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Please visit The Alleghany Highlands Artisans Shops.  By making purchases through this site, you are supporting entrepreneurs whose hand-made products reflect the talent and innovation native to the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia.

We in partnership with The Advancement Foundation are seeking entrepreneurs of all ages and experience who want to start or expand a business.  We are particularly interested in businesses that will become part of our efforts to create a critical mass of interconnected businesses in order to maximize tourism within the Alleghany Highlands.  Over the next 6 months we will meet with and select a minimum of 25 businesses that will be eligible to participate in the GAUNTLET Business Development Program and Competition!  Over $250,000 will be awarded in the State’s Largest Business Competition across the Alleghany Highlands, Botetourt and Roanoke Counties.  Participants have access to mentors, expertise, 0% interest loan funds, incubation programs and so much more!!!  Please contact or call 540.862.0936 to set up an appointment.  If you want to start or expand your business NOW is the time!!!!!  Gauntlet Application here.

For all you entrepreneurs who missed our workshop on Guerrilla Marketing, you can view it here.


The Alleghany Highlands is a natural choice for large companies, small businesses, individuals and families. We’re pro-business and family friendly. Good schools are an advantage for families with children and companies that want well-educated employees. Low taxes benefit everyone.

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The AHEDC Wins VEDA Award

The Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation received an award from the Virginia Economic Development Association (VEDA) called the Community Economic Development Awards (CEDA). The VEDA spring conference was held in Charlottesville, Virginia on March 31, 2017. The CEDA program recognizes the best practices and exceptional contributions of communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia for the […]

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Bear Mountain Signs Recognized by the AHEDC

Bear Mountain Signs By: Terri McClung This is the fourth in the series of interviews conducted by the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation about small business entrepreneurship in our area. The Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation offers entrepreneurial services. We provide one-on-one business planning assistance, training, mentoring and operational assistance to existing local small businesses […]

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