The next Entrepreneur Café will be held June 10th. Develop your plan and apply for the late spring Entrepreneur Cafe, by clicking on the Participitation tab and scrolling down to the application form. Over $5000 has been awarded to local entrepreneurs to meet needs to help them succeed and grow our economy. Meredeth Young received the highest points at the 4th Entrerpreneur Cafe held in February. She received $1050 for her "Uncanny" presentation detailing her home based recycled jewelry business needs. Her business has grown to over 130 retail outlets including Whole Foods. She needed funding to purchase more dies to increase her manufacturing output. Close contenders for the funding included When Pigs Fly Bar b que with need for an industrial grade steam kettle to manufacture their sauces for sale, Greenbrier Brewing Company needed funds for product development and marketing of their Mothman beer and New World Alterations needed funding to expand their embrodiery business.
Presidio Studios has created a Bonus program for the Entrpreneur who shows the most growth as a result of the seed funding received from the Entrepreneur Cafe. Below are pictures depicting the progress made by Healing Hands Mobile Massage Unit, as Tanya Hazelwood renovated a recreational vehicle into a tranquil space for massage utilizing seed funding from the Fall Entrepreneur Cafe.
The Mindset for Success youth entrepreneurial program is helping to develop future innovators with programming at Western and Eastern Middle Schools, as well at Greenbrier West high school. Students are being empowered with the skills to help them succeed in life whether they become entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs (whose using their creativity to succeed with a business). Theses programs are currently sponsored by S.J. Neathawks, First Energy, The Peyton Foundation, New River Community and Technical College and Greenbrier Valley Economic Development with assistance from A & S Computers and the Justice Family.
Before and After pictures of Healing Hands Mobile Massage Unit