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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: Redevelopment, Entrepreneurship, Downtown, co.starters

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

Lynchburg Innovation Week

Posted by Office of Economic Development on May 18, 2016 3:57:55 PM

What is this?

Lynchburg Innovation Week is a 3-day series of events designed to highlight our business community, inspire citizens to take an active role in growing our City, and connect Lynchburg's entrepreneurs and startups with our accomplished and long standing business leaders. 

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Topics: TechHire, Downtown, co.starters

Lynchburg Innovation Week Schedule Release

Posted by Office of Economic Development on May 11, 2016 11:14:24 AM

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TechHire and CO.STARTERS Presentation to Lynchburg City Council, February 23

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Mar 2, 2016 11:09:42 AM

On February 23, 2016 , Director of Economic Development Marjette Upshur presented "Lynchburg's Economic Ecosystem: Equipping businesses, empowering citizens through creative workforce development" to Lynchburg City Council. The presentation specficially outlined two new initiatives, TechHire and CO.STARTERS.

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Topics: Business Retention, Business Attraction, TechHire, Entrepreneurship, co.starters, Talent Development