DO YOU HAVE AN IDEA THAT COULD HELP YOU AND YOUR COMMUNITY?
- Are you an entrepreneur and community advocate?
- Are you just getting started with your product or service idea?
- Have you already been in business but have plans to expand your business in Roanoke and Botetourt County?
If so, you are eligible to participate in The GAUNTLET!
The Gauntlet is a small business enterprise development event being held in late April. Leading up to the event, we have business classes which will help our entrepreneurs and community advocates hone their business ideas and concepts. The unique caveat to our event is that our advocates must demonstrate a “double bottom line”, which means they must pursue financial and social returns on investment.
Thanks to a grant from Virginia BCC, we’re awarding cash and prizes to businesses that are starting in or expanding to Roanoke and Botetourt County. The grant money and prizes will provide valuable business assets such as office space, business licenses, chamber memberships, computers, training, and money for equipment and supplies. Business owners will demonstrate how they will leverage these awards to create economic growth within the community.
At the beginning of February we will begin a training program, which will engage entrepreneurs in business plan development, market research, operational detail and sales/marketing techniques. The program will culminate with judged presentations, business plan evaluations and ultimately the GAUNTLET Business Competition awards event. This competition is our regions largest! Business ideas or newer small businesses of all types are welcome. Questions? Contact us at 540-283-7062 or email email@example.com.
*Application fee of $25. You can send application through e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If mailing application and application fee, send to 227 S. Pollard Street, Vinton, VA 24179.
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Schedule: You are required to attend 10 weeks of our Business Competition Classes once a week. Two options are offered, Tuesday from 6:00pm-7:30pm or Thursday from 10:00am-11:30am. After the classes, you will present your developed business plan and needs to a panel of judges. The first week of class begins Tuesday, February 7th. with the award ceremony being held on May 11th.
ARE YOU WILLING TO SHARE EXPERTISE BY COACHING OR ADVISING?
- Sign up to be a mentor for our motivated and inspired entrepreneurs!
- Pass along experience!
- Facilitate various workshops with critical topics encompassing marketing, budget, legal, and business management.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO DONATE TO THE GAUNTLET AND BECOME A SPONSOR?
- We are looking for capital as well as in-kind donations such as personnel or expertise in website development or marketing assistance for the applicants.
Attention Entrepreneurs: Our Business Incubation Program is one of the most comprehensive training/mentoring programs around! We start with DISC assessments to refine self awareness and conduct a 360 degree evaluation of business knowledge in order to manage strengths and weaknesses in our entrepreneurs. We target key skills and infuse business mentors into those areas which best ensure comprehensive success for your business. Through our partnership with key organizations we engage in a holistic approach to business success!
We are so pleased to deliver this amazing program to our community. Special thanks to our partners including the Governors Community Business Launch Project, Cortex Leadership, and the Small Business Development Center.