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Community Navigator

A Hub & Spoke Model for the Shenandoah Valley

The Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP) was a two-year effort, from 2021 to 2023, to build capacity within the support system for under-resourced entrepreneurs in the Shenandoah Valley. Through a hub-and-spoke model, SCCF (the Hub) worked with five partner organizations (Spokes) to increase technical assistance and equitable access to capital for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) as well as women entrepreneurs. 

Meet the Spokes

All five Spokes were invited to join this pilot program because they were already deeply embedded in the communities they are serving.


Program Results

333 Entrepreneurs received 1:1 counseling 

In total, the program provided 1,118 hours of 1:1 counseling on business technical assistance, grant and lending applications, and credit counseling. 

2,941 Entrepreneurs received dedicated training 

800 training hours, over 300 training sessions, were spent educating entrepreneurs in financial literacy, marketing a business, and founder well-being and mental health. 

$489,549 in Capital added to the ecosystem 

During the course of the program, $165,000 in microloans and $321,000 in grants were provided to entrepreneurs looking for capital. 

Interested in learning more? Read a full recap of the two-year Community Navigator Pilot Program on our blog!

Read more about the Community Navigator Pilot Program

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