The Wilkes EDC Entrepreneurial Grant Program funds existing businesses for Expansion and those who plan on Starting a Business in Wilkes County. We offer this program twice a year (Spring and Fall). Applicants are to submit a simple business plan and financial summary describing how the grant funds will grow or start their business and a 3-5 minute business video pitch of their request. You are to address the following points for the video pitch:

  • Who You Are & Location of Your Business
  •  Existing Businesses: How Long You've Been Open
  •  Your Business Idea/Solution/Product
  •  How You Would Use the Grant Funds
  •  What Solution it Provides to Wilkes County

  The This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is available to answer any technical questions regarding your video submission. Or contact the WilkesEDC for general questions about the Entrepreneurial Grant Program (336) 838-1501.
Selected Participants will give a full presentation to a panel of judges.  

 The official application will be available on March 1, 2023. You will find the link to the application on this page. In the meantime, we reccomend preparing by completing your business plan, financial summary, and video pitchFollow us on Facebook for updates regarding the WilkesEDC Entrepreneurial Grant Program. 

 

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The Wilkes Community College Small Business Center is available to all applicants for assistance with their business plans. Past Entrepreneurial Grant recipients were able to deliver stronger applications by getting connected with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the Small Business Center.


Please understand that any business that applied cannot be guaranteed any grant proceeds or other benefits from this project, whether approved or not. The WilkesEDC does not endorse any applicant for this program, thereby refuting any claims. 


Fall 2022
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 For information on how your business can sponsor this program, please contact our office by phone or 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 2022 Grant Winners

Four local small businesses received Entrepreneurial Grants from the Wilkes Economic Development Corporation (EDC) at the EDC’s Board Meeting on Friday, December 9, 2022. Thanks to generous local sponsors, this grant program is held twice a year. Nine local businesses of various types applied for this year’s program, including a custom dance apparel business, a beauty salon, crafting retreat cabin, and a fitness studio.

Submissions were judged based on the potential funding impact on the business and the sustainability of each respective recipient. Applicants submitted a video pitch in addition to their business plans and financial summaries to give the judges an insight into their proposed use of funds. The grant amount totaled $12,000, distributed between the four winners.

Read the full Press Release here.

Hive Fitness Studio LLC

Hive Fitness Studio LLC, located at 1301 Westwood Lane, Unit 3-4 in Wilkesboro, offers private and semi-private training, small group fitness classes, and sports performance training. Owner, Megan Barnett, started her career teaching large group exercise classes and boot camps but wanted to offer her clients something more personal and focus more on longer-term health and fitness. Barnett received a $3,700 grant for rubber flooring for the studio. The rubber flooring will help to expand the space for classes and exercises. To learn more about this business or to schedule a tour, please visit www.trainwithhive.com.

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Hive Fitness Studio LLC, Megan Barnett

Arlene and Friends Salon and Spa

Arlene and Friends Salon and Spa, located at 205 6th Street, North Wilkesboro, was purchased by Melissa Byrd in May 2018. They offer services for hair care and some skin and nail treatment. Melissa proudly offers her team opportunities to grow and expand their skill sets through certifications and training programs to bring back to their clients. They received a grant of $2,150 towards an 8-in-1 DermiSystem to expand their services. To learn more or to book an appointment, call (336) 838-4384.

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Arlene and Friends Salon and Spa, Melissa Byrd

Comity Cabin LLC

Comity Cabin LLC, a New Business applicant of the Entrepreneurial Grant Program, is an arts and crafts retreat in Moravian Falls. Sarah Chapman came from a family of crafters and was inspired to create a crafting retreat cabin. Chapman and her husband, Chris Chapman, began renovations in early 2022 and continue adding to it for more crafting activities. Sarah received a grant of $3,400 for tables and chairs for crafting sessions at the cabin. To learn more or to book your getaway, visit www.comitycabin.com.

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Whitney Deal Dancewear

Whitney Deal Dancewear, located at 308 10th Street, North Wilkesboro, creates custom dance apparel for young dancers. Owner, Whitney Deal, has experience with the dance studio growing up and found herself in this familiar setting thanks to her daughters sharing the same interests. She started her business in January 2022 and has since operated under the philosophy of creating dancewear designed to make girls feel comfortable, confident, and cute. Whitney Deal Dancewear was awarded a $2,750 grant for their first production order of custom-made dance leotards. To learn more about this business or its selection, visit www.whitneydealdancewear.com.

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Whitney Deal Dancewear, Whitney Deal 

Please contact us if you have any other questions.

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