New DuPont branch; Commercial start-ups; Tourism subsidies — The buzz

STAUNTON — A new DuPont Community Credit Union branch is coming to Fishersville, Shenandoah Community Capital Fund has selected a new cohort of start-ups, and Waynesboro has tourism grants — here’s the buzz.

DuPont’s 14th location arrives in Fishersville

DuPont Community Credit Union will open its 14th branch later this summer. The new location will be located in the Food Lion mall in Fishersville and called Windward Pointe Member Center, according to a statement.

“We are excited to expand our financial cooperative within the Fishersville community and be part of the continued growth of this region,” DCCU President/CEO Steve Elkins said in a statement. “We look forward to serving our current Fishersville members and introducing new members to our co-op.”

This will be the first DCCU branch in Fishersville, located at 32 Winward Drive. Previously, Fishersville had only two ATMs.

Summer Sheets, who has worked for DCCU since 2004, will lead this location as retail branch manager, according to the release.

“I appreciate DCCU’s commitment to member service. It’s amazing to see our co-op evolve over the years as we continue to find innovative ways to better serve our members,” Sheets said in the release. “I look forward to leading this team and serving our members in the Fishersville community.”

New start-ups selected for the commercial program

Shenandoah Community Capital Fund, formerly Staunton Creative Community Fund, announced its fourth cohort of Startup Shenandoah Valley, a virtual accelerator program and online incubator program for scalable businesses. This cycle, the program will focus on technology and technology-driven businesses.

Companies selected for S2V will have access to resources, mentors and investors in and beyond the region, the statement said. Selected companies will now undergo eight weeks of one-on-one coaching to tackle the riskiest challenges in their business model and learn the processes to quickly and effectively experiment with different solutions.

“Tech startups have become synonymous with urban areas, but the reality is that they are a big part of our regional ecosystem,” SCCF Ecosystem Builder Ryan Hall said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have these eight companies participating in Startup Shenandoah Valley. We look forward to seeing them grow and prosper.

Each selected business is also paired with a mentor and supported in all aspects of running a successful scalable business, including raising capital, recruiting and retaining top talent, marketing and managing legal issues, among others, the statement said.

“What I liked about the S2V program was how it encouraged me to think big. No matter what idea came out of my mouth, someone would always see a way forward,” Shanna Mann, owner of Central Virginia Prep and member of S2V’s second and third cohorts, said in a statement. “To have a where everyone I spoke to was invested in helping to move the idea forward, it was so invigorating.”

The following companies were selected:

  • AIM (Accept, Improve, and Move) Forward — A virtual platform that connects students and advisors with sample career experiences so they can test out a career before making a long-term commitment.
    • Founder: JD Oldaker in Frederick County
  • Budget Referee – A budget management app to help people easily manage their finances with less effort and more strategic results.
    • Founder: David Rosenberg in Rockingham County
  • Code Ninjas – Offers fun coding programs for kids ages 7-14, allowing them to learn at their own pace and earn belts along the way.
    • Founder: Kimberly Hancock of Front Royal
  • Interactive 3D — Helps schools create three-dimensional learning environments for students, builds a solid foundation for students to use their learning in classrooms, after-school programs, and summer camps.
    • Founder: Andrei Dacko in Staunton
  • RecRe — Provides campuses with self-contained rental lockers filled with recreational equipment and household items. Their digital platform allows students to rent items using their student account or credit card.
    • Founder: Griffin Harrington in Harrisonburg
  • Retail VR – Translates a physical business into the digital world using 360 degree imaging technology. Each VR template includes clickable rooms to help visitors navigate your business, replicating an in-store experience.
    • Founder: AD Carter in Strasbourg
  • Tow Ninja – A complete small business solution to help solve common problems encountered in the towing industry. Tow Ninja aims to address the lack of customer interaction, accounting, and QuickBooks integration while providing a personal inventory management system for small businesses.
    • Founder: Jack Oppenheim in Harrisonburg
  • TrimTab – Gives people the reason, tools and motivation to get out of debt. The budgeting app offers step-by-step, easy-to-follow guidelines that help users manage and reduce debt over time.
    • Founder: Derek Adler in Frederick County

To learn more about Startup Shenandoah Valley, visit sccfva.org/business-support.

Tourism subsidies available for Waynesboro

Waynesboro has a new set of tourism grants under its Building Opportunities to Support Tourism, or BOOST, program.

City businesses and organizations are invited to apply for up to $3,000 to support eligible activities such as fairs, festivals and events to attract visitors as well as marketing, design and exhibition costs. printing associates, the statement said.

Funds are limited to new and existing tourism-related initiatives taking place in the City of Waynesboro between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

“Tourism plays a vital role in Waynesboro’s local economy,” Jennifer Kiser, Waynesboro’s tourism and marketing manager, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to once again offer the BOOST grant program to provide support to event organizers as they continue to adapt and overcome challenges to deliver unique events that draw visitors to Waynesboro.”

Prior to COVID-19, tourism spending in Virginia had seen ten years of continuous growth.

  • Tourism revenue reached $38,337,064 in Waynesboro in 2019 and supported 367 local jobs.
  • Total tourism spending in Waynesboro decreased by 22.1% in 2020.
  • Although 2021 numbers have yet to be released, there has likely been positive growth in 2020.

BOOST grants will support local tourism partners in their ongoing recovery efforts by allowing them to extend their marketing reach beyond the local area.

More details are available at waynesborobusiness.com/boost-tourism-grant. Completed applications must be delivered by noon on Friday August 5th to the tourist office. A committee will review applications and decide on grant awards by Friday, August 12.

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