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Inside the Isle Newsletter...September 2019
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ISLE OF WIGHT CONTRACTOR'S FORUM SCHEDULED
 
The Isle of Wight County Board of Supervisors is hosting a forum to hear comments on the County's permitting processes from contractors, architects and engineers who do work in the community. The event will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Windsor Town Center (23361 Courthouse Hwy., Windsor). Staff will also make a brief presentation on how the permitting process is designed to work. FLYER
 
For more information, call 757-365-6211.
GOVERNOR NORTHAM TO HOST WORKFORCE ROUNDTABLE

In conjunction with National Workforce Development Month, Governor Ralph Northam is hosting a roundtable regarding workforce development, the Commonwealth’s education and business needs, and pathways to developing skills for in-demand jobs. This event is part of an eight-stop listening tour the Governor is conducting across the commonwealth.
 
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
Tidewater Community College Student Center
310 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

 
 
For more information, contact Conner Andrews, conner.andrews@governor.virginia.gov.
 

For those who cannot attend in-person, the Office of the Chief Workforce Development Advisor has also created a HIRE Virginia online portal to collect input from Virginians who wish to provide feedback or ideas. Employers, educators and students are encouraged to participate.
 
NEW BUSINESS LICENSE REPORT
AUGUST 2019

 
 NEW BUSINESS LICENSES* AUG YTD 19 YTD 18
 Isle of Wight County 11 145 187
 Town of Smithfield 7 45 55
 Town of Windsor 1 15 28
 TOTAL 19 205 270
*Includes home occupations and out-of-town contractors.

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

New Business Highlights:
Tim Fallon Land Surveying PLLC (Carrollton)


We extend a warm welcome to all of our new businesses -- thank you for putting down roots to grow in Isle of Wight County!
FREE SMALL BUSINESS COACHING
 
Jim Carroll will be at the IOW Chamber offices the following dates for FREE small business coaching...
 
September 12th - 9:00 a.m. - Noon
October 10th -  9:00 a.m. - Noon
November 14th - 9:00 a.m. - Noon
December 12th - 9:00 a.m. - Noon
 
Call the Chamber at 757-357-3502 to schedule your session! 
COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE MEETINGS
Isle of Wight County Planning & Zoning will host a series of meetings related to the update of the Comprehensive Plan. Come out and review a draft of the plan to see how your vision is shaping the future of Isle of Wight. Each session will include a brief presentation and an opportunity for attendees to review the proposed goals and policies of Envisioning the Isle. Staff will be on hand to answer questions. For more information, please visit www.iwus.net/plan or contact Malina Springer at (757) 365-3660 or mspringer@iwus.net.
 
ATTEND BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
 
The Isle of Wight Chamber is kicking off its 2019 fall season with a Business After Hours you don't want to miss! Please join the chamber on Tuesday, September 17th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Bank of Southside Virginia in Smithfield for an evening of networking, drinks, and amazing food catered by Bubba-N-Franks Smokehouse BBQ. We hope to see you there!
SWaMfest - OCTOBER 9th-10th
Richmond Convention Center

 
SWaMfest is the premier networking, educational, and professional development event for small, women and minority-owned businesses to explore the latest products and services from hundreds of SWaM businesses; engage with decision-makers from VASCUPP institutions, prime contractors, corporations; and attend exciting showcase workshops and networking opportunities.
Featured Available Property
2.6-Acre Eagle Harbor Site
 
2.6 acre site located at a corner, signalized intersection with 384' fronting Eagle Harbor Apartments and the rapidly expanding Eagle Harbor residential community. Close proximity to Food Lion-anchored Eagle Harbor Shopping Center. Zoned General Commercial (GC) and located approximately one mile from the James River Bridge. FLYER

For more information, contact Jay Burnell, Parker Burnell Real Estate Group, 757-617-3511, jay@parkerburnell.com or Kristen Huber, 757-714-2341, kristen@parkerburnell.com.
 
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

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
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

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
ACT WORK READY COMMUNITIES
WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
AVAILABLE PROPERTIES
LOCAL BUSINESS LIST
Economic Development Staff:
 
Chris Morello
Director

Kristi Sutphin
Economic Development Coordinator

Nicole Talton
Economic Development Coordinator

Gloria Spratley
Administrative Assistant

757-356-1962
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