January 2019 | GoStaffordVa.com
Learn how Northern Virginia captured Amazon HQ2
Over the last two decades, NOVA has transformed. Once a Washington, D.C. suburb, it is now a thriving destination in its own right.  Stafford is part of the New NOVA. This marketing website and video was used to successfully pitch Northern Virginia for Amazon's second headquarters. Read more>>  
Message from John Holden
Still the New Guy
 
I am still the New Guy - but ready to share some more of my ideas.  I have found the science and power behind creativity fascinating - for self, work, business, and community.  I will share some of what I have learned and encourage and ask how we (continue to) make Stafford a creative community at this next Learning Over Beer at 6 Bears & A Goat.  

I want to also encourage those interested in the potential and still growing cyber community in Stafford to attend January 24th's Cyber Bytes Networking Event:  The Quantum Factor in Cybersecurity.
 
LOB and Cyber Bytes are just two examples of private business and community leadership.  To foster community, build networks, and help make Stafford a Creative Community.
 
Stafford. A Creative Community!?!?
People. Business. Places.
 
Message from Scott Mayausky, Stafford County Commissioner of the Revenue
I am pleased to announce the latest addition to Stafford County's award winning MyStafford Portal.  Our office has developed the first e-filling system for tangible business property taxes in the region.  
 
This simple e-filing system will allow you to create and maintain your business account online eliminating the cumbersome paper tax returns of the past.  By maintaining your tax history in MyStafford you will not have to fill out an asset list and mail it to our office every year.  By simply logging into your account you can add or delete items with the click of a mouse or upload an asset list and send it to us electronically.
 
For more information, please visit our Commissioner of the Revenue webpage and click on the E-Filing Portal link.  You can find directions there or you can watch the short tutorial video.  Please remember that these forms are due February 15th and a proper filing is one of the requirements for the Business Certificate. 
 
Thank you for choosing Stafford County as your business home. Tutorial Video>>  
Stafford moves ahead on rural wireless broadband, seeks grant
Supervisors agree on the critical importance of broadband expansion throughout Stafford County.
The Stafford County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted in favor of moving forward with a grant application that, if approved, will help bring broadband Internet services to residents in Marlborough Point and Widewater. The grant is offered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development; they have set grant money aside as part of the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative.  Read more >> 
Officials Holding Information Meetings on Transportation Study
Stafford holding information session to gain comments and suggestions on transportation issues. 
While the Virginia Department of Transportation holds the primary responsibility for building, maintaining, and operating the state's roads, bridges, and tunnels, Stafford County has also assumed responsibility and invested more than $57,000,000 of County funds in transportation infrastructure over the last eight years. Read more>> 
What's New in the Region
2018 was a great year for the region. Believe it or not, 2019 is set to be even bigger. 
Here's a sneak peek...
 
Vote for Stafford!
Virginia Living's annual Best of Virginia Readers' Survey is now officially open.  Vote now for your favorite Stafford businesses. 
Go to survey>> 

Grand Openings
1348 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554


Office Space for Lease
56 Foreston Woods Drive
Stafford, VA 22554 
- 9,500 sf available 
- B2 Zoning
- Includes 2 designated offices, 13 large rooms, multiple bathrooms and kitchenette 
- Card access entry door and security system 
- Conveniently located off Rt. 1 and I-95 
 
Business Training Opportunities 
Sundays, January 20 - March 24, 4:00 - 6:00pm 
This course introduces participants to the exciting field of aviation as a hobby or possible career.
February 4, 6:00 - 8:30pm
February 18, 9:00 - 11:30am 
 
This seminar provides the basics of self evaluation, creating the idea, defining the need, determining the feasibility, and determining what actions are necessary when starting a business. 
Start date:  February 7, 2019 
 
This course will present all the fundamentals of bookkeeping, how they intertwine with the accounting process, and provide sources for additional in-depth learning.   
January 23, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Having a presence on social media is an integral part of marketing your business.  Your customers are already on Facebook and your business should be there too!  
 
Stafford County Economic Development & Tourism | 540-658-8681 econdev@staffordcountyva.gov | 1300 Courthouse Road
P.O. Box 339
Stafford, VA 22555