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Welcome to Waynesboro, Virginia

WaySilver-Ribbon.jpgnesboro is strategically located in the I81 corridor in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The city has a growing population of 21,000 amidst a labor pool of over 250,000 and is adjacent to 2 interstate highways, 3 railroads, 4 by-ways, and 5 airports allowing for easy and efficient connection to the world. The City is surrounded by 13 colleges and universities, has a strong heritage of manufacturing excellence, and is quickly becoming a regional retail center and tourism hub.


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May 09, 2017

Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail Wins Statewide Tourism Awards

Among tough competition from some of the largest tourism bureaus in the state of Virginia, the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail won two statewide awards at last month’s VIRGO Travel and Tourism Awards, presented by the Virginia Association of Destination Marketing Organizations (VADMO). 
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April 17, 2017

Downtown Co-Working Site Launches in Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO – Downtown Waynesboro has many amenities for new and emerging entrepreneurs, but this month it celebrates a new milestone: a free co-working space with Wi-Fi, shared printing equipment, a reservable conference room for meetings, and more. 

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April 14, 2017

Grow Waynesboro Announces Start-Up Grant Awards

WAYNESBORO, VA- Grow Waynesboro is pleased to announce the final grant awards for four new local businesses, helping them to create jobs and build a culture of entrepreneurship in Waynesboro. This marks the second year of the Grow Waynesboro initiative, which was made possible by a generous Community Business Launch Grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development.

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April 10, 2017

Grow Waynesboro to Award $51,000 in Small Business Grants

WAYNESBORO – This April, the City of Waynesboro’s Small Business Development initiative, Grow Waynesboro, will award $51,000 in grants for start-up businesses in Waynesboro. The awards will be announced at a celebration and presentation symposium, dubbed Pitch Night, on April 13th at 7:00pm at Basic City Beer Co in Waynesboro.

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February 06, 2017

From Start-Up Grants to Public Acclaim

WAYNESBORO – This winter in Waynesboro, local entrepreneurs working to launch new businesses in 2017 are beginning in-depth training and rigorous preparations for start-up grant awards. Meanwhile, high-profile start-ups from 2016 are already reporting new jobs, significant buildouts, and a growing impact on the local economy.

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January 17, 2017

Tourism Grant Program for Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO VA- Greater Augusta Regional Tourism (GART) announces the release of the spring grant program applications today, January 17, 2017.  GART, which incorporates tourism efforts from Staunton, Augusta County and Waynesboro, will focus on businesses operating within those localities.  The program enables up to four grant awards of  $2,500 maximum per grant.

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January 10, 2017

New Coworking Site to Open in Waynesboro

As Grow Waynesboro’s search to find and fund the best new businesses of 2017 intensifies, this local economy initiative is announcing a new attraction for local entrepreneurs: free coworking space in downtown Waynesboro.

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December 02, 2016

Ready, set, grow: $51K up for grabs in startup competition

WAYNESBORO — Entrepreneurs looking to start a small business in Waynesboro next year, take note: You could win up to $25,000 in start-up funding from the city’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism.

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December 01, 2016

Waynesboro Announces $51,000 in Small Business Grants

WAYNESBORO – Local entrepreneurs planning to launch a Waynesboro business in 2017 will now be eligible for $51,000 in start-up grants to be awarded by the City’s small business development initiative, Grow Waynesboro. The most important requirement for prospective entrepreneurs: They must submit a summary of their business idea by January 17, 2017.
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October 19, 2016

Waynesboro Receives $60,000 For Small Business Development

WAYNESBORO – Community Business Launch (CBL) awards were announced this week by Governor McAuliffe, totaling $300,000 for five projects in the Commonwealth.  The City of Waynesboro secured $60,000 in funding for its Grow Waynesboro program, which will provide resources to support the development of local and regional entrepreneurial efforts with the intent to spur new job creation and expansions.

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September 28, 2016

City Recognized by International Economic Development Council

The City of Waynesboro, Virginia received two Silver Excellence in Economic Development Awards in the population less than 25,000 category from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The Council recognized the City for two projects focused on developing small businesses: 
  • Grow Waynesboro Website – Special Purpose Website
  • An Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting a Business in Waynesboro, Virginia – Special Purpose Print Brochure

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August 25, 2016

First of Grow Waynesboro Winners Takes Root

The Faded Poppy was one of three winners of Grow Waynesboro’s Start-up Competition this past April and it is the first to open its doors at their new location at 220 Rosser Avenue. 

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June 09, 2016

Business Appreciation Breakfast

In recognition of the statewide Business Appreciation Celebration, the City of Waynesboro Office of Economic Development and Tourism, in cooperation with Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce, Augusta County, and the City of Staunton is pleased to announce that the annual Economic Development Business at Breakfast meeting is being offered at no charge to Chamber and non-Chamber members and businesses located in the area.

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May 31, 2016

BOOST Tourism Grant Released by the City of Waynesboro

City businesses and organizations are invited to apply for up to $3,000 to support eligible activities such as fairs, festivals and projects intended to entice visitation as well as the associated marketing, design and printing costs. 
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May 11, 2016

Waynesboro offers the Best of Virginia Living 2016

WAYNESBORO, VA- The results are in, and Waynesboro is ready to celebrate the region’s award-winning attractions, food, events, medical care, and recreational outlets. Bragging rights have been secured again for the best place to catch a movie - Zeus Digital Theaters. The City also boasts the top dermatology practice and orthodontics practice in the Valley.

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April 22, 2016

Grow Waynesboro Announces Start-Up Grant Awards

Grow Waynesboro is pleased to announce the final grant awards for three new local businesses, helping them to create jobs and build a culture of entrepreneurship in Waynesboro.

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February 10, 2016

Downtown Riverfront Improvements to Begin

Spring 2016 marks the beginning of some dramatic and exciting changes to the Downtown Riverfront area. 

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February 03, 2016

Grow Waynesboro Offering GrowthWheel

The City of Waynesboro Economic Development Department’s flagship program, Grow Waynesboro, is partnering with the Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center to provide free business training to enrollees in the SBDC’s ten-week GrowthWheel® Workshop Series.

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January 20, 2016

Grow Waynesboro Announces 2016 Business Competition

The City of Waynesboro Economic Development Department is announcing a new flagship program designed to support small business development, called Grow Waynesboro. Focused this year on finding and funding new and robust local businesses, it will award more than $20,000 to select entrepreneurs in the form of grants and training opportunities.

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PGI Expands
"The collaborative spirit we saw here in Virginia tipped the balance in your favor," PGI former CEO Ronee Hagen said of the recent $65 million expansion.  

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