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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.

In 2018 we have over 120 entrepreneurs and over 250 mentors involved in the program.  2019 we had 169 entrepreneurs and approximately 300 mentors.

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.n1566661934oitad1566661934nuoft1566661934nemec1566661934navda1566661934eht@n1566661934eelht1566661934aK1566661934

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

Stay tuned for 2020 class information!

Alleghany Highlands Gauntlet Winners of 2019

THE GAUNTLET WINNERS 2019
Alleghany Highlands Businesses Cash In-Kind Total
Formable Grabber $6,000.00 $15,095.00 $21,095.00
IVO, Ltd $2,000.00 $16,845.00 $18,845.00
Easy Workings $17,345.00 $17,345.00
Honeycomb Grove $1,000.00 $14,045.00 $14,045.00
Quest Knight Enterprises $7,845.00 $7,845.00
Keely Massie Photography $6,595.00 $6,595.00
Born Again Custom Woodworks $6,399.00 $6,399.00
Vernz Trucking $6,000.00 $1,345.00 $7,345.00
Celebration Depot $3,895.00 $3,895.00
Museum of Antique Coffee Mills $3,800.00 $3,800.00
Michel’s Pizza $1,100.00 $1,100.00
Olde Town Diner $1,600.00 $1,600.00
Art Squared $2,420.00 $2,420.00
Sonny Side Café $2,900.00 $2,900.00
TOTALS $15,000.00 $101,229.00 $115,229.00

Alleghany Highlands Gauntlet Winners of 2018

THE GAUNTLET WINNERS 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