The Business First Hanover team discovered that Total Party Planner had gained recent traction as a standard platform for numerous caterers across the country and abroad. Business First Hanover identified the potential for larger sales abroad and introduced Total Party Planner to Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s international trade program, Virginia Leaders in Export & Trade (VALET).
Hardywood needed more space for offices, a beer education center, and a climate controlled warehouse for one of the premiere barrel aging programs on the east coast. They purchased 2410 Ownby right by their initial company location which will create more than 20 jobs, and increase production capacity by more than 50 percent by the end of 2013.
GenetworX was located in multi-tenant office space in the Innsbrook office complex before deciding that they would need additional room to grow. Working with the Business First Henrico team, the GenetworX team has set up their headquarters and laboratories in the former Innsbrook Library.
The Hyatt Place Richmond/Chester was looking to increase leisure traveler stays and Swift Creek Mill Theatre was seeking to market to a new demographic. They both approached Chesterfield Economic Development regarding tapping into the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) Marketing Leverage Program to help them in their efforts. Since one of VTC’s missions is to increase overnight visitation in the state through cultivation of new markets, a partnership among The Mill, the Hyatt Place and Chesterfield County was inevitable.
Sealpac USA was having difficulty recruiting a key team member. Sealpac USA contacted the Business First program who put them in touch with the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). The VEC registered the company with the Virginia Labor Market Exchange and a highly qualified candidate was identified.
To meet the demands of sudden growth, Allianz Global Assistance, an international travel insurance and assistance provider, needed to hire multiple customer service representatives. Business First connected Allianz Global Assistance with a workforce solutions team to provide a recruitment plan.
Chesterfield County Economic Development utilized a targeted outreach effort to contact tourism-related businesses in the vicinity of the River City Sportsplex. These firms are now prepared to increase sales and improve the visitor experience for the large crowds drawn to events.
Network Technologies and Support Inc. (NTS) is a full service systems integrator providing customers with a single source for a broad range of high-technology products and services. Needing to expand, Chesterfield connected NTS with two incentive programs resulting in $1.5 million in capital investment and the creation of 140 new jobs.
A routine Business First interview revealed that Virginia Crane, manufacturer of heavy industrial cranes, was interested in expanding its facility to produce larger equipment. The Hanover Business First team helped connect Virginia Crane with funding, broadband services and the creation of a press release.
Morooka USA has been so successful in its sales of rubber track carriers that the manufacturing facility in Japan could not keep up. When a licensing agreement was struck between Morooka, Morooka USA and Virginia Steel Services, Hanover Business First was able to assist Morooka USA qualify for a grant, provide site selection assistance and organizational assistance with a ribbon-cutting event and press release.
James River Bus Lines required additional staff in order to fulfill a newly awarded contract. The Business First program connected James River Bus Lines with the area’s workforce investment board where they were able to hire quality staff and identify potential applicants to accommodate future growth.
Health Diagnostic Laboratory (HDL) has experienced explosive growth in the City of Richmond and needed help transitioning from just a handful of employees in 2009 to about 500 workers today. The Business First program was able to connect HDL with area resources to ensure quality employees and continued success in the future.
Ironworks, a technology consulting firm, was experiencing explosive growth. With the right resources, the company added 34,000 square feet of office space, will make a $20 million investment, and will hire 300 employees over the three year period.
Hill Phoenix, a designer and manufacturer of display cases and refrigeration systems for the food retail industry, had an immediate need for temporary warehouse space. By working through the right contacts, the company was able to acquire the additional space it needed.