September 2019 |
Discovering What Stafford
Means through Community Forums

Final Forum and Report Meeting
Wednesday, October 2, 6-9pm 
Location: Stafford Regional Airport, 9 5 Aviation Way, Fredericksburg, VA 22406

Come and help shape the cultural future of Stafford County. We have been asking "What is Stafford?". Please come and learn what we have heard and share more.   MORE>>
What's Next? Stafford. - A message from John Holden
Thank you to all who have attended our Community Forums, and please consider attending our next one on October 2, 2019. We are asking " What is Stafford? " to help us get both citizen and business input on our Tourism Plan, the future of Downtown Stafford, and the development of a Cultural Heritage Center (see above). With that input, I will continue to ask " What's Next? Stafford. "

We have tremendous potential to build a sense of "Place" around the County. This is our  opportunity to develop new programs for our citizens and businesses that we can share with the world, and focus on business growth and expansion.  Together, our efforts foster innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, and attract business investment from Cyber Security to Distribution Centers for our community. 

Just see some of what is next, below. 

Look us up on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter and offer your input. Please use the hashtag #whatsnextstafford.
Veterans Business Bootcamp:  October 16
The Veterans Business Bootcamp is a program instituted by the University of Mary Washington Center for Economic Development and the Stafford County Department of Economic Development and Tourism to provide an overview of business ownership to service members. The Stafford EDA is a sponsor of this event.

The curriculum provides assistance to those interested in exploring business ownership or other self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and providing foundational knowledge required to develop a business plan. Registration is free. 

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Time: 8:00am Networking, 9:00am - 1:00pm Programming
Location: UMW Stafford Campus, Gates Hudson Building
125 University Blvd, Fredericksburg, VA 22406

For more information on this event or to register, please click here >>
Virginia Art-Business Conference
November 7-9
We would like to announce and invite you to an exciting and groundbreaking event for Virginia to be held in Stafford. The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists is excited to announce that it will be hosting a three day Art-Business Conference in Stafford, Virginia. The program will kick off with a Thriving Art Exchange and ask the question: "How can we foster collaboration to build a vibrant, creative, and entrepreneurial community in Stafford and Rappahannock region?". All business, community, and creative leaders are encouraged to attend.  Please mark your calendars; we hope that you can attend.

The Stafford County Department of Economic Development and Tourism is a sponsor of this event. The event will be facilitated by Shem Cohen, who is presenting on behalf of The Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Artists , a nonprofit organization dedicated to equipping artists with the business tools to become thriving entrepreneurs, while addressing the health and transparency of the industry as a whole.

This inaugural conference is for working artists and artisans and related stakeholders. Topics include setting a viable business objective and action plan, honing a brand story, understanding sales channels and effective pricing, developing sales strategies, and building a dynamic peer network.  MORE>>
Ground broken for Embrey Mill Town Center
Barnett Properties has broken ground on Embrey Mill Town Center, a Publix-anchored shopping center in Stafford. The property will also feature 26,500 square feet of small shop space. Carter Bank provided construction financing. Freeman Morgan Architects designed the shopping center, and VHB is the engineer. Steve Sartorio of Barnett Properties will handle leasing efforts. Barnett Properties expects to open Embrey Mill Town Center in early 2021. This Publix will join locations in Williamsburg and Fredericksburg as the only Publix stores in Virginia outside of the Richmond metro area. MORE>>
FY2020 CRCF Funding Opportunities
Thursday, October 3, 3-4:30pm
UMW Center for Economic Development

Learn about funding available through the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF), a Commonwealth of Virginia program managed by the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT), as well as opportunities for SBIR and STTR support and seed- and early-stage investment through the CIT GAP Funds. 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 >>
Ribbon Cuttings 

Northern Virginia Hematology and Oncology
125 Hospital Center Blvd, Suite 317
Stafford, VA 22554

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Office Space For Lease 
51 Barrett Heights Rd
Stafford, VA 22556
- Floor Plans from 1,200 SF to 27,000 SF
- Turn key spaces with full conference rooms and break rooms
-   Parking Ratio 4.0/1000 SF
-  1.5 miles from Quantico
Business Training Opportunities 
First Steps to Starting a Business
University of Mary Washington Small Business Development Center
September 23, 9-11:30am

This seminar will provide the basic of self evaluation, the idea, defining the need, determining the feasibility, and what actions are necessary. Topics within these areas will include analytical methods; research sources; the legal forms of businesses; record keeping; laws, regulations, and policies; and a discussion on the value and importance of business plans and financial analyses.
Using Livestreaming Tools on Social Media
Germanna Community College
Start Date: September 25
This course is designed to explain the benefits of Livestreaming and how to use it.  You will learn about tools available for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and how to operate them.
Bookkeeping A to Z
G ermanna Community College
Start Date:  October 10
This course will present all the fundamentals of bookkeeping, how they intertwine with the accounting process, and provide sources for additional in-depth learning of the process. We will study account records, financial statements, balancing accounts, payroll, closing the books, gathering tax data and adapting bookkeeping practices to various business types.  Textbook is recommended but not required.
Introduction to Export Controls
Germanna Community College
Start date:  October 15  
Export controls, International Traffic in Arms Regulation, Export Administration Regulation and Office of Foreign Assets Control regulate how defense products, civilian items, and related services are exported from the United States to other countries. This course will introduce students to key concepts related to export controls, numerous penalties for violating the export controls, and best steps and compliance practices to reduce the risk of such violations. This course is designed for young professionals who are either interested in learning more about export controls or who want to refresh their current knowledge.
Stafford County Economic Development & Tourism | 540-658-8681 | 1300 Courthouse Road
P.O. Box 339
Stafford, VA 22555