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Cardinal Comeback Stories

VEDA’s Cardinal Comeback Series

The cardinal is more than just our mascot and official state bird of the Commonwealth.
It represents hope. Health. Rejuvenation.

In the wake of COVID-19 and its impact to businesses across Virginia, VEDA wants is using the power of story to help inject some hope and health into our business community, and hopefully help rejuvenate us all to move out of this crisis.

We asked our stakeholders to nominate businesses that are doing great things in this pandemic.
We have been overwhelmed with the response!

You may have seen some of these stories on VEDA’s social media channels. The following Cardinal Comeback stories have already debuted on social media. Now we are posting those on our website…just in case you missed it!

 There are many more to come, so check back to read these inspiring stories.

And you can still nominate businesses to be highlighted during the coming months.
Nominate Here

VEDA salutes all the businesses and economic developers who are working hard to make Virginia’s economy COME BACK. Read on and be inspired!



Once Virginia announced its shutdown as a result of COVID-19, AES Consulting Engineers... (read more)

Bicast, Inc.

Bicast, Inc., a small James City County manufacturer of theme park souvenirs quickly pivoted to make & sell face shields to…
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Breathe Healthy

Breathe Healthy, a small Williamsburg maker of reusable, virus protected face masks quickly increased production and the import of masks...(read more)


Burlington Medical

Burlington Medical, a large Newport News producer of x-ray technician protective equipment quickly responded to a request from the Virginia Governor's office… (read more)



As the leading U.S. manufacturer of high pressure gas control systems, CONCOA, Inc., a Virginia Beach company quickly responded to the pandemic… (read more)


Copper Fox Distillery

Copper Fox Distillery was among the first distilleries in the greater Williamsburg area that… (read more)


Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce

In the opening stages of this pandemic, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce did all they could to stay ahead of what was taking place… (read more)


Jon Henry General Store

What do you do when retail comes to a grinding halt and the tourism that supports your business disappears as a result of COVID-19? You make yourself essential...and that's just what Jon Henry General Store did… (read more)


Mercury Paper

Mercury Paper, based in Strasburg, Virginia, makes toilet paper and paper towel products. When the pandemic first struck… (read more)


Old House

Directly following Governor Northam's Executive Order 51, Old House ceased distillery operations and pivoted their resources toward...(read more)

Virginia Toy & Novelty, Co.

Virginia Toy and Novelty Co., a Virginia Beach importer and developer of toys, games and novelties quickly pivoted to source and sell...(read more)

Mountain Laurel Creations

Mountain Laurel Creations were able to remain open during the shutdown, providing their locally grown plants and produce to…
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