Gauntlet 2018 gets under way


Kathleen Carr (left) and Becky Freemal from The Advancement Foundation (TAF) kicked off the 2018 Gauntlet Business Program and Competition at the Vinton War Memorial on February 6, welcoming about 50 entrepreneurs at the Vinton location. Gauntlet classes are also available at Dabney Lancaster in Clifton Forge.

The Advancement Foundation (TAF) kicked off its fourth annual Gauntlet Business Program and Competition with an introductory session at the Vinton War Memorial on February 6.

Kathleen Carr, who serves as the director of Small Business Development for TAF, and Becky Freemal, TAF board chair, greeted about 50 aspiring entrepreneurs in Vinton, while TAF President Annette Patterson and Kelly Robertson, the director of Marketing and Resource Development, launched an expansion of the Gauntlet program simultaneously in Alleghany County. Those classes are located at Dabney Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge.

TAF is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 by Patterson that…



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