CBL Blog

It’s PITCH Week

It’s finally here – Pitch Night week! The hard work our Launch Gloucester participants have been doing these last couple of months will all culminate this week as they pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges. While the Pitch Night event is NOT open to the public, the community is encouraged to wish all of our Launch Gloucester participants good luck. A party that the community will be encouraged to attend will take place later this month where we will announce the winners. Stay tuned for details!

Pitch Night Participants

Crystal Burton – Sweet Tooth Parlor (expansion)

George Cramer – The Village Blacksmith (startup)

Rachel Cuba – Gloucester Juice Bar (startup)

Karin Fary – The Nines Pet Boutique (startup)

Wanda Fary – Pawsitive K9 Play Care & Training Center (startup)

Chris and Heather Morgan – Oak & Barrel Restaurant (startup)

Ginger Platsis & Jill Reece – Essential Wellness and Bodywork (expansion)

Raphaella Teschner – Beautiful Plus Boutique (startup)

Lorraine Walsh – Gloucester’s Good Life Kitchen (startup)

Nina Watkins – Twice as Nice Boutique (2nd location)

Stephanie HIt’s PITCH Week

True Found Wellness & Heart Felt Touch ‘Heal From The Inside Out’

Jill Reece and Ginger Platsis like to say they touch lives from the inside out. Now they would like to touch more lives and attract new clients.

Reece, owner of True Found Wellness, and Platsis, owner of Heart Felt Touch, share office space in the DeHardit House off of Main Street. Reece’s True Found Wellness is a holistic wellness service that explores the client’s history, symptoms and health concerns to generate recommendations customized to meet their wellness goals.

With Heart Felt Touch, Platsis is a massage therapist, educator of infant massage, medical massage practitioner and compassionate touch practitioner. Their friendship dates back two years and they linked their businesses together in August 2014.

Reece and Platsis are hoping to expand their business and vying to be one of three prospective business owners selected from a pool of local entrepreneurs who will share a combined value of $95,000 in goods, services and start-up capital to launch a business on Main Street. The Launch Gloucester program is part of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Virginia Community Business Launch initiative and is locally overseen by Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust and Gloucester Main Street Association.

Platsis said she and Reece have learned a lot in the short amount of time they have been involved in the Launch Gloucester program and its eight weeks of classes.

Platsis “jumped into” owning Heart Felt Touch after working as a massage therapist at the Riverside Walter Reed Hospital Wellness Center.

“I’ve got clients, I’m renting a room, I’ll make it happen,” Platsis said of her thinking before opening her own business. “We’re learning how to prepare beforehand to make it successful. The empowering thing was really learning how to do it successfully. We’re learning how to build a business in eight weeks.”

Reece came from a background in the health industry, specifically in nursing management. “I’ve always been making someone else’s dream come true with their money,” she said. “But I want to make my dream come true and impact the community.”

Platsis said she heard about the Launch Gloucester program through the Gloucester Main Street Association when she wanted to join the organization.

“Just the support we have felt through Launch Gloucester has been huge,” Reece said.

“We don’t feel we’re doing this alone,” Platsis said. “Their plan is to create success. It’s nice to have that net underneath us.”

Stephanie HTrue Found Wellness & Heart Felt Touch ‘Heal From The Inside Out’

Nina Watkins Hopes To Open A Consignment Boutique On Main Street

Twice As Nice Consignment Boutique would complement downtown stores.

Nina Watkins thinks it’s perfect timing for a women’s and children’s clothing consignment boutique on Main Street.

Watkins is vying to be one of three prospective business owners selected from a pool of local entrepreneurs to share a combined value of $95,000 in goods, services and start-up capital to launch a business on Main Street. The Launch Gloucester program is part of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Virginia Community Business Launch initiative and is locally overseen by Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust and Gloucester Main Street Association.

A resident of Gloucester since 1990, Watkins is in her eighth year of owning Twice As Nice Consignment Boutique. “Owning my own business gives me more flexibility with my family,” Watkins said. “And it’s doing something I love and believe in.”

Watkins wants to open a women’s and children’s clothing consignment boutique on Main Street. She lives just minutes from Main Street and believes the time is right in Gloucester.

“I don’t need to be in Williamsburg as much and it’s a better time for me to be in Gloucester,” Watkins said. “I see Main Street being fixed up and I see more people opening businesses that I go to myself. I believe in shopping local and what’s better than running a business in a community you live in?”

