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ConnectOrange Community Showcase Postponed

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

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Orange County Economic Development and Workforce Center to Host Hiring Event

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

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

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

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

 

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Market at Grelen Opens New "Duncan Trail"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Economic Development Offers Locally Made Market Vendor Opportunity for Home Businesses

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

Barboursville Vineyards

Chateau MerrillAnne Vineyard

Honah Lee Vineyard

Horton Vineyards

Reynard Florence Vineyard

Sweet Vines Farm Winery

Well Hung Tasting Room and Restaurant

Champion Ice House

Iron Pipe Alewerks

Patch Brewing Company

Unionville Brewing Company

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

Orange County Economic Development Launches "Enjoy Orange" Campaign

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

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

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

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

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

Orange County Celebrates Small Business Week May 1-7, 2022

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ORANGE, VA – The Orange County Office of Economic Development and Tourism is pleased to announce plans for the 2022 Small Business Week, scheduled for May 1 - 7, 2022.

To promote Small Business Week, the Office will make marketing material available to businesses, including a poster to download and display, and a Facebook event header to help spread awareness. Additionally, the @thinkorangeva Facebook and Instagram pages will post regular updates about the importance of Orange County’s small businesses. Residents and business owners are encouraged to participate and interact on social media using the hashtags #enjoyorangeva and #OCsmallbusinessweek.

Interested parties are encouraged to review the digital directory at www.buyorangeva.com, which showcases businesses throughout the County. Using this tool, businesses can feature services offered, menu items, hours of operation, websites, social media links, promotions, photo galleries, and more. Visitors and residents can sign-up to receive notifications as new promotions appear.

“We invite everyone to join us in the celebration! Help us recognize and thank Orange County's many wonderful small businesses for their tremendous contributions to our economy. This year we are focused on keeping dollars in our community, and we are challenging you to keep it local and "Enjoy Orange" by shopping, dining, and supporting Orange County businesses,” said Rose Deal, Economic Development Director. 

Businesses looking to collaborate, or for more information on Small Business Week, please contact the Economic Development and Tourism Office at (540) 672-1238.

 

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC) to Present Financing your Business 2022 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) and Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) is hosting FREE business development opportunities. A hybrid workshop, Financing your Business, and one-on-one Counseling Sessions will be offered on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

The Financing your Business workshop is available for businesses interested in learning from the experts about financing your small business. Presenters include members of the CV SBDC/CIC team as well as representatives from Truist Bank.The Financing your Business workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

An experienced business advisor is also offering FREE and confidential, virtual or in person one-on-one business counseling sessions on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, following the Financing your Business workshop. Counseling sessions are available by appointment only, please call the CVSBDC at (434) 295-8198 to schedule your appointment.

This event is FREE to all local businesses. To reserve your seat at the workshop and receive dial-in credentials, businesses can register online at https://bit.ly/3uedOfI.  

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

The Arts Center in Orange to Celebrate 25 Years of Bringing Art to Orange County, Virginia

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This week, The Arts Center in Orange celebrates 25 years of providing access to the arts in Orange County and beyond. In 1997, a group of local artists and community members formed the organization and began offering classes and hosting small gallery shows in various buildings throughout Orange, Virginia.

In 2000, responding to an appeal from then-Mayor Ray Lonick, The Arts Center launched a project to create a mural masking the scrap yard greeting visitors to Orange as they approached from Route 20 South. The project included artists, school children, and construction provided by Town of Orange engineers and carpenters.

Local businessman and former Mayor Bob Morin offered a 10,000 sq. ft. building on Main Street as a workspace to complete the project. And, after witnessing the cooperative effort, Morin leased his building to The Arts Center for $1 per year and promised it as a posthumous gift - a promise his family kept, gifting the building in 2009. Since 2001, The Arts Center in Orange has expanded its programs, which now include the Morin Gallery, classes, public programs, the Virginia Artist and Artisan Gift Shop, and the Community Outreach Program.

In the spirit of their founding, The Arts Center will spend Summer 2022 working with community members and artists to create new murals for the public to enjoy. Three (3) artists will be selected through an open request for proposals, and submissions will be reviewed by a community panel. Once selected, artists will each be invited to spend up to a month in Orange, during which time they will meet with community members, get a feel for the area, refine their proposed design, and paint their mural with the assistance of volunteers and local youth.

The Arts Center in Orange is a nonprofit community arts center with a mission to increase the quality of life in our community by promoting an appreciation for fine contemporary arts. More information can be found on The Arts Center’s website: https://www.artscenterinorange.com or by contacting Anna Pillow, Executive Director, at (540) 672-7311.

Orange County Welcomes New Urgent Care and Pediatric Primary Care Facility to Locust Grove

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Orange County Economic Development is pleased to announce Centercare Urgent Care will open on March 14, 2022. Centercare will be located at 4207 Germanna Highway, Locust Grove, VA 22508. The new practice will offer urgent care services to patients of all ages; and is equipped with on-site labs, EKG, and X-ray services. Centercare will be open Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Saturday - Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pedsplus Pediatrics Primary Care, affiliated with Centercare Urgent Care, will share the facility. They will provide primary care services to patients up to 21 years of age.

Orange County Economic Development assisted Centercare & Pedsplus with identifying a location and provided additional business expansion assistance.

Rose Deal, Director of Economic Development for Orange County, noted, “We’re excited that Dr. Laurore has selected Orange County as home to his fourth Virginia clinic. This new medical facility will fill a need for Orange County citizens and is a welcome addition to the business community.”

For more information regarding Centercare and Pedsplus, please visit http://www.centercareva.com.

Orange County Economic Development and Workforce Center to Host Job Fair

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The Orange County Economic Development Office and Virginia Career Works Center will be hosting a job fair in Orange County on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, from 9:00 am to 11:00am at The Orange Train Depot. All participants are encouraged to register for the event. Read more about the event.

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC) to Present Build Your Social Media Plan for 2022 Virtual 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 virtual workshop, Build Your Social Media Plan for 2022, and virtual one-on-one Counseling Sessions will be offered on Wednesday, February 2, 2022.

The Build Your Social Media Plan for 2022 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. The Build Your Social Media Plan for 2022 workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 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 Wednesday, February 2, 2022, from 11:00 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.

This event is 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/3343vzR.

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

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