Workforce Training & Development

We’re already known for our tech-savvy, highly educated workforce. But we think it’s also important to keep educating, training and preparing your employees, which is why we offer a variety of workforce training and development services for your business. These services are often available at no cost to you.

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Workforce Resource Center

The Workforce Resource Center provides no-cost resources and equipment to both job seekers and businesses. Their mission is to connect businesses and job seekers to achieve their employment goals, while offering a wide range employment services, including:

  • Recruiting and hiring assistance
  • Retention consulting
  • Meet-the-employer events where you can conduct on-site interviews with a variety of applicants
  • Tax credit, area wage and salary, and Federal Bonding Program information
  • Free job listings

The center also provides free job-seeker services, including:

  • Job announcements
  • Resume critiques
  • Free use of computers, phones, fax, and other job search resource
  • Career development workshops that address computer skills, resume writing, interviewing skills, and other work-related topics
  • Access to employment counselors trained to provide career assessments

Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board

The Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board  is a team of private and public sector partners who share a common goal-to promote Northern Virginia economic prosperity and long-term growth. The board receives and administers annual Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act dollars that help fund comprehensive employment and training services to area employers, job seekers and youth.

SkillSource Group, Inc.

The SkillSource Group, Inc.  is a separate nonprofit entity of the Northern Virginia Workforce Development Board with its own Board of Directors. SkillSource Group offers multiple free services to businesses seeking to hire and retain quality employees while also providing opportunities for job seekers to prepare and find jobs that can support themselves and their families.

Northern Virginia Family Service

Northern Virginia Family Service offers various workforce development programs that help individuals maintain and increase their financial independence through office skills training, car loans for reliable transportation to work, job search assistance, and entrepreneurship courses.

Loudoun Small Biz

Loudoun Small Biz’s mission is to help small businesses and entrepreneurs in Loudoun County grow and succeed. They provide small business with free, easy access to the nonprofit and government resources .

Area Colleges and Universities

Need some more intense training and education? Check out our local colleges and universities.

“It became an interest. It became a hobby. It became a passion – and now a business." 💜

Cyndie Rinek describes herself as a "grower of things" in @MiddleburgLife, a delightful description of how she cultivates nearly 100 varieties of #lavender on @bloominghilllavenderfarmlet. 🌿

Her ornamental farm also offers lavender plants, creative gifts baskets, garden décor, and other handmade products.

You can meet Rinek—and dozens of other local farmers—on the #LoudounFarmTour! 👩‍🌾

This spring's hybrid event features video tours, in-person activities, and the ability to #ShopLocal from the Loudoun Made Loudoun Grown Marketplace, an e-commerce platform where 100% of the payments go directly to farmers!

Start your virtual or plan your weekend now. Link in bio.
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“Being selected as a 2020 Loudoun Innovation Challenge winner is both tremendous and humbling because Loudoun County is home to so many incredible startups and small businesses. This is the latest of many signs that we should have not just moved here sooner, but we should have started our company here!"
 
That was the reaction from @QorePerformance Co-Founder and CEO Justin Li after winning a 2020 Loudoun Innovation Challenge grant for $25,000. 🏆

(See link in bio to apply for the 2021 Innovation Challenge now!)
 
Here's what happened for Qore Performance after winning the award:

📈 Expanded product design and offerings
🤝 Partnership with a European distributor
💼 Job creation and open positions! See link in bio for openings.
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Meet Karen Reed from Loudoun’s Alchemy Wine Supply, and a member of the 2021 FireUp Business Mentoring and Coaching Program cohort.

“I am proud to be a member of this community. I have seen how supportive Loudoun County is to the development and growth of our local farm wineries. The county has been able to attract top talent within the #winemaking community, many of whom I’ve had the privilege of working with. I have also witnessed the incredible engagement and loyalty among our local Loudoun County customers. These are the three essential legs to the stool which is the Loudoun County wine industry, and the driving forces behind our designation as ‘DC's Wine Country.’ 🍷

“With Alchemy Wine Supply, my goal has always been to support my local professional Winemakers by supplying them with high-quality fermentation supplies. The FireUp Program is helping me to reach a much larger client base, and connect with Winemakers not only in Loudoun Country, but across Virginia and beyond.

