Lynchburg has been manufacturer-led city throughout its 230 year history. The first industry to develop was tobacco in the early 1800’s. Then, prestigious factories like Craddock Terry, the first shoe and boots manufacturer in the South, thrived in the late 19th century. But perhaps the biggest industry to shape our city has been metals and machinery manufacturing. Today, the City of Lynchburg supports 17 metal and machinery firms, which employ more than 870 workers—a number that is 17 times the U.S. average. In order to remain true to our industrial roots, our city will continue building this vital sector with these key objectives during the next five years.
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.
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.
Ryan Ford, president of Seven Hills Food Co., shares his story and lessons learned in the latest Launched in Lynchburgseries video.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.