February 21, 2017

Entrepreneurs Complete mySWVAOpportunity Business Challenge

In November, six Buchanan and Dickenson County entrepreneurs pitched their business development plans to a panel of local business and banking experts. The presentations were the culmination of two months of work with People, Incorporated’s business training program coordinated by Cindy Green. “We had a great response to the training, and the participants all did a great job,” said Green.

Ten emerging business owners finished the training series. While some felt that they weren’t quite ready to compete for the top prize–a $5,000 cash infusion to fund specific strategies outlined in their business plan–all developed draft business plans.  Watch exerpts from Pitch Night at the links below:

Three more rounds of the weekly training series will occur in the spring and summer of 2015.

  • Russell and Tazewell Counties: March 12 – April 30
  • Wise County and the City of Norton: April 7 – May 26
  • Lee and Scott counties: May 7 – June 25

For more information, visit or contact People, Inc. at 276-619-2243. The effort is funded with generous support from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and Wells Fargo.