Her store in Williamsburg has over 2,000 consignors and draws customers from Richmond, Deltaville, Middlesex, White Stone and elsewhere.

“I actually have consignors that have businesses on Main Street,” Watkins said.

She envisions bringing over some of the nicer pieces that people may have not been able to get access to in Gloucester. These include her high-end items typically found in stores such as Saks and Neiman-Marcus. Watkins also said the store will bring shoppers to Gloucester, who will visit, shop and dine.

Twice As Nice Consignment Boutique will complement stores already on Main Street, Watkins said. Her customers save money on clothes and will be inclined to shop at other clothing stores on Main Street, while her consigners will be earning money.

“The women who consign with us will be coming in and getting a check,” Watkins said. “Sun Trust is right there and they’re going to have cash in their pocket. They’re going to want to shop right on the street. I really feel it’s a win-win business in this area. You’re bringing in things for people that they always have wanted to have but they didn’t want to spend money on.”

Stephanie HNina Watkins Hopes To Open A Consignment Boutique On Main Street

Gloucester Businesses & Organizations Support Community Business Launch

Ready, set, launch – thanks to our partners!

The Launch Gloucester program would not have been possible without the generous support of our partners.

  • Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust oversaw the Launch Gloucester program, one that fits well with its overall mission. The MSPT draws on its funds to attract new and additional business to Main Street in Gloucester by enhancing the economic and business environment, preserving historical landmarks in the Gloucester Court House Village area, and promoting civic and cultural activities.
  • Gloucester Main Street Association is a group of Main Street business owners, residents, commercial and residential property owners and other individuals who have joined together promote Historic Gloucester Main Street, also known as the Gloucester Village. The GMSA plans and implements events and attracts additional businesses and residents. The Gloucester Main Street Association led the Launch Gloucester program alongside the MSPT and was responsible for applying for the grant and overseeing the operations.
  • Gloucester Economic Development Authority offers assistance to existing and new companies looking for a new sites or locations in Gloucester County. For Launch Gloucester the EDA contributed $15,000 to help fuel the program.
  • Shop Talk, LLC provides partners with fast, high quality, economical services anytime and anywhere by delivering customer focused, integrated communication solutions. Margie Johnson is a retail and marketing consultant that works with Main Street businesses and for Launch Gloucester coordinated and taught many of the classes the entrepreneurs took to refine their business ideas.
  • East River Marketing looks at businesses from the top-down to the bottom-up and is committed to delivering a significant return on a client’s marketing expenditures. The firm is a marketing and creative company that provided free video services to promote Launch Gloucester.
  • Consociate Media uses marketing, media and management techniques to blend the rich traditions of storytelling and modern communications to help market businesses. Consociate offered free and discounted services to Launch Gloucester as part of prize package, including social media marketing, a website build, graphic design and public relations.
Stephanie HGloucester Businesses & Organizations Support Community Business Launch

Meet the Business Plan Judges

The Launch Gloucester entrepreneurs have completed their business plans…which will be judged by the following accomplished business owners and small business experts. Thank you all for volunteering your time, talents and expertise to help launch some of these new businesses on Gloucester’s Main Street this year!

Steven Callis, Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer, Chesapeake Bank

Originally from Mathews, Va., Callis graduated from Mathews High School in 1995 and went on to earn a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Christopher Newport University in Newport News. Callis joined Chesapeake Bank more than 10 years ago and currently serves as a Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer. In 2010, he earned a diploma from the Graduate School of Banking at Louisiana State University, a three year program. He currently serves the community as a Board Director for the Gloucester Rotary Club, Secretary for the Gloucester Revolving Loan Fund and Director for the Gloucester Mathews Humane Society.

Scott Haley, CFP, Managing Partner, Mainsail Wealth Advisors & Branch Manager, Raymond James Financial Services

Haley is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional with more than 13 years experience as a Financial Advisor. He is a founding member of Mainsail Wealth Advisors on Gloucester Main Street.

Dedicated to helping his clients meet their financial needs, Haley primarily works with retirees and those who are nearing retirement. As a Certified Financial Planning practitioner, he helps his clients analyze their total financial situation and implement strategies to achieve their life goals.