“For my next step, I aspire to further diversify into owning a #FarmWinery of my own, with the emphasis on the ‘farm’ portion; not only producing grapes for my winemaking, but also producing eggs, produce, honey and flowers for my local community. During the pandemic, it became clear to me that there needs to be more connection and community around food production in Loudoun County. 🍇🍯🌻

“I aim to sell local farm produce, while teaching my community how to grow their own food at home. And as a bonus, I'd like to continue the art of winemaking and educating my local wine lovers about the joy of wine and food pairing.”

📸: Jennifer Godbold
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“I’m a city boy and the idea of owning a farm was always kind of romantic."

Meet Hadi Akkard, co-founder and CEO of @FlyingAceFarm. ✈️

After making a successful exit from his Leesburg-based fintech company in 2018, Akkad had been on the look for his next business adventure. Akkad had a vision for what the 55-acre farm could be. 🤔💭

To pull off this feat in an authentic way, he assembled the best plan, equipment and team that he could find, including a strong roster of familiar Loudoun faces.

(See link in bio to meet more of the team!)

More than half of the Flying Ace Farm property will be devoted to agriculture, including the harvesting of Appalachian heirloom Bloody Butcher Corn. 🌽

The corn is a key ingredient in the spirits that make Flying Ace a true farm brewery and distillery. That craft alcohol is served at the bars on site and can be purchased by the bottle and case to #TakeLoudounHome. 🥃
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Meet Bernhard Gallent 👨‍🍳 Helene and Berni grew up in Carinthia, the southernmost State in #Austria, in a beautiful area known for its mountains and crystal-clear lakes.

Berni moved to the United States in 2009 in pursuit of the American Dream, Helene followed him six years later.

Spending much of their time as skiing and snowboard instructors, they met back in 2004 in Hochrindl, a ski resort in the Austrian Alps. ​⛷️🏔️

Before their strudel venture started, both worked other jobs. Berni used to work in humanitarian logistics, responded to global emergencies and shipped aid and relief supplies to people in need all over the world.

Now they are both full time in the strudel business, committed to their mission on making a delicious Austrian dessert widely available in the United States. ​Helene and Berni are raising a lovely family in Loudoun. 🏡

📸: @littleaustria
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We're blushing like a 2018 cabernet frac rosé, but we had to regram this #winemakers advice from @octoberonevineyard! 🍷🤗

"In Loudoun County it’s possible to make your winegrowing vision a reality, we’re living proof here at O1V! We’re grateful to all the incredible people at Loudoun County Economic Development that continue to support our great Loudoun Wine industry and the wide spectrum of our Loudoun business community. This is one of the most exciting wine regions and counties in the state and it’s made POSSIBLE in part by the effort and vision of @loudounbiz."

🥂 Thanks to Bob and the O1V family for sharing the #LoudounPossible spirit!
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"The STEM field wasn't an area I would have pictured myself in. None of my family had experience in the industry, I had never worked in it prior to getting to school and it seemed so beyond my reach," says Dre' Davis.

And yet after graduating from @olddominionu with his bachelors in mechanical engineering technology, Davis found his way onto @Google's data center team in Loudoun County.

"I was able to join the team just as our sites were hitting the ground, so to see the growth of these data centers has been amazing. Virginia has the largest concentration of data centers in the world and I am excited to see how we continue to innovate to stand out among data centers in my home state."
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"If I ever doubted that health care was my calling, last year took away all of the doubt." says Deborah Addo, president of @InovaHealth Loudoun Hospital.

It's no wonder why Addo is a @WBJnewsroom Diversity in Business Awards honoree! 🏆

Under her leadership, Inova Loudoun Hospital — which has more than 1,900 employees and reported more than $833 million in patient revenue in 2019 — has raked in safety and quality accolades.

Addo executed a $300 million expansion entailing a renovated ER, a new surgical trauma intensive-care unit and a 382,000-square-foot patient tower.

The expansions were slated to open in April 2020 but as COVID-19 emerged locally, Addo revisited the roadmap. Her team opened two weeks early, supporting a proactive regional response.

Credit: Washington Business Journal
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Contact Us

nancy evanko workforce specialist loudoun county economic development

Nancy Evanko

Workforce Development Analyst

Phone (703) 771-5371