Ready to turn your creative idea into a thriving business? If you are a local artist or maker with a desire to start a creative business, then Create Lynchburg is an event you do not want to miss. Read below to discover why you need to attend this year’s event.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields Program provides grants to communities, states and tribes to assess, clean-up and reuse contaminated properties. This program, which the City of Lynchburg has participated in since 2015, works to sustainably repurpose buildings that have or potentially have hazardous substances, pollutants, contaminants, controlled substances, petroleum or petroleum products, or lives on mine-scarred land.
The Lynchburg Beacon of Hope and The Region 2000 Workforce Development have partnered with Leadership Lynchburg for a series of videos. Together, we are raising awareness of rewarding jobs that don’t follow typical pathways of education. The Region 2000 Workforce Development’s mission is advancing a workforce to meet business and job seeker needs.
CO.STARTERS is a nine-week program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn business ideas into action and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving business. Each week, the group of entrepreneurs will tackle another aspect of building a business - from creating a lean canvas business plan, to driving marketing and sales and learning how to scale.
Lynchburg’s expanding businesses are making a big impact in Central Virginia. Lynchburg has over 3,100 businesses that boast a combined $2 billion in annual sales from a quarter of a million local and visiting consumers. Additionally, nationally acclaimed businesses such as Pacific Life, Genworth, and Frito Lay, all have sizable local branches that operate here. With this growing commerce, many of our forward-thinking residents, now successful entrepreneurs, are contributing to the regional marketplace. Read below to learn from our profitable local business owners and their stories of success as well as their advice for future entrepreneurs.
The Lynchburg EDA proudly supported the recent Lynchburg Maker Faire as a Lynchburg Innovation Event. On Sunday, March 26th at Randolph College, this free event included family friendly with activities for all ages of children and adults. “The Maker Faire is really a celebration of making. We felt like it fit really well with SciFest - with what they already do with the hands-on learning,” explained Elise Spontarelli, Executive Director of Vector Space in an interview with Living in the Heart of Virginia.
Our community thrives on health and happiness. The combination of the two adds to the longevity and overall experience in a region. If you have been a Lynchburg resident for a few years, you may have noticed the growing number of community wellness initiatives, such as Live Healthy Lynchburg. These new community engagements were started to improve the all-around health of Lynchburg residents. In 2010, Lynchburg was ranked as the 8th most obese city in U.S. In light of these findings, residents gathered and made drastic lifestyle changes together. The end result of this has made an impact in a big way! According to a report from Gallup-Healthways, Lynchburg is now one of the top ranking cities for health and happiness. Here’s how we accomplished this.
Topics: News & Events
Amazement Square, Lynchburg’s award winning children’s museum, is one of 10 museums nationwide selected to host Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea, part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, funded by The Freeman Foundation and implemented by the Association of Children’s Museums. Heart and Seoul aims to bring modern-day South Korea to Central Virginia. The exhibition will be hosted at River Ridge Mall, is free and open to the public, and will run April 8 through September 2017.
Topics: Arts and Culture
Offering insurance since 1868, Pacific Life provides a wide range of insurance products, annuities, and mutual funds, as well as a variety of investment products and services to individuals, businesses, and pension plans. Pacific Life counts more than half of the 100 largest U.S. companies as its clients.