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Inside the Isle Newsletter...December 2019
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The Isle of Wight County Economic Development Team wishes everyone a Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year!
Finley's General Store Opens in Carrollton
Finley's General Store and Southern Boutique celebrated the opening of its new location at 23305 Sugar Hill Road, Carrollton, on Friday, November 29, 2019, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The shop was previous located on Main Street in Smithfield. Owner Cheryl Finley Ketcham purchased the former Carrollton Tobacco Co. building and completely renovated it into an old-fashioned general store selling local foods, candles, body products, dog treats and more! Plus glass-bottled sodas and glass-jar candies. Congratulations on the new and expanded location! For more information, call 757-515-7665.
Beyond the Decor by LaToya Expands in Smithfield

Beyond the Decor by LaToya, LLC celebrated the grand opening of its new location at 1702 S. Church Street, Suite B, Smithfield, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 2, 2019. Beyond the Decor by LaToya is a full-service event designer company specializing in weddings and all other social events. Owner LaToya Jefferson has over nine years of experience making events and wedding dreams come true! Congratulations for making the move from a home-based business to a commercial location! If you need help planning an event, call 757-771-9085 or email: beyondthedecor@aol.com.
 
NEW BUSINESS LICENSE REPORT
NOVEMBER 2019

 
 NEW BUSINESS LICENSES* NOV YTD 19 YTD 18
 Isle of Wight County 12 177 220
 Town of Smithfield 1 59 89
 Town of Windsor 2 21 31
 TOTAL 15 257 340
*Includes home occupations and out-of-town contractors.

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

New Business Highlights:
Triad Electrical Solutions Inc. (15221 Carrollton Blvd., Carrollton)
Pearl's Boutique (coming to 221 Main Street, Smithfield in 2020)

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:
 
December 12th - 9:00 a.m. - Noon
 
Call the Chamber at 757-357-3502 to schedule your session! 
Featured Available Property
FOR SALE
Monette Pkwy. Office Complex
Smithfield

 
This breathtaking commercial property is located on 11.92 acres of prime riverfront property. Three buildings have over 41,000 SF of office, business and garage space. Most of the offices are fully furnished. Current owners are willing to rent some space back from buyer or will relocate. For more information, contact Jimmy Auvil, 1st Advantage Realty, 757-650-7888.
 
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.
GET LISTED IN THE
2020 FARM TOUR BROCHURE

 
The Visit the Farms brochure is being updated for 2020. If you are currently listed in the brochure, please contact us to update or confirm that your information is correct! If you own a farm in Isle of Wight County and offer on-farm sales and/or farm tours and would like to be listed in the revised brochure, please complete this FORM and return it no later than Friday, January 10th.
HOME-BASED BUSINESS CONFERENCE 2020

CALLING ALL HOME-BASED BUSINESS OWNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS! You don’t want to miss the region’s 5th annual Home-Based Business Conference on Friday, March 20, 2020 at the Peninsula Workforce Development Center in HamptonThis unique event features a resource fair with over 20 exhibitors, as well as conference sessions and specialty breakout track focused on topics relevant to all stages and types of home-based businesses, including traditional, franchise, and direct and network marketing. Whether you are thinking of starting a new home-based business, or have operated one for years, this event is for you!
For more information, call 757-877-5920.
VIRGINIA AGRITOURISM CONFERENCE
SAVE THE DATE! MARCH 30 - APRIL 1
 
The Virginia Cooperative Extension will host the 2020 Virginia Agritourism Conference March 30th-April 1st at The Smithfield Center. The agenda and registration information will be released soon. For more information, contact Livvy Preisser, Isle of Wight Extension Agent, at 757-365-6261 or livvy16@vt.edu.
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

757 Angels


StartWheel


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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