The GAUNTLET is Virginia’s Largest Business Program and Competition. 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 a weekly business training sessions, meet and network with successful entrepreneurs, fellow GAUNTLET participants, mentors, and develop business strategies that provide a roadmap to success. Businesses must start or expand in Alleghany Highlands, Botetourt County, Roanoke City, and/or Roanoke County.


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Online Application

Weekly classes begin 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

Kathleen@TheAdvancementFoundation.org;  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 HIVERoanoke County Economic Development,   Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce,   Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center,   Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce