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Business News & Events: Nov. 10

Entrepreneurship Week Shenandoah University's Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business and its Institute for Entrepreneurship will host its eighth annual Entrepreneurship Week, Monday through Thursday, in Halpin-Harrison Hall, 1460 University Drive, Winchester. Speakers include Skylar Johnson, ...

Shenandoah Communications shares continue to rise

Shenandoah Communications reported third-quarter earnings of $15.5 million on Tuesday morning. Stock market values for the telecommunications company based in Edinburg have bounced back from a year-low of $30.25 per share. Stocks closed at $38.28 per share on Monday evening. In the last 52 ...

Unemployment rate falls while wages rise

Shenandoah County enjoyed a return to a below average unemployment rate as it dropped nearly 1 percent from 3.6 in August to 2.7  in September 2018. The Virginia Employment Commission released area numbers for unemployment on Tuesday afternoon. Virginia’s total unemployment rate was 2.8 ...

Cultivating a passion: Wine trail pulls back the curtain on farm winery

WOODSTOCK— The founder and owner of Muse Vineyards led a group of about 20 people on a new wine trail looping through his property Saturday afternoon, hoping to give them an appreciation for the hard work that goes into producing a bottle of wine from bud to glass. Robert Muse explained how ...

Business News & Events: Nov. 3

Company expanding   Winchester Cold Storage Co., once known as the world’s largest apple storage company, broke ground in May to expand its Brooke Road facility in Winchester. The company, a third-party logistic provider and partner for temperature-controlled warehousing and ...

Bipartisan deregulation bill promises to help small businesses

A bipartisan effort to reduce the number of regulations for two state agencies is moving faster than expected. In February, Del. Michael Webert, R-Marshall, introduced House Bill 883 to start a three-year pilot program aimed at reducing by 25 percent the number of regulations for the ...

Tour Muse Vineyards’ new trail this weekend

WOODSTOCK – After winning the Virginia Governor’s Cup in 2015 and opening a tasting room the following year, Muse Vineyards in Woodstock, is adding another feature to its 60-acre estate this weekend. Robert Muse, the owner of Muse Vineyards, will lead guests on a guided tour of the ...

Shentel announces cash dividends go up

Shentel announced it will hand stockholders a cash dividend this year — as it has every year since 1960. The Shentel Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of 27 cents per share on Wednesday. Cash dividends are money paid to stockholders, usually out of the company's current earnings or ...

County’s economic development strategic plan underway

WOODSTOCK — Shenandoah County is looking to the future. Last month the county advertised a request for a firm to help develop a strategic plan for economic development. In an attempt to diversify input and solicit funds, Jenna French, the county's director of tourism and economic ...

Business News & Events: Oct. 27

Edward Jones Edward Jones is observing National Retirement Security Week, which is designed to raise awareness about the importance of saving for retirement. Contributing to a 401(k) or other employee-sponsored retirement plan, opening an IRA and rebalancing one's investment portfolio ...

IDA mulls dividing property, restructures fee schedule

WOODSTOCK — The Industrial Development Authority continued a discussion Tuesday evening about how to divide up property it owns in the Shenandoah Industrial Park. A series of issues has delayed use of the land, including missing minutes from a meeting when members granted the right of way to ...

Business News & Events

  Shentel Shentel has announced that Willy Pirtle, senior vice president-wireless, has been named to the board of directors of CTIA, a trade association representing the wireless communications industry in the United States. The association is headquartered in Washington, ...

New Market adopts tourism zone ordinance

NEW MARKET — Town Council members adopted an ordinance Tuesday evening that establishes a tourism zone offering tax benefits, business license reductions and reduced sewer/tap hookup fees for a wide range of businesses throughout the town. Alex Berryman, New Market’s zoning administrator ...

Business News & Events: Oct. 13

Book talk The Winchester Book Gallery will host author Beth Comstock at 4 p.m. today at 7 N. Loudoun St. She will talk about her book “Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity and the Power of Change.” Comstock, the former vice chair and head of marketing and innovation at GE, is a ...

Job fair in New Market to host 38 employers

Job seekers can connect with a wide range of employers on Tuesday at the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce’s job fair in New Market. Sharon Baroncelli, director of the county Chamber of Commerce, started the job fair last year. Representatives from companies ranging from Americold ...

Area leaders get preview of brewery: Box Office Brewery opens Oct. 20

STRASBURG – Box Office Brewery isn’t open for business, but Wednesday night’s town-county  dinner was the first event for the highly anticipated attraction. Representatives from all over Shenandoah County came together in the renovated theater turned brewery to mingle, eat and see the ...

Solar farm expansion gets final OK

MOUNT JACKSON — Town Council members have unanimously approved the application to expand a solar farm off Turkey Knob Road. Council members approved Mount Jackson I, the first of three projects that make up the farm, last year. Cypress Creek Renewables took over the project from Virginia ...

New Market council looking to adopt tourism zone ordinance

NEW MARKET — Town Council members are excited to move forward with adopting a tourism zone blanketing the town to attract business to the area. Peter Hughes, a council member, jumped at the idea when it was first mentioned in a brief presentation last month. “I liked the idea the first ...

Manufacturing layoffs may have caused county’s jobless spike

Shenandoah County’s unemployment rate increase vexed local economic development and business leaders when it was reported last week. The small jump — 0.2 percent — between August 2017 and August 2018 was overshadowed by a larger increase — 0.8 percent — from July 2018 to August ...