Culpeper Competes

Culpeper Competes

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Culpeper Competes is a new entrepreneurship program, designed to give potential and emerging entrepreneurs the proper business training, mentorship, and networking opportunities to be successful. This competitive process will award up to $45,000 in business investment grants for start-up and existing businesses looking to expand with additional job creation in the Town of Culpeper, Virginia.

January 28, 2021 Register
February 16, 2020-April 13, 2021 Required entrepreneur courses
April 9, 2021 (By 10 AM) Submit detailed business plan
April 13, 2021 Selected finalists present plans
Downtown Culpeper


The following will be awarded to the winners of the program once they establish eligible business reimbursements for qualified business expenses:

1st Place

  • Up to $20,000
  • One-year membership to Culpeper Chamber of Commerce
  • Three consulting hours from Narrio, LLC | Storytelling Consulting & Digital Marketing
  • One-hour consultation and three hours of graphic design work from K Art & Design, Inc.
  • Three hours of marketing consultancy with Gwendolyn K. Steele, Brand Consultant

2nd Place

  • Up to $10,000
  • Three hours of marketing consultancy with Gwendolyn K. Steele, Brand Consultant

3rd Place

  • Up to $2,000
  • Three hours of marketing consultancy with Gwendolyn K. Steele, Brand Consultant

Best Pitch

  • $500
Downtown Culpeper
Downtown Culpeper

Eligible Business Categories

  • Nightlife | Entertainment Experiences
  • Sports and Outdoor Manufacturer
  • Outfitter | Outdoor Guide | Recreation
  • Boutique Hotel
  • Museum | Gallery | Artist co-location space
  • Value Added Agriculture | Agritourism
  • Restaurants and Hospitality
  • Technology | Research and Development
  • Retail and Support Services

Business Development Courses

Required for participants. Classes will be held virtually for seven weeks, week eight is dedicated to pitch preparation and week nine is the Business Plan Pitch Competition.

  • Simples Steps for Starting a Business
  • Small Business Leadership
  • Business Plan Basics
  • Sales, Marketing, & Branding
  • Accounting, Finance, and Credit
  • Operations
  • Business and Legal Structure
  • Competition Prep Night
  • Business Plan Pitch

Required Operational Footprint

Culpeper Competes competition award recipients are required to operate their new and or expanding business within the following designated area.

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ApplicationMemorandum of Understanding

The Town of Culpeper Economic Development and Tourism Department made this program possible with a Community Business Launch (CBL) grant through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, in combination with community partner match and in-kind trade services. The program builds on the tradition of DHCD’s business support strategies, placing the community at the heart of entrepreneurial and small business development. Please contact Tourism and Economic Development staff with questions: 540-727-0611 or by email:

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