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Phase 2 reopening is today. We got this Harrisonburg! Be respectful of a business's guidelines and your fellow patrons, and enjoy supporting our local, small business community!As of 4pm on Friday, June 5th, our dining room will officially re-open at 50% capacity! We are excited to welcome you back with our normal business hours and an expanded menu featuring our award-winning pizzas, delicious appetizers and salads, as well as our hand-made pastas.

Our spacious dining room provides ample seating for us to serve you safely, 6 feet apart. To ensure the welfare of our staff and guests, we will:
-Require all persons over the age of 10 to wear a mask while moving through the restaurant
-Perform frequent hand washing and sanitizing of all high contact points
-Practice social distancing
-Encourage staff members and guests to stay home if they feel ill
-Comply with all state health and safety guidelines

If you would like to make a reservation for a party of 6 or greater, please call 540-433-1366. Reservations are limited but not required.

If you are not quite ready to dine in with us at Bella Luna, we are continuing our carry-out services. Place your order online order here for curbside pick-up:
app.upserve.com/s/bella-luna-wood-fired-pizza-harrisonburg?fbclid=IwAR0ZmSn2cp_H_4TFNVUc31SDwpx41...
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Today at 2:00. Registration is open to all businesses.Register now for the next installment in the Beyond Covid-19 Webinar Series. June 4 @ 2 PM EST. New Business Modeling: How to ensure resiliency in your business. Pre-Registreation Required: us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HN64hmCNSUyGmtWqEnZXfw

What has the Covid-19 Pandemic taught us about our businesses, our customers and how we engage the marketplace? Will we slowly return to business as usual, or do we need to re-think our business models to ensure a stable and growing future?

What is the best process to evaluate my business resiliency and make plans for the unexpected?

Does the forced shift toward digital engagement and remote workers present an opportunity to find new customers, deliver value, reduce costs? Are there new ways to engage in-person?

Topics include:
• How to evaluate my business resiliency
• Planning for multiple scenarios
• Delivering new value digitally
• Transforming in-person services
• Create new channels to market and adapt your products and services to reach new audience for continued growth
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This is great news! Serves as a huge benefit to the entrepreneurial students and to the farmer's market.We are now accepting application for the JMU Summer Impact Fellowship: Apply here: summerimpactfellowship.questionpro.com

The Summer Impact Fellowship will run June 23-August 7. Immediate applications are being accepted HERE for engaged JMU students and 2020 graduates who want to learn the critical 21st century skills of entrepreneurship and project management, while also making a huge impact on the Harrisonburg community and food supply chain of the region. In collaboration with the Harrisonburg Farmer's market, JMU students will help the market transition into having a strong online presence, solve marketing and public relation issues as well as liaise directly with vendors and consumers to stream line this new venture with open-ended prospects.

Each student will receive funding as well as a Certificate of Completion for resume purposes. Applicants who are based in Harrisonburg and are able to work in person, with safe social-distancing precautions, and those who prefer to work remotely, will be considered equally. Students will work directly with GCFE staff, as well as faculty from WRTC and XLabs.
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Face coverings will be required in public indoor settings in Virginia starting Friday, May 29.
Please be kind and supportive of our businesses as they open under these new conditions. #RockStrong #thefriendlycity
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Our Harrisonburg/Rockingham Regional Business Resiliency Taskforce recently created the Shenandoah Valley Guide to Reopening Businesses. This valuable document provides guidance, broken down by industry sector, for businesses as they prepare to reopen. A special thanks to the Shenandoah Valley Partnership for leading this effort. The guide can be found at: harrisonburgdevelopment.com/guide-to-reopening-businesses/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Good advice...support our businesses AND take care of each other.We're all excited to see our favorite businesses reopen, but there are steps we all need to take to ensure that they’re able to remain open safely. If you choose to visit a store or restaurant in person, stay six feet away from others, limit your group size, wear a face covering, and adhere to any other posted protocols. Remember that you can still take advantage of contactless pickup or delivery options and enjoy your favorite downtown spots from home.

Downtown businesses take your health seriously. They've followed CDC and VDH guidelines and increased sanitation measures, trained their staff, and revamped their business operations to keep you safer. But keep in mind, we are all safest when supporting our small business community from home.
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BOGO GELATO!Here's some news from Bella Gelato & Pastries:

This Weekend Only! (Friday & Saturday)
.Come celebrate the reopening of Bella Gelato & Pastries with our Buy One, Get One Free gelato promotion! Share a treat with a friend or indulge in an extra single scoop for yourself.
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We are open for door-side service with limited outdoor seating.
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We are also happy to continue offering curbside pickup - simply call ahead with your order and let us know when you arrive!

We're open 12 - 9PM on both Friday & Saturday
540-217-5657
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#Gelato #IceCream #Harrisonburg #Virginia #Local #Pastries #Desserts #Baker #Bakery #Coffee #espresso
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City and JMU CIS&BSAN Executive Advisory Board Partner to Discuss Growing the Cybersecurity Sector

HARRISONBURG, VIRGINIA (April 10, 2017) — Last Friday, the city of Harrisonburg’s Department of Economic Development (HED) hosted a cybersecurity forum in partnership with James Madison University’s Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics (CIS&BSAN).  HED was seeking industry input on the cybersecurity eco-system and assets necessary to grow the sector in the city.  The forum, dubbed Cybersecurity Cafe, was facilitated by Chris Stammer of Voluminant.

The day-long, robust discussion provided feedback to HED on how best to position the city to attract and grow cybersecurity companies.  The discussion included the infrastructure needs, workforce credential needs and student education needs of industry, as well as potential economic development incentives and best marketing practices to build a successful cybersecurity eco-system.

The forum provided action steps and agreements for continued partnerships for the future.  The action steps compiled during the day will form the critical components of the city’s strategic plan to grow the cybersecurity sector in Harrisonburg.

To see pictures and an overview video of the day, please visit our Cybersecurity Forum page.