Business Appreciation Event 2014

The Economic Development Authority (EDA) hosted the 2014 Business Appreciation Event on Friday, June 6th at the new Stafford Regional Airport. Stafford County is home to some of the finest businesses in the nation and the event celebrated the County's diverse business community. 

The 2014 Business Appreciation Event's Keynote Speaker was Maurice Jones J.D., Virginia's Secretary of Commerce and Trade. In January 2014, Jones was appointed Secretary of Commerce and Trade by Governor Terry McAuliffe. Prior to his current position, Jones served as Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and President of Pilot Media, the largest print and digital organization in Hampton Roads, Virginia. For Jones' complete bio, click here

Food and beverage was provided by Stafford's own Adventure Brewing Co., Hartwood Winery, Potomac Point Winery, and Heavens Gate Catering



The EDA continued its tradition and presented Business Appreciation Awards in two categories, Entrepreneur of the Year and Best Place to Work. 2014 award recipients include:Congratulations, winners!

Best Place to Work (25- employees) - Childress Heating and AC

Best Place to Work (26+ employees) - GEICO

Entrepreneur of the Year (25-employees) - Dan's Wellness Pharmacy

Entrepreneur of the Year (26+ employees) - Intuit


Other highlights from the event








Thank you again to our event sponsors:





“I chose to relocate to Stafford County in 1987 because of its proximity to Washington and Richmond and the opportunities it held to start and grow a business.  I opened Stafford Printing, bought a home in Falmouth and, 25 years later, I’ve never regretted either decision. Stafford County is a wonderful place to live and the business climate is second to none in the region. But it’s the people who make Stafford County the place to live and work in the area. Stafford County is more of a community than just a place on the map.“

Howard Owen, President
Stafford Printing