BuildUP St. Paul Business Challenge
In order to highlight the opportunities for business startups and business expansions within the Heart of Appalachia region, St. Paul Main Street is holding a Community Business Challenge. The St. Paul BuildUP Business Challenge is a competitive process for the Town of St. Paul to increase its business base.
With up to $15,000 in business investment grants, business skills and leadership training, and mentorship opportunities, the Business Challenge is designed to help entrepreneurs establish businesses with the utmost potential for success. Existing businesses can compete to expand and hire new employees.
This seven-week business training and mentorship opportunity will result in pitch nights at which emerging entrepreneurs and expanding businesses will pitch their ideas and newly developed business plans will be judged. Focusing on community economic development strategies, eligible Business Categories include the following: Retail, Arts and Culture, Outdoor Recreation, Restaurants and Hospitality, Technology/Advanced Manufacturing, or Support services for the above. The business must locate in the Business Districts of St. Paul, VA.
Cash grants will be awarded to the top performers of the program once they establish an eligible business. Only those who successfully complete the program will be eligible for cash awards.
Applications are available online at www.stpaulmainstreet.com and at the St. Paul Town Hall, 16531 Russell St. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM. Classes will begin January 9, 2018, and end on March 27, 2017. All classes will be on Tuesdays, 6-8:30 PM.
Once applications are received, a cohort of up to 15 Challengers will be selected to participate in the training program.
Applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2017, to email@example.com or St. Paul Main Street, PO Box 818 St. Paul, VA. 24283
To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 276-395-0685.
The annual Cooks and Books gathering takes place July 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Farmers Market Pavilion in St. Paul, Va.
The event showcases local and regional food dishes, wines, and beers, as well as local and regional authors. Proceeds from Cooks and Books support J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library and The Lyric Project.
A silent auction will also take place.
Tickets cost $20.00 in advance or $25.00 the day of the event. The ticket price includes admission and tastings. Tickets may be purchased at C.R. Pate & Co. or Carter Bank & Trust in St. Paul, or online through PayPal. For details, visit www.StPaulMainStreet.org and see the drop down menu under Calendar of Events.
Jason Adams is a recovering Air Force brat and unapologetic IT nerd. Outside of the IT world, Jason is a student of ancient and medieval history, world mythologies, and arms and armor from past to present. Martial arts and motorcycles take up his remaining time.
Neva Bryan’s books include the novel “St. Peter’s Monsters” and the collection “Sawmill Boys.” Neva’s award-winning work appears in many literary journals, including The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Appalachian Heritage, Floyd County Moonshine, and Fried Chicken and Coffee.
Adda Leah Davis is a retired educator. Her latest book, “The Whisperer,” was released in 2016, and is first in The Curious Janie Query Mystery Series. Ms. Davis has written fifteen books in the realistic fiction genre and include the Lucinda Harmon Saga, Untangling Tale series, and The Priory Heritage series.
Franklin Horton’s first novel, “The Borrowed World,” was published in 2015. It became an Amazon bestseller. He continued the series with “Ashes of the Unspeakable,” “Legion of Despair” and “No Time for Mourning.” His fifth book in the series, “Valley of Vengeance,” will be released in 2017.
Linda Hudson Hoagland has won acclaim for her mystery novels that include the recent “Onward & Upward,” “Missing Sammy,” “An Unjust Court,” and “Snooping Can Be Helpful - Sometimes.” Hoagland has won numerous awards for her work, including first place for the Pearl S. Buck Award for Social Change.
Kari Kilgore lives and works in her native mountains of Virginia. She writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror, exploring local legends and mythologies. She lives at the end of a long dirt road with husband Jason Adams, two dogs, two cats, and wildlife they’re better off not knowing more about.
Rob Salyer is a native of St. Paul, Va., and is happy to return to his hometown with his new book, “The Myth of Virtue: Histories' Lies of the Civil War.” Mr. Salyer was the producer and historical consultant for “This Place is Haunted,” a PBS documentary that explored Civil War sites in Washington County, Va.
Joe Tennis is the author of nine books, including three ghost-tale collections, two pictorial histories and three guidebooks, as well as a children's mystery novel. His latest release is the second edition of his popular "Southwest Virginia Crossroads.” Joe is also a features writer for the Bristol Herald Courier.
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