Marion, Virginia

“Pop Up” Marion Entrepreneur Development Class

The Town of Marion and Marion Downtown have partnered together and are offering a free class to help open businesses in Smyth County's courthouse town.  "Pop Up Marion," the community's five-week business development program, provides training for all levels of entrepreneurs, from those interested in exploring opportunities to seasoned business owners looking for a tune up.

Marion's "Pop Up" Entrepreneur Development Boot Camp Classes offer intensive training on all the aspects of small business, from legal structure to financials, marketing to credit.  Participants are able to use the information to develop a business plan, and can be eligible for up to $5,000 in startup grant funds and an additional $15,000 in low interest loan funds.

To date, "Pop Up Marion" has trained 262 people, sold 10 buildings, filled an additional 22 storefronts, created 28 new businesses, over 114 new jobs, assisted with three facade improvements and over $1.9 million in private reinvestment.  The program has dropped Marion's downtown storefront vacancy rates from over 17% to under 4%, and is being used in communities across Virginia and the region.

"The class is designed for anyone interested," said Ken Heath, Director of Community and Economic Development and instructor for the class.  "From folks exploring the notion of opening their own business to seasoned business owners looking to refresh and reenergize, we keep it fast-paced, topical, and fun while providing a strong foundation for entrepreneurs."

Classes are free, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  The Thursday evening classes are scheduled from 6-8pm at the Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts, located behind the courthouse.  To register for classes, please call (276) 378-5029 or email

"Pop Up Marion" is a program of the Town of Marion's Department of Community and Economic Development, and is funded by the Town of Marion, The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and Wells Fargo.  The program has won numerous awards, including from the Southern Economic Development Council, Virginia Municipal League, and US Small Business Administration.

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Event Details


Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts 203 North Church Street Marion, VA 24354


Apr 19, 2018
10:19pm - 10:19pm

Apr 26, 2018
10:19pm - 10:19pm

May 3, 2018
10:19pm - 10:19pm

May 10, 2018
10:19pm - 10:19pm

May 17, 2018
10:19pm - 10:19pm