Program Updates

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Region receives export grant to increase GDP

April 08, 2015

RICHMOND, VA – Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis has been awarded a $140,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase to support the development of strategies for increasing exports in the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area. VCU will be working in collaboration with the Greater Richmond Partnership, the region’s economic development organization, during the course of the project.

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Small Business Workshop

February 02, 2015

Join Hanover County on February 5th for a FREE half-day workshop tailored to local small business owners who want to innovate, prosper and grow. Attend sessions by business professionals providing tips and tools needed to manage a successful small business. This workshop includes breakfast and the opportunity to network with other small business owners.

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VCU Looking for a Few Good Problems

January 22, 2015

Got problems? VCU wants to solve them! The School of Engineering at VCU is looking for project ideas from area companies for a Capstone Design program. Project ideas should fall within the fields of Chemical and Life Sciences, Mechanical and Nuclear, Biomedical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering.

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Export Kick-Off Conference Matchmaking Schedule

May 12, 2014

The June 12 Export Kick-Off Conference schedule for matchmaking is now open.

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Top 10 Reasons to Consider Exports

May 06, 2014

For companies thinking about exporting for the first time, sure, there are lots of reasons why it can't be done. Have you ever taken time to think about why it CAN? Here's a quick list of the Top 10 Reaseons to Consider Exporting.

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Kick-Off Event!

April 10, 2014

Business First will unveil the Greater Richmond Export Initiative during a kick-off event open to the public on June 12, 2014 at the University of Richmond. Content will be geared towards companies that are new to exports and companies already exporting but interested in exploring new markets. Representatives of all levels of government, university partners, private companies, and export service providers will take part in relaying to firms the significance and ease of exploring exports. Following the kick-off, GRP will begin to roll-out an ongoing training and awareness campaign to build on the momentum of our initial efforts.

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Greater Richmond Export Initiative

April 02, 2014

Business First Greater Richmond, the business retention and expansion program of the Greater Richmond Partnership, is launching the Greater Richmond Export Initiative, a regional effort to grow local exports. Modeled after the Metropolitan Export Initiative of the Brookings Institution, the project will work to reach companies at their point of production where industries cluster and innovate, tap into regional supply chains, take advantage of the metro’s intermodal transportation network, and utilize strategic relationships with local, state, and federal leaders to access a large yet manageable audience – all for the purpose of boosting international sales activity.

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The Business First Visit

So you've decided to participate in a Business First visit. We're looking forward to talking to you!

This is a great oppurtunity to voice your opinion, connect with resources that might help your business today, and form a lasting relationship with your local economic development department for any needs that may arise in the future.