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Sep 18

Welcoming new businesses to Vienna

Posted on September 18, 2017 at 11:06 AM by Lynne DeWilde

People often ask me if Vienna is attracting new businesses. The answer is a resounding yes! We have added nine new businesses over the last three months alone, ranging from a running store to an independent bookstore to a spiritual growth center to a frozen custard shop. The Town is welcoming a broad range of interesting new businesses.

How do we support new businesses? The Town Business Liaison Committee (TBLC) is charged with evaluating Town policies that affect the business community and offering recommendations to Council. The TBLC creates surveys, performs studies, and considers ways to promote Town businesses. Both commercial and residential interests are represented in the committee’s membership.

One of my favorite things to do as mayor is perform ribbon cuttings for new businesses or businesses that have moved their location. Since the end of August, the TBLC has performed almost two ribbon cuttings per week!

Ribbon cuttings are a great way for businesses to get their name out in the community. The business space and merchandise or services are open to the public, and food and drinks are often provided.  In addition to staff, family, and friends of the business, TBLC members, Vienna Business Association members, Council members, Town staff, and residents join in the ribbon-cutting festivities. For business owners and staff, the ceremony is an opportunity to meet people who are potential customers and will help support their business.

I am excited to have so many new businesses open in the Town of Vienna. Many of them are local, small-business owners, and I enjoy welcoming them to the Vienna community. I also enjoy hearing their stories about why they decided to start a business in Town.

A vibrant business district is essential to a healthy and prosperous community. If you get an opportunity, join us for a ribbon cutting. It is a fun way to get to know new businesses in Town! To find out when ribbon cuttings are being held, visit https://www.viennava.gov/index.aspx?NID=1276 and remember to shop local!

Mayor Laurie DiRocco