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MEET OUR GRADUATES

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Chandi Stewart Photography

Find Chandi at chandistewartphotography.com or follow her on Facebook or Instagram

Tina's Balloon Emporium

Find Justina at tinasballoonemporium.com or follow her on Facebook or Instagram

Valley Pro Clean

Next, you’ll attend the 8-week “Business Basics” training classes, led by professional business trainers with the assistance of local business experts. Thanks to generosity of the Staunton Creative Community Fund, the training will be free of charge. You’ll learn about assessing your market, estimating your costs and income, registering your company with the state, finding the right location, starting a bookkeeping system, paying business taxes, marketing and advertising your product or service, and more.

Inspired to Enhance

When you've completed the course, you and your classmates will be guided on putting together your business plans and funding proposals for evaluation by the The Walker Program Board. Viable business plans are eligible for cash grants from the Walker Program Grant Fund. The board will also direct you toward donated services from area professionals that will help you get your business off the ground.

Head to Toe Memorial Service

Local business leaders from Main Street Lexington, GoBV, Rockbridge County Economic Development, and the Chamber of Commerce will help you find a location for your business and guide you through the steps to register in your locality and set up shop.

Coffee Corner

THE WALKER PROGRAM's core strength is bringing the community together to support new business. You'll be brought into the existing network of local businesses, where you can make connections, share challenges, and become an integral part of the economy. THE WALKER PROGRAM will provide ongoing support such as business advising and access to resources like funding for future growth.

Season's Tow & Go

Once you are established in business, you'll be able to provide the inspiration and support for the next generation of local entrepreneurs of color.

Blocklove Apparel

Once you are established in business, you'll be able to provide the inspiration and support for the next generation of local entrepreneurs of color.

Giving ... By Robin

Once you are established in business, you'll be able to provide the inspiration and support for the next generation of local entrepreneurs of color.

Simply Clean

Once you are established in business, you'll be able to provide the inspiration and support for the next generation of local entrepreneurs of color.

Ky's Kitchen

Once you are established in business, you'll be able to provide the inspiration and support for the next generation of local entrepreneurs of color.

MannaVeda

Once you are established in business, you'll be able to provide the inspiration and support for the next generation of local entrepreneurs of color.

Authentically Holistic

Once you are established in business, you'll be able to provide the inspiration and support for the next generation of local entrepreneurs of color.

Beauty 4 Eva

Once you are established in business, you'll be able to provide the inspiration and support for the next generation of local entrepreneurs of color.

Blue Tulip Beauty Supply

Once you are established in business, you'll be able to provide the inspiration and support for the next generation of local entrepreneurs of color.

Let's Do Lunch

Once you are established in business, you'll be able to provide the inspiration and support for the next generation of local entrepreneurs of color.

Brandon Fitz-Sloan

Once you are established in business, you'll be able to provide the inspiration and support for the next generation of local entrepreneurs of color.

Prontogenesis

Once you are established in business, you'll be able to provide the inspiration and support for the next generation of local entrepreneurs of color.