Culpeper Competes is a small business development competition program, set to begin in the Spring of 2020.
Entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to participate in a nine week course, culminating in a small business competition pitch.
The Town of Culpeper Department of Tourism and Economic Development is managing this program. Funding for Culpeper Competes comes from the Community Business Launch grant through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, in combination with community partner match and in-kind trade services.
The Community Business Launch (CBL) program builds on the tradition of DHCD’s business support strategies, placing the community at the heart of entrepreneurial and small business development. We know community support plays a crucial role in the success of an entrepreneur. It starts with a community’s unique vision for its future and then uses the competition to find and foster the entrepreneurs that connect with that vision.
The Culpeper Competes program is a systems approach program, designed to excite and educate the community from local residents to local elected officials about the opportunities and impact of entrepreneurial and small business development. This program will provide the tools to effectively prepare multiple entrepreneurs to operate successful businesses in the Culpeper Competes designated area.
The Town of Culpeper’s designated area focuses on the heart of the historic downtown. Covering .22 square miles, the designated area includes the Culpeper Downtown Urban Development area, which is the Town’s sixth designated growth area that encourages adaptive reuse of existing buildings, higher density new construction, and intentional design to complement the Town’s historic characteristics. The Culpeper CBL designated area also overlaps additional existing incentive zones, including the Business Incentive Zone, Culpeper Opportunity Zone, and the Culpeper Tourism Zone.
Map of Designated Area:
For more information, please contact Paige Read, Director of Tourism and Economic Development, firstname.lastname@example.org