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RISE Collaborative serves entrepreneurs in the following 15 localities in Virginia:

Patrick, Henry, Martinsville, Danville, Pittsylvania, Halifax, Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Charlotte, Lunenburg, Prince Edward, Buckingham, Amelia, Nottoway, and Cumberland. Questions? Contact our team at hello@sovarise.com.

Virginia Enterprise Zone Grants and How to Apply

Virginia Enterprise Zone Grants and How to Apply

On October 19, 2022, Kate Pickett Irving of Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development joined our RISE Collaborative online meetup to share her expertise on Virginia Enterprise Zone job creation and real property investment grants. Watch the video or...

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Registration Opens for CO.STARTERS Business Bootcamp

Registration Opens for CO.STARTERS Business Bootcamp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR MORE INFORMATION:  Brandon HennesseyLongwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC)434-395-2752hello@sovarise.com Lauren Mathena SOVA Innovation Hub434-570-1305hello@sovarise.com Registration opens for CO.STARTERS Business Bootcamp  RISE...

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Global Entrepreneurship Week in Southern Virginia

Global Entrepreneurship Week in Southern Virginia

  Contact: Jessica Edwards, Dan River Region Entrepreneur EcosystemEmail: jess@danriverecosystem.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK IN SOUTHERN VIRGINIA Southern Virginia to showcase our entrepreneurial ecosystem.   Dan River Region, Va....

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Lake Country Development Loan Funds and How to Apply

Lake Country Development Loan Funds and How to Apply

Deborah Gosney, Executive Director of the Southside Planning District Commission, joined RISE to tell the RISE community about the Lake Country Development Corporation's loan funds and what organizations need to apply. Watch the video or read below for more...

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River District Association hosts second “Start-Up Slam”

River District Association hosts second “Start-Up Slam”

- News from the River District Association -News Release Contact: Diana Schwartz, Executive Director352-895-8898 For Immediate Release: August 22, 2022   River District Association hosts second “Start-Up Slam”, giving locals the opportunity to crowdfund money for...

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Ally Barfield (RV Mom in Pink)

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Ally Barfield (RV Mom in Pink)

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Ally Barfield From Artist to Entrepreneur “It only takes one percent of action to start turning a dream into a reality,” Ally Barfield, the owner of RV Mom in Pink, explains as she reflects on her own growth over the last year. The...

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Jan Daniel (Taa Daa the Bakery)

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Jan Daniel (Taa Daa the Bakery)

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Jan Daniel Turning a Lifelong Passion into a Full-Fledged BusinessIf experience is the best teacher, Jan Daniel is well-schooled. The self-made entrepreneur and owner of Taa Daa the Bakery in Blackstone, Va., spent decades treating her passion...

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