DHCD Releases Community Business Launch (CBL) 2021 Annual Report

The Community Business Launch (CBL) is a place-based entrepreneurial development strategy that fills a critical mass of vacant storefronts with expansion or start-up ventures. Local CBL programs train entrepreneurs, creatives, and small business owners about business planning practices, culminating in a group of finalists pitching their ideas to a panel of judges, with winners receiving grant funding … More DHCD Releases Community Business Launch (CBL) 2021 Annual Report

Celebrating Black Business Month – Black Brand Celebrates Year Round

What started as the Economic Empowerment and Group Economics back in 2016 has since grown and rebranded to the powerhouse nonprofit Black BRAND, which stands for Business Research Analytics Networking and Development. Now acting as the Black Chamber of Commerce for the Hampton Roads and Dan River regions, their mission is to transform the local, … More Celebrating Black Business Month – Black Brand Celebrates Year Round

Registration Now Open for The Governor’s Summit on Rural Prosperity in Smithfield, Virginia

The Governor’s Summit on Rural Prosperity will be held on October 12-13, 2022 in Smithfield, Virginia! Hosted by the Virginia Rural Center (VRC), a joint venture of the General Assembly’s nonprofit Center for Rural Virginia and 18-member Rural Prosperity Commission, this summit will bring together local, state and private sector representatives from across Virginia to … More Registration Now Open for The Governor’s Summit on Rural Prosperity in Smithfield, Virginia

Olde Towne Portsmouth Has a New Co-working Space!

On Monday, July 18th, representatives from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) attended a ribbon cutting in Olde Town Portsmouth to celebrate the opening of Bloom, a nonprofit co-working space founded by the Portsmouth Partnership. Their mission is to strengthen Portsmouth’s business community by empowering the entrepreneurs and innovators who drive economic … More Olde Towne Portsmouth Has a New Co-working Space!

Highlighting, Championing and Supporting Black-Owned Businesses During National Black Business Month

During August, we celebrate National Black Business Month (NBBM) and honor the rich heritage of Black entrepreneurship! Recognizing the importance of championing Black-owned businesses, communities far and wide can lift each other up, connect minority-owned businesses to consumers, promote educational opportunities, and encourage meaningful collaboration to bolster the impact that Black entrepreneurs have on our … More Highlighting, Championing and Supporting Black-Owned Businesses During National Black Business Month

Creating a Pathway to Quality Child Care

Parents across the Commonwealth, and the country, are finding it increasingly difficult to secure suitable child care. Armed with a $100,000 Virginia Statewide Business District Resurgence Grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Inner Peace Coalition, Inc. (IPC) has been working tirelessly to alleviate this issue in Virginia’s Historic Triangle. With … More Creating a Pathway to Quality Child Care