State and Local Partners
The strength and growth of Prince William County’s Economic Development is deeply embedded in the diversity and strength of its State and Local partnerships.
GENEDGE is a business consulting organization providing Virginia’s industrial and manufacturing sectors access to innovate, compete and grow their bottom line, through its proven innovative and transformational services which are more accessible to larger companies.
The Governor’s Opportunity Fund (GOF) is designed as a “deal closing” fund to be employed at the Governor’s discretion when necessary to secure a company location or expansion in Virginia. The GOF serves as a final resource for Virginia in the face of serious competition from other states or countries.
The vision of the HGBA is to be the premier association supporting business and community involvement in the Haymarket-Gainesville area. The mission is to provide networking opportunities, promote collaboration, and deliver timely local information.
The Flory Small Business Center, Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization established to assist existing small businesses and start-up entrepreneurs access capital for expansion, increase sales, and create and retain jobs.
The American Red Cross provides multiple resources for business owners to plan for disaster-related business interruptions. For immediate information on how to prepare your workplace and employees for emergency situations please visit www.redcross.org.
NVRC provides a variety of services that support member governments' coordination of emergency preparedness planning and operations within the Northern Virginia region. The goal is to optimize effectiveness and efficiency in preparation, response and recovery related to both natural and human-caused hazards.
George Mason University's expansion in Science and Technology Campus is in part built on the university's unique partnership with area businesses, including American Type Culture Collection, Micron, Lockheed Martin, and others. Through these partnerships, the Science and Technology Campus offers involvement in current research, access to facilities, and employment opportunities at these companies.
The Office of Community and Business Engagement is the school-to-business partnership program that aims to develop and support partnerships that strengthen and enhance quality education, and promote business and community involvement within schools.
The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) is a non-profit corporation that creates technology-based economic development strategies to help entrepreneurs launch and grow high-growth technology companies and create high-paying jobs through commercialization and seed funding
Community Business Partnership (CBP) provides education, technical assistance, business incubation services, access to capital and networking opportunities. Connected is the Business Finance Center (BFC) a technical assistance provider founded with the mission to expand access to capital among small businesses such as the microloan program or in obtaining an SBA small loan.
The Mason Enterprise Center (MEC) provides a variety of services to growing businesses and entrepreneurs in the Prince William area including a small business accelerator program, offering affordable office and conference space, shared administrative support and business services to start-up and emerging growth companies.
The Prince William Science Accelerator is a unique and innovative facility where small and growing life sciences companies can license wet lab space built-out to suit their specific needs. Located in the heart of Innovation Technology Park, the largest and fastest-growing cluster of life and forensic sciences facilities in Northern Virginia, the Science Accelerator has space available for lease now. Prince William County, Virginia is well established as a leading location for life sciences companies and forensic research facilities. With firms like ATCC and Mediatech, a Corning life sciences company, facilities such as the Virginia Forensics Lab, FBI Northern Virginia Resident Agency and the GMU/NIH Level-3 Biosafety Research Laboratory as well as the cutting edge research in proteomics, bioinformatics and biodefense at George Mason University’s Prince William campus, life sciences companies find remarkable access to talent, multiple opportunities for collaboration and incredible prospect for growth here in Prince William County.
The Virginia Serious Game Institute (formerly known as the Simulation & Game Institute) mission is to support translational applied-research in the areas of simulation, modelling and game design, rapid prototype development, high-value knowledge job creation and regional economic development through start-up business incubation and spin-out of high growth companies leading to commercialization.
The mission of the SkillSource Center is to advance an integrated, highly responsive workforce investment system that gives businesses and job seekers the tools they need to stay competitive in today's global marketplace. Providing job seekers with the skills training, self-exploration tools, and job search resources that put rewarding, sustaining careers well within their reach. Virginia Employment Though Entrepreneurship Consortium or VETEC is designed to provide Workforce Investment Act (WIA) eligible individuals in NOVA with training and technical assistance to start their own businesses. It is set to expire in 2017.
The VDEM provides businesses a Virginia Business Emergency Survival Toolkit (available online) to help companies prepare, respond to and recover from disasters. The toolkit assists in developing an emergency preparedness plan. The kit explains several types of emergencies and the problems they pose, and provides information on how to prepare and recover from emergencies. The agency website also lists information on emergency management training classes.
VECTEC has a Center for Technical Data and Information service where businesses can obtain business, technical and scientific document and data retrieval support. Small businesses have access to e-commerce services to enhance the selling of goods and services across the Internet. VECTEC provides a spectrum of e-commerce resources customized to increase company sales. Services are provided to businesses throughout Virginia. Services include: e-commerce needs and marketing assessments, website evaluations, email marketing, website design, development and search engine optimization; online shopping system and custom database development to assist companies in tracking sales, product inventory and customer contact information.
The Virginia Registered Apprenticeship program combines customized on-the-job training and related classroom instruction for employers in a variety of occupations, ranging from high technology to highly-skilled trades. Technical assistance is available to businesses in developing and/or expanding programs through the Division of Apprenticeship Training.
This Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services provides information training and rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities. The Agency assists employers in finding qualified job candidates, reduce hiring costs or build workforce diversity programs.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) promotes Virginia as a location for new domestic and international business facility locations and existing facility expansions. The Partnership provides information on available sites and buildings, labor and wages, industrial training programs, state and local taxes, utilities, transportation services, financial services, environmental factors, laws and regulations, general business conditions and quality of life.
Virginia Leaders in Export Trade (VALET) is the VEDP’s marquee international trade program that helps Virginia companies gain a profitable foothold in global markets. VALET combines three essential ingredients—planning, expertise and capital—to generate an increase in international sales opportunities for Virginia businesses.
Virginia’s Division of International Trade assists Virginia companies in expanding international sales or entering into the export business. Services offered include individualized counseling and tailored programs to help exporters at all stages and levels of the exporting process. VEDP has regional offices around the state, as well as foreign representatives in Brazil, China, Japan, and Mexico.
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), Going Global Defense Initiative mitigates the impact of defense spending cuts on Virginia’s economy. As a part of this initiative, eligible defense-related companies can receive assistance with strategy, compliance, matchmaking, translation, contracts, and more.
The Virginia Employment Commission screens and refers job applicants based on job orders received from employers. Services to employers include: labor market information; job orders advertised on local, state and national levels; office space for conducting interviews; and typing proficiency testing.
Internet portal for employment and labor market information for Virginia features beneficial to employers include:
* Define skills and post job orders to find potential candidates
* Research labor market information on salaries and economic data
* Set up to a Virtual Recruiter search agent to automatically find candidates within the system that match the job skills of the job order
* Communication with job seekers, case managers, training providers, and others within the email and message center.
Services for Employers
Post job openings, find qualified candidates, and access a wide variety of information designed to help a business succeed.
Find out if you qualify for local, state or federal tax incentives, like the Welfare To Work and Work Opportunity tax credits.
Information on labor relations and legal issues, including area statutes, federal workforce laws and labor policies.
Learn how to reduce workplace injuries, create a drug-free work atmosphere and encourage a healthy work environment.
Find a suitable training or educational program, as well as information on training providers and schools.
Find information on HR-related topics, such as news, trends, employee policies, and problem resolution.
Access information about labor market trends, statistics, and economic and demographic data
The Virginia Jobs Investment Program of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership provides customized recruiting and training services to companies that are creating new jobs or experiencing technological change. The Virginia Jobs Investment Program offers consulting services, organizational development support, electronic media services and funding. See the Business Financing Section of Doing Business in Prince William County for more detailed descriptions of the Virginia Jobs Investment Program.
VCEN is an independent, statewide nonprofit that serves as a convener, thought leader, and public voice for the creation and expansion of community economic opportunities throughout the Commonwealth.
SourceLink Virginia is a project of the Virginia Community Economic Network (VCEN). This free online portal is designed to connect aspiring, emerging, and established entrepreneurs to business assistance providers who can help them grow and succeed.
The mission of the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) is to promote access to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s contracting opportunities by administering the certification process §2.2 1604, a vehicle to promote economic growth of Virginia’s businesses. The SBSD works with public and private entities to develop supplier diversity and inclusion strategies and thereby, creating contracting opportunities that promote fairness in the state’s procurement process while advancing its Small Business Program and SWaM initiative. Ultimately, the SBSD seeks to increase the number of certified businesses that have the opportunity to compete as well as expand the total contract dollars awarded to SWaM suppliers based on the Commonwealth’s available discretionary spend. https://sbsd.virginia.gov/