Inside the Isle Newsletter...June 2019
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Farmers Bank Receives Business Excellence Award
Farmers Bank, a community bank founded in 1919 to serve farmers, businesses and families in Isle of Wight County and surrounding communities, is the recipient of the inaugural Business Excellence Award given by the Isle of Wight County Department of Economic Development in conjunction with its annual Business Appreciation Month celebration.

The award celebrates a top-notch company that is dedicated to excellence and helps make Isle of Wight County a more vibrant place to live, work and do business. This year, the award honors the memory of Thomas D. “Tom” Elder, Jr., former Isle of Wight County Director of Economic Development, who passed away unexpectedly at home in 2018.

Photo from left to right: Kristi Sutphin, Economic Development; Richard J. Holland, Jr., CEO, Farmers Bank; and from the Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors, Vice-Chairman Joel Acree, and Chairman William McCarty.
Perfectly Natural Soap
Wins Retail Alliance Award
Perfectly Natural Soap received the LOVEVA Buy Local Award during the Retail Alliance's Retailer of the Year Awards ceremony held May 30, 2019. The awards celebrate the retail industry in Hampton Roads.

The LOVEVA Buy Local award is a consumer-voted award. Customers vote for their favorite local businesses listed on the LOVEVA app – the free app that rewards consumers for shopping at local businesses.

Perfectly Natural Soap started as a hobby but became a business in 2013 with its first retail location opening in Smithfield in 2016, followed by Williamsburg in 2018. Owners Shaen and Rich Goetsch's journey began by trying to create safer, more natural products to use on their childrens’ skin and has grown into the development of a variety of skincare products.
Keurig Dr Pepper Competes in LogistXGames
A team of employees from Keurig Dr Pepper showed off its logistics skills this month while competing in the sixth annual Hampton Roads LogistXGames held in Suffolk. LogistXgames promote the logistics and warehousing industries and raises money to provide scholarships for workforce development training offered at Paul D. Camp Community College and Tidewater Community College. This year's competition raised $20,000, and Team Keurig placed second again this year.
Economic Development Releases 2018 Annual Report

Isle of Wight County Economic Development recently released its 2018 Annual Report, which celebrates calendar year development activity. The report also highlights business attraction and retention efforts, the impact of the Port of Virginia, target industry sector outreach, community roots/quality of life, and statistics and demographics. See previous years’ reports.
2019 State of the County Video

The annual State of the County Address was held on June 13, 2019 and featured speakers from Isle of Wight County and the Towns of Smithfield and Windsor. As part of the event, Economic Development Director Chris Morello gave an overview of the 2018 Annual Report. This video summarizes the current state of affairs in Isle of Wight County and highlights public service projects that exemplify the new motto: "A Community of Choice that Cares", which focuses on Choice, Accountability, Rural Heritage, Excellence and Service.
Thank You For Attending Our
Business Appreciation Reception

Economic Development is pleased to report that we had record attendance at our 4th Annual Business Appreciation Reception held on May 23, 2019. Thank you to the business owners and our business partners who attended in celebration of Business Appreciation Month. Attendees enjoyed delicious BBQ served by QDaddy's Pitmaster BBQ of Smithfield, adult beverages served by Bon Vivant Wine & Brew Smithfield and music by Big T Karaoke.
MAY 2019

 Isle of Wight County 14 100 130
 Town of Smithfield 5 30 29
 Town of Windsor 4 13 17
 TOTAL 23 143 176
*Includes home occupations and out-of-town contractors.

Download the Complete Business License List:  PDF Format (.pdf)  Excel Format (.xlsx)

New Business Highlights:
Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic LLC (Carrollton)
G'Daddy's Bait & Tackle LLC (Carrollton)
Smithfield Aesthetics (Smithfield)

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 Schools Celebrates
Career Signing Day

On May 30, 2019, Isle of Wight County Schools held its first Career Signing Day. This event celebrated 13 students who completed coursework and received certifications in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program and are signing with local businesses, including Smithfield Foods and Smithfield Station, to continue their career pathway. During the ceremony, the students signed ceremonial agreements with representatives from the businesses and posed for photos with “swag” from their new employers. The program included remarks from Economic Development Director, Chris Morello. MORE
Selling to the Commonwealth Workshop
Are you a small, women-owned, or minority-owned business who wants to do business with the Commonwealth of Virginia? Each year the state buys goods and services totaling more than $8 billion. Small business owners who are looking to participate in Virginia’s specialized procurement and contracting opportunities are encouraged to become SWaM certified. SWaM certification provides access to specialized procurement and contracting opportunities.

This workshop will provide information on the first steps in doing business with the Commonwealth. Learn about the SWaM Certification program and designations, the certification process, online application portal (live demo), and the required documents needed to apply (for new or recertifying business owners.)

Thursday, July 18, 2019
Paul D. Camp Center at Smithfield
253 James Street, Smithfield, VA 23430

SWaM Certification
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 am.

eVA Hands on Computer Lab
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

No Fee. Advanced registration is required.


Featured Available Property


Strategically located for port-related businesses, the County-owned 1,500-acre Shirley T. Holland Intermodal Park provides affordable sites close to The Port of Virginia. Design and engineering work are completed creating an 82-acre, permit-ready site that can accommodate up to a 1 million-square-foot building. Businesses in the park can easily access the Port using U.S. Route 460 or U.S. Route 58 or by rail on the adjacent Norfolk Southern Heartland Corridor. The park is a “Magnet Site” within Foreign Trade Zone #20 and is a designated Enterprise Zone, which makes businesses eligible for federal, state and local incentive programs. The Port of Virginia also offers the Economic and Infrastructure Development Zone Grant Program for Port users. The park is home to three nationally recognized companies: Keurig Dr Pepper, Safco Products Company and Cost Plus World Market, a subsidiary of Bed, Bath & Beyond, which together employ over 700 people.
Search the County's available properties database for more commercial or industrial properties. If you own or represent a commercial property in Isle of Wight County that is available for sale or lease, please CONTACT US, and we will add it to our database.

Economic Development Website

Economic Development Facebook Page

Isle of Wight County Website

ACT Work Ready Communities

Isle of Wight County Central Permitting

Newcomer's Guide 2019

County Procurement Opportunities

Smithfield & Isle of Wight Tourism

Smithfield Farmers Market

Visit the Farms Brochure

Town of Smithfield

Smithfield 2020

Town of Windsor

Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Small Business Administration

Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Port of Virginia

Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity

Virginia Business

Virginia Small Business Financing Authority

eVA - Virginia's eProcurement Portal

Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development

Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center

Hampton Roads Small Business Loans

Hampton Roads Franchise Portal

ODU Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

SCORE Hampton Roads

Isle of Wight County Schools

Paul D. Camp Community College

Hampton Roads Workforce Council

Blackwater Regional Library

Retail Alliance
Economic Development Staff:
Chris Morello

Kristi Sutphin
Economic Development Coordinator

Nicole Talton
Economic Development Coordinator

Gloria Spratley
Administrative Assistant


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