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The Progress Fund Stories

Spirited rebels speak proof to power

PART TWO – Our entrepreneurial summer series dawned last week with stories of the inspired women who run bed & breakfasts and vacation rentals along our region’s trails. Successful businesses usually have great stories – of innovation or tradition, local roots or international reach. 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