Social capital is one of the most valuable things an entrepreneur can have. Knowing what other folks are doing and how their efforts might be multiplied can make all the difference! The Summit will bring people together to widen everyone's network.
Develop Actionable Skills
The workshops and breakout sessions will equip entrepreneurs with inspirations and new skills that they can immediately put into practice to better their businesses. This will create more services, job opportunities, and economic growth for our region.
Starting something from nothing is hard. Hearing stories of other's successes – or failures! – can oftentimes be the motivation to keep pressing through the hard times. No one's entrepreneurial journey is a straight line and it's important to hear these stories.
Gain Business Support
The Summit will connect attendees to entrepreneurial support organizations across the Valley and bring in professionals like lawyers, CPAs, and leadership specialists to hone their skills and refine their businesses.
Who is the Summit for?
The Shenandoah Valley Entrepreneurship Summit is designed for entrepreneurs, small business owners, dreamers, and doers from across the Shenandoah Valley. Whether you are in the idea stage of your business, have been running your side hustle for years, or are ready to scale your business, you will find informative and approachable sessions for you. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, how much money you make a year, or where you live in the Valley YOU ARE INVITED!
What should I bring?
We suggest bringing the following: notebook, pens, laptop for work (and charger!), business cards for networking, and a reusable cup for ice water.
Where can I park during the Summit?
Staunton has many free parking options. Please use the SVES app for an accurate map of parking that is close to the Staunton Innovation Hub.
I have food allergies, can I bring my own food?
Yes! You can absolutely bring your own food - just let us know if you will and if you need a refrigerator to store your food in and we will show you where it is. Remember to label your food. :)
I use a wheelchair, is the venue accessible?
Yes! Our venue is accessible - you'll find accessible parking, entry, restrooms, pathways, and everything else you'll need.
Code of Conduct
Come as you are!
There is no expected business dress code for the Summit, however, we encourage you to put your best foot forward, and represent yourself and your business how you see fit.
Be welcoming. A thriving ecosystem takes all kinds!
The Shenandoah Valley Entrepreneurship Summit is an event for entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey. Support those who are earlier than you and learn from those farther down the line. Additionally, the SVES and SCCF is dedicated to providing a safe conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. If a Participant engages in unacceptable behavior, the SCCF may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning or expelling the offender from the event with no refund.
As rural conveners, we share the following expectations:
We are colleagues, not enforcers. The safety of our Summit attendees is our top priority. An inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 and its variants exists in any public place where people are present. Covid-19 is an extremely dangerous disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Each Summit attendee understands their level of risk to catch Covid-19 and should practice whatever precautions they are comfortable with. At the same time, adherence to any new safety standards set in place by the CDC, State of Virginia or SCCF staff is a shared responsibility.
While people of all ages and health conditions have been adversely affected by Covid-19, certain people have been identified by public health authorities as having greater risk based on age and/or underlying medical conditions. No precautions can completely eliminate the risk of exposure to Covid-19. Attendees of Shenandoah Valley Entrepreneurship Summit (SVES) events voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Covid-19 and its variants and are advised to undertake precautions deemed necessary, including those recommended by the CDC and the State of Virginia.
The Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF) will be following all CDC Guidelines for the Summit to keep everyone safe.
Proof of vaccination is not required, but strongly encouraged. COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Getting vaccinated is the best way to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Masks will not be required, however they are strongly encouraged for those with higher risk per the CDC guidelines. We will respect anyone who personally follows more strict guidelines than us.
We will commit to transparency. We will practice self-monitoring for symptoms, and we will report any concerns to the SCCF staff.
We will practice smart social distancing during the length of the event. We will provide Green, Yellow and Red stickers to place on your name tag to indicate your comfort level with close interaction.
While we will not require proof of a negative test or proof of vaccination, if you are experiencing symptoms please test or consider not attending. Stay home if you test positive, even if you do not have symptoms.
Wash your hands often. The Summit will provide hand sanitizer around the SIH venue.
SCCF reserves the right to change these policies at any time, including during the Summit dates, based on current CDC Guidelines, community infection and vaccination rates, or the development of new variants.