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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 this season. 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 last spring, a few coffee shops and roasters were quick to adapt to the pandemic. 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. And stay tuned for their upcoming Holiday Light tours – perfect for the whole family!

Craft Beverage businesses are welcoming you back safely this holiday season! 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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.  

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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.  

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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. 

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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. 

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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.  

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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. 

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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Long-Range Planning to Begin for Orange-Gordonsville

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As work continues on the 50-year vision of the eastern end of the county through the Germanna-Wilderness Area Plan (GWAP), county officials hope to apply the same sort of long-range planning approach to the Orange-Gordonsville corridor.

Green Applications progress and growth in Gordonsville

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Two years ago, Green Applications, a division of Green Distribution, moved to the former American Press building in Gordonsville with the promise of hundreds of jobs, millions of dollars in local investment and a visit from the governor.

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Montpelier Considers Long-Term Potential

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Much as James Madison looked at his central Virginia estate and considered how best to manage his land, the property’s current stewards maintain that legacy—even if they go about it a little differently.

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CVSBDC to Present Web-Marketing Roundtable Workshop in Gordonsville

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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 offering another FREE workshop to help get your business out there.  This Marketing Roundtable workshop is intended for any business who wants to learn more about solutions to their current marketing efforts to drive direct sales via email, social media, blogs; the use of traditional media such as TV, radio, and newspaper; as well as Guerilla Marketing tactics to market effectively on a shoestring.

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Final Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund Grant Report Presented

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In March 2015, Orange County, in partnership with The Montpelier Foundation, was awarded a $20,000 Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) grant from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).

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CVSBDC to Present “Let’s Put Orange on the Map” Workshop

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People in Orange County are looking for what you offer – and they’re looking online. That’s why we’re teaming up with Google to host a free workshop to help you and your fellow businesses get online and on the map. Help more customers connect with your business on the web!

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Assessing Opportunities for Agriculture and Agritourism at Montpelier

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Members of the Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development, through the funding from the Agricultural Forestry and Industrial Development (AFID) grant, presented their final report titled, Assessing Opportunities for Agriculture and Agritourism at Montpelier.

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