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:





GEICO is fortunate to have located its Mid-Atlantic Regional Office in southern Stafford County.  For more than 20 years we have been able to grow our business here with the availability of a great workforce and a cooperative partnership with local government administrators.  We look forward to continued mutual growth and success for many years to come.”

John Izzo
Regional Vice President of Middle Atlantic Regional Operations