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 accepted from April 1 - May 6, 2022. Selected Participants will give a full presentation to a panel of judges on June 1st.  Award winners were recognized at the EDC's June 2022 Board Meeting, and will have one year from 6/1/22 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.

 

Start Working On Your Application Now! Don't Wait Until The Fall Grant Opens To Complete Your Business Plan.

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.

 

Spring 2022 Grant Winners

Six local small businesses were announced as receiving Entrepreneurial Grants from the Wilkes Economic Development Corporation at the EDC’s board meeting on Friday, June 10, 2022. This is the annual Entrepreneurial Grant Program competition awarded by the EDC, with the program being held twice this year thanks to several generous local sponsors. Fourteen local businesses of various types applied for this year’s program, including agriculture, massage therapy, pet boarding, cleaning services, and a previous grant winner who has the opportunity to expand.

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 $10,100 were distributed between the six winners.

  
 

Swan Creek Acres

Swan Creek Acres, located at 850 Pinnix Road in Jonesville, is diversified vegetable farm located in eastern Wilkes County. Owner Kris Schultz shared that the farm’s format is largely based on growing under High Tunnel structures to better control the growing environment and extend the harvesting season to allow for wholesale orders. Currently they sell their produce at local Farmers Markets and supply to local restaurants. Swan Creek Acres received $1,500 to purchase an IOT irrigation system, which will allow them to increase production and begin fulfilling wholesale orders. To contact Kris, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Green Cleaners

The Green Cleaners, owned by Katie Reynolds of North Wilkesboro, is a mobile cleaning service specializing in chemical-free cleaning products that also remove allergens. Reynolds opened this business in 2019, which offers a variety of cleaning services for residential homes and vacation rental properties. The Green Cleaners received a total grant amount of $1,600. $800 will be used to purchase booking and point-of-sale software for their website, and $800 will be used to purchase an interactive training video for staff. Visit www.thegreencleaners.us to inquire about their services and the history of the business.

 

 

Journey Well

Journey Well Thai Yoga Massage, located at 807 Main Street, Suite A in North Wilkesboro, offers traditional Thai Yoga Massage, Prenatal and Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage. Owner Anna Thompson began her Thai Yoga Massage practice after discovering a passion for culture and inclusion on her many travels. Thompson received a $1,500 grant to go toward the cost of Grief and Trauma training to further expand the therapeutic services she offers. Anna says that she also hopes to use the training to help educate her employees on trauma-informed care. To learn more about this business or to book a session at Journey Well, please visit www.wejourneywell.com

 

Stardust Cellars

Stardust Cellars was previously awarded an Entrepreneurial Grant in 2019 which allowed them to manufacture and distribute their line of custom Meads. Since then, owner Nick von Cosmos has secured contracts with retail stores statewide and continues to expand. This year’s application requested grant funds to help increase their available inventory in order to meet current customer demand and expand their retail presence. Stardust Cellars was awarded $1,000 for purchasing local honey, bottles and labels needed to give them the opportunity to expand. For more on their winemaking process, go to www.stardustcellars.com or visit their location at 1202 Curtis Bridge Road in Wilkesboro.

 

New Journey Farm

New Journey Farm located at 1702 South Lomax Road in Ronda, NC, is a rescue farm that rehabilitates equines who have been neglected, sold for slaughter, or been injured, and rehomes them safely. Owner Jessica Bell says that most of the donkeys and horses rescued are retired from racing or were used on farms to plow or provide transportation. Once they are rehomed, these animals usually become full-use horses or emotional support animals. New Journey Farm was awarded $1,500 for needed updates to their barn and establish a system that brings water to each of the stalls. Their goal is to continue to meet the need for equine rescues in Wilkes County, heal and rehab the animals, and connect them with loving forever homes. For information on New Arrivals, becoming a Sponsor, or adopting and animal- visit www.newjourneyfarmandequinerescue.com .

 

 

Wilkes Wags & Wiggles

Wilkes Wags & Wiggles is a new business started in Wilkes by Amanda Cowles. Wilkes Wags & Wiggles will offer boarding services, and personalized drop-in care in a safe environment for their clients’ furry friends. Amanda received $3,000 in grant funds to purchase point-of-sale CRM software program for booking, and storefront sign once her location is secured. Wilkes Wags & Wiggles plans to announce their location to the community soon. To receive updates, or learn more about their services, visit www.wilkeswagsandwiggles.com

 

 

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Please contact us if you have any other questions.

For information on other Past Grant winners, please click here