Inside the Isle Newsletter...July 2020
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Business Interruption Grant Remains Open for Small Businesses
Apply Today!
Isle of Wight County and the Towns of Smithfield and Windsor established the COVID-19 Business Interruption Small Business Grant Program to help businesses impacted by COVID-19 recover and reopen. This grant program is fully funded by Federal CARES Act proceeds and the County began accepting applications June 5th.

This grant is one-time financial assistance for eligible, for-profit small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) to reimburse the costs of business interruption directly or indirectly related to certain sections of Governor Northam’s Executive Order 53. Grants are available for an amount up to $2,000 per business. There is a limited amount of funds for this program, and the application period will close when funds are depleted. Grant applications will be processed and funded on a first-come, first-served basis upon submission of a complete application and all supporting documentation.

This program is administered by the Isle of Wight Economic Development Department. The grant application is available on the COVID-19 Grant Program website.


For more information, contact Nicole Talton, Economic Development Coordinator, 757-365-6251 or
Isle Ask & Answer
Moving My Business Forward, PPP, Phase 3 and Beyond
Isle Ask & Answer is a video Q&A collaboration between Economic Development and the Isle of Wight Chamber aimed at keeping the business community informed about important and timely topics, and especially on relief and recovery resources available to our businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The most recent edition features Jim Carroll, Executive Director of the Small Business Development Center. He answered questions about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), forgiveness guidelines and possible application extension, discussed what Phase 3 of the reopening looks like for restaurants with bars, and also shared tools available on the SBDC website to help review, restore and reopen your business.

View all of the Isle Ask & Answer video series on Economic Development's new YouTube Channel!
JUNE 2020

 Isle of Wight County 16 96 118
 Town of Smithfield 1 11 42
 Town of Windsor 3 13 13
 TOTAL 20 120 173
*Includes home occupations and out-of-town contractors.

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

New Business Highlights:
Old Glory Grill (Food Truck) - Carrsville
Community Funeral Home - Windsor

We extend a warm welcome to all of our new businesses. Thank you for putting down roots to grow in Isle of Wight County!
We know businesses in Isle of Wight County Rock, and we want to tell the world. If you'd like to have your business featured in our newsletter and online for FREE, contact us and be prepared to tell your story!

We featured Serendipity Meadworks last month, and then they were featured in the Smithfield Times!
Welding on Wheels
Classroom comes to Students

Camp Community College recently acquired an eight-bay mobile welding lab and will offer training in the 4-week Fast Track Welding program, as well as the Virginia Ship Repair Association's Marine Trade Training Welding program. Students completing the Fast Track program are eligible to test for the American Welding Society (AWS) Certification and those finishing the marine welding program are candidates for jobs in the region’s shipbuilding and repair industry. The new lab will help meet the growing demand for welders in the region and can be transported throughout the college's service region to high schools, prisons and employer sites.  READ MORE

For more information about Camp’s workforce welding programs, visit, or call 757-569-6050.
Featured Available Property

29.55 acres zoned GC - General Commercial in a county-approved planned development and target growth area. Located at the signalized entrance to Benn's Grant, a 253-acre mixed-use development with development well underway. Visible from Benn's Church Blvd. and Brewer's Neck Blvd., one of Isle of Wight's busiest intersections. Attractive demographic profile for income and future growth. Located just outside the Town of Smithfield limits and a 10-minute drive to the James River Bridge. FLYER
For more information, contact Deborah Stearns, JLL, 757-961-3245 or
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 2020

County Procurement Opportunities

Smithfield & Isle of Wight Tourism

Smithfield Farmers Market

Visit the Farms Brochure 2020

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

757 Angels


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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