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New Year’s Notes from Amir Kirkwood

January 3, 2023 | Other

As we embark on a new year, I am humbled by the experiences of my first year with VCC Social Enterprises (VCCSE). I learned a lot from our investors, partners, communities, and customers. Most importantly, I value the work with our team and what we’ve accomplished together so far. Each member of our organization has been exceptional in their commitment to our mission and the communities we serve. I am excited about the expansion of …

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Washington County Business Challenge to Begin in January

December 28, 2022 | In the News

The Tenth Annual Washington County Business Challenge, a competitive six-week training program, will begin on January 17, 2023, and award over $36,000 in funds and services to startups and expanding businesses within the towns of Abingdon, Damascus, Glade Spring, and Washington County, Virginia.   The Challenge’s mission is to foster small business development and job opportunities around Washington County. Over 90 business owners have participated in this program over the past nine years, with 73% still …

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Recyclers Running on Renewable Energy

December 23, 2022 | Impact Stories, In the News

In Virginia’s Piedmont Region, a few miles east of Charlottesville, fleets of trucks loaded to the brim roar around the corner toward van der Linde Recycling and Container Rentals. They are received on a loop by a large crew in fluorescent colors, steel-toed boots, and respirator masks. Enormous amounts of metal, plastic, rock, and the remains of other construction projects across the state are ready to be sorted and repurposed. This is the work of …

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SWVA Regional Bristol Casino Pitch Contest Winners are Announced 

December 9, 2022 | In the News

Together with community partners, Virginia Community Capital and the Hard Rock Casino Bristol are pleased to announce that five winners have been selected for the Southwest Virginia Regional Bristol Casino Pitch Contest. Winners include:  Anne Vaughan Designs – Floyd County  Beagle Ridge Herb Farm – Wythe County  The Orange Bandana – Montgomery County  The Pakalachian Truck – Washington County  Virginia Mountain Vineyards – Botetourt County 

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Truist invests in Virginia Community Capital’s Economic Equity Fund

November 21, 2022 | In the News

Truist has committed $7 million to support BIPOC- and women-led businesses Virginia Community Capital (VCC) has received a $7 million investment from Truist to support VCC’s Economic Equity Fund, a loan fund expanding access to capital and technical assistance for small business owners who are women and/or Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC). The fund is a statewide resource, available to eligible borrowers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. VCC is a statewide community development …

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SWVA Regional Bristol Casino Pitch Contest Finalists are Announced

November 10, 2022 | In the News

Together with community partners, Virginia Community Capital and the Hard Rock Casino Bristol are pleased to announce that ten finalists have been selected to compete in the final round of the SWVA Regional Bristol Casino Pitch Contest. Finalists include: Alpha Lit – Washington County Anne Vaughan Designs – Floyd County Beagle Ridge – Wythe County Clinch Life Outfitters – Wise County Clinch Valley Printing – Tazewell County Rising Sun Breads – Henry County Stormbrew Farm …

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Virginia Community Capital and Dollar Bank partner to support technical assistance needs

November 2, 2022 | In the News

NORFOLK, Virginia – November 2, 2022 – Virginia Community Capital (VCC) has received a $100,000 investment from Dollar Bank to bolster technical assistance for small business owners who are women and/or Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC). The funding will specifically support VCC’s services in the Hampton Roads region through the organization’s Economic Equity Fund. VCC is a statewide community development financial institution (CDFI) that serves low-to-moderate-income communities in Virginia. VCC’s Economic Equity Fund …

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Amir Kirkwood’s Monthly Update – November 2022

November 1, 2022 | Other

Want to know what’s on our CEO’s mind this month? Find out below! Partners and Friends,  October was an exciting and busy time for VCCSE. As I expressed in our last newsletter, VCCSE is positioned to lead the field of community development through the performance of our lending and advisory services (VCC Bank, our loan fund, and LOCUS), our participation in Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) industry events, and by utilizing our voice on critical …

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Amir Kirkwood’s Monthly Update – September 2022

September 29, 2022 | Other

Want to know what’s on our CEO’s mind this month? Find out below! Partners and Friends,  As summer has wound down, we at VCCSE are at the start of a busy fall season. We kicked off the season with an All Staff Retreat in Richmond, VA on September 15th. It was such a joy to be with almost every member of our team in person! We started the afternoon with a session facilitated by our …

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Community-minded gallery turns challenges into opportunities

September 28, 2022 | Impact Stories

Set within the colorful exuberance of the Arts and Culture District in Richmond, Virginia, 1708 Gallery sits in between busy restaurants, hotels, and museums. While the sounds of the newest exhibit resonate throughout the long and lofty space, plans within the office are unfolding for a bold new project. The idea of a live-in artist residency program has long captured the imaginations of the 44-year-old nonprofit’s leaders and community. The organization’s mission is to create …

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