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See what The Advancement Foundation has been up to!

We are thankful to all media outlets that include us in their publications. Check out the latest news below!

Valley Business FRONT

Have you seen the September 2019 Issue of Valley Business FRONT? Our President, Annette Patterson, shares exciting news for The Advancement Foundation!


Daytime Blue Ridge

Watch GAUNTLET 2019 Alum and Top Winner, Nick Morgan with Formable Grabber, on WSLS Daytime Blue Ridge! Formable Grabber was awarded over $20,000 in prizes.


Vinton Messenger

Read about the Hispanic/Latino business support group, Nuestro Comercio Latino (NCL) that has formed in the Roanoke Valley, the brainchild of Kat Pascal and Jimmy Delgado, owners of the Farmburguesa restaurant in Vinton and GAUNTLET 2018 Alum!

Roanoke Times

Innovation Mill, a project by The Advancement Foundation and funded through Go Virginia Region 2, is currently seeking applications! Innovation Mill focuses on early and new stage companies within high growth industries.



Hard to believe it’s been 5 years since the first GAUNTLET! See the excitement as the GAUNTLET celebrated it’s 5th year this past May as being Virginia’s largest business program and competition!



Listen in on our President, Annette Patterson, share some excitement for the 5th Annual GAUNTLET! This video talks about not only entrepreneurs, but the importance of mentorship as well.

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