Congratulations to all businesses who participated in The GAUNTLET 2017 Business Program and Competition!
The Gauntlet is a small business enterprise development event that was held in late April. Leading up to the event, we had business classes which helped 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 awarded 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 demonstrated how they will leverage these awards to create economic growth within the community.
On May 11th, 2017, 34 businesses were awarded cash and in-kind prizes totaling over $200,000.00! They completed 3 months worth of weekly classes, wrote a well developed business plan and pitched their ideas in front of a panel of judges.
The top 5 winners included Wingman Outfitter, Frost Gear, Corethentic Enterprises, Stoney Brook Vineyards and D.O.G. Ventures.
Thank you to all of our sponsors!
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.