Strengthening the community requires more than creative business development; non-profit and civic organizations also add vibrancy to our local economy through education, networking, arts and entertainment, and sustainable growth strategies.
SCCF partners with a variety of economic development and community organizations to support local entrepreneurs. By taking a collaborative approach and pooling resources, we can meet the needs of any business.
Some of our key community partners include the following:
Staunton Economic Development
Recruits, develops, and supports Staunton businesses. The economic development office can provide information on local development incentives, city demographics, available property, and local business resources.
Staunton Downtown Development Association
Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration maintains and strengthens the nation’s economy by enabling the establishment and viability of small businesses and by assisting in the economic recovery of communities after disasters.
Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development
DHCD partners with Virginia’s communities to develop their economic potential, regulates Virginia’s building and fire codes, provides training and certification for building officials, and invests more than $100 million each year into housing and community development projects throughout the state – the majority of which are designed to help low-to-moderate income citizens.
United Way of Greater Augusta
Raises funds for local charities and non-profits. United Way has a comprehensive plan for assessing the community’s human service needs and a stringent application process for Agencies requesting funding. In addition, those agencies receiving funding are held accountable for those funds and are required to report their activities and financial standing to our office.
The Community Foundation: Central Blue Ridge
Small Business Development Center
The SV SBDC offers no-fee, confidential consulting services, assists with business planning, marketing, and financial analysis, hosts workshops and seminars, and provides information and connections to new and established businesses in the central Shenandoah Valley.
Enterprise Development Group
Service Corps of Retired Executives
City of Harrisonburg Economic Development
Serving as an alternative to traditional loans, the City of Harrisonburg’s Business Loan Program provides access necessary funds, as many small businesses may not meet traditional loan requirements in the current economic climate.
Waynesboro Downtown Development Inc.
Waynesboro Economic Development
Through strategic planning initiatives, economic development incentives, and outreach efforts to the business community, the Waynesboro Economic Development Office is here to help you start, grow, and expand your business. Our office will make your project a success through up-to-date demographic data, location assistance, and access to state and local financing options.
The Highland Center
The Highland Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to cultural and economic development in the Alleghany Highlands region of Virginia and West Virginia. They provide free business counseling to local entrepreneurs.
Virginia Department of Aging & Rehabilitative Services
The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, in collaboration with community partners, provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families.
City National Bank
Union First Market Bank
“As the Commonwealth’s largest community bank, Union First Market takes very seriously its commitment to the communities it serves. Our roots in this area are deep, and as the bank with the largest deposit market share in the Augusta/Staunton/Waynesboro area, we believe that we have a responsibility to support small businesses. As such, we support organizations such as the Staunton Creative Community Fund who work every day to promote, encourage, and nurture entrepreneurs in our area. Union First Market Bank is proud to be associated with the Staunton Creative Community Fund and the small business clients it assists” – Leonard Pittman, Senior Vice President, Market Executive (Augusta/Waynesboro/Staunton)
Augusta County Economic Development Authority
Augusta County Economic Development Authority works to help locate new businesses to Augusta County and helps our existing businesses expand. Economic/industrial development authorities are authorized by the Code of Virginia and are separate political subdivisions of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our EDA specifically works to facilitate incentive funds and has established a microloan program that issues small loans in the amount of $1,000-10,000 to small businesses wishing to locate or expand in Augusta County.
A Makerspace is a community run space where people can gather to create, collaborate and learn. We hope the Staunton Makerspace will grow to support collaboration across boundaries of science and art, technology and craft, to invent novel objects and works of art. Here is an opportunity to take part in a movement that is as local as it is international. Share your skills, and learn from others, to build a better, more entertaining, more enabled world.
Shenandoah Valley Partnership
The Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP) is a public/private partnership providing marketing and business assistance for the Shenandoah Valley region. Through regional cooperation the SVP brings together business, government, and education leaders to promote new investment, strengthen existing business, and guide labor force development to ensure a healthy economic future for the region.
The Staunton Creative Community Fund incubates a variety of civic and community based initiatives that focus on education, green development, and partnership building. These have included:
Staunton Green 2020
Mission: Staunton Green 2020 builds community partnerships that through education, research and collaboration: reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase renewable energy, generate green jobs, preserve green space, facilitate sustainable community development in Staunton.
The Spiritheart Collective
Mission: The Spiritheart Collective, a group of teaching artists, provides a regular adaptive musical outreach program traveling throughout the state of Virginia using percussion and the Native American style flute to connect to challenged populations.
Friends of the Middle River