Here’s where the rubber meets the road. If you’re ready to make a positive change in your life, The Advancement Foundation is ready to help. Here are just a few of our resources we have to offer:

  1. The Gauntlet. The State’s Largest Business Program and Competition provides education, resources, and support to entrepreneurs who want to start or expand a business in Roanoke county, Botetourt county, or Alleghany county. This 10-week program culminates in a competition where every business has the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for over $250,000 in cash and in-kind resources. Classes start in February! Get started by contacting Kathleen for more information.
  2. Loan Fund. The Advancement Foundation has partnered with the Department of Housing and Community Development to offer no interest loans to qualifying businesses that will create and retain jobs in PDI Districts 1-6 by stimulating new private investment by offering financing which may be subordinated to conventional bank financing. To learn more and to get directions for applications, contact Kathleen.
  3. Financial Peace University. The Advancement Foundation partners with The McLeod Foundation to offer Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University at no cost! Classes are scheduled several times a year. Learn more and find out when the next round of classes start by contacting Kelly.
  4. VIDA. The Advancement Foundation is a proud intermediary of the Virginia Individual Development Account Program (VIDA). This program is a state-sponsored program designed to help individuals save money for education, buying a house, or obtaining business inventory. With an 8-to-1 match up to $4,000, you can turn $500 into $4,500. Learn more by contacting Kelly.