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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.

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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.

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