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Launchpad

A business incubator which provides mentorship and general support to emerging companies. Is affiliated with William and Mary University.

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Catalyst

A business accelerator which provides training and support to emerging companies in Central Virginia
CATALYST (434.co)
They provide 9 months of support and $20,000 in grant funding plus technical assistance to tech companies in industries such as software, hardware, biotechnology, and biomedical field.

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Black Farmer Equity Fund

A microlender which seeks to provide support to black, female, veteran, new, and underresourced farmers in Virginia
Mission — Foodshed Capital (foodcap.org)
They provide loans to black farmers
They also provided a $12,000 grant to the Minority and Veteran Farmers of the Piedmont in Virginia to support their efforts to reach mobile markets
Black Farmer Fund — Foodshed Capital (foodcap.org)

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Lighthouse Labs

This technology accelerator provides 3 months of mentorship and support to emerging technology companies. They also provide $20,000 grants to 12 to 20 promising technology companies per year.

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Virginia Community Capital irginia Community Capital

• Virginia Community Capital (VCC) will expand its Economic Equity Fund Initiative (EEF), and use $1.5 million of additional funding to provide low-cost financing for small-, women-, and minority-owned businesses across Virginia that were disproportionately affected by COVID-19.
• The additional funds will support 15 or more businesses.
• They will also hire a technical assistance provider specifically for this program.

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Life Asset

Providing microloans and training to low-income entrepreneurs who are overlooked by traditional lenders and financial institutions.

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Disability:IN

We certify disability-owned business enterprises and veteran-disability owned businesses and link them to organizations looking to diversify their supply chains.

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Hello Alice

No matter where you are in your business journey, Hello Alice is here to provide access to funding, tools, and resources to help you grow your business.

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Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD)

The OVBD facilitates the use of all U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs by veterans, service-disabled veterans, reservists, active-duty service members, transitioning service members, and their dependents or survivors. OVBD oversees Veteran Business Outreach Centers (VBOC), which are designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and resource partner referrals. The SBA has 22 organizations participating in this cooperative agreement and serving as Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOC).

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Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA)

The Office of Native American Affairs is part of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Their mission is to ensure that American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians seeking to create, develop and expand small businesses have full access to the necessary business development and expansion tools available through the Agency’s entrepreneurial development, lending, and procurement programs. ONAA contracts with two companies to offer entrepreneurial empowerment workshops and free technical assistance.

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Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO)

The OWBO is part of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and helps women entrepreneurs through programs coordinated by SBA district offices. Programs include business training, counseling, federal contracts, and access to credit and capital. The OWBO oversees Women’s Business Centers (WBCs). These centers seek to level the playing field for all women entrepreneurs, who still face unique obstacles in the business world.

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SCORE

SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Since 1964, SCORE has provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs. SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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