Share Your Community’s Story in the Virginia Main Street Strategic Plan Input Survey!

Excitingly, Virginia Main Street (VMS) is developing a five-year strategic plan, and we need your help! If you are a board member, staff member, local business owner or another stakeholder in a local VMS community, please take this 10-minute input survey to share your experiences with the Main Street program. Thank you in advance for … More Share Your Community’s Story in the Virginia Main Street Strategic Plan Input Survey!

Big Stone Gap: Where Every Day Feels Like Friday!

Tucked away in Wise County, 12 miles from the Kentucky border, is the Town of Big Stone Gap, a bedroom community of 5,600 that was once reliant on the coal industry like many other communities in Southwest Virginia. The town is a tourist destination, offering unprecedented natural beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities with lake and … More Big Stone Gap: Where Every Day Feels Like Friday!

Nominate a Business to Be Featured During National Small Business Week

Senator Tim Kaine has launched an initiative to shine a spotlight on examples of Virginia small businesses that have developed innovative ways to make it through the pandemic and support their communities! Businesses nominated may end up being featured during National Small Business Week (May 1-7, 2022). Image Credit: The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia

National Financial Literacy Month: Spotlighting the Virginia Individual Development Accounts Program

April is National Financial Literacy Month! Financial literacy is defined as having the knowledge and skills to manage finances and make responsible decisions for your financial wellbeing and future. Financial literacy benefits you by increasing awareness of your personal financial situation. The main purpose is to educate on what is considered standard practice and what … More National Financial Literacy Month: Spotlighting the Virginia Individual Development Accounts Program

Local Community Business Launch Program Wins 2022 Community Economic Development Award

Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. was awarded a 2022 Community Economic Development Award (CEDA) from the Virginia Economic Developers Association (VEDA) for its STARTUP Franklin Southampton initiative, which prepares entrepreneurs to start businesses through business education and allows businesses who submit business plans to pitch for prize money to open their new venture in the … More Local Community Business Launch Program Wins 2022 Community Economic Development Award

Registration Now Open for DHCD Microfinance Webinar: What is A CDFI?

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a webinar on May 03, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to celebrate Business Appreciation Month and help participants learn more about Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI). Hosted by the Virginia Small Business Resiliency Fund (VSBRF) and the Virginia CDFI Coalition, the training … More Registration Now Open for DHCD Microfinance Webinar: What is A CDFI?

Virginia Main Street Essentials Highlight: Promotion

There is strong evidence that a locality’s economic health connects directly to its physical beauty, opportunities for socializing and openness to all people. Where can you start to make a difference for your community’s best future? Start downtown!The Main Street Approach™ offers a practical, adaptable framework for downtown transformation that you can tailor to local … More Virginia Main Street Essentials Highlight: Promotion

Five Communities Selected to Participate in Work From Home Pilot Program

Excitingly, five communities have been selected to participate in the new Work from Home Pilot Program that was recently launched by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to help localities strengthen their remote worker / resident attraction efforts, ensuring they’re built around individuals and place-based strategies. The following communities will participate in … More Five Communities Selected to Participate in Work From Home Pilot Program

Virginia’s Southwest Emerges as A Center for Hybrid Workplace Success

Early last year, the Lonesome Pine Regional Industrial Facilities Authority (LPRIFA) initiated Project Fuse to examine and define a telework employment strategy for its localities in Virginia’s Southwest, including the City of Norton and the Counties of Dickenson, Lee, Scott and Wise. Funded by GO Virginia, the bipartisan, business-led initiative designed to change the way … More Virginia’s Southwest Emerges as A Center for Hybrid Workplace Success