Staunton is known for its creative, entrepreneurial spirit. It is a popular location for start-ups because of its location, friendly community, safety, quality of life, low business costs, and skilled workforce.
Staunton will help you succeed in starting a business. We work collaboratively with the Staunton Creative Community Fund and the Staunton Downtown Development Association, both geared to help you turn ideas into business plans and investments into profits. In Staunton, you’ll also find a growing network of people like you who are excited to share ideas and collaborate with others.
Staunton Creative Community Fund
Support: Get the assistance you need by talking through your idea in one-on-one counseling, getting your idea on paper with SCCF's 8 week business planning course, getting connected with a mentor, or learning practical business skills through a Tuesday Tips workshop. You can also sign up for one-on-one training tailored to your business idea with the Director of Education and Marketing.
Capital: SCCF supports entrepreneurs and small business owners by providing access to up to $50,000. This capital can be used to support start-up costs, operational costs, or expansion costs.
The following additional resources can provide helpful support for businesses needing assistance with counseling, start-up costs, job creation, marketing, and working capital.
- Staunton Start Up: An Entrepreneur’s Guide
- Staunton Makerspace
- Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC)
- Staunton Reactor Innovation Hub (coming soon)