The Mutually Beneficial Relationship Between Small Businesses and Economic Development Groups

August 16, 2010 3:16 am

As organizations dedicated to bolstering the economies of the cities in which they are based, economic development agencies recognize that fostering an environment that is favorable to doing business inevitably leads to local economic growth. For that reason, many economic development groups offer an array of programs and services dedicated to helping small businesses succeed. Initiatives like the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority’s “Small Business New Jobs Program” are a perfect example of how local economic development groups are making a concerted effort to preserve the economic well being of their communities by helping local businesses grow. The Metro D.C. area is home to thousands of small businesses and to numerous organizations helping them to succeed. The following organizations have a lot to offer and are definitely worth checking out:

Alexandria Economic Development Partnership
“The Alexandria Economic Development Partnership leads efforts to grow the tax base, diversify the economy and attract and retain businesses and organizations in Alexandria,Virginia. Founded in 1992, the Partnership joins its collaborators in defining and marketing Alexandria as a creative, diverse, knowledge-based community with a high quality of life.”
1729 King Street, Suite 410, Alexandria, VA 22314
703.739.3820
alexecon.org

Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation
“Our priority is to support the growth and success of Anne Arundel County businesses.
If you are a business in need of assistance with financing, real estate, workforce training and recruitment, permitting, small business counseling, or other issues, please allow our team of professionals to help.”
2660 Riva Rd. Suite 200, Annapolis, MD 21401
410.222.7401
aaedc.org

Arlington Economic Development
“Arlington Economic Development (AED) is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of an economically competitive and sustainable community, and the creation of exciting, diverse and amenity-rich places. AED provides visionary leadership and superior services to Arlington’s business community, its tourism industry and its real estate development.”
1100 N. Glebe Rd., Suite 1500, Arlington, VA 22201
703.228.0808
arlingtonvirginiausa.com

City of Fairfax Economic Development Office
“The City of Fairfax Economic Development Office (EDO) has been in operation since 1990. The EDO is a division of the city’s Community Development and Planning Department (CD&P). The primary mission of the EDO is to ensure that the city’s economic base is strong and producing at maximum levels. To that end, the office promotes the city’s office and retail spaces to business prospects; vacant commercial properties to developers; assists businesses in their location decisions and processing through the city’s administrative procedures; and acts as a facilitator for existing businesses in understanding and working through issues with city ordinances and policies.”
10455 Armstrong Street, Fairfax, VA 22030
703.385.7862
fairfaxva.gov/cdp/EconDev.asp

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
“The FCEDA offers a number of free and confidential services and resources to help companies large and small. We welcome the opportunity to provide direct assistance to established companies interested in starting or expanding a business in Fairfax County, as well as to entrepreneurs just starting out.”
8300 Boone Blvd., Suite 450, Vienna, VA 22182
703.790.0600
FairfaxCountyEDA.org

City of Falls Church Economic Development Office
“The Economic Development Office (EDO) is charged with many tasks, one of which is assisting local businesses. EDO staff bring years of hands-on development experience to help you find solutions to your business expansion or relocation needs!”
300 Park Ave., Suite 301 East, Falls Church, VA 22046
703.248.5491
fallschurchva.gov

Fauquier County Department of Economic Development
“Whether you need assistance starting a new business, or whether you are an existing business, the Fauquier County Department of Economic Development is here to help.”
35 Culpeper St., Warrenton, VA 20186
540.349.1231
fauquierbusiness.com

Town of Leesburg Economic Development
“Whether you are looking for a new business location, expanding an existing business, or starting a business, Leesburg is a great place to put down roots. Wherever you are in the life cycle of your business, our Economic Development staff can assist you with all of your business needs.”
25 West Market St., PO Box 88, Leesburg, VA 20178
703.777.2420
leesburgva.org

Loudoun County Department of Economic Development
“At the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, we’re here to welcome you home. We’re ready and waiting to provide a wide range of services for your company, whether you’re a start-up or well-established player.”
1 Harrison St SE, MSC #63, Leesburg, VA 20175
703.777.0426
biz.loudoun.gov

Manassas Department of Economic Development
“Our reputation for creating successful partnerships and long-term relationships with our business community is well known throughout the region. We realize success in a highly competitive market requires teamwork and are dedicated to helping your company become a major player in a global economy”
9027 Center st, Manassas, VA 20110
703.257.8200
manassascity.org

Maryland Economic Development Corporation
“The Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) functions under the provisions of Title 10, Subtitle 1 of the Economic Development Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.
The legislative purposes of MEDCO are to: relieve unemployment in the State; encourage the increase of business activity and commerce and a balanced economy in the State; help retain and attract business activity and commerce in the State; promote economic development; and promote the health, safety, right of gainful employment and welfare of residents of the State.”
100 N. Charles St., 6th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201
410.625.0051
medco-corp.com

Montgomery County Department of Economic Development
111 Rockville Pike, Suite 800, Rockville, MD 20850
240.777.2000
montgomerycountymd.gov

Prince William County Economic Development
“The Department of Economic Development is committed to working with existing businesses to help them prosper and grow. Everyone wins when local businesses are successful.”
10530 Linden Lake Plaza, Suite 105, Manassas, VA 20109
703.792.5500
pwcecondev.org

Washington, DC Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development
“The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) is charged with executing Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s economic development strategy which encourages growth and investments across the District. Our strategy is centered on three major priorities: Attracting Businesses, Revitalizing Neighborhoods and Creating Jobs.”
1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 317, Washington, DC 20004
202.727.6365
dcbiz.dc.gov

Vint Hill Economic Development Authority
“The Vint Hill Economic Development Authority is here to assist businesses in their successful growth at Vint Hill.”
4263 Aiken Dr., PO Box 861617, Warrenton, VA 20187
540.347.6965
vinthill.com

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