Businesses Can Find Info Faster, Easier On Economic Development’s New Site

The Loudoun County Department of Economic Development has moved its flagship website to a new platform to make it faster and easier for businesses to find commercial real estate information. The site can be accessed at biz.loudoun.gov.

“When companies are considering basing their operations in Loudoun, we want it to be easy for them to find the data on our website that supports their decision,” said Economic Development’s Executive Director Buddy Rizer.

The site gives an overview of the county’s major commercial developments, such as Gramercy District at Ashburn Station, One Loudoun and Loudoun Station in Ashburn, and The Hub (formerly known as Dulles World). There’s also an outline of the Fast-Track Commercial Incentive Program, which speeds up the permitting process for qualifying projects.

“Executives want to know about the workforce they can hire from, the other employers who are already here, the transportation networks that will get their products out and their customers in, and what the quality of life will be for any of their staff who move here. All that information is available on our new site,” Rizer said.

According to the U.K. firm Smart Insights, 80 percent of web searches are now done on smart phones, and 47 percent on tablets. The department’s upgraded site now features responsive design, which means it optimizes content for mobile devices used from anywhere in the world.

The department also has a site for Loudoun tech startups and small businesses, and it’s mobile responsive as well. The department has renamed that site LoudounSmallBiz.org, using the same name as its Twitter account and the email newsletter for entrepreneurs.

“LoudounSmallBiz is the place to go first when you’re thinking about starting or growing a small business in Loudoun,” said Economic Development’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Manager Vanessa Wagner. “It features a searchable database of organizations that help small businesses, along with a calendar of networking and educational events – everything a business needs to know to start on the right foot and grow as fast as possible.”

The department’s other web properties include LoudounFarms.org, a consumer-facing site that promotes the county’s agricultural businesses, and LoudounPossible.com.

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