Grow your Small Business in Northern Virginia

The Northern Virginia (NOVA) area can sometimes be overshadowed by its proximity to Washington, DC, but the fact of the matter is that it’s a great place for business. Interestingly, the tax revenue the state of Virginia collects from the northern part of the state is enough to cover over half the state of Virginia’s yearly budget. The area is no doubt a booming place for businesses to thrive. Every year, many new businesses open their doors in NOVA and hope to take in some of the area’s wealth.  In total, the cities and counties that make up the northern VA area are among the wealthiest in the nation, which provides plenty of opportunities for small businesses owners to take advantage of. Not only are there plenty of wealthy customers in the area, but there’s also numerous successful business owners that you can learn and collaborate with. So now that we covered the basic economics of the area, let’s dive into how to successfully grow your small business in Northern Virginia.

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Starting a small business is not an easy task to do and is the reason over half of all small businesses close within a year of opening. Sure, you’ve done your market research, defined your target customer, and developed a business plan, but how do you think you’ll be able to successfully reach your target audience?  Unless you have successfully opened multiple businesses or have a business partner that has, then you’re basically taking a shot in the dark.  Every decision you make in the early stages of starting your business will ultimately determine the business’ fate and lifespan.

After analyzing hundreds of new businesses, the biggest pitfalls seen from new business owners is that they cut corners on some of the most important aspects of starting a business, while spending tons of money on things that don’t matter.  I can’t even begin to describe the amount of new business owners who throw up a cheap website with no care for how they’re business is perceived online.  On top of having a bad website, they then will have absolutely no budget for any type of marketing.  If you know someone like this, please show them the light!  Neglecting to have a professionally built and optimized website is the first step of the demise of so many small businesses.

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Don’t neglect your small business, start it off the right way by hiring a professional digital marketing agency in Northern Virginia that will make sure your new business is set up for success.  Implementing the right digital marketing strategy for your small business is one of the only ways to forecast your company’s success. Sure, you could try to learn how to effectively do SEO, Social Media Marketing, PPC, Content Marketing, Reputation Management, Mobile Marketing, etc., but the time it would take to learn all those skills individually will most certainly take away time from running your business.  Therefore, successful business owners always hire professional digital marketers to do it the right way first. Your time is your most important asset, and you will be needing every second of it when you start a new business. Many successful new businesses in NOVA all share one thing in common and that is they all hired The W Agency – one of the top digital marketing agencies in Northern Virginia.

The W Agency handles all aspects of digital marketing in a strategic way, and uses proprietary search engine optimization methods that have been proven successful time and time again.  There are many other digital marketing agencies out there that charge exorbitant amounts of money for ineffective methods, so be careful who you decide to work with. Many small businesses I personally know of in the Northern Virginia area, have had great success after letting The W Agency take care of their digital marketing.

There you have it, how to successfully grow your small business in Northern Virginia. Now you know the pitfalls to avoid in starting a new business and how important a digital marketing strategy is for your business’ success.  Start by hiring the best digital marketing agency in Northern Virginia.

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Vehicle safety inspection fee likely to go up in Virginia

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia drivers are likely to pay more for vehicle safety inspections.

The General Assembly has given preliminary approval to legislation that will raise the price of a yearly car inspection from $16 to $20.

The House and Senate have both approved slightly different versions of the legislation with bipartisan support.

Advocates said the fee hasn’t gone up for more than a decade and the increase will help make sure mechanics are fairly compensated.

Opponents of the measure said the current fee is fair and a 25 percent increase is too much.

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West Virginia man sought in shooting of Virginia officer

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BLUEFIELD, Va. (AP) — Federal and state officials continue to search for a man wanted in the shooting of a police officer during a traffic stop in Virginia.

Virginia State Police said in a news release Monday that they and the U.S. Marshals Service are searching for 25-year-old Donquale M. Gray of Bluefield, West Virginia.

Police said in a news release that Gray is wanted for attempted capital murder of a police officer who was shot Saturday night in Bluefield, Virginia.

They say the 29-year-old officer who was shot is being treated for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities haven’t released his name.

Authorities say Gray was the front-seat passenger in the car that was stopped for an equipment violation. The officer was shot as he was standing outside the vehicle on the driver’s side.

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Man arrested during Virginia Capitol protest over Northam

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A protester at the Virginia Capitol has been arrested during a protest against Gov. Ralph Northam.

Capitol Police said 23-year-old Patrick Talamantes of Sacramento, California, was charged with vandalism and littering after he tossed a container of red dye in a Capitol fountain.

