April 29, 2014
A Charlottesville nonprofit is in the running for a major grant, and it's hoping to get the public's help to win it.
The Community Investment Collaborative is based in Charlottesville. It helps budding entrepreneurs build and expand their businesses through classes, mentors, loans and networking.
"This will help us continue to serve them, be able to offer more financing opportunities and provide more opportunities for them to connect with the larger community as their businesses grow and expand," said Stephen Davis, the president of CIC.
The CIC is one of 200 finalists in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist competition -- and one of just two finalists in Virginia.
The top 40 vote-getters in the competition win $25,000 to help their cause.
"The work we're doing is critical to help more folks build businesses, create more jobs in lower-income communities, which is going to strengthen our community overall," Davis said.
Voting takes place through a Facebook page set up by State Farm. Everyone can use 10 votes per day through May 16.