Entrepreneurial Grant Program
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:
- Submit your Application as soon as possible to be enrolled in the Program.
- You will recieve an email with Next Steps, or the following things:
- 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:
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.
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 www.steps2grow.com .
Redding Homestead Vineyard
Top Knot Salon
Created by Coffee Designs
The Meat Sweats
Vernon's Cake Carousel
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.