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Loudoun Economic Development Blog

Jul 23

International Partnerships and Farm-to-Fork - DED in the News

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 11:07 AM by Kona Gallagher

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Loudoun County is a hotbed of economic development news. Stay tuned to this blog, where we'll post a roundup of the biggest stories to appear in the press. As always, if you want to stay up-to-date on everything that's going on in the world of Loudoun economic development, you can follow us on 
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  • Loudoun is looking both internationally and locally for economic development success. DED Director Buddy Rizer has traveled to Korea on behalf of the department, and we are expanding our outreach with a Gangneung partnership.

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Jul 10

Virginia's Mentor Farmers: Doug Fabbioli

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 3:41 PM by Kona Gallagher

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As part of our Rural Business Strategy, the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development has partnered with Virginia Cooperative Extension-Loudoun and Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to create the Virginia Certified Farm Mentor Program. The idea behind the program is to have the experienced certified farmers provide assistance to beginning farmers in areas including field and crop planning, farm management, buying and selling livestock, organic production, and marketing. Recently, four Loudoun farmers graduated from the program, earning their mentor certifications. 

Doug Fabbioli, owner of Fabbioli Cellars in Lucketts, is one of the first graduates. Fabbioli brought his love of wine to Loudoun County in 1997, when he accepted a job as a winemaker at Tarara Winery. In 2001, he began growing grapes on his own 25-acre parcel of land in Lucketts. These Merlot and Petit Verdot vines became the genesis for Fabbioli Cellars.

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Jul 09

Making Your Company's Facebook Page Work for You

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 3:59 PM by Kona Gallagher

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Chances are, you're one of more than one billion active users on Facebook. There's even a pretty good chance that your company is one of 25 million small business pages housed on the social network - but are you taking full advantage of your Facebook presence?

In the face of Facebook's constantly changing algorithms, it's sometimes difficult to know if you're making an impact. Are you effectively reaching your current and potential customers, or is your voice getting drowned out?

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