The GAUNTLET is one of the most comprehensive training and mentoring programs around! During this 10 week program, we use the DISC assessment 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. We also have guest speakers that are knowledgeable, dynamic and enthusiastic about small business development. Through our partnership with key organizations we engage in a holistic approach to business success!

The GAUNTLET 2018 entrepreneurs have completed 10 weeks of classes, met with mentors, participated in community events, worked hard on writing their business plans, and celebrated at the 4th Annual Gauntlet Award Ceremony on May 17th, 2018 at the Vinton War Memorial!

The Advancement was able to award over $250,000 cash and in-kind prizes to 41 businesses across the Alleghany Highlands, Botetourt County, and Roanoke County! We are extremely proud of all the participating entrepreneurs and are very thankful of our sponsors and community leaders!


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 Development,   Roanoke County Economic Development,   Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce,   Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center,   Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce


Check out some fun photos from The Gauntlet 2018 Award Ceremony from May 17th, 2018!