A Start-up Business Challenge is coming to St. Paul

In order to highlight the opportunities for business startups within the Heart of Appalachia region, St. Paul Main Street is holding its first Entrepreneur Challenge.  The St. Paul StartUP Business Challenge is a competitive process for emerging entrepreneurs and for the Town of St. Paul to increase its business base.

With up to $5,000 in business investment grants, business skills and leadership training, and mentorship opportunities, the Business Challenge is designed to help entrepreneurs establish businesses with the utmost potential for success.  The cash awards will be made to new entrepreneurial ventures locating in St. Paul, VA. This six-week business training and mentorship opportunity will result in pitch nights at which emerging entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses and newly developed business plans will be judged. Focusing on community economic development strategies, eligible Business Categories include; Retail; Arts and Culture, Outdoor Recreation, Restaurants and Hospitality, Technology/Advanced Manufacturing, or Support services for the above. The business must locate in the Business Districts of St. Paul, VA.

Cash grants will be awarded to the top performers of the program once they establish an eligible business. Only those who successfully complete the program will be eligible for cash awards.

Applications are available online at and at the St. Paul Town Hall, 16531 Russell St.  8:00 AM-4:30 PM. Classes will begin April 4, 2017, and end on May 9, 2017.  All classes will be on Tuesdays, 6-8:30 PM.

Once applications are received, a cohort of up to 20 Challengers will be selected to participate in the training program.

Applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2017, to or St. Paul Main Street, PO Box 818 St. Paul, VA. 24283

To find out more, visit, email, or call 276-395-0685.

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