Metro Richmond Exports Initiative launches new website

RICHMOND, Virginia – The Metro Richmond Exports Initiative launched its new website,, to provide small- and medium-sized business owners and managers in the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area with easy-to-find information on export-related topics.

“We want to see more local businesses export or increase their export sales. By making it easy to find resources and advice on the new website, we aim to take some of the mystery out of the exporting process,” said Grace Festa, MREI’s program coordinator at the Greater Richmond Partnership. (more…)

UK Export Partnership for Hardywood

~New international sales opportunity for Hardywood Park results from European trade, marketing missions; assistance from Virginia agricultural trade office~

June 29, 2017 LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced new export sales and a new distribution partnership for Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, while on his trade and marketing mission to Europe. The partnership is with American Craft Beer Company, a UK-based representative of craft breweries from the United States. Today is the first day Hardywood Park beer is available for sale in the United Kingdom and the Governor attended a launch event at a brewpub owned by Scottish-based brewery BrewDog. (more…)

Export program for county businesses

~ Exporting program targets county businesses ~


Exports are the way to go, especially for small to middle-sized businesses, according to a new campaign by local and state economic development officials.

“We have an exciting new program,” says Garrett Hart, director of the Chesterfield Economic Development Authority.

Dubbed the Metro Richmond Exports Initiative, the program offers training and advice for companies interested in selling to other countries. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership is putting $150,000 into the program. J.P. Morgan, a major international bank, is matching the money. (more…)

Confessions of a Buffalo Hunter

September 28, 2016 by James A. Bacon
Guest Blogger: Greg Wingfield

Hello, my name is Greg and I was a Buffalo Hunter for more than 35 years.
In economic development parlance a “buffalo hunter” is a marketing professional who is only after the “big game” — the hundred-million-dollars-in- capital-investment/1,000-new-jobs economic development projects that are rare and far between. (more…)