Police said they stopped an unnamed woman who had a dye pack by another fountain, and she was issued a notice barring her from the Capitol for six months.

Police said Talamantes and the woman were part of a small group of protesters who called on Northam to resign. Northam’s been under fire since a racist picture surfaced in his medical school yearbook.

Police said 45-year-old Michelle Sutherland of Florida was charged with indecent exposure in a separate protest related to the Equal Rights Amendment.

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After 16 years, Loudoun Co. prosecutor Jim Plowman to become judge

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WASHINGTON — Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman has been the top prosecutor in Virginia’s fastest-growing jurisdiction since 2003 — and he’ll soon trade his spot at the prosecution table for a seat on the judge’s bench.

The Virginia General Assembly has selected Plowman to fill a vacancy that will be created in the Circuit Court of 20th Judicial District — which includes Loudoun, Fauquier, and Rappahannock counties.

Plowman’s appointment to an eight-year term on the bench will take place Nov. 1, with the retirement of Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Parker.

During Plowman’s time in office, he says the county population has grown from about 225,000 to just over 400,000.

Plowman says the growth has had an impact on his office’s ability to cover court dockets, answer public inquiries and provide community outreach.

“We’ve actually been able to stay ahead of the curve, and according to the latest reports in September, we’re the safest county in the national capital region, with crime dropping for the 5th straight year,” said Plowman. “Obviously it’s not just our office, but cooperative relationships with local law enforcement agencies are imperative.”

In a Feb. 3 letter to members of the general assembly, Plowman described why he wanted to become a judge.

“I think the position of Judge, in any court, is something that a person is called to do. Some may seek out these positions as a desire or culmination to cap off a career. I question whether those are the correct motivations, I see this as more of a duty to men and women, whose sense of obligation has called them.”

Plowman, as the prosecutor in the county with the highest median household income in the United States, said he “would also understand and know how to ensure that each person has equal access to the court system and is able to provide for the fair administration of justice.”

Plowman is a Republican. Currently, the only announced candidate in the commonwealth’s attorney race is Buta Biberaj, a Democrat.

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Lawmakers OK bill on religious leaders reporting child abuse

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WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) — A bill that requires religious leaders to report suspected child abuse or neglect is now before Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam for his signature.

The Winchester Star reports both the House and Senate have approved the bill, which requires ministers, priests, rabbis, imams and other religious leaders to report suspected abuse to law enforcement.

Church leaders who know of or suspect child abuse now are exempt from a law that requires it to be reported. Other professionals, including health-care workers, teachers and law enforcement personnel, are required to report.

Republican Sen. Jill Vogel says she’s “relieved and grateful” that religious institutions supported the bill, which Vogel sponsored.

The bill includes exemptions for information that a church’s doctrine requires be kept confidential, such as what a priest hears in confession.

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Usage drops, but more money collected in 1st month of Dulles Toll Road rate hike

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WASHINGTON — Many Dulles Toll Road users, particularly those paying with cash, appear to have noticed the toll increase that took effect Jan. 1.

The number of toll transactions dropped 7.5 percent this January compared to last. That is actually a somewhat smaller drop than the road’s owner, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, had forecast when tolls rose from $2.50 to $3.25 at the mainline plaza and $1 to $1.50 at ramps.

Still, the first toll increase since 2014 meant that even with fewer toll transactions, toll revenue rose 25.6 percent to $15.3 million for the month of January. That is roughly in line with the authority’s forecasts.

In a signal, toll payers using cash were more likely to change behavior based on the toll increase, the percentage of revenue collected through E-ZPass payments rose to 92 percent in January.

Over the course of 2018, 89.6 percent of toll revenue, excluding violations, was collected electronically.

In 2018, 96.3 million total toll transactions added up to $151.3 million in total revenue on the Dulles Toll Road.

After paying for operations of the road, the revenue is helping to pay for construction of the Silver Line to Dulles International Airport and Ashburn. Trains are expected to start running to Loudoun County sometime next year.

Since bond repayments will run for decades, the next Dulles Toll Road toll increase is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2023.

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Northern Va. Cox customers lose service

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WASHINGTON — An unknown number of Cox Communications customers in Northern Virginia are without service Monday.

The company hasn’t said yet how many people are affected or what has caused the outage, but said in a statement that “We understand that this is frustrating for our customers” and that they are “working quickly to get the service interruption … fixed.”

They added that customers can check their status on the Cox Connect app on any mobile device.

WTOP will provide more information as it comes in.

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