Stafford Economic Development & Tourism
What's Next | August 2022
From start-ups to site selectors, Stafford County, Virginia has property available
Stafford County, Virginia has a variety of land, brick-and mortar, and leasing options for start-ups, businesses, and site selectors looking to grow or expand their business footprint in Northern Virginia. What sets Stafford County, Virginia apart? Beyond available land and buildings, we are the most affordable location in NOVA.
I want to share and remind all of you the variety of services, support, and assistance we can offer you as you grow and expand your business in Stafford. First, we are here to help. Contact any one of the ED&T Band Members. We can offer input and guidance and refer you to other regional experts in business, marketing, finance, etc. We can guide you through the process of starting your business.
Our partners at RIoT can provide you detailed guidance and support of like-minded business owners to grow your business. From the “idea” stage to the “growth-ready” stage, we are here to offer programs and guidance. When it is time to consider how to finance your growing business, we will work with you, your bank, and other agencies focused on business financing.
Finally, let me encourage you to take time to enjoy the closing weeks of Summer and hints of Fall. Take a look at the wonderful walks you might take to enjoy the season and if you wish to partake, consider visiting a local brewery during Virginia Craft Beer Month.
John Holden, Director
Economic Development & Tourism
The Stafford EDA has approved three business loans in 2022 totaling $158,000 in direct economic investment into new Stafford businesses. These new and growing businesses to Stafford are Vitae Visuals, Up North Kutz and Embrey Mill Urgent and Primary Care. The EDA’s investment leverages over $170,000 in private equity or cash investments into these growing companies.
Entrepreneurship & Business Events
We are leading the way to build a stronger regional entrepreneurial community and “ecosystem” in the Stafford area. We strive to engage business leaders, seek out opportunities for new investments, foster talent development, and, most importantly, support the Stafford regional business community. Check out our upcoming events below, and don't forget to submit your business events to our events calendar here.
VEDP Webinar: Import Compliance Training
August 18, 2022, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
This training session will help a company determine its compliance with all U.S. import regulations and is a must for the experienced or first-time importer to ensure comprehension of the dos and don’ts of importing.
Stafford County Public Schools Cyber 4+ Partner Roundtable
August 23, 2022, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Please join us for a meeting of minds to learn about the efforts of leaders across Stafford County to develop a High School pathway in which our young people earn 4 CompTIA Certifications upon graduation and an Associate’s Degree within their first year of Higher Education through a pathway called, Cyber 4+.
Calling All Innovators and Start-Ups
RIoT - Focused on Entrepreneurs.
RIoT is looking for technology startups in all industry sectors. They have supported tech startups in public safety, environmental monitoring, healthcare, manufacturing, consumer products, and more. Ideal startups will have at least validated a proof of concept and are beginning to attract and pilot with early customers (but are typically pre-revenue).
RAP gives startups access to high quality business and technical resources and a hands-on mentorship network. Through our 12-week high touch programming, companies will learn first principles and how to best position their companies for growth and success. Upon completion of the program, startups will then pitch their companies to city officials, investment representatives, and military and defense components. Deadline for applications is Thursday, September 15 at 5:00 PM.
RIoT is a renowned, non-profit organization that helps communities build vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems. From research commercialization, startup growth, to corporate innovation projects, RIoT and their programs increase the impact of traditional business development resources.
UPCOMING RIoT Events in Virginia
August 24, 2022 | 5:30 - 7:00PM | Fredericksburg Area Museum
RIoT’s startup pitch competition is coming to Virginia! With the launch of the first VA-based RIoT Accelerator Program in April, graduates from the inaugural cohort are ready to take the stage.
Join us and RIoT and come out to hear high-energy startup pitches under the stars. Food, drinks, networking, and exciting new businesses to partake in– join us on August 24th for the first ever RIoT VA Startup Pitch Night.
Check out the participating companies here.
September 7, 2022 | 5:30 - 7:30PM | University of Mary Washington at Dahlgren
Entrepreneurs play a critical role in rural economies. They start businesses, create jobs, and provide their communities with dynamic and innovative ideas. Yet, they face challenges accessing capital, access to a workforce, access to connectivity, and access to technology.
Join RIoT to hear speakers discuss these challenges and talk about ways to overcome them. This event is in partnership with the King George County Economic Development and Tourism.
Food, drinks, networking, and exciting discussion provided with registration!
Celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month in Stafford
August is #VirginiaCraftBeerMonth. Celebrate by sipping your way through Stafford’s 5 breweries. Have you heard about the Fredericksburg Area Beer Trail? Nine area breweries have joined together to offer specials and discounts for visiting the breweries. Even better, the pass is gamified. After visiting a number of the breweries, you are eligible for branded prizes. Visit our website to get details on the FAB trail pass. Cheers!
Stafford County is a pro-business community with an ambitious ecosystem for entrepreneurs, rising cyber and tech investments, and a place with a number of hidden gems to visit. We strive to engage our business leaders, seek out opportunities for new investments, foster talent development - and share our tremendous community, natural, and cultural resources.