Entrepreneurial Grant Program
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
Selected Participants will give a full presentation to a panel of judges.
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 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.
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