Dance Studio Celebrates New Location in Smithfield

The Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, to celebrate the relocation of Footnotes School of Dance into its own building located at 18477 Canteberry Lane in Smithfield. Owner Lauren Babb is in her 11th year of business. The studio offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip hop, lyrical, acrobatic arts, discover dance, plus adult classes and more! 
ATTN: Retailers and Restaurants!

Who thought we'd still be in the midst of a pandemic nearly two years on? Staff members at Retail Alliance have been talking to small businesses one on one throughout the pandemic but also like to take a regular read on the Hampton Roads small business community as a whole (see previous reports on the Retail Alliance blog).

Please take 5-6 minutes to complete the Retail Pulse Survey before February 13, 2022. Once the results are compiled, the findings will be shared. To thank you for your time and effort, every completed response will go into a raffle for the chance to win a $50 Visa gift card. For questions about the survey, please contact Kylie Ross Sibert, Retail Alliance, 757-455-9323 or
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, March 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.
Workforce Development Tuition Support

A new program has rolled out for students looking to increase their skill set by enrolling in a Virginia community college. The Virginia Ready initiative, working with the Virginia Community College System and Virginia's FastForward Workforce Credential Grant Program now offers credential support for the in-demand growth sectors of Healthcare, Technology and Skilled Trades. Eligible candidates can receive networking and educational support and earn an achievement award of $1,000.

For questions contact Jeslyn Stiles at
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 will be held Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and 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.
Office Space for Lease - 15154 Carrollton Blvd.

2,711 square-foot former medical office on Route 17 in Carrollton can easily be converted to general office. Located in a high-growth area of Isle of Wight County. Signage available on the property’s pylon sign, the building facade and the monument reader panel. Ample and convenient parking. MORE INFO

For more information contact Clark Baldwin, Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate, 757-640-9290 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.