Haley joined Wells Fargo Advisors in 2000 and in 2003 was promoted to Branch Manager. In this role, he worked to lead the branch to being one of the top branches of its size in 2009. He also served in the US Army Reserves for a decade as a logistics officer, was a corporate trainer / manager / sales associate with ExecuTrain and Change Manager / Field Administrator with Newport News Shipbuilding.

Haley earned his BS from Elon College and earned a 2014 Five Star Wealth Manager Award in Hampton Roads Magazine.

Haley is passionate about his community and family and is very active with both.

Elizabeth McCormick, Co-Owner & Vice President, Phillips Energy & JCB Transport

A Gloucester native, McCormick manages the overall financial security of both organizations, coordinates with the company President on expansion/acquisition efforts, manages the Controller, information technology, administrative and human resource functions, oversees the performance of Managers, coordinates philanthropic efforts and oversees new product development for the Propane Appliance Division of Phillips Energy, Inc.

McCormick successfully co-managed three acquisitions and one merger while ensuring financial stability and growth in a highly competitive market and achieved 350% growth in personnel and revenue over a ten year period, while expanding into several new products, services and market areas.

She serves on multiple industry and community Boards of Directors and is a 1992 graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College.

Stephanie HMeet the Business Plan Judges

Congratulations, Business Plan and Pitch Night Entrepreneurs

It’s hard to believe that eight weeks have flown by so fast! Our Launch Gloucester entrepreneurs have completed their business training, crafted their business plans and are gearing up to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges next month!

Please congratulate the following entrepreneurs who have refined their ideas and are taking their dreams to the next level!

Crystal Burton: Sweet Tooth Parlor

George Cramer and John Gibson: The Village Blacksmith

Rachel Cuba: Gloucester Juice Bar

Karin Fary: The Nines Pet Boutique

Wanda Fary: Pawsitive K9 Play Care & Training Center

Heather and Christopher Morgan: Oak & Barrel Restaurant

Jill Reece and Ginger Platsis: Essential Wellness and Bodywork

Elizabeth Richardson: Geo Outdoor Outfitter Station

Raphaella Teschner: Beautiful Plus Boutique

Lorraine Walsh: Gloucester GoodLife Kitchen

Nina J. Watkins: TwiceasNice Consignment Boutique

Stephanie HCongratulations, Business Plan and Pitch Night Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs have an array of Gloucester business resources

From analyzing business plans to mentors, options are easily accessible

Entrepreneurs know there’s risks in starting any business. Steps can also be taken to reduce risks thanks to local resources available in Gloucester to any prospective business owner.

For starters, the Main Street Preservation Trust, dedicated to enhancing the economic activity in the Gloucester Court House village, will assist entrepreneurs with vetting their business idea on Main Street, said Executive Director Jenny Crittenden.

The analysis includes marketing data for the area, measuring the concept against current business trends and connecting entrepreneurs with small business specialists.

The Trust also offers workshops and training in all facets of business and is willing to connect potential entrepreneurs with mentors to help develop a business plan, Crittenden said.

Training is vital. It’s why Launch Gloucester’s accepted applicants have access to full-scale entrepreneur training over an eight-week period to develop the business concept and write a business plan.

“We assist with connecting prospective businesses to property owners along Main Street and assist where needed with lease negotiations,” Crittenden said. “We also work to refer prospective business owners to local banks, credit unions and independent loan funds. We have the pulse on Main Street and are strictly dedicated to growing business on Main Street.”

For those interested in starting a business on Main Street, it’s helpful to have a written description of the business and links to similar concepts that can be found online, Crittenden said.

“We would encourage them to spend time in the downtown and be familiar with the current business mix and think about how their concept can complement and add foot traffic to the downtown,” Crittenden said. “The more clear the communication by the interested party, the easier for us to assist them in developing it.”

For a link to the Main Street Preservation Trust website, go here: http://mspt.org.

Assistance from Gloucester County

Gloucester County government offices can help entrepreneurs as they consider launching businesses in new or existing buildings, understanding zoning regulations and building codes, what’s required for businesses serving food and additional business-related requirements.

The first step is to talk to Gloucester County staff members so they can help you determine what kind of regulations and requirements to consider for a new business, said Anne Ducey-Ortiz, county planning director. This can be a little tricky if a prospective business owner is unsure about where the business will be located.

“But depending on the type of business, we can typically give you an idea of what you will need to consider,” Ducey-Ortiz said. “Sometimes people have really different ideas and we may need some time to determine what would be required.”

