Register Your Business to Participate in the 6th Annual Job Fair
Wednesday, 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. Isle of Wight County Economic Development is proud to continue its sponsorship of this important event in our community.

If your business is hiring and you would like to be a vendor at the Job Fair, contact The Tidewater News, 757-304-8265, email Michelle Gray or complete the registration form at the link below. The cost is $250 with an additional fee for electricity. The Registration deadline is December 31, 2021.

Participating employers will have an opportunity to attend an information session to learn about workforce resources available in the 757. Representatives from Camp Community College, Virginia Career Works and the Virginia Employment Commission will discuss how their respective workforce programs can benefit businesses and prospective and current employees. Registration also includes refreshments for company representatives and a quarter-page ad in the “Get a Job” special Tidewater News supplement published a week prior to the event.
Business License Issuance Up 16.9% YTD over Last Year
New Business Highlights

Chili Hill Foods & Farm (302 Main Street, Smithfield) - a small food market focusing on the family’s passion for Thai and local foods. The market offers Asian groceries with a Thai centric theme, fresh produce, VA grown products, and homemade prepared foods. You can also visit them at the Smithfield Farmers Market.

Eclipse Pets (1402 S. Church Street, Unit A, Smithfield) - a pet store selling reptiles, birds, hamsters and beta fish along with foods, treats and supplies for all your finned, furry, feathered and scaly pets.

See the full list of new November business licenses:
PDF Format (.pdf) or Excel Format (.xlsx)

We extend a warm welcome to all of our new businesses.
Thank you for putting down roots to grow in Isle of Wight County!
New Mural in Windsor Preserves Town History

The Woman's Club of Windsor recently dedicated a freshly painted mural on one of the town's oldest buildings. The club commissioned muralist Sam Welty to complete the project, which began in November. The new mural restored faded logos of businesses that once occupied the early 1900's building. MORE
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 7, 2022.
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, January 13, 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.
For Lease - 12728 Courthouse Hwy., Smithfield

The former Smithfield Glass & Mirror building at 12728 Courthouse Hwy., located just outside of the Smithfield town limits, features 3,200 square-feet of shop space with four overhead doors (3- 12'x12' and 1- 10'x10') and 800 square-feet of office/waiting area. Shop area has 14-foot ceilings and includes one vehicle lift if needed. Property includes mounted and freestanding signage and security cameras and is on its own well and septic system. Two-year lease term preferred. MORE INFO

Call Gerald Peade, owner, at 757-897-6291 for more details.

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 Economic Development Team wishes everyone a Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year!

Chris Morello, Kristi Sutphin, Nicole Talton and Gloria Spratley