Business Insights & Resources

Meet Your Spring CO.STARTERS Facilitators

Posted by Lynchburg EDA on Jan 10, 2018 2:21:30 PM

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.

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Topics: Business Retention, Technology, Entrepreneurship, co.starters

Meet Your New CO.STARTERS Facilitators

Posted by Lynchburg EDA on Aug 9, 2017 12:07:14 PM

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.

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Topics: Business Retention, Technology, Entrepreneurship, co.starters

City Hosts First Create Lynchburg Conference for Arts Entrepreneurs

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Feb 10, 2017 12:09:48 PM

The City of Lynchburg, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at CVCC and the Academy Center of the Arts, hosted the first Create Lynchburg conference on January 27-28, 2017. The Create Lynchburg conference convened more than 75 arts entrepreneurs for a weekend of workshops, panel discussions and speakers.

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Topics: Arts and Culture, Entrepreneurship, co.starters, Business Retention, Downtown

Holiday Maker Series: Evergreen Centerpiece

Posted by Lynchburg EDA on Dec 19, 2016 1:51:16 PM

With Barker Restoration

Celebrate the season with a homemade evergreen centerpiece. While this can be created with live or artificial branches, the options for personalization are endless. Kortnei Barker, of Barker Restoration shows how to make an inexpensive, yet custom, evergreen centerpiece for your holiday home.

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Topics: co.starters

Which U.S. City is the best for startups?

Posted by Lynchburg EDA on Sep 26, 2016 4:00:00 PM

When considering where to start a new business, many questions come to mind. How much will rent cost? How much will I need to pay staff? Are my prospects and suppliers nearby? Will I have a local support system?

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Topics: Entrepreneurship, Business Attraction, Business Retention, co.starters

Introducing Launched in Lynchburg

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Sep 18, 2016 3:09:08 PM

The Lynchburg Office of Economic Development and Economic Development Authority have recently released a new digital platform to inspire and educate local entrepreneurs called Launched in Lynchburg

Launched In Lynchburg is a web portal designed to inspire, educate and connect local entrepreneurs and professionals. All of the content is generated by the local business community, for the local business community.

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Topics: Education, Entrepreneurship, Business Retention, co.starters

City of Lynchburg's Office of Economic Development Releases 2015-2016 Annual Report (Part 2/2)

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Aug 25, 2016 12:48:39 PM

Economic Development Programs

The Office of Economic Development works to build a range of local programs and incentives to create and retain jobs, improve Lynchburg's infrastructure and assets, and invest in local quality of life initiatives.

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Topics: Brownfields, Downtown, Technology, co.starters, Development, transportation, Enterprise Zone, Arts and Culture, Entrepreneurship, Business Attraction

The Craft Crucible woodworking shop to open in Midtown Lynchburg this fall

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Aug 10, 2016 3:36:35 PM

Randy Smith purchased the former Campbell Payne building on Thurman Avenue last November, and plans to open The Craft Crucible doors this fall.

In 2008, Randy Smith left the corporate world, where he worked as a mechanical engineer, to build beautiful handcrafted wooden furniture and the Kashiwa Woodworking brand. Flash forward eight years, and Smith is about to open the doors to a new Midtown-based workspace and lumber shop: The Craft Crucible. 

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Topics: Development, Enterprise Zone, Entrepreneurship, co.starters, Redevelopment, Business Retention

Lynchburg Innovation Week 2016 Draws Hundreds of Business Professionals

Posted by Lynchburg EDA on Jul 11, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Between June 2nd - 4th, hundreds of local business professionals gathered downtown at the Riverviews Artspace to celebrate the city's first Lynchburg Innovation Week. The 3-day event featured a wide range of learning and networking opportunities. Hosted by the Lynchburg Economic Development Authority, Lynchburg Innovation Week was organized by Cities Reimagined, which develops innovative economic development strategies and programming.

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Topics: Business Retention, Business Attraction, TechHire, Redevelopment, Entrepreneurship, Downtown, co.starters

Lynchburg business grant winner and CO.STARTERS grad to open new bakery shop downtown

Posted by Office of Economic Development on Jul 6, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Tarsha Joyner, Founder of Mrs. Joy's Absolutely Fabulous Treats, accepting Community Business Launch grant for $7,500 at the 2016 Lynchburg Innovation Week.

This summer, Tarsha Joyner, the winner of the Food Network's 2015 Christmas Cookie Challenge will be opening a new storefront downtown. Joyner recently completed the CO.STARTERS entrepreneurial training program in Lynchburg, and was awarded a $7,500 Community Business Launch grant to invest in the new downtown business.

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Topics: co.starters, Entrepreneurship, Redevelopment, Downtown