Business and Economic Resilience

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    The Resilience Awards spotlight successful Virginia businesses that are beating the odds in economically challenged communities through demonstrated economic growth, job creation and community leadership over the past three years. Named in honor of Tayloe Murphy, a former Virginia state treasurer and representative of the Virginia House of Delegates with a passion for community businesses and education, the awards highlight incredible companies and their leaders and share their inspiring stories with the commonwealth and beyond.

    The competition chooses five Resilience Award winners from a pool of distinguished finalists in the following categories, plus a Chairman’s Award:

    • Agriculture
    • Manufacturing
    • Micro Business (less than 5 employees)
    • Retail/Wholesale
    • Service

    All six winners will receive a full scholarship to attend a Darden Executive Education program to help grow and advance their businesses. All applicants – not just winners – will also be eligible for business development assistance from Darden MBA students.

    Businesses that qualify:

    • Are located in a community facing pressing economic challenges (with high poverty, high unemployment and low self-employment). Check if your ZIP code qualifies HERE . 
    • Have been in business for three years and can show growth
    • Have more than one employee
    • Can demonstrate support for their community

    Applications are now open and being accepted through 27 August 2018 and will be reviewed by a panel of judges. A press release can be found here.


    For questions or additional information, please visit the awards' website.