Shop Local VGA is an initiative of Virginia's Growth Alliance economic development region.
This region is comprised of the counties of Amelia, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Lunenburg, & Prince Edward, and the City of Emporia.
Here in the VGA region, we recognize that the majority of new jobs and business growth comes from small business; we also recognize that local businesses are more dedicated to the community, give more to local non-profits, and help to make our communities more unique – which in turn boosts our tourism efforts and makes the region more desirable as a place to live. As a result, we have dedicated a large part of our mission to promoting an entrepreneurial environment and supporting small businesses.
The Shop Local VGA online store is unique in several ways:
- if you're a buyer, you can purchase from several vendors in one transaction.
- if you're a seller, PayPal will distribute your portion of the transaction directly to your PayPal account (net of your PayPal transaction fees).
- you have full control of all of your product listings
- you can sell physical or digital products
- you can select the type of shipping you would like to use: price-based, weight-based, UPS, FedEx, USPS.
- there is no charge to you from VGA for participating in the store.
This site is part of a larger overall entrepreneurial mission,
which includes Virginia's Great Adventures regional tourism website and Think Bigger VGA, a site that provides guidance to entrepreneurs and helps guide them to the resources they need to help grow their business.