The Business First Greater Richmond program is a collaborative effort by the Greater Richmond Partnership, its four local partners and a network of volunteers and service providers, all dedicated to helping businesses thrive in the Richmond region. Because the issues facing businesses today are diverse, so is the Business First team. It includes economic development professionals, government partners, finance agencies, training institutions, international trade experts, workforce development experts and more.
Outreach & Impact
n 571 companies interviewed n 21,800 existing jobs represented n 1,251 jobs created n 618 existing jobs retained n 61 closed referrals n $76 million in capital investment
The Business First Greater Richmond program is supported by the dedicated
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work of over 80 trained volunteers who are committed to the growth and success of area businesses. Several training events have been held throughout the year to ensure volunteers have the tools they need to accomplish their mission. In appreciation of all the volunteers do, a recognition event was held in February at Virginia Commonwealth Universityâ€™s Scott House, where the team celebrated the receipt of an International Economic Development Continued on next page
Business First is a business assistance program. It uses face-to-face interviews with top leaders of existing businesses to gather feedback on doing business in Richmond.
Sara Dunnigan welcomes guests to the Business First Volunteer Appreciation event at Va. Commonwealth Universityâ€™s Scott House in February.
Published on Oct 22, 2012