Solace Brewing Company cofounder and head brewer Drew Wiles accepted the Board of Supervisors’ annual Small Business Week proclamation Thursday, April 18.
Wiles, Jon Humerick and Mike Arms launched Solace in 2018 with ambitious plans to take up one of the largest brewing facilities in Loudoun.
“Just in two small years, to be up here in front of this board and this group of people, accepting the small business proclamation—I just can’t tell you what it means to me,” Wiles said.
Loudoun’s eighth annual Small Business week is May 6-10. According to the county Department of Economic Development, more than 10,000 of Loudoun’s 12,000 employers have 20 or fewer employees. Some of Loudoun’s largest and most recognizable businesses started small, such as K2M, Orbital ATK and FCi Federal. Department of Economic Development Small Business and Entrepreneurship Manager Vanessa Wagner said it “truly is the greatest week in Loudoun every year,” with more than 18 events for small businesses, all listed at loudounsmallbiz.org.
Wiles said working with Loudoun County to launch his business near Arcola has been “a dream.” The company now has 10 full-time employees and numerous part-time employees, and “a vision to grow.”
“When things might seem small to this board or anybody in this government center—if there’s a little issue that might seem just a little thing—it means a lot to someone like me and my business partners when we’re starting a business and trying to get off the ground,” Wiles said.