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Launch Something Pulaski is a downtown economic revitalization project aimed at supporting new business formation and expansion in the Town of Pulaski’s downtown businesses district and beyond.

This July, all-time great Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer helped award cash prizes totaling $45,000 to five of the new and expanding businesses opening in Pulaski by the end of this September. These businesses include a new Bounce Town Indoor Playground and Party Center, Café & Gelato Company, a multi-vendor indoor marketplace to support artisans/craftsman, retailers of specialty items, food vendors, and performers, a shaved ice business, and a new restaurant that will serve fresh and healthy home style prepared meals. Multiple national studies show that on a per dollar basis local eateries return twice as much revenue to our local economy and independent retailers return more than three times as much money compared to national chains.

The project is made possible with $60,000 of principal funding from the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Business Launch (CBL) program, support to Beans and Rice, Inc. as the lead agency from The Community Foundation of the New River Valley, and contributions to the cash prize funding pool from both Pulaski County and the Town of Pulaski. Project partners include the Town of Pulaski, Pulaski County, Beans and Rice, Inc.,    Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Pulaski Alliance, NRV Regional Commission, Town of Floyd Economic Development Department, and VT Knowledge Works. For more information, contact: Eric Bucey, ebucey@beansandrice.org.

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