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The Gauntlet


The Gauntlet Competition

The GAUNTLET is Virginia’s Largest Business Program and Competition open to interested entrepreneurs of all ages and skill sets. This year’s Two-Track Curriculum will incorporate necessary training tools for both Main Street and High-Growth businesses.

The GAUNTLET is a comprehensive business development program. Entrepreneurs will participate in weekly business training sessions, meet and network with successful entrepreneurs, fellow GAUNTLET participants, mentors, and develop business strategies that provide a road-map to success.

This year we have over 120 entrepreneurs and over 250 mentors involved in the program.

Anyone is welcome to participate in the training sessions and classes; however, businesses wanting to compete for cash and prizes must start or expand their business in the Alleghany Highlands, Botetourt County, Roanoke City, and/or Roanoke County.  For more information or to sign up for the 2020 classes contact gro.n1556157950oitad1556157950nuoft1556157950nemec1556157950navda1556157950eht@n1556157950eelht1556157950aK1556157950

Weekly classes began on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Class locations include:

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College: 1000 Dabney Drive, Clifton Forge, VA 24422 (Warren Hall, Room 424)

Humble HIVE: 601 11th Street NW, Roanoke, VA 24017

Vinton War Memorial: 814 E Washington Avenue, Vinton, VA 24179


Alleghany Highlands Gauntlet Winner of 2018

Alleghany Highlands Businesses Cash In-Kind Total
Alleghany Outfitters $8,000.00 $10,350.00 $18,350.00
Farm at Glen Haven $2,000.00 $3,070.00 $5,070.00
Ride CFVA $500.00 $2,800.00 $3,300.00
Jane – Lollie’s Quilt Shop $5,350.00 $5,350.00
Roslyn -Helping the Highlands $2,000.00
Dawg Gone Wingz $2,000.00
SUBTOTAL $36,070.00
Businesses that will be doing business in the AH
Eco Brew Tour $2,500.00 $8,085.00 $10,585.00
Rachael $2,000.00 $3,400.00 $5,400.00
Rebel Radish $4,600.00 $4,600.00
Gala Adventures $3,600.00
SUBTOTAL $24,185.00
TOTAL $60,255.00
Big Winner – (Roanoke)
Advance Energy Solutions $12,000.00 $11,450.00 $23,450.00