Gloucester County Economic Development

Business Monthly
In This Issue

  • Governor eases COVID-19 restrictions
  • COVID-19 One Year Retrospective

Economic Development
Department Updates

  • New Business Licenses
  • Business Directory

  • Appointments with Jim Carroll, Business Consultant
  • Spotlight: Business Anniversary
  • Job and Training Opportunities
  • Job Opportunities
  • Choose Gloucester
Governor Eases Some
Covid-19 Restrictions

Citing a continued drop in the number of covid-19 cases being reported, and an increase in the number of people being vaccinated for covid-19, Gov. Ralph Northam has eased some of the related restrictions on restaurants and outdoor gatherings.

  • Starting Monday, March 1, the cutoff time for alcohol sales in bars and restaurants changed from 10 p.m. to midnight. 

  • The maximum number of individuals permitted in a social gathering will increase from 10 to 25 people for outdoor settings. A 10-person limit on indoor gatherings remains in place.

  • Outdoor entertainment and public amusement venues will be able to operate with up to 1,000 individuals or at 30 percent capacity, whichever is lower.

  • Indoor entertainment and public amusement venues must continue to operate at 30 percent capacity with a cap of 250 people. All entertainment venues were previously limited to a maximum of 250 individuals.

  • All restaurants, dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, and tasting rooms still must be closed between midnight and 5:00 a.m.
COVID-19 pandemic: a one-year retrospective

By Jim Carroll


Who would have thought that we would look back and now consider January 2020 as “the good old days?”
Just like all the preceding New Year’s Eves, people freely congregated and celebrated, the ball dropped, domestic and international travel continued unimpeded, and only bank robbers and trick-or-treaters wore masks. Life was predictable, simple, and relatively safe. Ah, the good old days!
Then one day in March last year came along something so frightening and unexpected it caught the entire world “wrong-footed.” The COVID-19 pandemic completely, remorselessly, and utterly altered humankind’s existence and ravaged lifestyles, populations, and, indeed, the world’s economy. In one year, it irrevocably changed our entire psyche. READ MORE

New Business Licenses
February business licenses were not available
at the time of publishing
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.
What is StartWheel?
StartWheel is an online source of information that’s solely focused on the entrepreneurial activities that are taking place across Hampton Roads, Virginia, also known as #The757.

  • Consolidates all of the news and information that you need to know to start and grow a business. StartWheel also shares the information our community wants and needs to hear in order to advance our region forward.  

  • Coordinates all of the entrepreneurial events that are taking place either online or in person. We’ve eliminated the need to check multiple calendars, we have everything listed in one place for your convenience. 

Celebrates all of the entrepreneurial successes that are taking place around the region, amplifying your success to a broader audience.  

Go here to learn more about StartWheel

In the Spotlight

Celebrating 60 years

We would like to celebrate our your successes! If your business has a milestone anniversary 10 years |15 years | 20 years | 25 years plus, let us know! Send Elizabeth your logo and number of years in business in Gloucester to Elizabeth
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
STRIVE Workshop: Diving Into Your Digital Platforms
March 16 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am

Free – $10
Have you ever wondered why Facebook seems to have so many programs and pages that appear to do the same thing? You have a Facebook page for your business, right? So why is there a Facebook Business page too? While we’re at it, what’s up with Creator Studio?
Worry not! Kaycee McCoy, a digital marketing pro and owner of Create/Captivate Digital Marketing, is here to help.
She will go over what each of these programs does, how to set them up and use them, and why you would want to.
Take your marketing and communication to the next level by using all of the tools at your disposal.

Live stream access for those not yet members of Retail Alliance: $10
Live stream access for Retail Alliance members: FREE

Click on image above to register

For more information on Retail Alliance go HERE
Upcoming Workshops

Women Owned Small Business Programs
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 12:00pm EST
SBA Sponsored
Cost: FREE

First Steps to Starting a Business
Small Business Development Center
Monday, March 8, 2021 - 3:00pm EST
Resource Partner
Cost: $30

Starting a Small Business
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
Cost: FREE
This webinar will dive into economic and demographic data valuable for starting a small business. The session will include a live demonstration of data tools.

WebEx Event Number (if needed): 199 017 7484
WebEx Event Password (if needed): @Census1
Dial-in Number: 1-877-918-2514 OR 1-203-827-7007
Dial-in Passcode: 4253419

For 1-way listen only computer audio, please click Audio Broadcast button in WebEx. If it does not connect, please use the telephone audio option.

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
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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