Businesses receiving valuable advice

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July means beaches, BBQ’s and sunshine for many of us.
But inside RAMP, it’s all about meetings, mentor ship  and clearing hurdles.


VWCC instructor Jennifer Havens says,”the first couple of weeks they’re energized.  They’re ready to go and then week 3 hits. and that’s when the stress comes into play. and some confusion. Sometimes invalidating what they believed all along about their business and about their product.”
She’s been busy helping leaders of six businesses in the Regional Acceleration and Mentoring Program.
It’s a first of it’s kind partnership between the city of Roanoke, Virginia Western Community College and Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council.
Samantha Steidle is a Ramp Innovation Officer
“A significant majority of jobs are created through entrepreneurship. so us being involved in that initiative makes perfect sense.”
Baraka Kasongo says, “the amount of people that are actually willing to step in and practically hold our hands through some of the things we thought were actual challenges that would take years to eliminate. we’re able to penetrate through these in just a month’s time so far.”
The CEO of Volatia Language Network says his team already interprets and translates more than 280 languages.
Now they’re working on plans to offer even more and grow their base in Roanoke.
Baraka says, “what i’m most thankful for is making sure is that we’re getting it right before we grow. the amount of talent and leadership that has really embraced us and taken us in in terms of supporting every initiative were leading so far has just been phenomenal”
Jennifer Havens says “these companies are starting out right instead of making some of the mistakes that they could. i would say it’s the cost of their business the value of their business long term. the lifetime value of their business.”

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