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Fluvanna hosts small business fair to help economy rebound

FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) – Fluvanna’s Race and Diversity Leaders hosted a small business and vendor fair to promote economic development in the county. Since the start of the pandemic, many small sellers in Fluvanna County say they have struggled to grow their businesses. This fair is helping to turn the tide.

“It’s all about exposure,” said Carolyn Herbert of Herbert’s Wine Jelly.

Herbert has been working on expanding his business for years.

“We sell a variety of products, but it’s a bit eclectic because we’re actually hiring guys who had mental health issues and then were incarcerated,” Herbert said.

Without a brick-and-mortar location, fairs like these give them a big boost.

“We don’t have a storefront because our guys don’t want to be tagged in front of a storefront,” Herbert said.

Others like Sasha Morgan are just getting started

“It’s the soft start of my small business. I’ve always been a handyman. I’m an engineer by trade. So in college we had the opportunity to work with laser cutters and I so found a knack for woodworking and then expanded it when I got home,” Morgan said.

They all settled in county high school.

“We organized this event to promote Fluvanna County and surrounding areas, small businesses, and for everyone in the county to get out and have a chance to see what Fluvanna has to offer,” said Deidre Creasy – Quirindoongo with the leaders of Fluvanna. race and diversity.

Sellers have the chance to promote themselves..

“It gave me a lot of visibility. I can meet and network with a lot of different people,” said Tonya Whitegray, Founder of Aerial Scent Candle.

And learn from each other too.

“I learned a lot from other small businesses in this area for people who have been around much longer than me, their experiences and their methods for promoting my business and connecting better with customers,” Morgan said.

The fair is all about the community.

“It will certainly promote economic development in the county, and it will also showcase and shine a light on the fabulous businesses we have here,” Creasy – Quirindoongo said.

Fluvanna race and diversity leaders say this is just the first of many events to come.

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