Recap of the RISE Grapevine virtual meetup

The RISE Grapevine Virtual Meetup was hosted on Thursday, October 16, 2023, 12pm-1pm on Zoom.

To recap, during this virtual meetup, we discussed recent events and upcoming opportunities for entrepreneurs who are starting or growing businesses in Southern Virginia. The meetup was hosted by Hope Harris-Gayles of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center and the Longwood SBDC, with support from the SOVA Innovation Hub

Our featured resource speaker was Lynne Mann, Director of Procurement Technical Assistance at the Greater Crater APEX Accelerator, formerly known as the Crater Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). The Crater APEX Accelerator serves a large region of Virginia, including Southern Virginia.

Featured Resource: Lynne Mann of the Greater Crater APEX Accelerator (PTAC)

Lynne Manne

Lynne Manne

Director of Procurement Technical Assistance

Greater Crater APEX Accelerator

Greater Crater APEX Accelerator

Government Contracting Assistance

Upcoming Events

November 16

RISE Grapevine Monthly Virtual Meetup

Thursday, November 16, 2023  |   12:00-1:00pm   |   Zoom

The RISE Grapevine Monthly Virtual Meetup is a virtual gathering of diverse, creative, and inclusive entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders from across Southern Virginia. During each monthly meeting, we share updates from local and regional entrepreneurs support organizations. 

December 8

RISE Business Bootcamp – Application Deadline

Friday, December 8m 2023  | Apply at

This program is ideal for people who are new business owners (started in last 1-3 years), and wanting to get a clear path to accessing capital for growth and scaling. The program is also open to people who are just getting started or have not opened their business yet who are wanting to create a solid business plan before diving in with forming the business. 

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