Rev-Up Strasburg Press and Media Coverage

Strasburg CBL Flyer- February 23rd, 2016

Ryan Spitzer

February 15, 2016

Town to hold Business Plan Competition

Strasburg, VA, February 15, 2016– Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that the Town of Strasburg was awarded $60,000 through the governor’s  Second Annual Virginia Community Business Launch (CBL) initiative to help the Town of Strasburg launch new businesses and expand existing businesses.

Gov. McAuliffe's office announced that $420,000 in Virginia Community Business Launch (CBL) grants would be awarded to the towns of Pulaski, Vinton, Marion and Strasburg, as well as the cities of Lynchburg, Petersburg and Martinsville. CBL is designed to assist communities in taking a systems approach to defining and pursuing an asset-based small business development strategy. 

Funded through the Virginia Dept. of Housing & Community Development, the CBL program starts with a community’s unique vision for its future and then uses a local business competition to find and foster the entrepreneurs that connect with that vision. CBL provides the tools to effectively prepare multiple entrepreneurs to operate successful businesses in a downtown or neighborhood commercial district and allow them to compete for funding to launch their new endeavor. 

According to Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.  “The Community Business Launch program was a success in its first year, helping to launch or expand more than 14 businesses in three communities across the state." Those communities were Gloucester, Hopewell, and Staunton.

While only a limited number of entrepreneurs may win the business competitions, CBL aims to inspire and assist many budding entrepreneurs to startup successful businesses. In addition, it will help communities begin to develop a coordinated, comprehensive sustainable environment that identifies, launches and supports community-based entrepreneurs and small business at all levels of development.

“The Town of Strasburg is excited for this opportunity to grow our small businesses.  Small businesses are what keep a community’s vitality strong.   The first year is the most important for any business and this grant will allow entrepreneurs to get the fundamentals and training needed to keep their businesses growing and sustainable after that first year.  We are also excited to be working with a non-profit like People Inc. to provide the classes because they have successfully done this type of program in other areas of Virginia” said Ryan Spitzer, Town Manager of Strasburg.

 “Rev-Up Strasburg” is the local program, and will provide challengers an opportunity to compete for cash awards and other incentives.  In addition, each participant will develop a deeper understanding of planning for a successful business and have networking opportunities with regional entrepreneurs and mentors.  To be eligible for cash awards, businesses must locate or expand in the Town of Strasburg. 

The Town of Strasburg is partnering with People Incorporated to conduct the educational sessions, which will be held over 8 weeks, beginning on April 20, 2016 and concluding with the award ceremony in early June.  “We are excited to be a part of this CBL initiative.  People Incorporated has led many successful entrepreneur Business Challenge Programs in the state and knows how well these programs can work for the businesses and communities,” said Cindy Green, People Inc. Director of Community Economic Development.

For more information about Rev-Up Strasburg business launch program, including complete rules and participant application, please visit

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Ryan Spitzer at 540-465-9197 or email at

Initial Press Release- February 15th, 2016

Northern Virginia Daily Article- March 2nd, 2016