About BizWorks

HISTORY

BizWorks was founded in 2001 as a project of the Jefferson Davis Association as the Jefferson Davis Enterprise Center. In 2013 Bizworks became an independent 501c3 organization under the name BizWorks Enterprise Center. BizWorks’ programs and operations are supported in large part through the support of a Chesterfield County Community Block Grant and General Fund, which is funded by HUD.

 

MISSION

To cultivate new and emerging businesses that contribute to the economic vitality of Chesterfield County and The Richmond Region through job creation and capital investment by providing:

  • Synergistic environment
  • Management guidance
  • Customized advisory services
  • Access to business resources
  • Flexible office space and shared administrative services

RESULTS

At Bizworks, we believe entrepreneurship can be a vital part in uplifting low & moderate income communities and expanding economic opportunity for all.

 

 

In the last five years alone:

Companies in Residence

$ Million in Local Economic Impact

$ Million in Increased Revenue

% ROI of CDBG/County Funds

Jobs Created and/or Retained

% of BizWorks Companies In Business After 5 Years

OUR TEAM

Karen Aylward

Karen Aylward

Chesterfield Economic Development - Board Director

Kiva M. Duff

Kiva M. Duff

BizWorks Staff - Office Manager

R. Carter Scott

R. Carter Scott

DurretteCrump PLC - Board Vice-Chair

Doug Carleton

Doug Carleton

Carleton Business Finance - Board Chair

Tanner A. Collins Jr.

Tanner A. Collins Jr.

BizWorks Staff - Assistant Director, Incubator Manager

Martiñ Gonzalez

Martiñ Gonzalez

La Milpa Restaurant & Market - Board Director

Thomas Kozusko

Thomas Kozusko

CFO Professional Services - Board Treasurer

Dr. Tamarah Holmes

Dr. Tamarah Holmes

VA Dept of Housing & Community Development - Board Director

Jennifer Giovannitti

Jennifer Giovannitti

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond - Board Director

Bob Nagel

Bob Nagel

Partners Financial Federal Credit Union - Board Secretary

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

The Department of Economic Development is committed to working with existing, small, and minority businesses to help make them a prosperous part of the business community. “My Business Starts Here”, offer residents seamless service and resources for their small business needs and is designed to direct entrepreneurs to solutions to their business questions.

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The Chamber is focused on being the champion for the business community, fostering growth and development, transformational relationships, and a thriving environment in Chesterfield County. Its mission is to promote, protect and support the interests of Chesterfield businesses and create a community unlike any other in the region.

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SCORE provides free business mentoring services to entrepreneurs and also presents business workshops and seminars for a fee. Business mentoring services are provided by both active and retired business executives and entrepreneurs who donate their time and expertise as mentors to assist new and established small businesses. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Accion is committed to bringing affordable small business loans to microentrepreneurs and empowers low to moderate-income business owners through access to capital and financial education. With economic opportunity, these entrepreneurs – often minorities and women – can build assets, better provide for their families, create employment and strengthen their communities.

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The Metropolitan Business League (MBL) is a non-profit, membership-based business association that creates business connections in Central Virginia. For over 40 years we have fostered business development and expansion for small, women- and minority-owned businesses.  We make every effort to fully understand each enterprise and the factors critical to its long term success.

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International Business Innovation Association is an international non-profit organization and global advocate for incubators, accelerators, educational institutions and regional economic development stakeholders. With over 2,000 members across over 60 countries, InBIA provides its members with essential information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies succeed.

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