Community Resources

Want to start a business or need support for your current hustle?

Check out what's available in your area.

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Network & Collaborate

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RISE Collaborative is a supportive entrepreneurial network. Resources for all experience levels. Also check out their CO.STARTERS program!

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Longwood Small Business Development Center offers services for aspiring, new, and experienced business owners. They provide free classes, consulting, and personal consultations to help you get a new business idea off to a great start or revitalize an existing business.

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DHCD provides entrepreneurial opportunities, business incentives and infrastructure support.

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SBSD has in its toolbox resources ranging from outreach and financing to certification for both state and federal programs that support the growth and sustainability of small businesses. They assist small businesses in navigating state government.

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Small business entrepreneur collective with free membership. Tap into a diverse community of entrepreneurs to solve challenges, find resources, spark inspiration, and help one another. 

Create & Innovate

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Serving Danville, Pittsylvania County and Caswell County, NC, The Launch Place strives to foster an environment for new and serial entrepreneurs to raise capital and build a support system. 

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CO-STARTERS Core Business Bootcamp: Through the RISE Collaborative, the 8-week CO-STARTERS program equips entrepreneurs of all kinds with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action.

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The 6-week River District Dream Launch program is for entrepreneurs seeking to open brick and mortar businesses in the River District in Danville, VA.

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Grants & Funding

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Hello Alice and Mastercard are awarding 50 small business owners with $5,000 grants to help them make their next big move in 2022.

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Comcast RISE has provided more than
$91 million in grants, marketing and technology services to more than 9,500 small businesses owned by people of color – including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Asian Americans.

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GO Virginia is a economic development initiative with funding to invest in collaborative projects that bring more business and opportunities to the commonwealth and lead to high-paying jobs in the region. Click the icon to find your county's economic development office.

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US Department of Commerce grants and contract opportunities. Also access funding and grants for specific business owner types.

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Learn about grants and how to apply, and find grants to support your business

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The Small Business Investment Grant Fund through the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority (VSBFA).

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