Within the past couple of weeks, I have been contacted by two different individuals suggesting that the chamber initiate training toward the opening of new businesses. One of these individuals has had some experience in entrepreneurship and would be interested in helping. The other forwarded a clipping from a magazine and an anonymous note with some interesting suggestions.
It is noteworthy that the chamber was in the process of planning to hold some sort of educational effort along these lines when the pandemic arose. We had initiated contact with resources through the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance (LRBA) and CVCC and were beginning to think about appropriate dates. Like most everything else, the pandemic halted our progress.
The magazine article was about a college student in Mississippi that began by making simple game day attire in school colors. Starting up with $2000 in cash, the operation has grown to produce an expanded product line, generating nearly $2 million in annual sales, occupying a 40,000 square foot facility, and employing 70 individuals. The focus on revitalizing the local economy with products made locally has created a source of pride within the company.
There’s more to this story in the current issue of the Times Virginian newspaper. Pick up a copy or subscribe at www.timesvirginian.com/subscriber_services to view the full article in the e-edition version.