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THE WALKER PROGRAM is an all-volunteer initiative dependent on the energy and goodwill of members of the greater Rockbridge area. We are neighbors helping neighbors.

Please consider lending your time, talent, or resources to making THE WALKER PROGRAM a success. Contact us!

Donate to The Grant Fund

THE WALKER PROGRAM Grant Fund provides aspiring business owners cash grants to aid in the opening or expansion of a business in our area. Our 15-member board of directors carefully evaluates all business plans submitted by graduates of the training program. Those that are judged viable are awarded grants along with ongoing mentoring and a network of business professionals and fellow small business owners. THE WALKER PROGRAM Grant Fund is housed and administered by our partners at the Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany. You can make a donation here.

Become a Business Advisor

The greatest strength of THE WALKER PROGRAM lies in its ability to foster bonds between aspiring entrepreneurs and the existing community. Our area is rich with talented people with expertise ranging from accounting and law to manufacturing, marketing, retailing, and technology. THE WALKER PROGRAM seeks those talented people to lend their time to do one of the following: 1) Provide one-on-one advising to a new business owner, 2) Supplement the formal training program by teaching a class, or 3) Providing introductions to existing networks of professionals.

Lend Your Services

If you are the owner or operator of a business that provides products or services to other businesses, please consider donating to THE WALKER PROGRAM. Our aspiring entrepreneurs will benefit from assistance in the following areas:

• Legal services for business formation

• Accounting services to set up bookkeeping

• Media services, such as newspaper, radio, or social media ad space

• Graphic design services, ranging from logos to product labels to signage

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