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Albemarle Announces Expanded Business Support Program

Albemarle County is announcing several new initiatives aimed at supporting and encouraging the success of existing local businesses.  These initiatives are an expansion of the County’s Albemarle Business First program, an outreach and information referral effort that connects existing businesses to the information and resources they need to be successful in this challenging economic climate.

“We recognize the complexities and challenges of starting, expanding and relocating businesses, and we want to provide helpful, accessible information to support our existing small businesses who provide the great majority of our new job growth”, said Tom Foley, County Executive.  “Our expanded Albemarle Business First program is focused on making it easier for entrepreneurs to engage with the County and start up and grow their businesses here in Albemarle.”

Albemarle County is announcing a new “drop-in” consultation opportunity for existing and prospective business owners to come by with questions or concerns they may have about starting, growing and operating their business in the County.  Drop-in hours will be from 9:00 am until noon on the third and fourth Wednesdays of the month on the fourth floor of the County Office Building on McIntire Road.  No appointment or advance scheduling is necessary, this is a casual opportunity to come by and visit the County’s economic development staff to help make connections, learn about new programs and resources, and gain familiarity with county regulations and policies.

Albemarle County also is distributing a Small Business Toolkit as a one stop starting point for anyone interested in starting, expanding or relocating a business in the County.  The publication is available in print or online at and provides information and contacts on topics ranging from business licenses to zoning regulations to signage.  Recognizing the importance of rural-based businesses to the County, the Toolkit also includes a special section on agribusiness.  The County is distributing the Toolkit in local government departments and through community partners like the Small Business Development Center, SCORE and the Chamber of Commerce.

The County is sponsoring a series of upcoming training opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs, the first being a “Growing Sales Seminar” cosponsored by the Virginia Department of Business Assistance and the Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise scheduled for Tuesday, September 25th.  This session will include segments on doing business with the federal government, business promotion through social media, increasing sales to the private sector and other topics. 

For more information on these and other Albemarle County business support initiatives, please visit the County’s economic development website at

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