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The Fredericksburg Region’s business community represents all facets of industry and commerce. Dynamic leaders are creating new economic opportunities by developing the products and services that fuel economic activity both today and tomorrow.

The region has more than 5,000 businesses – including government and defense contractors, service establishments, retail outlets, medical care providers and construction companies.

The number of home-based businesses that provide specialized services is growing. Longstanding businesses in the area include Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, A. Smith Bowman Distillery, Rappahannock Goodwill Industries, Roxbury Farm and Garden, J.F. Fick, Inc. and The Silver Cos.

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A variety of call centers, distribution centers, high-tech manufacturers, and Internet-related firms conduct business from the Fredericksburg Region, as do national and international corporations.

Defense contractors provide engineering and support services for three area military installations and the Washington, D.C. Region. Four of the top 10 industries in the Fredericksburg Region that received Department of Defense contract awards are classified as high-technology industries and provide a higher-than-average wage for their employees. Due to the heavy presence of the defense industry, many of the region’s employers constantly seek workers with skills in science, engineering and technology.

The mix of business and industry in the region creates a stable economic base and provides varied job opportunities for the region’s growing workforce.

High-tech products made in the region include robotics with military applications, printed circuit boards, components for laser printers, military tent shelter systems, and imbedded-Internet-type security systems. Companies that represent more than half of Virginia’s $12 billion high-tech industry are located near the region.

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