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January 24, 2018

Biz Buzz: Two Realtors honored for 40-year mark

Audrey Graham and “Dink” Godfrey have worked as Realtors since 1977.
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The National Association of Realtors last month recognized Audrey E. Graham and George V. “Dink” Godfrey Jr., both of Warrenton, for reaching the 40-year milestone in the business.

Ms. Graham and Mr. Godfrey received framed certificates from Tom M. Stevens, president of the national organization, and lapel pins with four rubies each, one for each decade of service.

They also received Virginia Association of Realtors life memberships, along with bronze medallions and lapel pins that signify their membership in the honorary fraternity of Omega Tau Rho. “This award recognizes exemplary dedication and service, and the high esteem in which recipients are held by fellow members of the Realtor organization,” according to the state association.

Ms. Graham and Mr. Godfrey began their respective real estate careers in January and February of 1977. Both are Life Members of the Greater Piedmont Realtors. For most of their careers, they have worked in the same offices under three different organizations. Both work with Long & Foster in Warrenton.


12-week course targets female entrepreneurs

A new, Warrenton-based foundation this spring will offer a 12-week series classes focused on women who want to start home-based businesses or move to the next level in existing firms.

“The largest part of our program is based in helping to educate women on how to form a business and run it successfully,” said Marianne Clyde, who started the Be the Change Foundation last year.

Candidates who complete the 12-week program will be eligible to apply for a small business loans, according to Ms. Clyde, a family therapist and author.

“Loans will be paid back with interest so that the program can be sustainable, enabling us to give more and more loans to qualified applicants,” she said.

Ms. Clyde who has put together a group of local professionals who will address topics such branding your business, understanding profit and loss, keeping the books and the legal mechanics of setting up shop. In addition to the training classes, each session will begin with local business owners sharing their stories.

“Right now, the classes are focused on women living in Fauquier County,” said Ms. Clyde, who hopes to expand the program to other counties.

The 12-week class, which starts March 6 at Lord Fairfax Community College, costs $250, with scholarships available. Applications are due Feb. 1.

Those interested can download the application and return it to 20 Ashby St., Warrenton, Va. 20186 or to Ms. Clyde at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Fauquier Economic Summit planned April 5

The first Fauquier Economic Summit will take place Thursday, April 5, at the county airport near Midland.

The event will focus on business opportunities, real estate, aviation, development tourism and aviation, according to Guy Hinkler, who chairs the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development and Legislative Committee.

The summit will take place in the terminal at the Warrenton-Fauquier Airport. Millions of dollars’ worth of improvements, including construction of a new, two-story terminal building, will start soon at the airport.

For more in formation, contact Mr. Hinkler at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Broadview Avenue meeting Jan. 25

The Broadview Avenue Business Group will conduct its second meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Warrenton police station.

The meetings include town and Virginia Department of Transportation officials, along with “stakeholders.”

Business owners have expressed concerns about the $8 million project that would add medians, bike lanes and Route 211 intersection improvements to a mile-long section of the busy commercial strip. Critics contend the proposal would restrict access to their businesses, reducing revenue, and would make conditions more dangerous on Broadview, which handles about 33,000 vehicles a day.

The group first met with government officials last month. The meeting at 333 Carriage House Lane is open to the public.

For more information, contact Warrenton Economic Development Manager Tom Wisemiller at 540-935-2337 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



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