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Virginia's Growth Alliance regionShop 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, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway & 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.