Gloucester County Economic Development

Business Monthly

May 2021
In This Issue
Economic Development
Department Updates

  • Gloucester Business Appreciation Month
  • New Business Licenses
  • Business Directory
  • Virtual Job Fair May 25
  • Retail Alliance Survey

  • Appointments with Jim Carroll, Business Consultant
  • Spotlight: Brent and Becky's
  • Job and Training Opportunities
  • Job Opportunities
  • Choose Gloucester
New Business Licenses


Business Directory
Virtual Job Fair to be held May 25

Gloucester County's Community Engagement & Public Information and Economic Development Departments are partnering with the Virginia Employment Commission / Virginia Career Works and the Gloucester Chamber of Commerce to host a Virtual Job Fair, "Let's Get Back to Work, Middle Peninsula!" May 25 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The job fair will feature large employers and small businesses. Meet and connect with the top LOCAL and REGIONAL employers and professionals. Participate in the event and figure out the right career path for you! The event is FREE to participate in!

Retail Pulse Survey April 2021!
Please complete the Retail Pulse Survey: April 2021 by clicking here. We appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete this survey. It provides us (and you!) a bigger picture of what is currently going on locally and also compare to previous periods. We will share results only in the aggregate (no individual responses will be released). The survey will close May 6, 2021. 
How to prepare.
SBA will begin accepting applications via the application portal  May 3 at 12 p.m. EDT. The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted. 
In preparation, qualifying applicants should familiarize themselves with the application process in advance to ensure a smooth and efficient application. Follow the steps below.
  • If you haven't already, register for an account on the application portal at If you are working with Square or Toast, you do not need to register.
  • Review the sample application, program guide and cross-program eligibility chart on SBA COVID-19 relief options. SBA also added screenshots of the application portal that are available here.
  • Applications must be submitted in English or Spanish. SBA has documents in additional languages to help you understand eligibility requirements, fill out applications, and answer frequently asked questions. See the additional languages and materials here.
  • If you were unable to attend one of the webinars held last week which covered program details and a demonstration of the application portal, you can watch the recording here.
For more information, visit 
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.
During each lunch and learn session you can click to enter into a drawing for a chance to win a $1,500 Best Buy gift card, courtesy of T-Mobile! The drawing will be held on September 8th. The more sessions you attend, the more chances you have to win!
In the Spotlight
Brent and Becky's
 Brent and Becky’s will host the Gloucester Master Gardeners on the second Saturday of the month for an informational look at what is going on in the garden. Join the Gloucester Master Gardeners for a look at gardening and how to make your garden the best it can be in the coming year. This month’s topic will be The Nightshade Family: Tomato, Pepper, Eggplant and Potato. There is no charge or registration for this informative session packed with great information!
Garden Walk: Saturday, May 8, 11 am
Explore our Chesapeake Bay Friendly Teaching Garden with Brent! Walk through the garden and learn about how we garden as naturally as possible, experience the wildlife that occurs in a natural garden and learn a few tips to make your own garden the best it can be. $5 per person, registration required.
Mother’s Day Picnic: Saturday, May 8, 12 noon
Enjoy a relaxing day with your mom (or other supportive women in your life!) in our garden. Pre-order your lunch ($15 per person) when you register, and we will do the rest. Add a garden walk with Brent before lunch or join our Living Flower Arrangement Workshop after lunch! (Separate registration for garden walk and/or Living Flower Arrangement Workshop.) Picnic lunch registration deadline Wednesday, May 5th.
Living Flower Arrangement Container Workshop: Saturday, May 8, 1 pm 
Grab a friend and come put together a beautiful patio container you can enjoy all summer! You will love the brightly colored flowers and decorative leaves that will soon emerge to fill in your layered bulb container masterpiece! $25 each or 2 for $40! Advance registration is required; please call (804) 693-3966 to reserve your space! 
Gloucester Daffodil Club meeting, Thursday, May 13, 4 pm
Join other daffodil enthusiasts to learn more about daffodils! For more information contact
NEW! Garden Exploration Activities at Brent and Becky’s
Beginning in April, the Bulb Shoppe and Gardens at Brent and Becky’s will offer garden exploration packets that can be completed in our gardens and at home. Activities are geared to youth ages 5-12. All activities are self-led, providing participants with flexibility and a Covid-safe experience. Each month will offer a new topic, so drop by monthly for a new exploration packet. 
For more information regarding this release, please contact Denise Hutchins at or (804) 693-3966 x109.
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.
Upcoming Workshops

Job Opportunities

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 servers. 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
Unemployment Data
Note: Unemployment rate in February 2020 – 2.4%

Virginia Unemployment Rate in February 2021 - 5.4%
Hampton Roads Unemployment Rate in February 2021– 6.2%

Source: Virginia Employment Commission
Choose Gloucester!
Glenns Office Building
York River Crossing Shopping Center
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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