Ducey-Ortiz recommends calling or visiting the Planning and Zoning Department “so we can then help you determine the next steps, or if you are unsure of the location, where the type of business you are hoping to do would be permitted under the current zoning. We also would work with entrepreneurs on rezonings and/or code amendments if it is something that would be appropriate based on the Comprehensive Plan and Village Sub-area plans.”

Ducey-Ortiz said the Planning and Zoning Department works with other county departments to steer people in the right direction based on what they are looking to do.

For information on the Planning and Zoning Department, go to: http://www.co.gloucester.va.us/PlanningandZoning/tabid/571/Default.aspx.

Gloucester Economic Development Department

The Gloucester County Economic Development Department offers prospective business owners private and confidential business planning, financial analysis and management consulting. The sessions are held the fourth Thursday of each month in the Gloucester County Library branch on Main Street.

For information or to set up an appointment contact Linda Evans in the department at 804-693-1415.

Throughout the year, the Small Business Development Center of Hampton Roads is offering the GrowthWheel Business Management Program classes the fourth Thursday of each month at the Main Street Center followed by the private consulting visits.

The programs goal is to give the small business owner a better understanding of his or her company by analyzing its major components and understanding just how all the pieces come together.

For more information on the program and to visit the county Economic Development Department website, here’s a link to the website: http://www.gloucesterva.info/EconomicDevelopment/tabid/950/Default.aspx

The Economic Development Department also offers an E-Commerce Grant Program with awards up to $500 per business, though minority, women and veteran-owned businesses that have the required certification may receive a matching grant of up to $1,000.

The grant program awards matching funds on a first-come, first-serve basis and are specifically for website design work. Annual maintenance, service fees or other related expenses are not eligible for grant funding. The total amount of awards is $10,000.

For qualification criteria, and additional details, visit this link: http://www.gloucesterva.info/Portals/0/econ/documents/2015ECommerceGrant.pdf. To contact the Economic Development Department call 804-693-1415.

Stephanie HEntrepreneurs have an array of Gloucester business resources

Fifteen Proposed Businesses Advance in Gloucester’s Community Business Launch Program, Launch Gloucester

Fifteen budding entrepreneurs stood in front of nearly 100 Gloucester business leaders, community members and family and friends Thursday, March 12 in the Gloucester Main Street Center and introduced themselves and their vision for the business they hope to open along Gloucester Main Street this fall.

The entrepreneurs represented the 15 accepted business ideas into the Launch Gloucester program, the Virginia Community Business Launch program funded by the state and spearheaded by the Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust and Gloucester Main Street Association.

At this event – the Launch Gloucester Party – the entrepreneurs were joined by Virginia Del. Keith Hodges, Jenny Crittenden of the Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust, Ashley Gilmartin of the Gloucester Main Street Association, Margie Johnson of Shop Talk and Ernie Maddie of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

The DHCD is managing the Community Business Launch (CBL) program, developed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe. Three communities across the state were awarded $100,000 in December 2014 as part of the pilot program for the CBL. The CBL is designed to assist communities in taking a systems approach to defining and pursuing an asset-based small business development strategy.

The program called for grant recipients to use the community’s unique vision for its future and then design a local business competition to find and foster the entrepreneurs that connect with that vision.

In Gloucester, a team of local businesses, county government officials and boards and mentors added value to the program by donating time and discounted services to further help the businesses interested in applying to the contest prepare and refine their business plans.

The 15 businesses who spoke March 12 were selected out of more than 40 total applicants and will now go on to participate in eight weeks worth of business training classes that will help them refine and develop their business plans before pitching the ideas to a panel of judges later this spring.

Scoring on the business plan and the pitch will be used to select the winners who will receive start up capital, marketing services, and other launching assistance to open their business on Main Street before the year ends. The total combined value of the prize packages is $95,000.

