Business Community Involvement
In 2016, Business Retention efforts continued to play a major role in providing supportive services to local businesses. As part of Business Retention, the Business Visitation program includes site visits to businesses on a regular basis. Department representatives meet with businesses to learn more about the companies and provide an opportunity to address their needs and provide resources available to assist them with achieving success.
Our partnership with local business associations remains a priority. Development Staff support and participate in the Downtown Newport News Merchants and Neighbors Association, the Denbigh Warwick Business Association and others. Associations continue to establish new relationships through collaborative efforts and add value to the economic advancement of our businesses and community.
This year saw the continuation of our partnership with the Hampton Roads Small Business Development Center. The Center provided one-on-one services to local businesses and also presented workshops that featured industry-specific consultants. The Hampton Roads Procurement Assistance Center also provided services to businesses and makes all of its services accessible to Newport News businesses.
Additionally, this year was the start of our partnering effort with the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce in creating a Young Professional’s Group known as “Bridge”. Bridge contains an educational series that is offered each month with the intent of connecting current leaders to emerging leaders, while providing professional development experiences to Young Professionals on the Peninsula. The resources, mentorship and meaningful professional relationships that are gained will empower Young Professionals to participate in the advancement of the Virginia Peninsula.