SCCF Executive Director Debbie Irwin resigns

The Shenandoah Community Capital Fund announced the resignation of Executive Director Debbie Irwin.

She is leaving the role to begin a new job in early March.

Irwin served an integral role in SCCF since joining the organization in October 2017.

During her tenure, she spearheaded impactful projects to support local businesses, entrepreneurs, and community development efforts.

Through her commitment to the SCCF and community, she helped to drive more than $4 million in state and federal funds to the region to create numerous partnerships that continue to drive entrepreneurial progress in the Shenandoah Valley.

Irwin said, “It has been an immense pleasure to serve as Executive Director…I’m extremely confident that the SCCF team will continue to drive the organization forward. Their big thinking, passion for entrepreneurship, and dedication to the Shenandoah Valley will keep SCCF thriving.”

The Capital Fund’s Board of Directors will begin a search for a new Executive Director.

Ryan Hall, Director of Growth and Revenue, will assume the responsibilities until a selection is made.

The Shenandoah Community Capital Fund is a non-profit organization that envisions a Shenandoah Valley where every person has access to the resources, knowledge, and support needed to start, grow, and sustain a business.

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News Maker Katie Overfield Zook on business bootcamp

A Bootcamp to help grow and maintain your business is set to begin January 29.

We spoke to the Director of Programs Katie Overfield Zook of Shenandoah Community Capital Fund about it in our latest news maker.

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Katie tells us what a great opportunity the bootcamp is to network with people who have been where those trying to start a business are currently.

The Business Bootcamp will feature people who can give tips on how to avoid the pitfalls of early entrepreneurship.

Katie also shares some of the previous successes of the Bootcamp program.

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Applications Open for Startup Shenandoah Valley Cohort 5

Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF) announced that the organization is accepting applications for the fifth cohort

of Startup Shenandoah Valley (S2V): the region’s 8-week accelerator program for scalable businesses. Business owners

looking to grow and expand their market in traded sectors are encouraged to apply. Companies selected for S2V will have

access to resources, mentors, and investors in and beyond the region.

Executive Director of SCCF, Debbie Irwin, said: “S2V is a significant opportunity for both our entrepreneurs and the

community as a whole. With support from partners across the region and our ecosystem builders, we have designed an

innovative program that will help businesses in the Valley compete at a national level.” Thanks to the GO Virginia grant

SCCF received in 2020, the program is offered free of charge and without equity requirements. Entrepreneurs not only

learn valuable skills throughout the course of the program, but also join a network of dedicated, like-minded entrepreneurs.

This invaluable network brings peers together to collaborate and lean on one another for support.

Companies selected for the program will take part in an eight-week implementation “sprint” beginning September 5th, with

one-on-one virtual coaching, tailored mentoring, and support in all aspects of running a successful scalable business – such as

raising capital, recruiting and retaining top talent, marketing, and legal issues, among others. Most importantly, participants

will become part of an invaluable alumni network of the Valley’s best companies and a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Katie Overfield-Zook, Ecosystem Builder at SCCF, manages S2V. “We urge committed entrepreneurs with businesses at any

stage to apply,” said Overfield-Zook. “Of particular importance is that our cohort represents the diversity of talent we have in this region.”

Entrepreneurs and companies interested in the next round of S2V should begin the application process here. Applications will

be reviewed on a rolling basis until the August 19th deadline. The fifth cohort will begin their coursework on September 5th.

 

visit www.sccfva.org or contact SCCF at hello@sccfva.org.

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News Maker Kristin Derflinger of SCCF on mircroloans

Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF) is offering microloans to new and small businesses and entrepreneurs.

We spoke with SCCF Microloan Program Manager Kristin Derflinger in our latest news maker.

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Kristin tells what the loans are for and how to apply.

She also tells us how the loans are awarded and number uses for the loans.

Kristin also tells us of the other programs and services provided by SCCF.

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News Maker Debbie Irwin of SCCF on Women’s Day

March is Women’s History Month and today Mar. 8 is International Women’s Day.

Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF) is celebrating by honoring Women owned businesses in the Shenandoah Valley.

We spoke with SCCF Executive Director Debbie Irwin about it in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Debbie tells us about some of the Women owned businesses in the valley.

She also tells us of several of the benefits of being apart of SCCF and how they help struggling businesses with a number of resources.

Debbie also tells of several gatherings for input from other business owners who can offer suggestions and information on owning a business in the valley.

Click here for Debbie’s interview.

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News Maker Debbie Irwin of SCCF on Women’s Day

March is Women’s History Month and today Mar. 8 is International Women’s Day.

Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF) is celebrating by honoring Women owned businesses in the Shenandoah Valley.

We spoke with SCCF Executive Director Debbie Irwin about it in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Debbie tells us about some of the Women owned businesses in the valley.

She also tells us of several of the benefits of being apart of SCCF and how they help struggling businesses with a number of resources.

Debbie also tells of several gatherings for input from other business owners who can offer suggestions and information on owning a business in the valley.

For more news from across the Shenandoah Valley, click here.

Shenandoah Community Capital Fund is accepting applications

An email from Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF) announced that applications are being accepted for Start Up Shenandoah Valley (S2V) opportunities.

This is the region’s hybrid online/in-person incubator program for scalable businesses to have access to resources, mentors and investors.

This is the fourth in a series that strives to help valley businesses reach the next level.

Those businesses whose applications are accepted will participate in an eight week implementation course beginning Mar. 14, 2022.

The courses feature one on one coaching, tailored mentoring and support on all aspects of running a successful scalable business.

Because of a Go Virginia Grant these fourth sessions are free of charge.

Additional information and applications are available at SCCF.org.

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