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.
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.
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.
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.
Good Karma Tea and Wellness Co. has been in business in Lynchburg for nearly two years, but it's about to open a new, larger retail and wellness space downtown with the help of a $10,500 Community Business Launch grant.
Local entrepreneurs met every week for the nine-week CO.STARTERS training session in Lynchburg, Virginia.
This month, 22 local entrepreneurs graduated from Lynchburg's first CO.STARTERS training program. The nine-week intensive training designed for entrepreneurs helped local business owners shape their business strategy, learn new business management skills, and bounce ideas off of their colleagues in an encouraging, professional environment.
What is this?
Lynchburg Innovation Week is a 3-day series of events designed to highlight our business community, inspire citizens to take an active role in growing our City, and connect Lynchburg's entrepreneurs and startups with our accomplished and long standing business leaders.
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