Stafford Economic Development & Tourism
What's Next | October 2022
There is no question that Stafford is home to many veterans, both retired and active. With over 20,000 veterans living in Stafford County, Virginia and proximity to Marine Corps Base Quantico, many Stafford-based small businesses are veteran-owned. We know that veterans possess leadership qualities that transition into successful entrepreneurs and business owners. To energize veterans becoming entrepreneurs, in 2016, the Veterans Business Bootcamp was developed. Read our latest story below and experience the value of attending this year's Veterans Business Bootcamp.
As Veterans Day approaches (known as the 11th day of the 11th month), please take time to appreciate all of our veterans and active duty military. For any veterans looking for their own “What’s Next,” please attend our upcoming Veterans Business Bootcamp to learn about entrepreneurship and resources available to start a business. Like all good “actions”, we continue to enhance the program, the offerings, and information we can provide to our veteran entrepreneurs.
Before we get to November, though, take a moment to enjoy Virginia Wine Month and check out our latest tourism blog story. Also, as we all look to improve our own workforce, take some time to learn the “raw truth” of workforce attraction and recruitment and join us at our next Beer & Business.
As always, be well, be safe, and do not stop innovating, creating and asking…What’s Next.
John Holden, Director
Economic Development & Tourism
The Federal Reserve is seeking your feedback in this year’s Small Business Credit Survey. Join the thousands of for-profit small businesses who complete the survey to voice what you are experiencing. By taking the survey, small business owners contribute to data that directly informs the Fed, federal government agencies, service providers, policymakers, and others - ultimately benefitting their business and other businesses like theirs. Survey closes November 4.
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.
The Stafford Beer & Business Series is a quarterly outing provided by the Stafford County Economic Development Authority. These events are designed to connect local professionals across all markets. In addition to networking, each Beer & Business outing will have a brief insightful, “Raw Truth” of an industry specific discussion, led by a local expert. This Beer & Business features the Raw Truth of Workforce Attraction and Retention Marketing, presented Matern Staffing.
Success at Stafford disc golf event sponsored by Tour Stafford, VA
On October 1, Tour Stafford, VA sponsored the Area 11 Special Olympics Disc Golf Fundraiser Tournament. There was an amazing turnout despite the weather with almost 100 participants over two days. This event raised more funds for Area 11 Special Olympics than the past two years combined.
Celebrate Virginia Wine Month in Stafford
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.