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The Entrepreneur Challenge is a competitive process that will award more than $30,000 in business investment grants for new entrepreneurial ventures and existing businesses looking to expand with additional job creation in far Southwest Virginia. Applications are due by June 3, 2013. Please contact Brandi Hall at or 276.889.8188 for additional information.

The 2013 Opportunity Summit had a total of 94 registered participants and 41 registered vendors!

Thanks to Southwest Virginia Technology Council for being a Silver Sponsor! Thanks to BB&T for being a Platinum Sponsor!

Space is still available for registration at the Opportunity Summit. Register online at or contact

Thank you Appalachian Prosperity Project, Sunset Digital, and Virginia Tourism Corporation for being a platinum sponsor for the Summit.

Join us on April 23rd for an exciting key announcement on the first ever Southwest Virgina Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Just confirmed! Senator Phillip Puckett will be joining us on April 23rd for opening remarks. Be sure and join us!

More vendors are joining everyday! Confirmed vendors also include : Town of Wise, Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority, Scott County Tourism, Heartwood, Appalachian Spring, Tazewell County Economic Development Authority, Spearhead Trails and UVa-Wise – Office of Economic Development.

Vendor spots are filling up fast! Confirmed vendors include: People Incorporated, Small Business Development Center, Virginia Tourism Corporation Department of Health and Community Development, Virginia Community Capital, and Russell County Chamber.

Make plans to join us and enjoy exciting sessions about Tourism Business Opportunities, Technology Business Opportunities, Main Street Initiatives with Assets and Strategies, and Business Basics including Writing a Business Plan, etc.
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