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Stafford, VA [April 9, 2024] – The Stafford County Economic Development Authority (EDA) is holding the annual Business Appreciation Reception, a cherished tradition in Stafford County since 1993. Scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 24th, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, this year’s event will be hosted at the prestigious Riverside Center for the Performing Arts. This event welcomes all businesses and professionals in Stafford County to attend for an evening of celebration and recognition.

The Business Appreciation Reception is not just an event; it’s a testament to the enduring partnership between the EDA and the local business community. Over the years, it has evolved into a platform where entrepreneurs, leaders, and businesses come together to celebrate achievements, foster collaboration, and strengthen the economic community of Stafford County.

This year’s reception promises to be exceptional, featuring an array of exciting activities and amenities. Attendees can look forward to food and beverages, capturing memorable moments at the photobooth, enjoying special entertainment, and receiving information from local leaders. The highlight of this event will be the presentation of awards to outstanding businesses that exemplify excellence in various categories. Among these prestigious accolades are the Business of the Year Award, the Innovation Award, and the esteemed Donald H. Newlin Community Stewardship Award. These distinctions highlight the remarkable achievements and dedication of our business community.

Howard Owen, Chairman of the EDA, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “The Business Appreciation Reception has been an integral part of Stafford County’s business community since its inception in 1993. It’s a testament to the remarkable spirit of collaboration and dedication that defines our local businesses. We are excited to celebrate another year of success and innovation, and we encourage all businesses and professionals to join us for this memorable event.”

This year, local business McLane Mid-Atlantic contributes as the Title Sponsor, continuing their steadfast support of Stafford County’s economic growth and prosperity. As General Manager of McLane Mid-Atlantic, Jackie Palmer remarked, “We are truly honored to stand as the Title Sponsor for the 2024 Business Appreciation Reception in Stafford County, a community that holds a special place in McLane Mid-Atlantic’s heart.”

In addition to the Title Sponsor, other key sponsors include NorthPoint Development as the Refreshments Sponsor, Germanna Community College as the Entertainment Sponsor, and Dominion Energy, GCubed Inc., and Stafford Printing as Welcome Sponsors.

Join us in celebrating the success and resilience of Stafford County’s businesses. Registration can be found online at

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About Stafford County Department of Economic Development | Stafford EDA:

The Stafford County Department of Economic Development is the sales and customer service arm for Stafford County, Virginia, committed to advancing expansion and investment for the community. As the official economic development organization of Stafford County, our mission is to promote, solicit and encourage business growth through marketing and media services that enhance economic activity and quality of life within the Stafford region. Stafford County is located halfway between Washington, DC and Richmond, VA. In partnership with the Stafford Economic Development Authority (EDA), the Stafford County Department of Economic Development and the EDA has helped finance and support business growth in Stafford since the EDA’s inception in 1970. In addition to business loan programs, in recent years, the EDA has helped develop a number of vacant and underused properties in Stafford and helped launch the Virginia Smart Community Testbed. For more information on Stafford’s Economic Development and the Stafford EDA, visit and, and follow on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or get connected through the monthly business newsletter.