BizWorks Enterprise Center Secures Entrepreneurial Grant

Funding to assist with development of entrepreneurial ecosystems


Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced $71,000 in Building Entrepreneurial Economies (BEE) awards for five projects in the Commonwealth. The BEE program provides funding to nonprofits and local governments to assist with the development of local and regional entrepreneurial economies that foster job creation and expansion by small businesses.

The BizWorks Enterprise Center in Chesterfield County received a check for $23,505 for its Start Smart Program.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “In order to create jobs and build a new Virginia economy, we must help develop and grow our small businesses by creating and maintaining entrepreneurial environments in our communities.  Through the BEE program, we are assisting organizations and local governments that are supporting place- and community-based entrepreneurship in their communities.”

BEE offers several types of grants, including implementation and planning. The implementation grants are awards up to $75,000 for projects that expand coverage for small business support services or implement innovative ideas that have already been funded and field tested through the BEE planning grant. Planning grants are awards of up to $7,500 to research, develop and plan for a potential project.

“Helping communities develop and sustain an ecosystem that catalyzes entrepreneurship is a key strategy in our efforts to grow and diversify our economy,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “This program equips communities with the right tools, services and financing to create a quality environment for business start-ups and expansions.”

Ten applications totaling approximately $276,000 in funding were received. Applications were competitively evaluated, scored and ranked based on criteria including organizational and personnel capacity, reasonable goals, alignment with local or regional community’s vision for economic and community development and various other items.

The following projects were awarded funding through the 2016 Building Entrepreneurial Economies program:

BEE Implementation Grants

Applicant Localities Project Name Award Offer
BizWorks Enterprise Center Chesterfield County Start Smart Program      $ 23,505
City of Galax City of Galax Jump! Galax (Phase I)      $ 25,000
Total:  $ 48,505                          

BEE Planning Grants

Applicant Localities Project Name Award Offer
Beans and Rice Inc. Pulaski, Montgomery, Floyd and Giles counties Launch Something NRV $7,500
STEP Inc. Franklin, Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania counties Entrepreneurship Training Center $7,500
IA Foundation for Kids City of Roanoke The Making Foundation $7,500
Total: $22,500

Wegmans Stonehenge Village Groundbreaking


County officials assist Marchetti Properties and Wegmans by turning a few shovels of dirt.


Marchetti Properties LLC., owner of Stonehenge Village Shopping Center and Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Wegmans 120,000 square foot Midlothian store today at Stonehenge Village.

Wegmans will anchor the planned Stonehenge Village Shopping Center.


Chesterfield County Administrator, Jay Stegmaier, welcomes Wegmans to Chesterfield.


Stonehenge Village is a master-planned retail development that will contain approximately 230,000 square feet of retail uses, including a grocery store, restaurants and other shops. The project is located in a well-established retail corridor and is centrally located to serve the Midlothian community and the broader, highly suburbanized northwest portion of Chesterfield County.


Jay Stegmaier introduces Bobby Marchetti of Marchetti Properties.


The Store is expected to open in the spring of 2016 and will be the first Wegmans to open in the Richmond Region.


Bob Farr, District Manager, Wegmans


The store is expected to employ 550 to 600 people in full- and part-time positions. Wegmans has been on FORTUNE magazine’s list of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ for eighteen consecutive years, ranking #7 in 2015.


Daniel Gecker, Supervisor, Midlothian District welcomes Wegmans.


Wegmans currently operates six stores in Virginia and will open a seventh in Alexandria in June. The company has also announced plans to open stores in Short Pump and Charlottesville.


Daniel Gecker welcomes Jerry Shelly who is the Midlothian Store Manager for Wegmans.


Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 85-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans ranked #1 for Corporate Reputation, among the 100 ‘most-visible companies’ nationwide in the 2014 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient ® study.


Site work is well under way and construction will start very soon.


Marchetti Properties is a family-owned retail center developer and owner in the Greater Richmond area.