Staunton’s business growth plan announces fifth tranche

STATON, Va. (WHSV) – Startup Shenandoah Valley has a fifth cohort of entrepreneurs who will complete their plans.

The program, conducted through the Shenandoah Community Capital Fund, nurtures the growth of a group of entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses, be they tech startups or brick-and-mortar businesses.

Participants will improve their business models, develop ideas and networks, and they will gain support from other local business owners.

“They’re paired with a local mentor who can really be that voice. Mentors are half coach, half parent, half therapist and half expert,” said Katie Overfield-Zook, a startup ecosystem builder at Shenandoah Community Capital Fund.

The program helps these entrepreneurs, but also helps develop the local economy and culture.

“The entrepreneurs we support are making the Shenandoah Valley an even more exciting and wonderful place to live. Whether it’s creating high-paying jobs through startups, or providing services that Silicon Valley needs,” Overfield-Zook said.

For more information on the program and to learn about the participants, check out the Shenandoah Community Capital Fund online.

According to the SCCF press release, the fifth group is as follows:

Spiral hydrogen is an electrolyser manufacturer that moved quickly to meet the growing demand for green hydrogen, a key tool to achieve a decarbonized economy.

Island Candle Company is the original soy emulsion candle manufacturer with over 15 years of experience. Customers enjoy clean burning candles (no soot or smoke), wonderful scents and a calming atmosphere. After the candle begins to melt, the warm (not hot) melted soybean oil in the candle can be used as a luxurious moisturizer.

Nonprofit MBA Provides nonprofit organizations access to an online application that assesses their organization’s capabilities, identifies strengths and weaknesses, prioritizes capacity-building work that needs to be done, provides small projects, and allows them to track the implementation of those projects. The app’s ability to assess maturity scales is designed to guide nonprofits in increasing productivity until they can continue to innovate.

low carb kitchen Offers prepared foods and focuses on creating and distributing delicious tomato fries to consumers.

Zion Bean Sprout Club As a multi-faceted center for the preservation and promotion of Christian art. The house will become a museum with a collection of hymns and gospels, art exhibitions, and collections of Christian literature and essays. The residence will also feature outdoor plants, sculpture exhibits and landscaping.

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