Amir Kirkwood’s Monthly Update – May 2023

May 8, 2023 | Other

Partners and friends,  April was an exciting month for VCCSE and the community development field. Let’s recap some of the highlights. VCCSE Staff Retreat Week  The week of April 24th was transformative for our organization. After spending the past seven months developing a strategic plan, I was so happy for our entire staff to come together in Richmond, Virginia to reconnect and explore our future. Whether it was our Management Committee and Mission, Equity, and …

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Amir Kirkwood’s Monthly Update – March 2023

March 30, 2023 | Other

Partners and Friends, March has been an incredibly active month with ample opportunities for the CDFI sector to take part in advocacy and education, and VCCSE has been right on the frontlines of engagement. Critical issues related to economic development, climate change, and affordable housing require active participation by CDFIs like us to ensure investors, philanthropy, and government provide the appropriate support to help us meet the needs of the communities we serve. Below is …

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Wakefield Market: Increasing Access to Healthy Foods

March 17, 2023 | Impact Stories

Our Initiative Initiated in 2013, the Virginia Fresh Food Loan Fund (VFFLF) is a $10 million revolving loan fund that enables VCC to provide technical assistance and lending capital to food-based projects in Virginia from farmers to produce aggregators to retailers. To date, VFFLF is supported by Healthy Food Finance Initiative (HFFI) grants provided by the CDFI Fund of the US Dept. of Treasury. Combined with robust partnerships, HFFI grants enable VCC to offer resources …

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Amir Kirkwood’s Monthly Update – February 2023

February 21, 2023 | Other

Want to know what’s on our CEO’s mind this month? Find out below! Partners and friends, For all of us at VCC Social Enterprises (VCCSE), 2023 began with a busy January. Following a year marked by both deep impact and strong economic performance, I am energized by the level of staff engagement with investors, customers, and the communities we serve. For many of our neighbors, 2022 also brought continued struggles with COVID-19, housing affordability, job …

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Invest Appalachia: Amplifying Impact through Key Partnerships

February 21, 2023 | Impact Stories

Invest Appalachia (IA), a regional social investment fund built by and for the people of Appalachia, has a clear goal: to accelerate and expand community investment across Central Appalachia. To do so, IA builds on the region’s existing strengths, working side-by-side with partners who are rooted in place and understand their communities. After six years of collaborative stakeholder design, Invest Appalachia is now a fully operational platform positioned to do just that. In November 2022, …

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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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