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Inside the Isle Newsletter...January 2019
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Smithfield & Isle of Wight
Restaurant Week - Feb. 1st-9th
The 6th Annual Restaurant Week runs Friday, February 1st through Saturday, February 9th, 2019. Participating restaurants will have special menus featuring $10 lunches and $20 or $30 dinners. Prices include appetizer, entrée & dessert (beverage, taxes & tip not included). Visit your favorite restaurants - or try a new one - to take advantage of these great prices!

Check here for a list of 2019 participating restaurants and shops coming soon.
NEW BUSINESS LICENSE REPORT
DECEMBER 2018

 
 NEW BUSINESS LICENSES* DEC. YTD 18 YTD 17
 Isle of Wight County 9 229 225
 Town of Smithfield ** 89 51
 Town of Windsor 0 31 14
 TOTAL 9 349 290
*Includes home occupations and out-of-town contractors.
**Data not available at the time newsletter was published. YTD 18 total is subject to change.


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

New Businesses - Smithfield:


Picker Frank's Antiques and Collectibles
(1607 S. Church St.) - opens February 1st


The Cake House
(1604 S. Church St.) - opens February 8th

 
We extend a warm welcome to all of our new businesses -- thank you for putting down roots to grow in Isle of Wight County!
WORKSHOP: BUILD YOUR BRAND WITH ZACK MILLER
What do Barbara Corcoran, Gary Vaynerchuk, Oprah and Will Smith have in common? They're anomalies! They took huge risks and reaped big rewards building their careers by helping others. If you want to have mass appeal, you must learn how to excite people about what you're doing and get them raving about it.

This workshop provides easy-to-implement methods for business owners and marketing professionals to turn heads, leave an impression, and become the anomaly! Award-winning television host and businessman Zack Miller will provide the audience a blueprint of what they can do TODAY to grow their brand and stand out from their competitors. MORE

January 30th @ 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Hampton Inn & Suites
200 Vincents Crossing, Smithfield
FREE
for Isle of Wight Chamber Members
$15 for Non-Members

REGISTER!
FREE WORKSHOP:
SOCIAL MEDIA GRAPHICS 101
Feel like pulling your hair out when it comes to creating social content? Not sure how others are creating beautiful graphics and feel left behind? Then this workshop is for you! Lauren Sloan and Ashley Cotton with Franklin Southampton Economic Development will present on the basics of creating graphics for social media. They will give you an inside look at how to use Canva and Adobe Spark to create high-quality content to advertise your events, specials, products, and more!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Franklin Business Center (601 N. Mechanic St., Franklin)


Space is limited for this workshop so please RSVP early. You must RSVP by February 11th to have lunch provided. If you have any questions, please call 757-562-1958 or email acotton@franklinsouthamptonva.com.
The NextGen Opportunity Fair on March 7, 2019, at the Chesapeake Conference Center provides teens and young adults with an opportunity to gain access to employment, volunteer opportunities, and post-secondary education offerings in the region.

If your business is hiring for part-time positions, this is a well-attended event and a great opportunity to find employees.

For more information or to register as a vendor visit: http://www.vcwhamptonroads.org/nextgen-services/
The Hampton Roads Veteran's Career Compass (HRVCC) is now live for businesses in the region! This custom-configured portal will streamline the job seeker and employer recruitment experiences. Demonstrate your commitment to providing employment opportunities for Veterans and Transitioning Service Members by registering TODAY! The first 50 business to register will receive a $100 gift card! For more information, call Steve Cook at 757-314-2370 ext. 110 or email scook@vcwhamptonroads.org.
Featured Available Property
FOR SALE - 327 MAIN STREET
SMITHFIELD

 
Commercial building located on historic Main Street in Smithfield is for sale. This 1,750 SF building would be perfect for a tea shop (which it was at one time), coffee shop, cafe or sandwich shop. Has a certified commercial kitchen with triple sink and commercial stove hood. Has large backyard, claw foot bathtubs, antique architectural details, original wood floors. Located next door to the Visitor Center. Currently a general store, but the owner is moving down the street. Triple-door commercial cooler conveys with the building. Contact Cheryl Ketcham at 757-515-7665. MORE

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.
RESOURCES & PARTNERS

Economic Development Website

Economic Development Facebook Page

Isle of Wight County Website

ACT Work Ready Communities (New!)

Isle of Wight County Central Permitting


Newcomer's Guide 2018

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
One-Stop


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 Worforce Council (formerly Opportunity Inc.)

Blackwater Regional Library

Retail Alliance
WORK READY COMMUNITIES
UPCOMING WORKSHOPS
AVAILABLE PROPERTIES
JOIN LOCAL BUSINESS LIST
Economic Development Staff:
 
Chris Morello
Director

Kristi Sutphin
Economic Development Coordinator

Gloria Spratley
Administrative Assistant

757-356-1962
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