Creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem: A look at how SWVA is fostering entrepreneurship
More than just starting a business, entrepreneurship is a community sport. It takes a community effort to get business's open and thriving, especially as we near the end of the pandemic. Behind every business, main street, or bustling shopping center, is a network of people who made it happen. It's called "an entrepreneurial ecosystem."
The Gauntlet business competition hopes to help rebuild local economy
Driving through southwest Virginia, main streets look much different than a year ago as business closures have left empty storefronts and for sale signs in windows. As 2021 begins, business owners face a rapidly shifting landscape. What will it take for small businesses to rebound?
Have a great business idea? Sign up for the Gauntlet business competition
Started by the Advancement Foundation in Vinton, the Gauntlet helps entrepreneurs start or expand their businesses. The Gauntlet launched 70 businesses last May, amid a worldwide pandemic. If you have an idea for a business, or already have one that you're looking to expand, this is the perfect opportunity.
Roanoke Black-owned small business to be featured on QVC, HSN
In an effort to highlight Black-owned businesses, the NRF Foundation and Qurate Retail Group is teaming up to showcase these business-owners and their products on QVC, HSN, Zulily and several other brands. She’s International Boutique in Roanoke was one of 20 chosen.