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2019 Stafford Business Appreciation Event
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Location: 6 Bears and A Goat Brewing Company
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

The Stafford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) cordially invites Stafford County business owners and executives to the Annual Business Appreciation Reception, to thank our business leaders and honor our local business community. Every year, the EDA hosts a Business Appreciation Reception to celebrate the County's diverse business community. This year's theme is What's Next? Stafford.

Message from John Holden
Still the New Guy
Yes, I am still the New Guy!  And excited to share with all of you my thoughts at the May 15 annual Business Appreciation Reception (see above).  In addition to honoring two special Stafford businesses, we will share some of the work we have accomplished in the last 12 months.  We will also be sharing some ideas with all of you about three of the interesting entrepreneurs I have had the pleasure to meet in these last many months-talk with them about their experience in Stafford.
I am truly excited and honored, in my role, to serve the citizens and business community of Stafford.  I believe we have tremendous potential to foster and encourage expanded entrepreneurship and community.  I look forward to seeing you at the BAR (yes, we call it the "BAR").  And, if not, ask you to consider, What's Next?

Eagle Innovation Competition
On April 20, the Fredericksburg small business community, local economic development offices, and banks came together in a big show of support for student entrepreneurship at the University of Mary Washington (UMW) and Germanna Community College. Fourteen student teams pitched their business ideas for an opportunity to win $3,500 in seed capital at the first Eagle Innovation Pitch Competition held at UMW.    Read more >>
Local NASCAR hero rising to the top
What's exciting about watching the No. 86 Camaro in NASCAR's Xfinity Series is knowing that the man behind the wheel hails from Stafford County.
Brandon Brown, 25, drives for Brandonbilt Motorsports, and the team's high-tech garage is located off Warrenton Road, quite a distance from Charlotte, N.C., which many consider NASCAR's capital city. 
Stafford Continues the Budget Process with Tax Rate Adoption
At the April 16, 2019, Board of Supervisors meeting, the Board continued the FY2020 Budget process by electing to set the real estate tax rate at $1.01 for the coming fiscal year. Before this meeting, the Board voted to advertise the real estate tax rate for public hearing at $1.03.  Read more >>

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Ribbon Cuttings
800 Corporate Drive, Suite 301, Stafford, VA 22554
1006 Corporate Drive, Stafford, VA 22554
Ferry Farm Walmart
125 Washington Square Plaza, Fredericksburg, VA 22405 

364 Garrisonville Rd #123, Stafford, VA 22556 

Building for Rent (new)
39 Tech Parkway, Stafford, VA 22556
- 45,000 SF building with contiguous spaces from 5,297 RSF to 20,670 RSF
- Well parked at 4.5/1000
- Turnkey lease rates
- VAV heating and air system
Business Training Opportunities 
ServSafe- Manager Food Safety
May 25,  8 am - 8 pm 
This is a one day class with an online exam given at the end of the day. It is a product of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, and it meets the new Virginia Food code requirements effective July 1, 2018 for all food establishments to have a Manager on duty certified in Food Safety.
May 22, 10 am - 12 noon 
Having a presence on social media is an integral part of marketing your business.  Your customers are already on Facebook and your business should be there too!  However, simply having a Facebook presence is only the beginning.  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. 
On Demand
Buying A Business is a comprehensive course on how to buy the right business at the right price. Developed by entrepreneurs who buy businesses for a living, this course offers advice and wisdom in such areas as: the key questions to ask of any seller, the due diligence process, valuing a business and determining the offer, negotiation steps and tactics, and sample legal agreements.
This course is about the craft of creating a plan for your business. The business plan is the essential document used to raise money for a business and communicate your business vision and strategy to your management team, suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders.This ten-part course walks you through the details and tactics of creating a comprehensive plan while helping you avoid the critical planning mistakes that plague most business plans.
Stafford County Economic Development & Tourism | 540-658-8681 | 1300 Courthouse Road
P.O. Box 339
Stafford, VA 22555