Buckhannon is one of five communities in West Virginia identified by economic and community development group, Vision Shared, to pilot a program called the Entrepreneurs' Cafe.
The program aims to provide micro-funding awards to entrepreneurs at the local level. It is designed to replicate a successful micro-funding program in Huntington called Cafe Huntington.
Vision Shared will co-host a cafe launch event at C.J. Maggie's in Buckhannon at 6 p.m. Sept. 18. During the event local entrepreneurs are invited to "pitch" their idea or project for funding. Attendees pay $10 for a meal, the opportunity to hear small business development ideas and vote on their favorite project. The winning entrepreneur receives the proceeds from the purchase of meals and a special cash award provided by Vision Shared for the launch event.
"The success of Cafe Huntington and its organizers willingness to help Vision Shared develop a pilot program spurs our ability to facilitate these programs around the state," said Rebecca McPhail Randolph, president of Vision Shared.
The Entrepreneurs' Cafe program is part of a long-term plan to develop the entrepreneurial climate in West Virginia by Vision Shared. In May 2012 the organization released a paper with recommendations for encouraging economic growth and development through entrepreneurial education and activity. The paper is available at www.visionshared.com.
For more information about the event, anyone interested can visit www.revWV.com or call Steve Foster or Melodie Stemple at 304-472-1757.