Kathleen O. Frazier Elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ Prestigious College of Fellows

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is elevating eight AIA members from AIA Virginia to its prestigious College of Fellows, AIA’s highest membership honor, for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. Less than 3% of the architecture profession achieve AIA Fellowship. Excitingly, Kathleen O. Frazier, co-founder of Frazier Associates, was among those … More Kathleen O. Frazier Elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ Prestigious College of Fellows

New Black and Brown Owned Business Growth Program (B-Cubed) Launches in Rockingham County

During the summer of 2020, nationwide events influenced many people to seek ways to support Black- and Brown-owned businesses in their communities. In response to that desire, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber’s Diversity Business Council, which includes Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR), mapped out a strategy to grow Black- and Brown-owned businesses (B-Cubed) in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, … More New Black and Brown Owned Business Growth Program (B-Cubed) Launches in Rockingham County

Virginia SBDC Launches New International eCommerce Accelerator Program for Small Business Owners

Our guest blogger, Aaron Miller (pictured left), serves as the Director of the International Business Development program for the Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at George Mason University (GMU). Throughout his professional career, Miller has worked with numerous small businesses, trade professionals, economic development organizations and universities to deliver trainings focused on the core … More Virginia SBDC Launches New International eCommerce Accelerator Program for Small Business Owners

Main Street Now Conference: Small Business Day

Excitingly, the virtual Main Street Now Conference will feature an engaging and informative day of sessions for small business owners to receive guidance and actionable insight as they look ahead to recovery! On Tuesday, April 13, attendees will have access to an education track featuring live, interactive workshops with retail experts, plenaries with thought leaders … More Main Street Now Conference: Small Business Day

Wytheville’s Local Main Street Program Leads Effort to Infuse $800,000 into Wythe County Businesses

Our guest blogger, Todd Wolford (pictured left), serves as the Executive Director of Wytheville’s local Advancing Virginia Main Street (AVMS) program, Downtown Wytheville, Inc. (DWI). Wolford possesses a strong passion for public service and working with people to achieve positive results, and that’s why he’s excited to discuss how DWI led the effort to infuse … More Wytheville’s Local Main Street Program Leads Effort to Infuse $800,000 into Wythe County Businesses

2021 AARP Community Challenge Now Accepting Applications for Quick-Action Projects

The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applications are accepted for projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery, diversity and inclusion, and more worthwhile areas. Those that belong to the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities are … More 2021 AARP Community Challenge Now Accepting Applications for Quick-Action Projects

Community Heart & Soul Announces Seed Grant Program

The Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program provides $10,000 in startup funding for resident-driven groups in small cities and towns to implement the Community Heart & Soul model: Community Heart & Soul is a four phase, step-by-step process. Developed and field-tested for more than a decade in partnership with small cities and towns (population … More Community Heart & Soul Announces Seed Grant Program

BREAKING NEWS – Webinar Series: PPP Updates for Small Business Owners

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Public Private Strategies Institute and other stakeholders will be hosting a series of webinars for small business owners with 20 employees or less or those who are self-employed to learn more about key changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which will be available for a limited amount of … More BREAKING NEWS – Webinar Series: PPP Updates for Small Business Owners

CPRO Launches Hispanic Business Support Publication

As part of its business support efforts, the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization (CPRO) has launched a new publication to support the area’s Hispanic business community! The publication, Boletín, is a small booklet featuring resources and information specific to Spanish speaking businesses serving Columbia Pike’s residents. Recently, the first publication was mailed to 60 small businesses … More CPRO Launches Hispanic Business Support Publication

New Coworking Space Opens in Downtown South Boston

In early February, the SOVA Innovation Hub welcomed members to take advantage of the facility’s coworking space! Located on the site of a former tobacco warehouse that was built in the 1900’s, the SOVA Innovation Hub brings together business and education partners to offer innovative programs that inspire people to pursue digital careers and entrepreneurship. … More New Coworking Space Opens in Downtown South Boston