Business Appreciation Pop-Up Parties Held

In May, Isle of Wight Economic Development partnered with the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce to host a series of pop-up parties throughout the county to celebrate Business Appreciation Month. Thank you to everyone who came out to participate. It was our pleasure to celebrate you and the contributions you make to the county. We also would like to congratulate our $500 grand prize winners at each pop-up party location:

Northern Isle - BB's Attic, a thrift and consignment shop in Carrollton

Smithfield - The Main Event By Emily, a wedding planning service and florist in Smithfield

Southern Isle - New Branch Farms, an event venue in Smithfield

Windsor - Anytime Fitness (Windsor), a gym and physical fitness center in Windsor

Economic Development Releases 2021 Annual Report


Isle of Wight County Economic Development recently released its 2021 Annual Report, which celebrates calendar year development activity. The report also highlights business attraction and retention efforts, the impact of the Port of Virginia, target industry sector outreach, workforce development initiatives, community roots/quality of life, and statistics and demographics. See previous years’ reports.

New Business Licenses - May 2022

New Business Highlights

Country Java Artisan Cafe, a breakfast and brunch restaurant, is now open at 36 East Windsor Blvd.

Lotus Health, is a psychiatry and neurology practice located at 15221 Carrolton Blvd., Suite 102.

The Shop by L&E, is a barber shop located at 15042 Carrollton Blvd., Suite H.

Knight Exteriors, a building contractor, is located at 302 Main Street, Smithfield.

See the full list of new April 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!

Marine Trades Training Welding Courses Offered in Smithfield

Camp Community College and Isle of Wight County Schools have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to provide Marine Trades Training (MTT) Welding courses for county residents at Smithfield High School beginning June 21st.

The MTT program, delivered in partnership with the Virginia Ship Repair Association (VSRA), Camp Community College, Tidewater Community College, and Thomas Nelson Community College, has operated since 2017 and has trained over 2,100 participants in six trades for employment in the shipbuilding and ship repair industry with a 90 percent hire rate for program completers.

Camp, VSRA, and the Hampton Roads Workforce Council (HRWC) will work with each participant to pre-screen for employment in the shipbuilding and ship repair industry, establish eligibility for welding course funding, provide skilled trades training, and to identify any needed supportive services up to $2,250 per participant. Each participant will also receive employment services with the goal of securing a job offer for all students after completing the training.

Those interested in participating in the program should call 757-681-8974 or go to

The Job Fair will be held Tuesday, July 19, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to Noon in Newport News. Businesses that wish to participate can register HERE. The registration deadline is July 12th.

This event is FREE and open to the public, active-duty and recently separated military members, retires military members, reservists, veterans, DoD civilians, and their dependents. Registration is preferred; however, walk-ins are welcome.  Register HERE.


FOR SALE: 311 Main Street, Smithfield

Beautifully restored Victorian circa 1895 in the heart of Historic Downtown Smithfield!

Currently a retail store, but potential uses include retail, office, studio, residence or combination. Features parking spaces in the back, a storage shed, multiple outside entrances (Airbnb potential!!), stunning hardwood floors, and new HVAC and water heater. The possibilities here are endless! Come make your dream a reality!

For more information, contact Anna Boyer, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, 757-329-7329 or [email protected].

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