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Come and ‘GROW’ with the Charleston Area Alliance

GROW3wtagThe Charleston Area Alliance will plant the seeds of success for up to 20 budding area businesses through GROW, an initiative designed to foster entrepreneurship in the Kanawha Valley.

GROW is now accepting applications for its Summer/Fall 2013 session. The program offers educational training, individual coaching and peer feedback to Kanawha Valley entrepreneurs, who have been in business for less than three years, have less than five employees and who seek to expand their network and gain insight from experienced and successful area business people.

The six month program will offer entrepreneurial education, support and network building through:

  • Educational courses led by  regional higher education professors and successful regional entrepreneurs
  • One-on-one meetings with WV SBDC business coaches
  • Entrepreneur peer group meetings facilitated by a business coach.

Entrepreneurs must meet eligibility requirements, submit a completed application and commit to six months of engaged participation. Deadline for applications is July 1, 2013.

Click HERE for the application.

To view an informational Prezi on GROW, please click HERE.

The program will kick off on July 17th and thereafter require a one time per week GROW commitment. Tuition for the program is $250, which includes a complimentary one-year membership to the Alliance ($365 value).

The Alliance membership includes access to a year’s worth of professional and business development programming, networking opportunities and Alliance conference room space and other amenities.

“The GROW program has truly transformed the way I manage my business,” said Julie Wertz, owner of The Dressmaker’s Closet, a custom sewing and alterations boutique.

Wertz was part of GROW’s inaugural class in 2012.

“Through the help of my business coach, I have learned how to utilize QuickBooks to its maximum potential, ” Wertz said. “I am using real numbers to make rational decisions with planning and budgeting and even developed an incentive program to motivate my employees with rewards based on their production.”

Upon successful completion of the program, entrepreneurs will receive $100 of this tuition back to strategically reinvest into their business. GROW is a program of Vision 2030, the Alliance’s 20-year economic development initiative.

For more information, contact Steven Romano at SRomano@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org

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