Volume 09 | February 10, 2022
Office of Economic & Industrial Development
Wise Advice
Wise Advice is now a Quarterly Publication!
Forward Wise County is Now Accepting Applications!
The Wise County/City of Norton Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the Forward Wise County Leadership Development Program. 2022 Session Topics include:

  • Economic Development
  • Work Style Assessment
  • Local Government
  • Community Trusteeship
  • Education
  • Leadership Skills
  • Public Relations
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Boardsmanship & More!

Click above to download an application!

Printed applications may be picked up and returned at the Chamber office located at 765 Park Ave. SW, Norton, VA. Orientation begins February 28, 2022, so get your applications turned in ASAP!

'How To Airbnb' Free Virtual Workshop

Virginia Community Capital, in partnership with the Wise County Office of Economic & Industrial Development, presents: How to Airbnb - a free virtual workshop open to the public!

Interested in listing your house, apartment, cabin, or other property as a short term rental on Airbnb but have no idea how? Attend our virtual workshop on March 22nd at 9 AM and learn how to list, market, operate, manage the required taxes and regulations, and more!

This workshop is free but requires advance registration. Claim your spot now by visiting https://tinyurl.com/airbnbwise.

Hope to see you there!

Calling All Employers!

In response to hiring needs across the Commonwealth, Virginia Career Works Centers are sponsoring a FREE Virtual Hiring Event on February 24, 2022 from 1-5 PM.

Employers looking to fill positions are encouraged to participate in this event. To register your business, complete online registration by clicking the flyer to the right.
National Entrepreneurship Week Events

The UVA Wise Oxbow Center will offer a free one week coworking space pass and host an entrepreneurs meet & greet session to celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week taking place February 14-18!
Adobe Photoshop Sessions
Learn how to utilize Adobe Photoshop for your business! Presented by Lonesome Pine Regional Library, these sessions are free to students and community members. Click the flyer or scan the QR code below with your smartphone to register for the first session on February 17th.
Student Loan Repayment Program Accepting Applications
Have student loan debt? The Tobacco Commission may be able to help!

The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission launched its Talent Attraction Program to help develop an educated workforce committed to the Virginia Tobacco Region’s future.

Qualified graduates are eligible to receive up to $12,000 annually in student loan repayment with a two-year commitment to live and
work in the Virginia Tobacco Region in targeted, hard-to-fill occupations. Loan repayment awards may be renewed for another two years if eligible for a maximum award of $48,000!

Eligible occupations include:
  • Public School Teacher in Science, Math, Technology/Computer Science or Career and Technical Education (Grades 6-12)
  • Speech Language Pathologist, Physical or Occupational Therapist
  • Industrial or Electrical Engineer
  • Information Security, Network, or Computer Systems Analyst

Application Deadline: March 31, 2022

To find out more, see if you qualify, and apply for the program, visit their website at: www.revitalizeva.org
VCEDA Seed Capital Grant Accepting Applications
The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority is accepting applications for the spring round of the Seed Capital Grant Program. Businesses in their first year of operation are eligible for up to $10,000 in matching grant funds for eligible expenses. To apply, contact MECC's Small Business Development Center at 276-523-9454 or email Becki O'Quinn at boquinn@mecc.edu.
Wise County Property Database
The Wise County Office of Economic & Industrial Development receives multiple calls each week from developers and entrepreneurs looking for available real estate in Wise County. We need your help! View or submit your residential or commercial property on Wise County's properties database, and let us help you sell or lease your space!

Looking for a new home, land, or retail, office, or industrial space for your business? Need to sell your property? Do both at www.wisecounty.org/RealEstate.aspx
Wise County Job Postings Board
Looking for a job? Hiring for a job? Use our job postings page for all your employment needs in Wise County! Job submissions will be posted and visible to job seekers on our website at www.wisecounty.org/382/Employment-Opportunities
Planning the perfect trip to Wise County just got much easier! Wise County was excited to unveil a new Visit Wise County website and integrated mobile app - an interactive way to map out everything you don’t want to miss in Wise County! Designed with our partners at Visit Widget, this tool provides a new way to explore what the region has to offer including hotels, popular restaurants, activities, shopping, and more. View it all at once or search by categories like Music & Arts, Hotels, or Ice Cream Shop.