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The Advancement Foundation along with multiple partners created this Entrepreneurial Needs Assessment to provide a platform for entrepreneurs to connect with support and resources that advance their business goals. This brief assessment is the first step in helping us develop your 360 Degree Business and Entrepreneur Development Plan. All information is treated with strict confidentiality.  Entrepreneurial Needs Survey Here.

FREE WORKSHOP  –  THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF SMALL BUSINESS FINANCING    This workshop will include a panel discussion on the different types of small business financing available and will help attendees find the best fit for their business.  The two hour panel discussion will feature expertise from four different small business lenders from the local community and state-wide financial institutions.  The panel will consist of Annette Patterson of The Advancement Foundation, Kevin Persinger of Sonabank, Joe Boatwright of the United States Department of Agriculture in Rural Development and Carl Knoblock of the Small Business Administration.  You can register here.

Governor Northam Announces 31 New Jobs in the City of Covington
~ SchaeferRolls, Inc. will invest $12 million to establish manufacturing operation to supply WestRock Company ~


RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that SchaeferRolls, Inc., a producer of polymer-based roll covers and a wholly-owned subsidiary of SchäferRolls GmbH & Co. KG, will invest $12 million to establish a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing operation in the City of Covington. The company will be the local supplier to paper and packaging manufacturer WestRock Company’s plant. Virginia successfully competed against South Carolina for the project, which will create 31 new jobs.  Full release here.

Ingevity to increase carbon activation capacity in Covington, Virginia


NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., May 16, 2018 – Ingevity Corporation (NYSE: NGVT) today announced that it will expand its carbon activation capacity at its Covington, Virginia, facility to meet growing global demand for pelletized carbon products primarily for use in gasoline vapor emission control systems in cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats.  Full release here.



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Anything and Everything/The Main Street Pawn Shop

Terri McClung, right, of the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation, presents a certificate of recognition to Tamara and Butch Reid, owners of Anything and Everything and The Main Street Pawn Shop, for their economic growth to the Alleghany Highlands.  They are located at 361 West Main Street in downtown Covington.  (Photo courtesy of the Alleghany […]

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Ridgeline Physical Therapy

Ridgeline Owners ‘Busy,’ Energized’ By Terri McClung This is the second in the series of interviews conducted by the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Corporation about what it is like to be a small business entrepreneur in our area. I recently had the opportunity to meet with Brett Siebenkittel and Jonathan Eaton, owners of Ridgeline Physical […]

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