Business Insights & Resources

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: Redevelopment, Entrepreneurship, Launched in Lynchburg

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, Business Retention, Redevelopment, Entrepreneurship, Enterprise Zone, co.starters

Lynchburg Innovation Week 2016 Draws Hundreds of Business Professionals

Posted by Lynchburg EDA on Jul 11, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Between June 2nd - 4th, hundreds of local business professionals gathered downtown at the Riverviews Artspace to celebrate the city's first Lynchburg Innovation Week. The 3-day event featured a wide range of learning and networking opportunities. Hosted by the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority, Lynchburg Innovation Week was organized by Cities Reimagined, which develops innovative economic development strategies and programming.

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Topics: Business Retention, Business Attraction, TechHire, Redevelopment, Entrepreneurship, Downtown, co.starters

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