The 15 businesses selected to compete for the start-up capital and launching support services include:

  • All Things Sports, proposed by Kelly and Kelvin Cooper, aims to be a sporting goods store featuring sports gear, equipment, shoes, clothing and archery accessories to compliment the numerous athletes in Gloucester.
  • Beautiful Plus Boutique, proposed by Raphaella Teschner, will exclusively sell plus-size women’s clothing, as well as fashion accessories. The boutique will provide a specialized, personal shopping experience.
  • Blue Star Bikes, proposed by Shawn Powell, will open as a bicycle store that sells new bikes, a full selection of parts and service repairs. The business will specialize in bicycles, running and fitness.
  • Creekside Café, proposed by Dorsie Reese, is an expansion of her current food truck and catering services. The café will offer coffee, pantry items and fresh prepared food, such as breads and pastries. Their menu would be based off of seasonal food and local ingredients.
  • GEO Outdoor Outfitter Station, proposed by Elizabeth Richardson, would provide services for outfitters and engage the Gloucester Village in connecting with the environment. GEO will provide safe and supportive services that include an outfitters apparel shop, healthy food store and a charging station for cyclists.
  • GoodLife Kitchen, proposed by Lorraine M. Walsh, will create an inviting retail store and a destination for worldwide cuisine. The space will lead the way to a larger classroom style exhibition kitchen of stadium style seating for guests to watch the preparation of a themed four-course meal paired with wines. Walsh is a Registered Nurse and aims to teach heart healthy cooking that still tastes good.
  • Lighthouse Gifts, proposed by Rebecca and Jeffrey Carwell, is a gift store that will sell cards, gift items, balloons, gift baskets and woodcraft items. The business intends to sell local wares and merchandise from within the community.
  • The NINES your Canine and Feline Boutique, proposed by Karin Fary will offer stylish clothing, accessories, collars and leashes for pets. The business will offer pet photography and several products, such as grooming supplies, organic treats and cat and dog products.
  • Oak n’ Barrel, proposed Heather and Christopher Morgan, sets out to be a casual space that will incorporate local gift retail items, artists and bakers to create a “coffee shop” atmosphere that serves lunches and dinners with events on site.
  • Pawsitive K9 Experience, proposed by Wanda Fary, will offer dog daycare, as well as dog training by an Animal Behavior College certified trainer. In addition, the business will sell dog trainer aids, pet accessories and homemade, grain-free treats.
  • Sweet Tooth Parlor & Café, proposed by Crystal Burton, will be expanding into a full bakery and cafe consisting of fresh baked breads, cinnamon rolls, pastries, soups, salads and much more.
  • TwiceAsNice Consignment Boutique, proposed by Nina. J Watkins, is a consignment store for women’s and children’s clothing and accessories that will compliment the existing shops along Main Street.
  • The Village Blacksmith, proposed by George Cramer, will provide custom metal work, blacksmithing, bladesmithing, reproduction, restoration, repair, welding, fabrication training and consulting on low to high end custom metal work.
  • Essential Wellness, proposed by Jill Reece, Ginger Platsis and Holly Basta, will support the balance of body, mind and spirit through exceptional service, healing foods, a juice bar and a variety of products and workshops that advocate wellness.
  • Gloucester Juice Bar, proposed by Rachel Cuba will offer freshly squeezed juices and blended smoothies made from organic, local, and seasonal fruits and veggies.

Learn more about the contestants, how to launch a business, doing business on Main Street in Gloucester and more on LaunchGloucester.com. Want to get involved? Contact the Launch Gloucester team at cblgloucester@gmail.com.



Stephanie HFifteen Proposed Businesses Advance in Gloucester’s Community Business Launch Program, Launch Gloucester

Launch Gloucester Entrepreneurs Go Back To Class

Business expert Margie Johnson leads group in entrepreneurial education.

Class is in session for the prospective entrepreneurs in the Launch Gloucester initiative who are hoping to fulfill their dream of starting a business on Main Street.

The classes are held weekly and were developed by Margie Johnson, whose 30-year career as an entrepreneur and business expert helps equip prospective business owners with the knowledge and skills to run successful businesses.

The first class included an introduction to entrepreneurship, including how to gather marketing data and industry research and developing a marketing strategy.

Other classes have focused on types of business entities and considerations for each as the business plan is developed, as well as selecting the right location for your business, retail space in Gloucester Court House, the look and design of the business, inventory management and product sourcing.

Still to come is a class session on operations planning and requirements, employee and staffing considerations and reviewing the business plan and the final stages of writing it. Independent study sessions are also included, covering a range of topics to include researching Virginia business resources and local requirements such as permits, zoning and licensing.

Other independent study topics include creating a draft of a business plan, starting work on “pitch points” for the entrepreneurs’ final presentations before Launch Gloucester judges and networking with business owners in respective fields or industries.

