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Hanover’s Perspective

Ag-X 2023 Workshop Scholarships Available to Ag-Businesses/Entrepreneurs in Hanover County

Hanover County Economic Development is offering scholarships to Hanover-based businesses interested in attending the SCORE|Richmond and Dominion Energy Innovation Center exclusive five-workshop series targeted at helping Central Virginia agri-enterprises grow their food, forestry, or agriculture products and services.   The Ag-X Workshop Series was launched in an effort to strengthen the regional economy and help business owners catalyze their growth by providing the tools, principles, and connections needed to succeed.

This workshop is aimed to companies of any size operating for at least one year in the food, forestry, or agriculture sectors looking to grow their business in uncertain times.  Content has been specially designed for entrepreneurs bringing to market value-added agricultural products, services, and brands; whether that is a new controlled environment agriculture concept, the most delicious artisanal cheese, or a drone to monitor field conditions. Space is limited and likely to fill up quickly, so grab a spot by registering on SCORE’s website.

The cost to participate in the Ag-X Workshop Series is $125 per company for up to three team members, and is held as in-person events at the Dominion Energy Innovation Center located in the Town of Ashland.  Throughout select Wednesday evenings in January and February, participants will take a deep dive into their business operations with Glen Sink, former agri-business executive turned SCORE mentor, and numerous other industry executives including Virginia Department of Agriculture officials and commercial bankers.

The workshops are held from 6:00 pm. – 8:00 p.m. on the following Wednesday evenings:

Workshop #1 (January 11, 2023):  Introduction to Agri-Business Growth Models
Workshop #2 (January 18, 2023):  Developing Your Business Market Research & Strategy
Workshop #3 (January 25, 2023:   Developing Your Operations & Management Plans
Workshop #4 (February 1, 2023):  Designing Your Customer Experience
Workshop #5 (February 8, 2023):  Constructing Your Business Financials

Scholarship Information for Hanover-Based Ag-Businesses

Hanover County Economic Development is providing scholarships to a maximum of five businesses in Hanover County interested in attending the workshop series.  Scholarships will reimburse the $125 registration fee upon completion of series. In order to receive reimbursement of the $125 registration fee, enrollee must attend a minimum of four of the five workshops. Interested participants must be registered as a business in Hanover County.  Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis to qualified applicants.

Hanover-based businesses/entrepreneurs interested in a scholarship must be approved by Economic Development before registering with SCORE Richmond.  To be considered, registrants must complete and submit the online form using the link below.  Upon approval, the registrant will be notified and provided an email detailing the terms of fee reimbursement.  Questions should be directed to Ann Glave, Existing Business & Project Manager at (804) 365-6464 or

To apply for a Hanover-based Business Scholarship, please complete the online Workshop Scholarship Application.  Please wait for approval BEFORE registering for the workshop series.

For more information and to register for the workshop series, visit SCORE|Richmond.