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Business

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 ...

Bridging the gap: New educational program partners NW Works with LFCC

WINCHESTER – NW Works and Lord Fairfax Community College have entered into a partnership that brings two levels of the school’s manufacturing certificate program to job seekers. The new seven-week educational program began Friday with five people officially enrolling, being assessed for ...

Business News & Events

Capon Valley Bank Carl G. Corbin II, co-owner of Miller Machine & Tool Co. Inc. in Winchester, has joined the board of directors of Capon Valley Bank. Corbin, a graduate of James Wood High School and the Dowell J. Howard Center, serves as the company’s vice president. He lives in ...

Thrift store re-opens on Friday

Shoppers looking for a deal and a cause can check back into the Blue Ridge Hospice thrift shop in Strasburg on Friday morning. The small shop on King Street downtown is opening following a remodeling. Samantha Markley, the store manager, said everyone had been hard at work for almost a month ...

Mount Jackson planners OK solar farm expansion

MOUNT JACKSON — Planning Commission members approved a proposed 320-acre solar farm expansion in a 5-1 vote on Monday evening. Before the regular commission meeting, Cypress Creek Renewables presented its plan for expanding the 160-acre solar farm an additional 320 acres. Cypress Creek took ...

Industrial Development Authority looks at bylaws, bond applications

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County Industrial Development Authority doesn’t meet regularly, but Monday’s marathon meeting made up for a bare-bones calendar. Last month during a brief, closed-session meeting, members appointed Litten and Sipe attorney Jason Ham as their attorney and bond ...

Business News & Events: Sept. 29

Networking The Blue Ridge Association of Realtors is hosting a Young Professional Network kickoff event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Backroom Brewery, 150 Ridgemont Road, Middletown. The event is geared toward people in their 20s through 40s. Information, registration: 540-667-2606 or ...

Future of solar power in Virginia less than sunny

When Mount  Jackson’s Planning Commission determines the fate of an expanded solar project on Monday, the members will be casting a vote on Virginia’s future. Solar energy is booming and Virginia has reaped the benefits. In March, Microsoft invested in the commonwealth, investing in a ...

Chamber hosts small business seminar next week

The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Starting a Small Business Seminar next week. While the economy appears to be on the rise and local governments are encouraging business expansion throughout Shenandoah County, the chamber wants to help business owners thrive. It hosted a ...

Leadership Shenandoah County class begins a year of study

The second Leadership Shenandoah County class is getting down to work after bonding over zip-lining at Bryce Resort earlier this month. The class is made up of 23 business leaders representing banking to town maintenance and everything in between. Over the next eight months, participants will ...

New Market considers setting up a tourism zone as new business draw

The New Market Town Council is looking forward to hearing about a proposed ordinance offering tax and start-up incentives for new and existing tourism businesses. Alex Berryman, town planner and zoning administrator for New Market, proposed the idea of a tourism zone at a council meeting ...

Downtown Front Royal changes receive mixed reviews

FRONT ROYAL—Front Royal’s downtown facelift is making waves and splitting the attitudes of businesses on Main Street. Craig Laird's tea and coffee shop, Vine and Leaf, closed at 124 E. Main St. when its lease ended on Aug. 31, and reopened two and a half week later at 477 South St., a move ...

Strasburg can taste the tropics at Yeica’s Kitchen

Yessica Acosta has always dreamed of selling her homemade food. Today, her dream becomes reality with the grand opening of Yeica’s Kitchen in Strasburg. “When I was a child, I would play like I was selling my own food,” Acosta said. “I always had this dream…so right now I see it ...

Edinburg Planning Commission struggles to complete business

For two months in a row, the Edinburg Planning Commission has not been able to hold a formal meeting. Commissioners met Tuesday evening but could not establish a quorum. Stephen Van Stee, chairman of the commission, lamented the lack of interest and involvement from commissioners. “We ...

Shenandoah County IDA appoints counsel

The Shenandoah County Industrial Development Authority met on Monday afternoon to appoint an IDA attorney and bond counsel. After approving the agenda and previous meeting’s minutes, the authority moved into a closed session. While the IDA website has a copy of the agenda stating the ...

Business News & Events

First Bank On Sept. 7, First Bank broke ground on the renovation and expansion of its branch at 860 S. Main St., Woodstock. The 2,000 square-foot facility will double in size and feature a community services room open to the community and non-profit organizations to utilize for meetings. ...

Millions of dollars in aid for Virginia farmers is expected

Trade wars and bad weather have crushed farmers this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates project a 12-year low in net farm income in 2018. The USDA releases projections for a range of farm data every February. Data is updated twice a year, once at the end of August and again at ...