The GAUNTLET is Virginia’s Largest Business Program and Competition open to interested entrepreneurs of all ages and skill sets. This year’s Two-Track Curriculum will incorporate necessary training tools for both Main Street and High-Growth businesses. The GAUNTLET is a comprehensive business development program. Entrepreneurs will participate in weekly business training sessions, meet and network with successful entrepreneurs, fellow GAUNTLET participants, mentors, and develop business strategies that provide a roadmap to success. Anyone is welcome to participate in the training sessions and classes; however, businesses wanting to compete for cash and prizes must start or expand their business in the Alleghany Highlands, Botetourt County, Roanoke City, and/or Roanoke County. 

Application is now closed. 


Weekly classes began on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Class locations include:

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College: 1000 Dabney Drive, Clifton Forge, VA 24422 (Warren Hall, Room 424)

Humble HIVE: 601 11th Street NW, Roanoke, VA 24017

Vinton War Memorial: 814 E Washington Avenue, Vinton, VA 24179





Kathleen, Director of Small Business Development;  540-283-7062

Visit our Partners!

Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce,    Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation,   Botetourt County Chamber of Commerce,   Botetourt County Economic DevelopmentHumble HIVE, City of Roanoke Economic DevelopmentRoanoke County Economic Development,   Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce,   Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center,   Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce