Gloucester County Economic Development

Business Monthly
February 2020
In This Issue
Economic Development Department Updates
  • Annual Report
  • New Business Licenses
  • Business Directory
  • Small Business Incentive Program
Business News
  • Playday opens in Gloucester
  • Business Facilities Gloucester Feature
  • Appointments with Jim Carroll, Business Consultant
  • Job Opportunities
  • Featured Available Property
Gloucester County's Economic Development
2019 Annual Report
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January New Business Licenses


Business Directory
The Department of Economic Development is in the process of revamping our Gloucester Business Directory. Please review the directory to confirm that your business is included and the listing is accurate. Something missing? Contact Elizabeth with any additions, updates, or suggestions!

We welcome you to use it as a community resource! Whether you are looking for the perfect gift, a delicious meal, a lawyer, or a fitness class, you will find it here.

February 20

February 26

March 19

March 20

Business Consulting Appointments

Home-Based Business Lunch & Learn

Business Consulting Appointments

Home-Based Business Conference
Retail Alliance Meet and Greet
at Gloucester Brewing Company

Peninsula Meet & Greet February 11

Join us at Gloucester Brewing Company for our February Peninsula Retail Alliance Meet & Greet. Come visit the first and only microbrewery above the York River and enjoy networking, door prizes, and some great beers! Grab a pint →
Home-Based Business Conference Speakers Announced

The Greater Peninsula Economic Development partners are pleased to announce speakers for the 2020 Home-Based Business Conference.

The opening speaker will be Allison Moore, a comedian from Hampton, VA. Moore proudly holds two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Norfolk State University and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management from The George Washington University. She has opened for comedians such as Sinbad and J. Anthony Brown.

The lunch keynote speaker will be Shanna Kabatznick founder of FABWOMEN. She will speak at noon discussing networking success strategies before conference attendees head out for the lunch, networking and resource fair portion of the event.

More speaker information can be found on the  event website .

The event will be held on Friday, March 20, 2020 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center at 600 Butler Farm Road in Hampton, VA. This is the fifth annual conference. The Home-Based Business Conference is an initiative of the Greater Virginia Peninsula. Tickets are $40 and may be purchased  online .

The Home-Based Business Conference is presented by York County, Williamsburg, James City County, Poquoson, Gloucester, Newport News and Hampton. For more information about the conference, please visit the  website  or   Facebook event page .

The Home-Based Business Conference and its related Lunch & Learn Series began as programs of the York County Economic Development Office, in partnership with the York County Chamber of Commerce. County representatives learned that two-thirds of York County’s businesses are home-based, a trend that is growing both locally and nationally. In 2018, all six neighboring localities including James City County joined together to co-host the conference and lunch & learn series. This strategic partnership allows these nationally award-winning home-based initiatives to reach and assist more local business owners.
Friday, March 20, 2020
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Peninsula Workforce Development Center

The 5th Annual Home-Based Business Conference features a resource fair with over 20 exhibitors, as well as conference sessions and specialty breakout talks focused on topics relevant to all stages and types of home-based businesses. Save 30% on your ticket here through March 2
Small Business Incentives
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. 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.
 National Mentoring Month
When you own a business, it’s up to you to set priorities and make decisions. Whether you’re new to business ownership or you’re a longtime entrepreneur, you may encounter situations you haven’t faced before and feel unsure about how to proceed. That's why finding a mentor who has been there before is key to growing your business. Allen Gutierrez, Associate Administrator of the Office of Entrepreneurial Development, explains how to find the right mentor for you with help from SBA resource partners.
Get Inspired: Small Business Success Story
Husband-and-wife team Aarti Garehgrat and Purav Patel began selling bite-size bagels filled with cream cheese out of their home kitchen nearly six years ago. With support and guidance from SBA resource partners to help grow the business, their bagels are now sold at more than 200 grocery stores.
Be Prepared: Tips to Keep Your Business
We're in the middle of winter and temperatures are plunging across the nation. There's also an increased risk of winter storms. SBA has resources that can help you plan ahead and take the right steps to keep your business running if severe winter weather strikes. 
Home Improvement Franchise Opportunities
With the U.S. economy flourishing and consumer spending up, there’s no reason to think homeowners will stop investing in home improvements. Does this mean it’s time for you to look into home improvement franchises? Here are a few things to consider before you do. 
From U.S. Small Business Administration
In the Spotlight: PlayDay
PlayDay is an indoor playspace for children up to six years old and their caregiver. It is designed to help grown-ups navigate the delicate balance between engaging with their children and being able to take a breather. The space is thoughtfully arranged for adults, offering comfortable seating, fast wi-fi, strong coffee and wonderful company.
PlayDay was created by Michelle Colby, a child development professional and momma of two, so the play space boasts educational toys that promote development across all learning domains. From PlayDay’s central seating area, the entire play space is visible. Grown-ups decide when to work closely with their children and when to allow them the freedom to discover new materials, skills and friendships on their own.
For more information about drop-in play or renting the space for your private party visit us in person or on the web! We are located in 17 Plaza, 4135 George Washington Memorial Highway. 804-993-4586.

