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The 3 Essential Resources You Need to Grow Your Business in Lynchburg

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Feb 22, 2018 9:38:44 AM

Whether you’re a small company or a large-scale corporation, there are always new opportunities to grow your business in Lynchburg. Our community is rapidly growing, which creates new needs for development. If you are planning on expanding your business soon, then you are choosing the right time in a great city! Here are 3 essential resources and tools you need to get started.

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Topics: Business

City Hosts First Create Lynchburg Conference for Arts Entrepreneurs

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Feb 10, 2017 12:09:48 PM

The City of Lynchburg, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at CVCC and the Academy Center of the Arts, hosted the first Create Lynchburg conference on January 27-28, 2017. The Create Lynchburg conference convened more than 75 arts entrepreneurs for a weekend of workshops, panel discussions and speakers.

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Topics: Arts and Culture, Entrepreneurship, co.starters, Business Retention, Downtown

Launched in Lynchburg: Ryan Ford, Seven Hills Food

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Nov 13, 2016 5:12:31 PM

Ryan Ford, president of Seven Hills Food Co., shares his story and lessons learned in the latest Launched in Lynchburgseries video. 


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Topics: Entrepreneurship, Redevelopment, Launched in Lynchburg

Launched in Lynchburg – Developing Your Business Pitch

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Oct 15, 2016 2:15:57 PM

Whether you are talking to potential investors, colleagues, friends, distributors, or leads, learning how to condense your message and highlight what's important is a skill that every entrepreneur should master.

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Topics: Entrepreneurship, Launched in Lynchburg, Business Retention, Business Attraction

Introducing Launched in Lynchburg

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Sep 18, 2016 3:09:08 PM

The Lynchburg Office of Economic Development and Economic Development Authority have recently released a new digital platform to inspire and educate local entrepreneurs called Launched in Lynchburg

Launched In Lynchburg is a web portal designed to inspire, educate and connect local entrepreneurs and professionals. All of the content is generated by the local business community, for the local business community.

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Topics: Education, Entrepreneurship, Business Retention, co.starters

City of Lynchburg's Office of Economic Development Releases 2015-2016 Annual Report (Part 2/2)

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Aug 25, 2016 12:48:39 PM

Economic Development Programs

The Office of Economic Development works to build a range of local programs and incentives to create and retain jobs, improve Lynchburg's infrastructure and assets, and invest in local quality of life initiatives.

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Topics: Brownfields, Downtown, Technology, co.starters, Development, transportation, Enterprise Zone, Arts and Culture, Entrepreneurship, Business Attraction

City of Lynchburg Office of Economic Development Releases 2015-2016 Annual Report (Part 1/2)

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Aug 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Last year was a positive year for the City of Lynchburg's economy. The City's economic investments resulted in new opportunities for entrepreneurs and big businesses alike, a renewed Enterprise Zone, and several other notable accomplishments for Lynchburg, Virginia. To access the annual report, simply view the video above or take a look at the stats below. 

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Topics: Business Retention, Business Attraction, Entrepreneurship, Talent Development

The Craft Crucible woodworking shop to open in Midtown Lynchburg this fall

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Aug 10, 2016 3:36:35 PM

Randy Smith purchased the former Campbell Payne building on Thurman Avenue last November, and plans to open The Craft Crucible doors this fall.

In 2008, Randy Smith left the corporate world, where he worked as a mechanical engineer, to build beautiful handcrafted wooden furniture and the Kashiwa Woodworking brand. Flash forward eight years, and Smith is about to open the doors to a new Midtown-based workspace and lumber shop: The Craft Crucible. 

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Topics: Development, Enterprise Zone, Entrepreneurship, co.starters, Redevelopment, Business Retention

Lynchburg business grant winner and CO.STARTERS grad to open new bakery shop downtown

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Jul 6, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Tarsha Joyner, Founder of Mrs. Joy's Absolutely Fabulous Treats, accepting Community Business Launch grant for $7,500 at the 2016 Lynchburg Innovation Week.

This summer, Tarsha Joyner, the winner of the Food Network's 2015 Christmas Cookie Challenge will be opening a new storefront downtown. Joyner recently completed the CO.STARTERS entrepreneurial training program in Lynchburg, and was awarded a $7,500 Community Business Launch grant to invest in the new downtown business.

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Topics: co.starters, Entrepreneurship, Redevelopment, Downtown

How Enterprise Zones can benefit your Lynchburg Business

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Jun 27, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Lynchburg, Virginia has two Commonwealth of Virginia Enterprise Zones: #2 and #46. These zones span 4,200 acres of commerical property in Lynchburg. The program is managed by the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development, with the Lynchburg Office of Economic Development serving as the local zone administrator. 

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Topics: Development, Business Retention, Business Attraction, Redevelopment