Goals for the class

Johnson said one of the goals of the classes she has developed is giving the group areas to focus on to be the most successful. Whether it’s marketing or business plans or bringing in speakers specializing in banking, accounting, or insurance, Johnson is preparing the entrepreneurs for launching a business even if they don’t succeed.

“Some may not win but they’ve all gone through a pretty big effort to start a business and going forward several may be looking to start a business but it just didn’t click in time,” Johnson said.

With the skills they are learning in the classes, the entrepreneurs can continue their dream and perhaps launch a business in the future, she said. Some essentials the group is being given include information about the state of respective markets and industries, different business plans and where to get information and the importance of verifying and validating information to ensure they know how to interpret it.

Included are requirements to do a personal financial statement and getting a credit report. It’s all part of Johnson’s “success planning” training. She can’t write their business plans, Johnson said, but also wants them to pose the question to themselves of whether they have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

Pursuing a dream

“It’s very comprehensive,” she said. “Part of it is for many of them it’s getting them to make sure they are pursuing their dream and also pursue the practical steps for expanding or starting their business. Also, look at the risk and rewards of new businesses.”

Johnson said she is very teacher-oriented so she puts together a toolkit approach to give the class the education and materials — or tools — to make decisions. Asking the tough questions goes along with it.

“What are you doing to really screen you motivation?” Johnson said. “Do you have the personality for this? At no point have I downplayed that this is a serious endeavor and it requires a serious commitment. I want to make sure they are legally, financially and emotionally committed.”

Although the three winners of the Launch Gloucester program will receive a combined $95,000 in working capital to start their businesses on Main Street, it still involves plenty of hard work, Johnson said. “I need to make sure people understand that,” she said.

Johnson is complimentary of the group.

“You have to start with a vision and I think the vision is in place and there’s lots of energy,” she said. “You have to start with a vision and I think the vision is in place and there’s a lot of energy. They’re all winners. This is their dream and whether it’s now or in two years or four years they are each building a binder with resource information on lots of categories. They are going to have a great toolkit for now and in the future.”

Top 5 mindsets of entrepreneurs

Johnson said today’s successful entrepreneurs have a spirit and energy that are a winning combination, with the entrepreneurial spirit embodying successful characteristics of people who are positive thinkers, confident, students of change, risk takers and always willing to work hard. An eager entrepreneur’s passion for their endeavor is infectious.

Here’s Johnson’s five key mindsets of successful entrepreneurs:

—They are by their nature curious and always eager to learn. They look for opportunities so they might be able to apply their competencies. They keep an open mind to new ideas.

—While they are always seeking to learn, they also tend to view a failure or setback as a lesson to be celebrated not mistakes to be mourned.

—They are dreamers. They are great at visualizing “what their goals are” and what those goals should look like. They are excited to share their dreams and make no apologies for “thinking big” to the skeptics.

—They have a huge threshold for tolerating risk. While they are most often cautious in their approach and methodology, they so often will take big leaps of faith. They will put themselves and their reputation on the line.

—They understand the difference between success and failure is often how they react to “no” or “negative” reactions to their entrepreneurial plan. Successful entrepreneurs hear “no” but they do not always just accept it. They restate the question and recommit to doing what is necessary to get their desired outcome. They view rejection as a part of the learning curve despite how steep the learning curve may be.

Stephanie HLaunch Gloucester Entrepreneurs Go Back To Class

Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust To Host Launch Gloucester Party

The Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust and Gloucester Main Street Association are pleased to announce they will host a Launch Gloucester Party Thursday March 12 at 6 p.m. at the Main Street Conference and Event Center (6894 Main Street).

Virginia Delegate Keith Hodges will attend as the guest speaker.

In addition to his experience in the Virginia General Assembly, Hodges has a strong entrepreneurial spirit thanks to his own experience as the small business owner of Gloucester Pharmacy.

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP by March 3, 2015 to cblgloucester@gmail.com

Launch Gloucester is the entrepreneur contest happening now on Gloucester’s Main Street, the Gloucester Village, and includes an eight-week business-training course that kicks off in March and will run through May. The program will culminate with a pitch night and winners will receive $95,000 worth of support to launch their businesses.

The program was made possible thanks to a grant awarded to Gloucester as part of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s first ever Virginia Community Business Launch.


Stephanie HGloucester Main Street Preservation Trust To Host Launch Gloucester Party