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2019 Stafford Business Appreciation

The Stafford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) held their 28th Annual Business Appreciation Reception on May 15th, 2019 to honor Stafford County business owners and executives. Held at 6 Bears & a Goat Brewing Company, one of four local breweries in Stafford County, that recently expanded their outdoor seating capacity. The event was sponsored by Transurban I-95 Express and Germanna Community College.

The Stafford EDA hosts the Business Appreciation Reception to celebrate the County’s diverse business community. This year’s theme was What’s Next? Stafford.

John Holden, Director of Economic Development and Tourism shared his passion for creativity and innovation as the driving force in entrepreneurship—and thus asked the question, “What’s next?” Holden also asked the question for the entire community. In his comments, Holden said, “We said for some time we want to attract data centers to this region, so working with the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, we as a region have set a new tax policy for data centers. I tell you what. I am not kidding you. The phone has not stopped ringing. Data centers are coming to the Fredericksburg region because of that.”

EDA Treasurer, Howard Owen welcomed the crowd and remarked: “We are doing well because of you. Without our local businesses, without our local leaders, county leaders, state leaders, and regional leaders, we are not succeeding. Our success is because of you.”

Holden asked three Stafford entrepreneurs to share their stories, experiences, and impact on the community.

Camile Sue, Owner of The Icing Baking Company explained that “Going off to culinary school taught me a lot and it taught me about localizing what we do, because it matters… Being able to purchase the business that I worked at in high school was amazing.”

Vernon Green, Founder and CEO of GCubed Enterprises, Inc. noted that GCubed is always “chasing opportunities, continuing to invest in our people, grow the company, expanding our footprint within our existing customers as well as bringing in new customers. I’m excited about where we are in Stafford because of the location and the availability of talented personnel.” “I’m excited about the growth opportunities and potential that we have here in Stafford County.”

Bob Hannan, Site Manager for Intuit, Inc. told the 200 registrants “why and how we [Intuit, Inc.] want to continue to invest in Stafford County and in our Fredericksburg site.” “That’s what’s next for me; I’m continuing to talk about our site here and the people in this work, to get the company to invest more in the site.”

The EDA awarded its 2019 Stafford Cornerstone Business Award to LifeCare Medical Transports. This annual award is presented to the Stafford County business that exemplifies long-term economic impact and corporate citizen commitment to their business, workforce, and the Stafford County community.

LifeCare Medical Transports was founded by Kevin Dillard and Dan Wildman, in Stafford, Virginia in 1994, and is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in Stafford’s Business Community. LifeCare has grown from a local service to one of Virginia’s largest providers of healthcare transportation services with over 500 employees and 135 ambulances in its fleet.

The 2019 Stafford County EDA Business of the Year was awarded to SimVentions.

This award is presented to a Stafford County business nominated on criteria that includes resilience, products, services and innovation, growth within their industry, commitment to their employees, and community involvement.

SimVentions opened in 2000. The three co-founders worked nights, weekends, vacations, and holidays to get their business running. Today they employ an over 33% veteran workforce, and received recognition from the Governor of VA as a ‘Gold Star’ member of Virginia’s V3 (Virginia Values Veterans) Program. Headquartered in Stafford County, SimVentions currently employs over 270 people, across three offices in Virginia.

The 2019 Stafford Business Appreciation Reception is sponsored by Transurban.

Transurban is a global leader in toll road financing, development, operations and technology. As the operator of the 95, 495 and future 395 Express Lanes, Transurban manages more than 45 miles of Express Lanes, providing more than 6 million customers a faster more reliable trip. In the spring of 2019, the 95 Express Lanes will break ground on the Fredericksburg Extension (Fred Ex) project that will extend the Lanes 10 miles south to near Route 17 and Fredericksburg. Construction of the project is estimated to create over 9,000 jobs and generate over $1 billion in economic activity for the region. For more information on the project, please visit https://expresslanes.com/projects/fredericksburg-extension.

 

Panel Discussion

Join us in conversation with three of Stafford’s finest entrepreneurs.

Camile Sue

Owner, The Icing Baking Company

A graduate of Mountain View High School and the culinary program, Camile worked in the former Icing Baking Shop and learned from the then owner.

After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America and working out west as a chef, Camile returned to Stafford to follow her dream – owning her own business and reopening The Icing Baking Company.

Camile has infused new ideas and vision in her culinary deserts and her passion for her art is evident in her work.

Vernon Green Jr.

Founder and CEO, GCubed Enterprises, Inc. DBA GCubed, Inc.

Vernon Green Jr. is a retired Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army. Vernon established GCubed Enterprises, Inc. in 2014 as an SBA 8(a) certified, Service Disabled Veteran Owned, Minority Owned, Small Business. GCubed Enterprises, Inc. is focused on IT and Cybersecurity with an emphasis on “Keeping People and Business Securely Connected.”

As GCubed services became more requested, Vernon saw the need for G3 Community Services; a nonprofit providing services and support to people in his community. Its mission is to restore, inspire, and empower the family unit through coaching, mentorship, and education; improving lives and strengthening communities. Vernon has begun creating a network of passionate, like-minded people to expand his vision to provide financial assistance, mentorship, food to the hungry, housing the homeless, and meeting the needs of our community.

Bob Hannan

Site Manager, Intuit, Inc.

Bob believes great things are done by diverse groups of people working together. He leads Intuit‘s Stafford site of 300+ people, helping it to be one of the most highly engaged sites at Intuit as well as a center of innovation.

He is passionate about coaching and mentoring individuals into a formative team. Bob is a people first leader who has an energy that is intoxicating.

He has big visions for Intuit Stafford and the people that will make that a reality.

From the 2018 Business Appreciation Reception

Congratulations to our winners Hilldrup for the 2018 Stafford Cornerstone Award and McLane Company Inc., Mid Atlantic Division for the 2018 Business of the Year!

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