Supplier Diversity Mini-Grants

Advantage Valley Offering Support for Certification

Funded by Truist

Purpose:
The purpose of this mini-grant program is to increase the number of certified Woman-owned (WBE), Minority (MBE), and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) in WV by defraying the costs associated with the certification process. A limited number of grants are available on a first come basis.

Eligible Applicant:
Qualified women, minority or disadvantaged businesses with annual revenues under $1 million or that meet the SBA size test for their industry NAICS code.

Grant Amount:
Up to $500 in costs will be reimbursed upon successful completion of the grant requirements

COMING SOON:  Webinar on July 21, 2022 at 6pm about how to obtain certification!  Register HERE!

For Business Coaching and Technical Assistance Contact:

Tyler Brandstetter

WV Small Business Development Center

FASTER WV Business Coach
Tyler.l.brandstetter@wv.gov
(304) 553-9692
Boone, Braxton, Clay, Kanawha,
Lincoln, Putnam Counties

Jules Bills

Unlimited Future, Inc.

FASTER WV Business Coach
jules@unlimitedfuture.org
(304) 697-3007
Cabell and Wayne Counties

Nora Myers

WV Women’s Business Center

The Process:

2. If you need assistance, call one of the business coaches at the agencies listed above.

3. Fill out the mini-grant application for pre-approval:

Mini-Grant applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until funding has been exhausted. Fill out the grant application and Advantage Valley will pre-approve your application. The applicant will then have 6 months to obtain certification in order to be eligible for reimbursement. Submit the application to:

Terrell Ellis, Executive Director, Advantage Valley, Inc., terrell@advantagevalley.com, (304) 352-1165

4. Attend a Financing Growth Training

Once pre-approved, attend a 1-hour virtual “Growing Your Business” seminar hosted by BB&T, now Truist with a Q&A session on financing contracts and growth. Register for one of the following sessions by contacting Marlo Long, SVP, CRA & Community Development BB&T, Now Truist Office: (304) 353-1682 Mobile: (304) 549-1570 Email: long@truist.com

5. Final Approval & Reimbursement

Submit application for certification to the appropriate certifying agency, and provide Advantage Valley with the receipts for all expenses related to the certifying process up to $500. Also, provide the date of attendance at the Growing Your Business workshop.  Send information to the address below and allow 4-6 weeks for reimbursement upon final approval. Submit all documentation to:

Terrell Ellis, Executive Director, Advantage Valley, Inc., terrell@advantagevalley.com, (304) 352-1165

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