Entrepreneurial Needs Survey
The Advancement Foundation along with multiple partners created this Entrepreneurial Needs Assessment to provide a platform for entrepreneurs to connect with support and resources that advance their business goals. This brief assessment is the first step in helping us develop your 360 Degree Business and Entrepreneur Development Plan. All information is treated with strict confidentiality.
The Advancement Foundation is a nonprofit committed to Business and Community Development. More than 300 entrepreneurs, over 200 community mentors, 100+ resource partners, and 20+ (and growing) localities have formed this regional alliance to effectively provide business knowledge, mentor guidance, and capital resources to the local entrepreneurs we serve. Since its inception, The Advancement Foundation's programs have provided $1,034,000 in direct business resources to entrepreneurs and $790,000 in outside resources and grants for the communities we serve.
The Advancement Foundation’s successful model develops community infrastructure, provides innovative support, and increases resources directed for small to medium size businesses. The effectiveness of this program has been recognized for its positive impact by both the former and current Governors of Virginia, the Department of Community Development, and numerous other community leaders.
The Advancement Foundation’s model effectively engages all stakeholders in helping create vibrant communities through small business development. The model is exciting, collaborative and wildly popular as demonstrated by its rapid spread across our region.
We look forward to helping you advance your business!
Annette Patterson, President
Entrepreneur's First and Last Name
Best Phone Number
Name of Business (or potential name)
Please indicate the best days and times (morning, afternoon, evening) available to meet:
In what City, Town and/or County is (or will be) your business located
Alleghany Highlands (including Clifton Forge and Covington)
Botetourt County (including Buchanan, Fincastle, and Troutville)
Roanoke County (including Town of Vinton)
Rockbridge County (including Buena Vista and Lexington)
City of Salem
Current entrepreneurial focus
New startup idea
Planning phase of business development
In business for less than 1 year
In business year 1 to 5 and looking to grow
Over 5 years and ready to scale significanlty
Food and Beverage
Life and Health Science
Services (please define services in the "Other" Category below)
What do you know about your industry?
Your TOP 3 Needs
Access to angel investors
Business grants, loans
Business training (see next question to provide more detail)
Property purchase or lease
Specalized industry training needed (specify in "Other" category below)
What problem are you solving?
What key activities do you have to do to refine proof of concept?
What is your revenue model (sales vs. cost)?
Who are your customers?
How will your customers be reached to purchase your product or service?
What is a customer paying for similar products or services today?
What kind of research would be helpful?
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