Competition Rules

Welcome to the RISE (Regional Initiative Supporting Entrepreneurship) showcase forum for entrepreneurs! Join us for a regional initiative on discovery, assistance and support of entrepreneurs in the development of their ventures and in contribution to the economic diversity of our region.

Any and all small business owners/operators in the Northern Shenandoah Valley Region are eligible to register and attend the educational component of the Program.

Those who wish to go on the compete:

  • must have been in business for at least two years;
  • must have annual revenues not exceeding $5 million;
  • must have Employer ID Number;
  • must operate business in one of the following jurisdictions:  Frederick County, City of Winchester, Clarke County, Warren County, Town of Front Royal, Shenandoah County or Page County;
  • must answer all required application fields of information;
  • must pay non-refundable registration fee ($99.00);
  • must complete the educational component:  five 120 minute classes on business development offered through the Entrepreneur Café process;
  • Must clearly and specifically identify need and amount of cash award requested for the project.