Gloucester County Economic Development

Business Monthly
Business Owner's New Year Checklist

The Office of Economic Development has suggestions to help your business succeed in 2021. From goals and networking to being prepared for an emergency, check out these suggestions.

  • Put important dates on your calendar. One important date is March 1, 2021, which is when business license renewals are due to the Commissioner of the Revenue.

  • Reflect on your business successes and make a goal list for 2021. Make an exhaustive list of what you would like to accomplish and then break it down to accomplish a few things each month.

  • Educate yourself on something you want to learn more about.

  • Engage in local networking opportunities.

  • Make a plan for emergencies such as hurricanes, storms and power outages. Signing up for CodeRED. CodeRED is a free emergency notification service that sends critical communications and emergency information through phone calls, text messages, emails, social media and the CodeRED Mobile Alert app.

  • Think locally and look for local partners for a new idea or event you may have.

  • Connect with the Office of Economic Development on Facebook and sign up for our monthly newsletter at
In This Issue

  • Business Owner's New Year Checklist

Economic Development
Department Updates

  • New Business Licenses
  • Business Directory

  • Appointments with Jim Carroll, Business Consultant
  • Business Trends for 2021
  • New Business Spotlight
  • Job Opportunities
  • Choose Gloucester
New Business Licenses


Business Directory
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.
Free Business Consulting

Please contact Elizabeth to set up an electronic appointment with a business consultant, Jim Carroll.
Virtual Mentoring and Training 
Offices around the country may be closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Veterans Business Outreach Centers and other resource partners are providing free business mentoring and training by phone, email, and video.
For small businesses across America, 2020 has been one of the most challenging years in history. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, small business owners have been resilient, pivoting, and adapting their business models to navigate continually changing conditions. With the new year on the horizon, there are potential new opportunities to take advantage of and ways to adapt to challenges you may face. Here are a few business trends that are likely to dominate in 2021, along with tips on how to position your business for growth.
In the Spotlight
Travel to your Main Street to shop, dine and explore in the Gloucester Village!
Pick up a PASSPORT today!
Earn a stamp for every $25 you spend at the following Gloucester Village businesses and get entered to win $100 gift certificates! 
·    Vashti’s Jewelers
·    The Nurtury
·    Yolanda’s
·    Up South
·    The Silver Box
·    Sweet Tooth
·    Kelsick Specialty Market
·    Split Enz Salon
·    Lulu Birds Kitchen
·    Bangkok Noi
·    Gloucester Brewing Company
·    Smith’s Florist and Gift Shop
·    Northern Neck Popcorn Bag
·    Olivia’s
·    Arts on Main
·    Honestly Yoga
·    Ware Neck Produce (closes for season 12/24)
·    Patriots Grill
·    The Courthouse Restaurant
·    Heart Felt Touch Massage
·    Office Supply of Gloucester
·    Village Blacksmith
·    Wellness House
After you shop and dine, and have all your boxes filled in with stamps, enter to win!
Turn your completed PASSPORT in to any participating business by the first of the month
(December 2020 through March 2021) to get entered to win a $100 gift certificate to return to Main Street to shop and dine some more! 
Enter as many completed PASSPORTS as you’d like! 
Turn in five or more completed PASSPORTS and receive a FREE “We Create Our Main Street” t-shirt and “Do It On Main Street” face mask! 
If you would like your business to be considered for the monthly e-newsletter In the Spotlight feature please send photos and a short article to Elizabeth.
Job & Training Opportunities

Goodman's Home Interiors is hiring, call 804.824.9383

Zoll Vineyards Help us grow!🍷
Looking for experienced and talented wine/bar/hospitality professional team members for weekends and evening shifts.
Please EMAIL a resumé and let us know what you bring to the table that will make this winery even more awesome

Gloucester County is hiring. View our website for a complete list of job descriptions, job postings and to apply for employment HERE.

Lulu Birds Kitchen is hiring kitchen staff and all other positions. Please apply in person during business hours or try the kitchen door, chef would love to meet you

Home Care Associates is hiring CNAs NAs and PCAs with a $250 Sign-On Bonus 804.210.1333

Please 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. E-mail Elizabeth
Click on a link below for current job listings

Virginia Chamber's
"Get Virginia Back to Work" Website
View the “Getting Virginians Back to Work” plan along with a host of other important resources for businesses on the Chamber’s newly launched website

Choose Gloucester!
Go here to see available Buildings and Sites
If you have a new and innovative business or business concept and would like to be considered for one of our newsletters, please send pictures and a brief write-up here. We'd also love to share your testimonial of why Gloucester is the perfect place for your business!
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