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February 17, 2018


2/12/2018 12:13:00 PM
Gauntlet Kickoff Attended By Highlands Business Personnel
The Gauntlet Business Program and Competition kicked off in the Alleghany Highlands last Tuesday, with 18 local entrepreneurs participating in the inaugural meeting. There’s still time to sign up. The Gauntlet is held each Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 424 at Warren Hall on the campus of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. The deadline to register is Feb. 19 and you can register at www.TheAdvancementFoundation.org. (Photo Courtesy Terri McClung)
The Gauntlet Business Program and Competition kicked off in the Alleghany Highlands last Tuesday, with 18 local entrepreneurs participating in the inaugural meeting. There’s still time to sign up. The Gauntlet is held each Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 424 at Warren Hall on the campus of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. The deadline to register is Feb. 19 and you can register at www.TheAdvancementFoundation.org. (Photo Courtesy Terri McClung)

BY DAVID S. CROSIER
Online Editor
CLIFTON FORGE — It’s not too late to be a part of The Gauntlet.

Eighteen Highlands entrepreneurs turned out for last Tuesday’s inaugural Gauntlet Business Program and Competition session.

If you missed last week’s Gauntlet kickoff, you can still be a part of this unique opportunity.

Registrations will be accepted through Monday, Feb. 19.

Sessions are held each Tuesday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in Room 424 of Warren Hall on the campus of Dab-ney S. Lancaster Commun-ity College in Clifton Forge.

In a joint effort between the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation and The Ad-vancement Foundation, this year the Gauntlet program will award $250,000 in startup capital and prizes to participants.

Anyone with a business idea or currently in business, who wants to see their business grow and expand in the Alleghany Highlands, is welcome to join The Gauntlet.

This year, The Advance-ment Foundation is celebrating 10 years of community impact and will be hosting the fourth annual Gauntlet Business Program & Competition.

Last year, The Advance-ment Foundation gave away over $200,000 to 2017 Gauntlet participants to start or expand their local businesses.

Previous Gauntlet graduates include Twin Creeks Brewing Company, Wingman Outfitter, Blue Moun-tain Adventures, Discount Computer Services, Dreyer Academy, P.A. on Demand, New Moon Creative Media, Earthworks Pottery, Hamm's Fine Foods, New Freedom Farm, Big Lick Boomerang, Dr. Auto Spa, Thread Love, 581 Media, Frost Gear, Twice Tre-asured Consignment, and Primary Solutions Physical Therapy.

Anyone can participate in the program, ranging from high school students to adults, and competitors have to start or expand their businesses in Roanoke County, Botetourt County or the Alleghany Highlands in order to compete to win cash and prizes.

This is the first year the competition has included entrepreneurs in the Alleghany Highlands.

The competition at the end of the class is not required as participants are welcome to join The Gauntlet just for the educational piece and experience.

The Gauntlet Awards Ceremony will be May 17.

For more information, contact Kathleen@The AdvancementFoundation. org, or register, log online to www. TheAdvancement Foundation.org.





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