Isle of Wight County Awarded Broadband Grant

Isle of Wight County, Franklin Southampton Economic Development and the City of Suffolk, along with their partners, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and Charter Communications, were awarded grant funds of just over $21 million to build out fiber broadband in Isle of Wight County, Southampton County and the City of Suffolk. This fund is referred to as the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative (VATI) and resources from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) are being utilized. The project will build fiber broadband to 12,223 unserved locations and achieve universal coverage within the three communities. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE
6th Annual Job Fair- January 26, 2022
Camp College Workforce Development Center

The Tidewater News, along with local and regional partners, will hold its 6th Annual Job Fair on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Development Center in Franklin. This event is FREE and open to all job seekers. Isle of Wight County Economic Development is proud to continue its sponsorship of this important community event.

Hamtown Mercantile Seeks Local Artisans & Merchants

The Hamtown Mercantile is coming to 223 Main Street in Smithfield in Spring 2022 and will be filled with a wild range of small-batch goods and gifts created by LOCAL Virginia artisans and merchants! The mercantile wants to fill up boutique spaces and is looking for women's apparel, children's boutiques, men's boutiques, knives, military memorabilia, records, awesome vintage finds, leather goods, spices, honey, salsas, & local grocery, apothecary, stationery, jewelry, modern pottery, sports memorabilia, handmade and refinished furniture and other decor. Learn how to become a boutique owner.
Business License Issuance Up 15% YTD over Last Year
See the full list of new November business licenses:
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We extend a warm welcome to all of our new businesses.
Thank you for putting down roots to grow in Isle of Wight County!
Visit the Farms!
The Visit the Farms brochure is being updated for 2022. If you are currently listed in the brochure, please contact us to update or confirm that your information is correct! If you own a farm in Isle of Wight County and offer on-farm sales and/or farm tours and would like to be listed in the revised brochure, complete this FORM and return it no later than Friday, January 28, 2022.
Mark your calendar for the Annual Restaurant Week in Smithfield and Isle of Wight County! Visit participating restaurants as they showcase some favorites, and offer some new items too! As restaurants sign up to participate, menus will be added to the website.
The 2022 Virginia Food & Beverage Expo is a biennial event for businesses in Virginia’s specialty food and beverage industry to showcase their products and access a powerful platform for making industry connections. The Expo aims to connect industry buyers with Virginia specialty food and beverage products. The trade event is being offered to promote Virginia products and advance economic development. Retailers, wholesalers, distributors, foodservice representatives, and those in search of private-label brands will find products from Virginia that are packaged and labeled for your retail setting.
Free Business Consulting

Do you need help with a business idea, writing a business plan, marketing or maximizing profit? Jim Carroll, Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center (SBDC), is available to share his expertise with Isle of Wight County business owners by appointment monthly at the Ham Town Hub located at the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Request your free, confidential appointment now by calling the Isle of Wight Chamber at 757-357-3502 or email

See the Economic Development calendar of events for additional consulting dates and information on additional business workshops that may be of interest.

32,000 square-foot building on 7.27 acres is available for sale.​ Single or multi-tenant options!! Steel building with 3-phase electric power. Large metal sliding doors.​ Office space with 2 bathrooms, plus 2 additional rooms that are partially completed.​ Upstairs there is room for an apartment or breakroom, etc.​ Newly painted exterior.​ FLYER

For more information contact Jim Allman, 757-777-7481 or

Search the County's available properties database for more commercial or industrial properties. If you own or represent a commercial property in Isle of Wight County that is available for sale or lease, please CONTACT US, and we will add it to our database.
The Isle of Wight County Newcomer's Guide has been revised for 2022. This is a great resource for anyone visiting or relocating to the County.