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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.”

Read Full Article Here.

Orange County Economic Development Office Launches New Website and Logo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

Read Full Press Release Here.

Orange County Economic Development Authority Adopts Strategic Plan

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

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

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

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

CVSBDC to Present March Business Development Workshops in Locust Grove

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

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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.

Read the Full Press Release Here.

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!

Read the Full Press Release Here.

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.

Download the Full Report Here.

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