Gloucester County Economic Development



Business Monthly
e-NEWS
August
2022
IN THIS ISSUE
Economic Development
Department Updates

  • Spotlight on Business
  • New Business Licenses
  • Business Directory
Resources

  • Job and Training Opportunities
  • Bring Your Business to Gloucester
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Whitley’s Peanut Factory was recently awarded the Overall Gold Medal in the 2022 Coastal Virginia Magazine Reader's Choice Award for BEST LOCALLY MADE PRODUCT.

“We are honored by the recognition and so appreciative of the support shown from our local customers” says president, Todd Smith. Whitley’s Peanut Factory was founded in 1986 in Hayes and has continued to produce Virginia peanuts, confections and other gourmet nuts here in Gloucester County ever since. You can buy Whitley’s peanuts from any of their three retail stores are located in Hayes, Williamsburg, and Richmond, or from whitleyspeanut.com. Whitley’s would like to say “Thank You” to all who voted, “Congratulations” to all of the other award recipients, and a big “Thanks” to all of their employees who made this possible!
On July 27, 2022, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new Bay Transit bus shelter at the River Bend Apartments in Gloucester. 

Pictured from left to right: Bay Transit Regional Supervisor Claudia Pratt, Bay Transit bus operator Wayne Clarke, River Bend Apartment Community Manager Ashley Cauntay, Bay Aging President & CEO Kathy Vesley, Gloucester County Administrator Carol Steele, Bay Aging Advisory Council Chairman Harrison Dixon, Gloucester County Economic Development Director Sherry Spring, Gloucester County Community Engagement and Public Information Manager Gloria Williams, and Gloucester County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dr. Robert “JJ” Orth.
If you would like your business to be considered for the monthly e-newsletter In the Spotlight feature, please send photos and a short article to Amanda Ridings. We'd also love to share your testimonial of why Gloucester is the perfect place for your business!
During the week of June 12, 2022, our Director Sherry Spring attended the International Economic Development Council’s 2022 Economic Future Forum held in Richardson, Texas. The sessions provided during the event included: “The Importance of Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development; “Preparing for the Future Industries”; “Preparing the Business Community for Disaster”; “A Vision for the Future of Rural Development” and “Creating a Welcoming Business Climate and Quality of Life in Your Community”. The invaluable information provided during this conference will be beneficial to our economic development efforts moving forward.
RESOURCES
VIRGINIA SMALL BUSINESS FINANCING AUTHORITY NEW LOAN PROGRAMS

The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority (VSBFA) is spreading the news about its 2022 loan programs! These include Economic Development Loan Fund, Cash Collateral Program, Loan Guarantee Program, Child Care Financing Program, and the Microloan Program. To learn more, visit here.
NEW GRANT OPPORTUNITY!

The Virginia Tourism Corporation Microbusiness Marketing Leverage Program will open on Thursday, Aug. 4. The grant has a maximum award of $5,000 and is for small tourism-related business with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees including boutique retail, restaurants, food trucks, small attractions, craft breweries, distilleries, wineries, boutique lodging and B&Bs, and events focused on shoulder season visitation.
  
The webpage will be updated with the application link on Thursday, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m.
The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 5 p.m.
Small Business Incentives
All businesses applying for Economic Development Incentives will need to submit a completed and signed IRS form W9.
The Gloucester County Board of Supervisors, Economic Development Authority and Economic Development Department are dedicated to promoting and improving the economic health and quality of life in Gloucester. These incentive programs are here to support, promote and encourage small businesses by providing assistance with interior and exterior improvements, advertising and website design work.
Property Improvement: Assistance with renovations and build-out for new and expanding businesses. Projects covered in this incentive include new floors, ceiling tiles, windows, doors, painting and other interior improvements.

Facade Improvement: This program is designed to provide assistance to property or business owners for exterior façade improvements, new signage or landscaping.

Co-op Advertising Grant: This program supports advertising and promotional activities.

E-Commerce Matching Grant Program: Offers aid with new website design and development.
Business Directory
Let us know if you would like to be listed in the Business Directory. Please send information to Amanda Ridings
TRAINING/WEBINARS
Upcoming Workshops


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Gloucester County: View our website for a complete list of job descriptions, job postings and to apply for employment HERE!

Tropical Smoothie Cafe: Apply now on their website!

Zoll Vineyards: Looking for experienced and talented wine/bar/hospitality professional team members for weekends and evening shifts. Please EMAIL a resumé.
Lulu Birds Kitchen is hiring servers. Please apply in person during business hours or try the kitchen door, chef would love to meet you.

Home Care Associates is hiring CNAs NAs and PCAs with a $250 Sign-On Bonus 804.210.1333.

YRC Cinemas: Concession Attendants, Shift Supervisor. Apply through their FB page or in-person during operating hours at 2226 York Crossing Drive.

Burkes & Home Centrics: All positions. Apply HERE.

Miller's Services: Hiring for multiple positions. View them HERE.

Horn's Ace Hardware: Hiring at the new Gloucester location. Apply HERE.

Please let us know if you are a small business owner in need of employees. We will include your "help wanted" ad in our next addition of Business Monthly e-News. E-mail Amanda Ridings
Click on a link below for current job listings
May 2022 Unemployment Figures for Gloucester
Note: Unemployment rate in May 2021 – 3.4%

Virginia Unemployment Rate in May 2022 – 3.0%
Hampton Roads Unemployment Rate in May 2022– 3.4%

Source: Virginia Employment Commission
CHOOSE GLOUCESTER!
Go here to see available Buildings and Sites
NEW BUSINESS LICENSES
HOME-BASED

  • ADVANCE PLUMBING SOLUTIONS
  • B & L CONSTRUCTION
  • BARKS AND BUBBLES GROOMING LLC
  • C W BRINKLEY
  • CLEAN A. F. LLC
  • WANDERLOVER CREATION CO
  • CROSSPOINT
  • CHRISTOPHER EVANS
  • EXPERT SOLAR PROS
  • FRANCO'S PIZZA
  • HANDY SERVICES
  • HORIZON RETAIL CONSTRUCTION
  • INCEPTION AMUSEMENT LLC
  • KEYES TO PEARLFECTION
  • COLONIAL COMMERCIAL ELECTRONICS
  • DEAN'S LAWNCARE AND MAINTENANCE
  • REVIVED THREADS LLC
  • ROCKIN J LLC
  • JEFFREY D SHIELDS
  • SNOW'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS & LAWNCARE
  • DIANNE STRINGER
  • TREES & ROSES HEALING
  • URBAN FARM FITTERS
  • SHEILA WEST
  • WITCH HAZEL FARM
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