November 2019 |
Merritt Secures Land Along Interstate 95 in Stafford County, VA
Merritt Properties, a full-service commercial real estate development company that was established in 1967 and now owns over 16 million square feet throughout Maryland and Virginia, has successfully closed and acquired 15 acres at the Quantico Corporate Center in Stafford County, VA, strategically located along I-95 south of the Washington, D.C. metro area. Following successful projects in Loudoun and Prince William counties, Merritt identified the I-95 corridor as its next growth market. The Merritt Business Park at Quantico Corporate Center will include two single-story flex/light industrial buildings, totaling 162,600 square feet MORE>>
What's Next? Stafford. - A message from John Holden
By now, those of you that are regulars, know my passion for, and belief that innovation and creativity drive entrepreneurship--and not just for startups.  That includes the drive of successful developers seeking out new opportunities in Stafford (like Merritt and others).  This includes our work to foster and encourage entrepreneurship, and it includes new and innovative ways to seek out customers-like Small Business Saturday.
As the holidays and the critical market season begins, I encourage us all to seek out new products and services within our community.  Stay tuned for our own ideas and initiatives for fostering entrepreneurship.  Take a moment, reflect, and consider What's Next.

John Holden on Town Talk
Stafford Economic Development and Tourism Director John Holden talks with host Ted Schubel about Stafford as the "center of cyber" and the Stafford Smart City.  Listen >>
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 30th

We encourage you to Shop Small at Stafford's many locally-owned stores and make a positive impact on our community. Did you know that for every dollar spent at a small business in the U.S., approximately 67 cents stays in the local community? Shop Small on Small Business Saturday, and all year long, to make a difference. MORE>>
Prepare for cybersecurity certification locally with the University of Mary Washington
Registration is now open for a non-credit certification program for professionals seeking to earn the sought-after Certified Information Systems Security Professionals (CISSP) credential. The University of Mary Washington, in partnership with GO Virginia, the Stafford County EDA and other area local government and educational organizations, is offering a 12-week, in-person course that is enhanced by targeted local study groups and additional online prep. The CISSP is for cybersecurity professionals with at least five years' experience in their field.  Read more >>
GWRC Good Jobs Here
The George Washington Regional Commission is seeking community input to help develop a plan to bring good jobs here.  The first two input sessions provided excellent new data on the region, including an updated Commuter Study. The third and final session, "Regions that Work: Learning from Others and Putting it All Together for Success!" will be held on Thursday, November 21st at 8am at the University of Mary Washington.  Register>>  Read more >>
Ribbon Cuttings 

Quantico Cyber Hub Grand Opening
1010 Corporate Drive
Stafford, VA 22554

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Retail/Restaurant Space For Lease 
125 Corporate Drive
Stafford, VA 22554 
- 8,000 SF free-standing building at the entrance of Quantico Corporate Center
- Quantico Corporate Center includes multiple hotels and a growing lunch time population
-   18,000+ VPD on Jefferson Davis Highway at Corporate Drive
-  Includes full hood and walk-in cooler
Business Training Opportunities 
Leadership, Power and Influence: Leadership Tools for Tough Situations
University of Mary Washington Continuing & Professional Studies
November 19, 9am - 4pm
This course focuses on helping participants develop their leadership capacity by examining research on leadership orientations, learning how to assess their own leadership strengths, and applying these insights and lessons to case studies.
Start Date:  January 14
This course will teach students about various contract changes involving federal contracts and how they impact their bottom line as federal contractors. Students will be able to identify in scope and out of scope contract changes and different remedies that are available to federal contractors. 
Federal Contracting Compliance
Germanna Community College
Start date:  January 21  
As the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world, the U.S. Government has created numerous compliance obligations.  This course will provide students with a foundational understanding of federal contracting, False Claims Act violations, risks, opportunities, and 10 best compliance practices.  Students will gain a unique understanding of what makes federal contracting compliance successful, how to recognize and mitigate conflicts of interests, and how to use various contracting compliance tools.
Germanna Community College
Start Date: January 29, 2020
Having a presence on social media is an integral part of marketing your business.  Your customers are already on Facebook and your business should be there too!  However, simply having a Facebook presence is only the beginning.  In this class, you will learn how to create and customize your business Facebook page, build your valuable readership, sell your "likeability", leverage your business, and engage readers. 
Stafford County Economic Development & Tourism | 540-658-8681 [email protected] | 1300 Courthouse Road
P.O. Box 339
Stafford, VA 22555