Participants at the Gauntlet Business Program & Competition’s 7th Annual Graduation & Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 27, in Vinton, pose for a photo. More than 55 area entrepreneurs were awarded cash and in-kind prizes to help start or expand their businesses.

On Thursday, May 27, The Gauntlet Business Program & Competition held its 7th Annual Graduation & Awards Ceremony in Vinton, awarding more than 55 area entrepreneurs cash and in-kind prizes to help start or expand their businesses.

Winners in the Bedford area were Priss E Nerd, Kasper UAV, LAT Personal Training, ElectriCo Art, Muddy Squirrel and The Well.

During an unprecedented year, on Feb. 9, 104 businesses entered The Gauntlet Program and attended 10 consecutive classes to build a business plan. At the end of April 26, 56 businesses moved on to the competition portion of The Gauntlet by submitting their business plans for local community business leaders to judge.

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