A Fauquier County proposal to encourage and nurture young entrepreneurs was approved by the GO Virginia Board.

The $83,000 project will fund the launch of pilot programs in Fauquier and Orange county public school districts, Louisa and Culpeper counties, and at the Wakefield School. Lord Fairfax Community College will be working with the schools to explore ways to link its community college courses to those in the high schools to help establish and clarify career pathways in entrepreneurship. Each of the participating organizations will also outline ways in which to create and/or enhance their efforts to stimulate young entrepreneurs.

The project will also produce a resource guide that will be available to other schools and organizations to help them develop programs for young entrepreneurs.

Miles Friedman, Fauquier County Director of Economic Development and GO Virginia Region 9 council member, says this project will complement the county’s efforts and the goals of GO Virginia to build a “regional innovation ecosystem.” Friedman said that the Region 9 GO Virginia staff support had been a tremendous part of developing and funding this project.

According to Friedman, “This is a natural extension of our current efforts to assist local entrepreneurs, in that we can now help fill the pipeline by finding and encouraging young entrepreneurs in our communities.”

Jennifer Goldman, owner of Resonance, LLC, will be the project director; she currently manages the Fauquier Enterprise Centers at Vint Hill and Marshall.

Fauquier County has been cited by consultants to Region 9 of GO Virginia as one of the leading communities in supporting innovation and entrepreneurship, due in large part to the county’s three small business centers that serve to incubate and grow local businesses. Innovation and entrepreneurship are among the top priorities for GO Virginia as they strengthen local economies while also helping to attract outside investment.

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