Town, Middleburg Bank to present small business financial symposium

— The Town of Middleburg is joining forces with Middleburg Bank to present a “Small Business Keys to Financial Success” educational symposium at the Middleburg Community Center on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 6-8 p.m. with the goal of offering local business owners financial resources to help them grow and sustain their businesses.

The announcement came as part of the Middleburg Business and Professional Association’s “Biz Buzz” networking event, held Nov. 14 at Middleburg Bank. The symposium is part of a larger effort by the Town of Middleburg and Middleburg Bank to provide assistance to local businesses.

“This is not going to be a one-time event. We want this to be a series of building blocks and educational tools, finance-related for small- to mid-size businesses,” said Mike Clarke, president and CEO of Access National Bank, which merged with Middleburg Bank earlier this year. “The success of Access National Bank is seeded in the success of our businesses. The better technical skills that our clients have, the better financial standing they have, the better the bank is, the better the community is.”

Middleburg Bank will also be hosting a similar series of events on the consumer side, including household budgeting, credit repair, purchasing homes and other financial fundamentals, Clarke said.

Additionally, the town will be holding other future events that are expected to tackle marketing, digital literacy and businesses in transition. The town will also be rolling out a program focused exclusively on women entrepreneurs and recently purchased advertising on WINC FM to encourage shoppers to visit during the holiday season, said Jamie Gaucher, Middleburg’s economic development director.

Other news at the Biz Buzz included the announcement of the election results for the Middleburg Business and Professional Association’s Board of Directors. Punkin Lee of Journeymen Saddlers was re-elected to the board, while Olivia Rogers of the Middleburg Community Center will be a new face on the board.

Middleburg has also recently seen an influx of new businesses, including the King Street Oyster Bar and the home furnishings store Kizmetz, which both opened earlier this month on the town’s main Washington Street. Soon to come is Simply Sushi, which is expected to open in time for Christmas in Middleburg.

Other upcoming events of note include Small Business Saturday, held the Saturday after Thanksgiving as a way to support small businesses during the holiday shopping season, and the town’s Dec. 1 tree lighting at The Pink Box. The tree lighting festivities will begin at 5 p.m., but stop by as early as 4 p.m. at The Pink Box to get an update on the progress of the Middleburg Museum and see their new logo.

The main Christmas in Middleburg festivities will take place on Dec. 2 this year, with the Middleburg Hunt & Hounds Review at 11 a.m, featuring mounted foxhunt riders and hounds down Washington Street, and the parade at 2 p.m. You also won’t want to miss Foxcroft School‘s live animal Christmas pageant at 2 p.m. on Dec. 3.

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