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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Business Plan 101 workshop is for businesses interested in learning how to create a successful business plan that will ensure profitability and efficiency in operations, as well as help set guidelines for operational success. The workshop will be held at the Economic Development Office, located at 109 West Main Street, Orange, VA 22960, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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

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

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Economic Development Offers Locally Made Market Vendor Opportunity for Home Businesses

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

Barboursville Vineyards

Chateau MerrillAnne Vineyard

Honah Lee Vineyard

Horton Vineyards

Reynard Florence Vineyard

Sweet Vines Farm Winery

Well Hung Tasting Room and Restaurant

Champion Ice House

Iron Pipe Alewerks

Patch Brewing Company

Unionville Brewing Company

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

Orange County Economic Development Launches "Enjoy Orange" Campaign

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC) to Present Financing your Business 2022 Workshop

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Orange County, VA – The Orange County Economic Development Office, in collaboration with the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC) and Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) is hosting FREE business development opportunities. A hybrid workshop, Financing your Business, and one-on-one Counseling Sessions will be offered on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Orange County Economic Development and Workforce Center to Host Job Fair

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

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC) to Present Build Your Social Media Plan for 2022 Virtual Workshop

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Orange County, VA – The Orange County Economic Development Office, in collaboration with the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC), is hosting two (2) FREE business development opportunities. A virtual workshop, Build Your Social Media Plan for 2022, and virtual one-on-one Counseling Sessions will be offered on Wednesday, February 2, 2022.

The Build Your Social Media Plan for 2022 virtual workshop is available for businesses interested in learning how to create a strategy for web, email, and social media, and what tips and tools are available to create a successful plan. The Build Your Social Media Plan for 2022 workshop will be held on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

An experienced business advisor is also offering FREE and confidential, virtual 1-on-1 business counseling sessions on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Counseling sessions are available by appointment only, please call the CVSBDC at (434) 295-8198 to schedule your appointment.

This event is FREE to all local businesses. To reserve your seat at the workshop and receive dial-in credentials, businesses can register online at https://bit.ly/3343vzR.

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

Economic Development Authority Awards Start Up Incentive to Pinnacle Physical Therapy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Orange County Welcomes First HubZone Certified Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

Orange County Launches Tourism Cooperative Marketing Grant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Orange County Launches First Ever Revolving Loan Fund

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Orange County, VA – The Orange County Economic Development Office, in collaboration with the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC), is hosting two (2) FREE business development opportunities. A Guide for Retail Renewal Virtual Workshop and 1-on-1 counseling sessions will be offered on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, with special guest speaker, Marc Willson.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 
   

 

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

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

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

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

Around Town Scavenger Hunt

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

CVSBDC to Present Starting Your Business Workshop

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 Orange County, VA – The Orange County Economic Development Office, in collaboration with the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC), is hosting two (2) FREE business development opportunities. A Starting Your Business Workshop and 1-on-1 counseling sessions will be offered on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

The Starting Your Business workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and is targeted towards those interested in learning about the steps for starting a business, required registrations and regulations, and the components of sound business planning, including financial projections.

In addition to the workshop being offered FREE and confidential, 1-on-1 business counseling sessions are available from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for those seeking feedback and advice from an experienced business advisor. Counseling sessions are available by appointment only. Please call the CVSBDC at (434) 295-8198 to schedule your appointment for July 6th.

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

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

 

 

 

Locally Made Market at the Montpelier Hunt Races

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

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

To be considered for one of the three (3) vendor spaces businesses should submit a brief presentation (in Word or PowerPoint format) telling us about your business along with a fully completed application no later than Friday, July 30, 2021. Should you need any assistance preparing your presentation, please contact the Economic Development Office at (540) 672-1238.  Fully completed packets must be submitted via email to Rose Deal at rdeal@orangecountyva.gov or via mail to P.O. Box 111, Orange, VA 22960. Full program guidelines and application can be found at https://www.thinkorangeva.com/support.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The event will be held outdoors, under the pavilion at Booster Park, located at 11177 Bloomsbury Road, Orange, Virginia 22960, and all participants are encouraged to register for the event at https://bit.ly/3tPggWP

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

 

Workforce Training Funds Available for Orange County Residents

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Orange County and LOVEOrangeVirginia Partner for Downtown Strategic Assessment

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Marketing and Social Media Now Workshop Available for Local Businesses

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Orange County, VA – The Orange County Economic Development Office, in collaboration with the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC) is hosting two (2) FREE business development opportunities.  A virtual workshop, Marketing and Social Media Now, and virtual 1-1 Counseling Sessions will be offered on April 6, 2021.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Orange County Economic Development Launches Digital Business Directory

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

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

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

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

 

Champion Ice House Slated for Spring Opening in Gordonsville

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

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Feed Your Hunger

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

Sweet Treats and Deli Meats

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

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

All-Day Delights

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

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

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

Third Round of "Bounce Back Orange Small Business Grant"

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

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

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

Relaxation-Ready in Orange County

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

Retail Therapy

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

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

Taking Time For You

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

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

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

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

Growing Your Career in Orange County

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

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

FM Expressions:

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

Homestead Building Systems:

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

Zamma Corporation:

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

Lohmann Corporation & Subsidiaries:

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

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

Safe Places to Stay in Orange County During the Pandemic

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

Holladay House Bed and Breakfast:

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

Inn on Poplar Hill: 

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

Mayhurst Estate:

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

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

Round Hill Inn:

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

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

Safe Shopping in the Town of Orange

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

Holiday Decorations

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

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

Online Opportunities

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

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

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

Gifts for All

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Show Must Go On!

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

Arts

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

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

Entertainment

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

Attractions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Safe Sipping in Orange County

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

Coffee:

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

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

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

Wine and Beer:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      

Staying Healthy and Fit with Orange County Businesses

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

From the Health Businesses:

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

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

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

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

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

From the Fitness Businesses:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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