Program Overview:

 The Wilkes EDC Entrepreneurial Grant Program provides funds to Existing Businesses for Expansion, and those who plan on Starting a Business in Wilkes County. Applicants are asked to submit a very simple business plan and financial summary that describe how the grant funds will be used to grow or start their business as well as a 3 minute business pitch video of their request. Applications will be accepted from April 1 - May 6, 2022. Selected Participants will give a full presentation to a panel of judges on June 1st.  Award winners will be recognized at the EDC's June 2022 Board Meeting, and will have one year to draw down grant funds allocated to their project.

The Wilkes Community College Small Business Center is available to all applicants for assistance with their business plans. The Wilkes EDC's Marketing & Content Manager can provide help with video pitches. For more information on the program click here.

Steps for Applying:

  1. Submit your Application as soon as possible to be enrolled in the Program.
  2. You will recieve an email with Next Steps, or the following things:
    1. Business Plan Template to complete
    2. A Financial Summary to complete
    3. Information on recording a Video Pitch detailing how you would use the grant money. 
  3. Complete Application by submitting your Business Plan, Financial Summary and Video Pitch by May 6, 2022.

Your application is not considered complete until you submit your Business Plan, Financial Summary and Video Pitch.


Spring 2022 Grant Program Has Now Closed

We are Proud Offer This Program Twice a Year in the Spring and Fall!

Please understand that any business that submitted an application whether approved or not, cannot be guaranteed any grant proceeds or other benefits from this project. The EDC is not endorsing any applicant by way of this project and thus no such claim should be made. 

2022 Grant Program Sponsors: 


GOLD: $2,000+


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SILVER: $1,000+



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BRONZE: $500+

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 For information on how your business can sponsor this progam, please contact our office by phone, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or fill out an Investor Form and select 'Entrepreneurial Grant' for your Fund Designation.


Fall 2021 Grant Winners

Seven local small businesses were announced as receiving Entrepreneurial Grants from the Wilkes Economic Development Corporation at the EDC’s board meeting on Friday, December 10, 2021. This is the eighth year of the Entrepreneurial Grant Program competition awarded by the EDC, but the first time the program has been held twice in one year thanks to local sponsors. Ten local businesses of various types applied for this year’s program, including agriculture, occupational therapy, food services, as well as graphic design and a full-service salon.

Applicants were asked to submit a Video Pitch in addition to their business plans and financial summaries to give the judges insight into their proposed use of funds. Submissions were judged based on potential funding impact to the business, and the sustainability of each respective recipient. Grant amounts totaling $13,000 were distributed between the seven winners.


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Steps 2 Grow

Steps 2 Grow LLC, owned by Austen Lincoln, nurtures natural child development, and promotes developmental wellness through direct occupational therapy evaluation and intervention with children, consultation with parents, and online trainings. This in-home occupational therapy (OT) supports children at risk for delays or those with conditions impacting development. Austen’s mission is to help parents identify their child’s strengths and areas of challenge, help them navigate the “messy and magical” seasons of a child’s motor development. Steps 2 Grow received $1,500 for the purchase of new materials needed to help expand her current services. If you are interested in contacting Steps 2 Grow, visit .


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Redding Homestead Vineyard

Redding Homestead Vineyard, formerly Windy Gap Vineyard on Pardue Road in Ronda, was purchased by Mitchell Welborn and his wife Kelsey Redding Welborn. The 5-acre vineyard currently operates to supply grapes for wineries in the Yadkin Valley region. Currently, they have several varietals of grapes that are actively producing; however, they received $2,500 toward the purchase of 500 Chardonelle vines to replace the current 20-year-old Chambourcin ones that are underproducing. The Welborns plan to expand the vineyard to also include bee colonies and possibly fruit trees in the future. Contact Redding Homestead by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




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Top Knot Salon

Top Knot Salon, located at 102 Wilkesboro Avenue in North Wilkesboro, is proudly owned by Erica Scearce. Erica has worked in the beauty industry for 13 years and was able to purchase the salon from its previous owner in the summer of 2021. Top Knot received $1,000 to purchase new styling chairs, which will add an opening for an additional stylist. Scearce plans to continue to expand the business by eventually hiring a massage therapist and esthetician so that all their current and future clients’ needs are met. Find Top Knot Salon on Facebook, call (336) 667-9550 to schedule an appointment, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Erica for more information.




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Created by Coffee Designs

Created by Coffee Designs, a retail and graphic design business in Wilkesboro, received $2,000 toward the purchase of a new laptop that will allow utilizing state of the art software. This business is owned by Danielle Addington, a graduate of Appalachian State University. Danielle offers design services to clients looking to market their businesses, as well as handmade retail items such as screen-printed shirts and custom tumblers. Visit her website, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.




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The Meat Sweats

The Meat Sweats is a Veteran-Owned meat processing business started by Jason and Chantelle Sargood. The Meat Sweats will be processing wild game and domestic livestock but will also offer products for sale in their retail store located at 1016 West D Street in North Wilkesboro. Jason and Chantelle received $2,000 to purchase a cooler for their retail meat selection. Find them on Facebook to contact, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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Vernon's Cake Carousel

Vernon’s Cake Carousel’s has been providing delicious baked goods and custom cakes for clients since 2020. Vernon’s, located at 1260 College Avenue Suite 7 in Wilkesboro, has continued to expand over the past year. Owner Vernon Tilley received $2,000 to purchase a new cooler for his bakery that will increase storage space for orders and allow his employees to maximize their efforts. Stop in and taste a number of delectable treats, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for custom ordering information.



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Crosswoods Lumber

Crosswoods Lumber is a mobile sawmill business created by Michael Hodges of North Wilkesboro. Michael recieved $3,000 toward the purchase of the steel he will need to finish building his sawmill. This mobilized service will allow clients to have smaller amounts of lumber cut at their property instead of having to travel to a larger sawmill. Hodges expressed the need for this since larger operations usually require large amounts of wood before they will process it. He hopes that this business will allow clients to utilize tree that may have sentimental value while also saving money. Contact Michael by emailing him, or via phone at (336) 902-5981.



Please contact us if you have any other questions.

For information on other Past Grant winners, please click here