Young Entrepreneur Program

A new initiative to educate, inspire, and assist young entrepreneurs with the tools and skills necessary to turn ideas into viable businesses.

This is an opportunity for entrepreneurs in Page County, ages 16-25,  to meet with local business leaders, small business owners, and other valuable resource providers for instruction and inspiration.

Once in enrolled in the program, students will be introduced to professionals in accounting, marketing, business law, product development, and more to become equipped with all of the information necessary to successfully launch a business in Page County.

Program Details

This four-month program will include weekly sessions on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00pm.

Each week will focus on a different aspect of business development where participants will learn from business experts, guest speakers, and each other. At each class, the YEP Team will discuss the topics, help the entrepreneur conduct research and make decisions about his/her business, and provide lots of feedback and support. The goal is for everyone to work together to gain practical knowledge, meet community experts, and refine their YEP start-up plans.
A light dinner and a conversation with local business owners is a part of every session!

Important Early Dates:
Orientation: February 8, 2017, 4:00-6:00
Participate in a discussion about the program, have your questions answered, explore your ideas, and receive some tools to help you prepare for the course. Non-Committal Event.

YEP Kick-Off: February 16, 2017, 7:00
A community-wide event to launch the program and the entrepreneurs' ideas! Open to the public!

For More Information or to obtain an application, visit

or contact Jay North at   or  540-743-1819

YEP is a Partnership between Hawksbill Trading Company, The Shenandoah Valley SBDC, Page County Public Schools, Lord Fairfax Community College, and Members of the Local Business Community. The program's team of leaders include:
Jay North, President of Hawksbill Trading Company
Joyce Krech, SBDC Director
Sara Levinson, SBDC Business Adviser
Donna Whitley-Smith, Superintendent of Page County Public Schools
Steven Johnson, Page County Business Curriculum Teacher
Kim Blosser, VP Academic & Student Affairs at Lord Fairfax Community College
Community Members and Supporters!