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2019 Stafford Business Appreciation Event
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Location: 6 Bears and A Goat Brewing Company
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

The Stafford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) cordially invites Stafford County business owners and executives to the Annual Business Appreciation Reception, to thank our business leaders and honor our local business community. Every year, the EDA hosts a Business Appreciation Reception to celebrate the County's diverse business community. This year's theme is What's Next? Stafford.



Transurban is a global leader in toll road financing, development, operations and technology. As the operator of the 95, 495 and future 395 Express Lanes, Transurban manages more than 45 miles of Express Lanes, providing more than 6 million customers a faster more reliable trip. In the spring of 2019, the 95 Express Lanes will break ground on the Fredericksburg Extension (Fred Ex) project that will extend the Lanes 10 miles south to near Route 17 and Fredericksburg. Construction of the project is estimated to create over 9,000 jobs and generate over $1 billion in economic activity for the region. For more information on the project, click here.
The Business Appreciation Reception features an awards program to recognize accomplishments in the Stafford business community. 2019 Awards include: Stafford Business of the Year and the Cornerstone Award. 

Click below to nominate a Stafford business for the 
2019 Stafford Business of the Year!
Message from John Holden
Still the New Guy
As we continue to grow Stafford we are seeing continued and expanded deployment and use of technology  in our business community.  From our "Smart City" effort to recent successful contracts from our cyber and IT business community-technology  is at the forefront.  If you have read my comments previously, you know that I am always interested and fascinated by the creative aspect of innovation and, ultimately, technology .  I believe that is takes a community-a network of people with something in common to generate creativity and innovation.  I look forward to our expanded efforts to do just that in Stafford and encourage you to consider the same.  It's why I ask, "what's next?"

Stafford County Partners with CIT to Define "Smart" Features of the New Downtown Stafford
Center for Innovative Technology

The Center for Innovative Technology ( CIT) announced a partnership with Stafford County to help define "smart" for the new smart Downtown Stafford, including issuance of an open RFI (Request for Information) by CIT to solicit concepts for inclusion.

CIT has secured the services of OST  who will produce technical recommendations that will be incorporated into Stafford's plans for a new Downtown off Exit 140 .
Veterans Business Bootcamp Recap
Over 25 guests attended the Veterans Business Bootcamp's bi-annual workshop at UMW Stafford Campus this past month. This five hour program provides an intensive overview of the critical first steps of the new veteran entrepreneur. Multiple experts in business, finance, and law outlined the transition into business ownership. Tune into our monthly FOCUS newsletter in the summer for an invitation to attend the fall Veterans Business Bootcamp on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019.  Read more >>

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Business Training Opportunities 
Register for New Trade Missions and Trade Shows through the  Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Face-to-face meetings are critical to international business. We help Virginia companies meet potential customers and partners through trade missions and trade shows.
April 22, 9:00 - 11:30am 
It will provide the basic of self evaluation, the idea, defining the need, determining the feasibility, and what actions are necessary. Topics within these areas will include analytical methods; research sources; the legal forms of businesses; record keeping; laws, regulations, and policies; and a discussion on the value and importance of business plans and financial analyses.
May 2, 12:00am - 1:00pm
Grab your lunch and join us the first Thursday of each month to learn more about SBA programs and network with other small business owners.
May 16-30, 6:00 - 9:00pm
This class is designed to remove the fear of the tax code for non-accountants.  Students will become familiar with the most common tax forms as well as rules of use for each.
Stafford County Economic Development & Tourism | 540-658-8681 econdev@staffordcountyva.gov | 1300 Courthouse Road
P.O. Box 339
Stafford, VA 22555