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5-2021 IDA Directors Report

Good Evening. I would like to thank the IDA Board and staff for your support during the recent passing of my sister your prayers were felt by my family.

On Saturday, Holistic Safe Space opened on Main Street. We welcome Mahatara to our community of new businesses.

On May 30th Pop’s will have their Grand Opening. Details to follow.

As is the case throughout our region, business continue to have a very hard time filling open positions. Please be patient when visiting our County Businesses. They are doing the best that they can during a very difficult time in our jobs market.

We continue to work with Lawrenceville to find new ways to improve the community. Mayor Scott Martin and Town Manager Everette Gibson continue to be a huge help and easy to work with.

Alfreda and I have met with Dominion Power and Birds Eye Solar to gather information on the positive benefits of Solar Energy to Brunswick County. They addressed some of our concerns and questions and they did a complete job of answering them. There is a zoning meeting going on right now just next door on that topic.

We continue to explore numerous economic development projects.

The St Paul’s task force continues to meet to explore methods to best enhance and support this important place in our community. We had a very good meeting with Delegate Tyler. She was open and supportive of our efforts.

Our lamppost in the back lot was damaged. We have filed the incident with insurance and are working with the Town of Lawrenceville to handle maintenance.

Melissa is now serving on the Taste of Brunswick committee and has changed hats from SPQ to BSQ.

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Small Business Workshops March 25th & April 22nd

Starting a Business in Southern Virginia: Building the Foundation for Your New Business

If starting a business in Southern Virginia is your dream, we can help you make it a reality. With our business workshops, you’ll find the practical knowledge and skills you need to succeed at starting and running a small business.

Starting a business in Southern Virginia requires planning and consideration. Choosing your legal structure, writing a business plan, securing funding, and other steps help you build a solid foundation for your business.

About This Business Workshop

Building the Foundation for Your New Business is one of many free classes offered by the Longwood SBDC for those considering starting a business in Southern Virginia.

Cost: FREE

Potential new and existing business owners will learn how to:

  • Evaluate your entrepreneurial abilities
  • Choose a legal form of organization
  • Prepare and present your business plan
  • Find financial resources
  • Create marketing strategies

No matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey, you’ll benefit from this practical, focused information. You’ll leave this free workshop with business insights and actionable strategies to help you launch, build, or grow a Southern Virginia-based business.


Scheduled workshops may change due to inclement weather, scheduling conflicts, etc.

Your pre-registration enables the Longwood SBDC to keep you updated on changes or cancellations as quickly as possible.