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It crawled from the Yough

PART THREE – Whether you joined our entrepreneurial summer series at a bed & breakfast (week one) or a distillery (week two), you know that change is a constant in small business. As a result, adaptation is a key phase in the entrepreneurial life cycle. Nowhere is that more true than along the trails and rivers, where consumer tastes shift almost as surely as weather changes. Continue reading

Kick it up a notch

PART ONE – Summer is make-or-break time for many of the small businesses in our towns, along the trails, and in the city’s most festive neighborhoods. This summer, many entrepreneurs are thinking big. For the next six weeks, The Progress Fund – which has helped 311 businesses over 21 years – is going to take you into the heat of an entrepreneurial summer. Continue reading

Nonprofit funders are growing craft beverage producers in Appalachia

Our Craft Beverage Fund supports budding local brewers, distillers and winemakers. Because we’re a nonprofit, we can give tastemakers extra help with uniquely designed terms to grow their boozy business. We can accept offbeat collateral like grapevines or bottle labels, and help beverage makers get more funding for better equipment or the freshest, more high-quality ingredients— so they can craft every sip. … Continue reading