July 2019 | GoStaffordVa.com
Our department is launching a LinkedIn account!

Check us out and connect with Stafford County Department of Economic Development & Tourism on our new LinkedIn page and be the first to learn about what's next in Stafford.

Message from John Holden
Still the New Guy

It has been 13 months and I am still the New Guy.  I am so proud of our team's work over this past year and can't thank them enough for accepting me and coming together with the New Guy.  As you know by now, I am fascinated and enjoy learning about the nature of creativity and innovation-and apply it to our work.  It may not be all the creative-but do check our new LinkedIn page. We will use that more and more to share new ideas from Stafford and perhaps beyond that we may make use of here as we continue to challenge ourselves to answer the questions, What's Next? Stafford.

See below for some exciting news and let me be the first to share with you the creation of the Stafford Micro and Gap Loan Program.  Brought to you by the Stafford Economic Development Authority (EDA), this is one of only a handful of such financing options in the Commonwealth.  The idea is simple-we want to help support new business ideas and innovations, offering Micro Loans ($5,000-$25,000) for business that often self or credit card finance (at much higher rates).  We also want to help for those larger investments that may be just beyond to comfort level of the business commercial financier-we will work with the bank to help fill the "gap."  More information forthcoming.

What (else) is Next?  Stafford.  

Publix Super Markets Executes Lease in Stafford
Publix Super Markets has executed a lease on a new store location in Stafford.  Publix at Embrey Mill Town Center, n ortheast corner of Courthouse Rd. and Mine Rd.  The store will be approximately 48,000 square feet and will employ approximately 130 associates.
The store is projected to open in early 2021.   Read more>>   
Lower land costs, skilled workforce draw investment to area
High land costs in Northern Virginia have encouraged distribution and data-center developers to look for better deals elsewhere, says Curry Roberts, president of the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance. They're finding those opportunities midway between Washington, D.C., and Richmond in the Fredericksburg area, which includes Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline and King George counties, Roberts says.   Read more >>
Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program
The Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program will host an employer training day for companies interested in learning why and how to hire Veterans. This curriculum is a general survey curriculum designed for a broad range of company sizes and industries.  Read more >>
Career Readiness Event
Discover Your Future is a workforce development event for area secondary students.  This interactive event will highlight local career opportunities and provide students with the ability to interact with future employers.  Read more >>
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Business Training Opportunities 
Federal Contracting Compliance
Germanna Community College
Start Date: July 23
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. 
Germanna Community College
Start date: August 7
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. 
Business & Professional Writing I
G ermanna Community College
August 15, 9am - 11am
The purpose of this class is to explore the differences between writing for person and professional use, and to improve basic writing skills. The increase in both speed and complexity in today's business environment, coupled with the increasing dependence on digital communication and social media, mean that first impressions can significantly impact the effect of your communications.
Blogging for Business
University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center
July 30, 9am - 11am
This workshop is designed on how to write a blog for any business. 90 minutes for session and 30 minutes for Q&A.

Stafford County Economic Development & Tourism | 540-658-8681 econdev@staffordcountyva.gov | 1300 Courthouse Road
P.O. Box 339
Stafford, VA 22555