Images courtesy of PlayDay
Free Business Consulting

Meet with business consultant
Jim Carroll! FREE

Do you have questions about how to write your business plan? Or, need advice for your next step in marketing? Maybe you're interested in pursing SWaM certification or government contracts!

Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center Jim Carroll will return on  Thursday, February 20  for private consulting appointments. The meetings are held at the Gloucester Library on Main Street. 

Contact   Elizabeth   to schedule your time.
Job & Training Opportunities
Local Businesses Hiring:

  • The Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce (GCCC) is seeking a candidate for a 30-35 hour work week as an office manager/business representative. This position does not include benefits. Qualified applicants must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, excellent organizational skills, detail-oriented and professional with a solid accounting background. We need assistance with Quickbooks, monthly sales reports and reconciling of the monthly bank statements. Candidates must be ale to work in the office independently with a strong desire to complete projects in a busy work environment. Computer proficiency is required, experience with Quickbooks is highly encouraged. Please send cover letter and resume to Makalia Records, Executive Director, Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce P. O. Box 685, Gloucester Virginia 23061. You can also send to by February 20, 2020

  • Alistair J. Ramsay Land Surveying Services is seeking a Senior Civil Designer/Land Surveyor to prepare all aspects of commercial and residential site development plans. Candidates should have a minimum of seven years related prior work experience, an associates degree in surveying/civil engineering, LSIT, or equivalent certification, and proficiency in civil design and drainage software. Good written and oral communication skills are required for this position. Salary: $45,000-$55,000 plus bonuses and benefits. Read more...

  • Larry's Plumbing Company is looking for a new plumber. Requirements: 3-5 years plumbing experience in both Service and New Construction/Remodel; valid driver's license; background check; drug test. Pay based on experience. To schedule an interview, contact (804) 413-9020.

  • Cleaning Cents, LLC has full and part-time positions available. Requirements: Must have valid driver's license, reliable transportation, smartphone, ability to lift 25 pounds. The ideal candidate is motivated to provide 5-star service every day, has good time management skills, and thrives in detail-oriented settings. To apply or request more information, email

P lease 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.
Featured Available Property
Former Union Bank
1553 George Washington Memorial Highway | Gloucester Point, VA

This beautiful and well-maintained brick building has high visibility on Route 17 and has the bonus of being located in an Opportunity Zone .

Property Details:
  • 5,294 sq ft two-story building
  • 2,962 sq ft per floor
  • 1.2+ acres
  • 25 parking spaces
  • Monument signage
  • Built in 2004
  • Zoned B-1

For more information, contact Dawn F. Griggs of Thalhimer Commercial Real Estate by email or telephone (757) 873-1210.
Choose Gloucester!
Gloucester County and Economic Development staff have been fantastic to work with over the last years looking for a solution to expanding our manufacturing facility. The team went above and beyond to find a solution. The residents and the county have always been extremely supportive of Whitley’s Peanuts over the years and we are very grateful for this. 

—Todd Smith, President, Whitley's Peanut Factory
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