Downtown Mall Hosts Tom Tom Festival Block Party
On April 22nd and 23rd, the Tom Tom Festival Block Party took place on the Downtown Mall. This event featured a variety of live music options, plus an assortment of alcoholic beverage options. The Block Party utilized a designated open-container area, which allowed patrons to move freely amongst the event area without having to dispose of their drink. Following the event, OED commissioned a short online survey to gauge the impact of the Block Party on the downtown merchants. The survey was open for a two-week period following the event, and 25 businesses ultimately submitted feedback. Approximately 58% of businesses surveyed saw an increase in revenue during the event, while 71% stated that they would support similar events in the future.
United Way of Greater Charlottesville Black Business Guide
Congratulations to the United Way of Greater Charlottesville for the successful launch of their Black Business Guide. The Black Business Guide was created in collaboration with community partners such as the Minority Business Alliance at the Chamber of Commerce, the Minority Business Program at the City of Charlottesville Office of Economic Development, and Destinee Wright, fellow cohort with the Community Fellows-in-Residence Program of The Equity Center at the University of Virginia. This guide highlights black-owned and operated businesses in the Greater Charlottesville area. Please share the guide and help spread the word in support of our local Black owned businesses.
OED Fun Fact
The City of Charlottesville is one of 41 independent cities in VA and has a land area of only 10.4 square miles. With a population of just over 51,000, the city has 4,900 people per square mile making it one of the most densely populated cities in the state. Nationally, Charlottesville is more densely populated than Dallas, Austin and Phoenix.
Commonwealth Senior Living is Hiring
Commonwealth Senior Living is a senior care facility that provides both assisted and independent living. With a home office located in Downtown Charlottesville, they provide numerous job opportunities for both experienced caregivers and those with general interest in field. Currently, Commonwealth Senior Living is seeking both Personal Care Aides (PCAs) and Certified Nursing Aides (CNAs). Various shifts are available, and training is offered. Additionally, they are seeking Dining Services Associates for both part-time and full-time shifts. For more information or assistance with the application process, contact Roy Fitch at the Downtown Job Center by phone at 434-970-3933 or by email email@example.com.
Local Restaurants and Bakeries Highlighted in Eater Washington DC
Eater Washington DC, an online magazine, did a yummy write-up titled “25 Essential Restaurants in Charlottesville, VA”. The article highlights 22 bakeries and restaurants in Charlottesville proper. The authors called Charlottesville “… a simmering food scene that’s totally worthy of a road trip”. Read the full article here
Upcoming Webinars from CVSBDC
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