Renowned Colleges and Universities
College Graduates Annually
Great American Main Street Award by the National Main Street Center
Lowest Cost of Business in Forbes Best Small Cities for Business

Located on the Interstate-81 corridor in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Harrisonburg is the ideal location for businesses seeking to balance quality of life with a low cost of doing business. As a university town, Harrisonburg is a bustling city with a young, talented workforce and a supportive business environment.   

National publications have recognized this unique combination of assets that Harrisonburg offers: 

Ranked #2 for Lowest Cost of Business in Best Small Cities for Business – Forbes, 2019

Named 1 of the 10 Most Livable College Towns in America – Strategistico.com, 2022

#2 in 10 Best Mountain Towns in Virginia
Travel & Leisure, 2024

Named one of America’s Top 10 Mountain Bike Towns – National Geographic Society, 2017

Ranked #1 in the Top Cities for Starting a Business in the U.S. PennyGeeks.com, 2018

Named one of the 25 Best Places to Retire in the U.S. – Forbes, 2017

Ranked #7 out of 325 metro areas in Best Places for Millennials to Move
 Reviews.org, 2019

Ranked #12 out of 325 metro areas
in Best Places to Work in Manufacturing – SmartAsset, 2021

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These 7 amazing entrepreneurs comprised our fall 2023 LAUNCH HARRISONBURG cohort. We love that they continue to meet monthly to support each other. This is what an entrepreneurial ecosystem looks like! ... See MoreSee Less
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We love the energy and rhythm that a university town has, but I’m not going to complain about that easy breezy commute this morning! It’s the PERFECT day for a Big Raspberry-White Chocolate Pancake to brighten this slow, rainy day—topped with sweet almond miso butter and garnished with toasted almonds and fresh raspberries, it’s also pretty perfect. ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations on your well-deserved award Juice Works 3D!We are honored to be the recipient of the Serco Innovation in Education Award! 🏆It was a blessing to be in the company of so many people who have a heart for local learners & recognize the importance of innovation in education. Thank you to the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council and Executive Director Leigh Evans for the award, & thank you to all of our Innovators who have attended our classes and made JuiceWorks 3D Innovation Academy what it is. 🍋⚙️#grateful #juicebox #3Dprinting #CNCmilling #robotics #gamedesign #harrisonburg #shenandoahvalley #rockinghamcounty ... See MoreSee Less
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This is an important session about financing for child care providers.🆘❗️️Need a boost for your in-home or childcare center business? Join us May 16 from 9am-11:30am for an informative session of presentations, panels, and exhibitor booths just for childcare providers.💪👌There are special, no interest funds available for qualifying businesses, so don't miss the 9:30am Childcare Financing Program presentation and Q&A with Karen White, Regional Lending Manager, Virginia Small Business Financing Authority! This event is free to attend, but registration is required. Register here: lp.constantcontactpages.com/sl/sd79DRR ... See MoreSee Less
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Startup Champions Network Summit was fantastic! Thank you to SCN and Shenandoah Community Capital Fund for leading the effort to grow our entrepreneurial community.We had a great time learning, exploring, and building at our Spring Summit! Thank you to all of our sponsors who made it happen!Virginia IPC JMU Research, Economic Development and Innovation Lighthouse Labs RVA Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development EcoMap Technologies Joey Arora Cohado HUUB Staunton Innovation Hub Harrisonburg Economic DevelopmentCommunity Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge ... See MoreSee Less
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