tommy Miller, Economic Development Director, presented the Plan to the Orange County Board of Supervisors on April 12, 2016, during their regularly scheduled meeting. The Plan received positive feedback from all Board members. Mr. Lee H. Frame, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors noted, “The extensive amount of time and effort by all parties involved, clearly illustrates the hard work and dedication put forth by staff and other County leaders. I am extremely impressed with the collaborative effort to gather ideas from such a vast group of stakeholders. This initiative is proof that Orange County is making positive strides for a well thought out plan for future growth.”

To review the full Economic Development Strategic Plan, please download it here.

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

CVSBDC to Present March Business Development Workshops in Locust Grove

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The Orange County Economic Development Office, in collaboration with the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC), Orange County Chamber of Commerce, and Orange Downtown Alliance is hosting three (3) FREE business development workshops in Locust Grove. Let’s Put Orange on the Map, How to Start a Business, and 1-1 Counseling Sessions will be offered at The Twins of Germanna Office Park located at 4444 Germanna Highway, Suite 190B, Locust Grove, VA 22942 on March 23, 2016.

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