The Community Business Launch (CBL) is a place-based entrepreneurial development strategy that fills a critical mass of vacant storefronts with expansion or start-up ventures. Local CBL programs train entrepreneurs, creatives, and small business owners about business planning practices, culminating in a group of finalists pitching their ideas to a panel of judges, with winners receiving grant funding … More DHCD Releases Community Business Launch (CBL) 2021 Annual Report
What started as the Economic Empowerment and Group Economics back in 2016 has since grown and rebranded to the powerhouse nonprofit Black BRAND, which stands for Business Research Analytics Networking and Development. Now acting as the Black Chamber of Commerce for the Hampton Roads and Dan River regions, their mission is to transform the local, … More Celebrating Black Business Month – Black Brand Celebrates Year Round
The Governor’s Summit on Rural Prosperity will be held on October 12-13, 2022 in Smithfield, Virginia! Hosted by the Virginia Rural Center (VRC), a joint venture of the General Assembly’s nonprofit Center for Rural Virginia and 18-member Rural Prosperity Commission, this summit will bring together local, state and private sector representatives from across Virginia to … More Registration Now Open for The Governor’s Summit on Rural Prosperity in Smithfield, Virginia
On Monday, July 18th, representatives from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) attended a ribbon cutting in Olde Town Portsmouth to celebrate the opening of Bloom, a nonprofit co-working space founded by the Portsmouth Partnership. Their mission is to strengthen Portsmouth’s business community by empowering the entrepreneurs and innovators who drive economic … More Olde Towne Portsmouth Has a New Co-working Space!
During August, we celebrate National Black Business Month (NBBM) and honor the rich heritage of Black entrepreneurship! Recognizing the importance of championing Black-owned businesses, communities far and wide can lift each other up, connect minority-owned businesses to consumers, promote educational opportunities, and encourage meaningful collaboration to bolster the impact that Black entrepreneurs have on our … More Highlighting, Championing and Supporting Black-Owned Businesses During National Black Business Month
You want a mountain biking vacation, but where will you have dinner? A long weekend visiting Virginia’s wineries, cideries, and breweries, but where can you stay? You are planning a through hike, but where can you get provisions along the trail? Communities that count outdoor recreation and agriculture as a part of their tourism offerings … More Base Camp is Back – Save the Date!
Parents across the Commonwealth, and the country, are finding it increasingly difficult to secure suitable child care. Armed with a $100,000 Virginia Statewide Business District Resurgence Grant from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Inner Peace Coalition, Inc. (IPC) has been working tirelessly to alleviate this issue in Virginia’s Historic Triangle. With … More Creating a Pathway to Quality Child Care
To keep your board functioning like a well-oiled machine, efficiently and effectively driving your local Main Street organization forward, consider having a board retreat, which is a worthwhile workshop of sorts that’s dedicated to aligning board members on strategic goals and creating consensus. But, you can’t simply throw together the plans for your board retreat … More Six Tips to Plan a Productive Board Retreat
The Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) is offering a reimbursable Microbusiness Marketing Leverage Program (MLP) grant to assist small tourism-related businesses and to bolster non-peak seasonal visitation. The grant application will open on August 04, 2022 and close on September 20, 2022. Components of the grant program include: Who is Eligible? Small tourism-related businesses that have … More Applications for Virginia Tourism Corporation Microbusiness Marketing Leverage Program Open Soon!
In collaboration with partners across the Commonwealth, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) has launched its annual survey of Virginia nonprofits, and they would greatly appreciate your organization’s input. CNE is conducting this survey to gain a better understanding of the nonprofit landscape. Specifically, your feedback will be aggregated with the input of other nonprofits to … More Enter to Win $350: Center for Nonprofit Excellence Launches Annual Survey of Virginia Nonprofits