Local Entrepreneurs Save Hopewell Coffee Shop

Larry Hancock (left), owner of Legacy Roasting Company, and Crisman White (right), owner of Room ESC, have joined forces to save downtown Hopewell’s coffee shop and communal gallery space, Guncotton Coffee and Gallery, from permanently closing as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Having businesses only a few steps away, Hancock and White chose … More Local Entrepreneurs Save Hopewell Coffee Shop

Governor Northam Commits Additional $20 Million to Rebuild VA Grant Program!

On Dec. 29, 2020, Governor Northam allocated an additional $20 million to the Rebuild! VA grant program. The funds will help meet demand and fulfill pending grant applications, enabling more than 300 small businesses and nonprofit organizations that applied before the last round of funding was exhausted in early December to receive grants. “Small businesses … More Governor Northam Commits Additional $20 Million to Rebuild VA Grant Program!

Ashland, VA Business Spotlighted by Main Street America

A few months ago, Main Street America (MSA) announced the first-round recipients of the HartBeat of Main Street Grant, a program designed to fund solutions that help merchants respond and adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the country, 67 brick-and-mortar small businesses, ranging from bakeries and boutiques to salons and museums, received grant awards. MSA … More Ashland, VA Business Spotlighted by Main Street America

Luray Downtown Initiative Seeks New Executive Director

Luray’s local Main Street program, Luray Downtown Initiative (LDI), has begun searching for a new program director! As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, LDI is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities … More Luray Downtown Initiative Seeks New Executive Director

Advancing the Gauntlet in 2021

The Advancement Foundation’s Gauntlet Business Program & Competition, a business development program that provides training and education to entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to grow their business ideas, often in economically challenged places, is now expanding its service area to include not only the Roanoke Valley, Botetourt County, the Alleghany Highlands and Rockbridge County; … More Advancing the Gauntlet in 2021