Washington County just wrapped its annual Washington County Business Challenge — a program designed to support small business ventures in the area that has supported 20 startups and business expansions since the program’s inception in 2014. Each year, the business challenge awards money to new or first-time business owners as well as established business owners seeking to scale. The idea was the brainchild of county administrator Jason Berry who was the incubator director at the time.
“Small businesses because a major in economic development by supporting big business and the local community,” says Sandy Ratliff of VA Community Capital. “Our programs handholds you because we want you to succeed.”