Tri-Cities business owners had the chance to show off their skills on Thursday at the Washington County, Virginia Business Expo, held at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.
The more than 50 entrepreneurs have been hard at work since March getting a business plan together and taking classes on how to expand their ideas.
It culminated at the expo where they presented their products and services to the community.
There were representatives from across all industries, including jewelry makers and alpaca farmers.
The Washington County, Virginia Chamber of Commerce gave awards for the whole challenge at the end of the expo.
Capo's Music Store won the competition, earning a $5,000 dollar grant, half-price rent at the Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator for one year, and a year membership to the Washington County Virginia Chamber of Commerce. "It's a good stepping stone for them to promote their new business but the truth of the matter is all of the participants in this program, in my opinion, are already winners," said Jim Swartz, president of the Chamber of Commerce. "They've sat in on some very good informative classes. They've taken that first step in trying to educate themselves on what is expected of a new business."
Farm Food, of Abingdon, won second place and Dreamland Alpacas, of Meadowview, came in third.
Swartz told us this was their first expo in years but they hope to make it an annual event.