Restaurant Operator Relief Grant
DoorDash, in partnership with the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association (VRLTA) recently announced a new $450,000 grant program for Virginia restaurants. Grants are available for $3,500 and the application is open until March 1, 2021. See details and eligibility requirements.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the SBA.

New Business Highlights

River's Edge Apparel, a retail shop carrying trendy apparel and gifts for the outdoorsman (or woman), will open at 207 C Main Street in Smithfield on Thursday, February 11, 2021.

O'Reilly Auto Parts opened a new store in Windsor at 11365 Windsor Boulevard on Saturday, February 6, 2021.
See the full list of new January business licenses:

We extend a warm welcome to all of our new businesses.
Thank you for putting down roots to grow in Isle of Wight County!
Isle of Wight Company Selected to Participate in Virginia Leaders in Export Trade Program (VALET)

American K-9 Interdiction, LLC (AK9I), a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small business in Isle of Wight County, is one of ten companies recently selected to participate in the Virginia Leaders in Export Trade Program (VALET).
The two-year VALET program, led by the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, assists companies in the Commonwealth that are committed to international exporting as a growth strategy.
The program provides participating companies with export planning services and assistance from a team of experienced international service providers to help meet the companies’ international business goals. These private sector service providers contribute essential expertise to assist companies in executing export plans and include attorneys, web designers, bankers, translators, accountants, and freight forwarders.
AK9I was founded in 2001 and produces and trains superior working dogs for government, law enforcement and private entities. The company specializes in training canines and handlers for policing/patrol assignments, narcotics detection, explosives detection on and off leash, tracking/trailing and specialty disciplines.
For more information on the VALET Program, visit

Free Business Consulting

Do you need help with a business idea, writing a business plan, marketing or maximizing profit? Jim Carroll, Executive Director of the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be available to share his expertise with Isle of Wight County business owners by appointment via Zoom on the second Thursday of each month.

February 11th
March 11th
April 8th
May 13th
June 10th

Request your free, confidential appointment now by calling the Isle of Wight Chamber at 757-357-3502 or email

A community survey for the County’s Study on Aging is underway!

The survey is available through Monday, March 1, 2021. The results will be tabulated, summarized, and posted on the County’s website in March 2021. County staff and the Board’s appointed Study on Aging task force will use the feedback from the survey to develop new policy recommendations and action strategies to include in the Plan. The draft policies and action strategies will be made available for public review at a later date.

Please cut and paste the following link in your browser to take the survey online:

You may also access the survey link from the County website Hard copies of the survey are available at Isle of Wight County libraries and at the Windsor and Smithfield Town Halls. Hard copies are also available at the Isle of Wight County Community Development Department.

We know businesses in Isle of Wight County rock, and we want to tell the world. If you'd like to have your business featured in our newsletter and online for FREE, contact us and be prepared to tell your story!

Commercial outparcels available for sale at James River Crossings, a new, mixed-use development at the corner of Route 17 and Brewer’s Neck Boulevard in Isle of Wight County. The site is approved for approximately 202,000 square-feet of commercial development. Construction begins on 210 condominiums in Spring 2021. All public utilities are located at or adjacent to the property, which is located at a signalized intersection that sees 29,000 vehicles per day. This property is well positioned to take advantage of the residential growth taking place in this area. For more information, contact Ned Brooks, Colliers International, 757-228-1829, or Chris Read, Colliers International, 757-228-1803,

The Isle of Wight County Newcomer's Guide has been updated for 2021. If you are a new resident to the County, you may have some questions about the many services available. This information is designed to help ease your transition into your new home and life here inside the Isle.