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2019 Stafford Business Appreciation Recap
The Stafford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) held their 28th Annual Business Appreciation Reception on May 15th, 2019 to honor Stafford County business owners and executives.   MORE>>

Video Highlights

The 2019 Stafford County EDA Business of the Year was awarded to SimVentions.
The EDA awarded its 2019 Stafford Cornerstone Business Award to LifeCare Medical Transports.
Message from John Holden
Still the New Guy

Yes... still the new guy. If you were at the Business Appreciation Reception (see video) you know I am still the new guy (exactly how many days).  Seriously-the Reception was fantastic and thank you to all who were able to make it and learn from our guests, our award winners, and network with one another.
It is all about ideas, creativity, and networking. In fact, I am writing my comments from a conference with international companies seeking US expansion-together with our friends and colleagues from VEDP and around the Commonwealth.

Please take a moment to consider "What's Next" for your business and Stafford. And do not hesitate to share it with our office or others in your network and the community.

Tourism Spending Up in Virginia
Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Virginia's tourism industry generated $26 billion in visitor spending across all communities in 2018, a 4.4 percent increase over 2017.   In 2018, tourism in Virginia supported 234,000 jobs for Virginia communities, a 1% increase from 2017. The tourism industry also provided $1.8 billion in state and local revenue, an increase of 2.9% compared to 2017.    Read more >>
Women and Minorities 8A Entrepreneur Recap
Over 28 guests attended the Women and Minorities 8A Entrepreneur Event's annual workshop at UMW Stafford Campus this past month. The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses. The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.      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 >>

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Business Training Opportunities 
Federal Contracting Compliance
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. 
July 8, 6 - 8pm
In this two hour class, learn how digital users on the web interact with individual businesses and how Web marketing can drive people to your individual business.  You'll learn how to list yourself on popular web search directories, and how to optimize your site for search engine visibility. 
August 15, 9 - 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.
Stafford County Economic Development & Tourism | 540-658-8681 econdev@staffordcountyva.gov | 1300 Courthouse Road
P.O. Box 339
Stafford, VA 22555