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Rural Communities Rally across Southwest Virginia

By Andrew Barnes As a part of an ongoing effort to diversify and invigorate the economy of Southwest Virginia, an organization devoted to community and small business development has focused successfully in recent years on a program designed to encourage investment in and promotion of the unique cultural and outdoor […]

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Friends of Southwest Virginia has launched a new partner website

FriendsofSWVA.org is your home base for branding, marketing, and development tools for communities and businesses in Southwest Virginia. Learn how the Friends of Southwest Virginia team can help you in your community and economic development goals. Download SWVA brand tools for your business or community. Order SWVA merchandise at wholesale prices. Reach out to […]

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Tastes of the Clinch Offers Guide to Local Eateries

Nearly sixty locally owned restaurants range from iconic hamburger stands to Appalachian regional dining The Clinch River Valley, long identified as home to one of the most biodiverse river systems in North America, is also the setting for a wide range of authentic local dining experiences. The collaborative Clinch River […]

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Launch an Entrepreneur Competition

On April 12, 2016, My SWVA Opportunity partners hosted a seminar instructing community stakeholders on how to successfully launch an entrepreneur business plan competition. The free workshop provided insight on successful regional competitions, the benefits of competitions from the challengers’ perspective, best practices and steps to organize a competition, and […]

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Virginia Velocity Tour

Virginia Velocity is recruiting early-stage entrepreneurs for the Virginia Velocity Tour. The Virginia Velocity Tour is part of Governor McAuliffe’s Virginia Velocity business plan competition, which launched last year to spur entrepreneurship in the Commonwealth. From September 19-23, the tour bus will travel to five regions across Virginia (Roanoke, Richmond, […]

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My SWVA Opportunity Cup Celebrates Challengers

The competition graduates 15 businesses and awards $35,000 to top performers The My Southwest Virginia Opportunity Cup, led by the collaborative My Southwest Virginia Opportunity effort, came to a close on Nov. 4, 2015 with an awards ceremony and announcement of winners in the regional business competition. Entrepreneurs and citizens […]

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The Top 5 Keys to Entrepreneurial Success

Written by My SWVA Opportunity Intern, Hannah McNew Many people value success as an array of different things. For most, obtaining success is not just making sure that the job is done correctly. There is much more to it than that! The means of achieving success varies from person to […]

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Challenger Spotlight: Toni Warren, Warren Cleaning and Restoration

Toni Warren is the owner operator of Warren Cleaning and Restoration, which is a family-owned business located in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. At Warren Cleaning and Restoration, they have qualified professionals who can provide carpet cleaning as well as disaster restoration services for fire, water, smoke, and wind damage. According […]

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