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 recently completed 10 weeks of classes, met with mentors, participated in community events, and worked hard on writing their business plans! We are extremely proud of everyone and wish them luck as they compete for cash and in-kind prizes! Join us for the Gauntlet Award Ceremony on May 17th at the Vinton War Memorial beginning at 6:00 pm. If you’re interested in donating, please email us at
















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Contact information

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