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There are many resources available to business owners and entrepreneurs in our community. Visit one of our partners below to learn more about their latest classes, workshops, and other learning and networking opportunities. 

Center for Innovative Technology

Upcoming Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Workshops

Central Virginia SCORE

The Community Investment Collaborative

Central Virginia Small Business Development Center

GENEDGE Alliance

Piedmont Virginia Community College Workforce Services



Second Annual Business Appreciation Event

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, the County partnered with Reason Beer, the County's newest brewery, to host the County's second annual Business Appreciation Celebration. Guests had a chance to voice their opinions on the County's Draft Economic Development Strategic Plan and enjoy great company with representatives from some of Albemarle's businesses across all sectors.

Reason Beer Production Room

Supervisors McKeel and Sheffield host Community Conversation on Economic Development

On Monday, February 6, 2017, Supervisors Diantha McKeel and Brad Sheffield hosted a community forum to inform and discuss with the public the County's efforts for economic development and the future of economic development in Albemarle County and how it relates to its citizens.

View the presentation materials here.

Charlottesville Area Businesses Recognized for their Excellence
Local restaurants honored with James Beard Award nomination and area vineyards acknowledged in prestigious Governors Cup competition

The Charlottesville Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau (CACVB) congratulates local restaurants for their nominations as James Beard award semi-finalists and local vineyards who are acknowledged by the Virginia Winery Associations (VWA) Governors Cup. View the complete news release here.

Livestock Survey and Roundtable Summary Now Available
From late 2012 through early 2014 County staff and regional agriculture industry partners held four roundtable meetings with stakeholders to discuss issues affecting livestock operations. The industry discussions centered on livestock processing needs and existing local market conditions. Sue Ellen Johnson (then PEC’s Director of Agriculture) shared the latest research on the scale and economics of a local processing facility, and what would be needed to achieve sustainable operations without ongoing subsidy.

With the goal of clarifying the issues affecting the scale and profitablity of livestock operations in our region, the Albemarle County Economic Development staff, the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Virginia Cooperative Extension created a survey to gather input from area livestock producers. View the survey results here.

Starr Hill Brewery Wins a Gold Medal at the 2014 World Beer Cup
Starr Hill Brewery, one of the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, won a gold award in the 2014 World Beer Cup®, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers.

Gold, silver and bronze awards in the competition’s 94 beer style categories were presented April 11, 2014, during the World Beer Cup® award ceremony in Denver, Colorado. Starr Hill’s Whiter Shade of Pale Ale beat out 55 other entries from all over the world to claim the gold medal in the American-Belgo Style Ale category. Whiter Shade of Pale marries two bold beer styles: the Belgian Wit and the India Pale Ale. The fruity and spicy esters derive from the Belgian yeast strain, while massive quantities of hops added during the dry hop give the beer significant complexity and an aroma of citrus and pine. A clean base beer of Pilsner and wheat give this beer a refreshing flavor, perfect for enjoying in warm and cold weather alike.




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