The reality of entrepreneurship is that we can't do it all on our own. SCCF wants to be a part of your support network and get you plugged into our network. Whether it's getting your idea off the ground, exploring ways to scale and expand your business, or finding the best funding option, SCCF is here to guide you through that process.
Business Bootcamp is our virtual class to help you launch your business. We will help you develop business skills and determine the viability of your idea and what it will take to be a successful entrepreneur. You will cover a wide range of business topics, and have access to Q&A sessions with local entrepreneurs.
Bootcamp run three times a year in winter, spring, and fall. Each Bootcamp meets twice a week for four weeks straight for a total of eight sessions. The next session begins September 5th.
Tuition for Business Bootcamp is $325 and includes all course materials. Need-based scholarships and payment plans are also available. If you're not sure if this program is right for you, or need to discuss scholarship options, fill out our interest form below and an SCCF staffer will be in touch.
WHO should apply?
This program is right for you if you have never started a business before and need guidance and encouragement to begin, or if you have a business you’ve been running, but need to refine it or want a refresher on business basics.
WHEN does Bootcamp happen?
The next course begins September 5th, 2023.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN ABOUT...
Cash Flow Projections
Setting Up Your Business
Pitching Your Idea
Check out our Tips for Success to make sure you're ready for the first session.
Startup Shenandoah Valley (S2V)
STARTUP SHENANDOAH VALLEY (S2V) is a 16-week business acceleration program that enables you to take your business to the next level. In weeks 1-8 (Coaching Phase), power through those big changes you’ve been thinking about making by working one-on-one with an experienced business coach. With the help of your coach and SCCF staff, goals, benchmarks, and milestones create an action plan for your business. In the Coaching Phase, each week will include a 45-minute coaching session, a 1.5-hour Cohort Stand Up session, as well as group and one-on-one Builder 10 and Clifton Strengths sessions. Expect to spend between 6-10 hours per week.
In weeks 9-16 (Mentoring Phase), work with a mentor to continue along your path, reflect on successes, iterate as needed, and see formidable results at the end! In the Mentoring Phase, each week will include a 1-hour mentoring session where you can work through challenges and gain insight from a successful entrepreneur. Stand Up meetings will taper to once a month, giving you more time to work on your business.
The program and coursework are valued at over $3000 however, SCCF is pleased to offer this program to participants for only $1000. Payment plans of $250 per month are encouraged. If this cost is still an impediment to joining the cohort, SCCF has various financial solutions upon request.
WHO should apply?
Businesses ready for rapid, iterative development, at every level — from building to refining and scaling the business model.
Read about some of our past S2V alumni!
WHAT to expect?
6-10 companies will participate in 8 weeks of virtual content tailored to their business and stage of growth. Companies should expect to invest about 6-10 hours of their time per week on the program.
HOW does S2V differ?
Participants are supported by coaches, mentors, SCCF staff, their peers, and subject matter experts as you execute the plan you develop all in a virtual environment. This allows for maximum, entrepreneur-led impact and the most flexibility on your work/life schedule.
WHEN does S2V happen?
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FOR BUSINESSES BASED IN OR CREATING JOBS IN...
FOR BUSINESSES FOCUSED ON...
Light manufacturing, food processing, agriculture, information technology, and professional services.
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The Startup Experience is an intensive hands-on workshop for future entrepreneurs and social innovators. During the program, roughly 200 high school students from local Shenandoah Valley school systems will immerse themselves in the startup world and learn what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
They will learn about Startup team formation, problem definition, user analysis, idea creation, business model innovation, and customer development, and get hands-on experience with the tools they need to create a successful startup company!
Through entrepreneurship education, these young innovators will learn organizational skills, including time management, leadership development, and interpersonal skills, all of which are highly transferable skills sought by employers.
WHO is it for?
High school students grades 9-12 from the Harrisonburg City Schools, Rockingham County Schools, Staunton City Schools, Waynesboro City Schools, and Augusta County Schools.
Students should speak to their career counselor, business teacher, or FBLA advisor to register.
WHEN does Startup Experience happen?
We will be re-launching the 2-day Startup Experience youth entrepreneurship workshop series on September 27th and 28th at Blue Ridge Community College's Plecker Center.