Economics & Economy http://wvtf.org en Farmers' Markets on the Rise http://wvtf.org/post/farmers-markets-rise <p></p><p>There are now&nbsp; more than 240 farmers' markets statewide, an increase of about 180% since 2006.</p><p>The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says if every household in the state spends ten-bucks&nbsp; a week on locally-grown food, it would mean a $1.6 billion dollar investment back into the economy.</p><p>You can find a list of farmers' markets across Virginia <a href="http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/vagrown/">here.</a></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:34:52 +0000 Connie Stevens 20116 at http://wvtf.org Farmers' Markets on the Rise Virginia Food & Beverage Expo http://wvtf.org/post/virginia-food-beverage-expo <p>Nestled in almost every corner of Virginia is a small operation transforming something that's just edible--into a delectably palatable creation.</p><p>Some can only be found in mom and pop stores, farmer's markets, and, occasionally, the larger grocer or restaurant chains. But every two years, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services showcases these businesses and their products at the Virginia Food and Beverage Expo.</p><p></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:50:39 +0000 Tommie McNeil 19099 at http://wvtf.org Virginia Food & Beverage Expo Winning Season Means Big Bucks for Vendor http://wvtf.org/post/winning-season-means-big-bucks-vendor <p>When the final buzzer sounded on Sunday, University of Virginia fans had cause to celebrate, but for Mark Mincer, the victory over Duke meant lots of work ahead.&nbsp;</p><p>The president of a store founded by his grandfather in 1948, Mincer called in family members to prepare for crowds.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:01:47 +0000 Sandy Hausman 18705 at http://wvtf.org Winning Season Means Big Bucks for Vendor What Does the Future Hold for the New River Valley? http://wvtf.org/post/what-does-future-hold-new-river-valley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What will it be like to live in the New River Valley over the next twenty years?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Well, that depends on what happens now that a 3 year study on livability in the </span>NRV<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is complete and ready to be acted upon. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:58:50 +0000 Robbie Harris 17448 at http://wvtf.org What Does the Future Hold for the New River Valley? Juicy Business http://wvtf.org/post/juicy-business <p>Starting a business can be complicated, and you might feel ill-prepared without an MBA, but a Charlottesville woman who has the degree decided not to bother with focus groups or financial analysis.&nbsp;</p><p>Instead, she trusted her gut, and is building a company using common sense.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:18:48 +0000 Sandy Hausman 16555 at http://wvtf.org Juicy Business