The Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF), formerly known as the Staunton Creative Community Fund, is an entrepreneurial support organization serving the entire Shenandoah Valley. Over the past 14 years the organization has expanded and innovated alongside the region’s entrepreneurs to become one of the lead conveners in the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. SCCF’s ability to nimbly move throughout the region gives the organization a unique advantage in serving entrepreneurs and connecting resource providers. Since 2019, SCCF has responded to a gradual transition in the region’s entrepreneurial landscape. This shift sparked a new focus within SCCF, and the organization embraced an entrepreneurial ecosystem-building approach to economic and community development. Although SCCF’s mission has broadened, the organization has retained an emphasis on equity and accessibility and creating pathways to entrepreneurship for all communities in the Shenandoah Valley. As a result, SCCF, along with 17 partner organizations, created the first region-wide ecosystem collaboration in the Valley. Through the support of a GO Virginia grant, SCCF launched the Startup Shenandoah Valley (S2V) program and continues to support entrepreneurs and business owners of all background in the Shenandoah Valley.

We understand that starting or expanding a business is challenging. SCCF can help you navigate the pitfalls, detours, highs, and lows of starting or expanding a small business. In a world of cold calculations and high-interest loans, we are a safe place for dreamers and schemers to imagine the possibilities, ask questions, and get the funding they need in order to succeed. We are your team.

While based in Staunton, we’ve continued to grow and now serve the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Through the amazing support of our staff, board members, volunteers, and donors, SCCF is able to provide programs and services that reach entrepreneurs all over the Shenandoah Valley. Each individual that works with SCCF is passionate and committed to helping entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality.

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Debbie Irwin

Executive Director

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Alex Andrew

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder

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Ryan Hall

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder

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Joyel Allen

Program Administrator

Joyel Allen started out as the Social Media and Communications Intern and progressed to the Program

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Abena Foreman-Trice

Director of Marketing & Communications

Debbie Irwin

Executive Director

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Alex Andrew

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder

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Ryan Hall

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder

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Joyel Allen

Program Administrator

Joyel Allen started out as the Social Media and Communications Intern and progressed to the Program Director position for Shenandoah Community Capital Fund (SCCF). Joyel is currently a full time undergraduate student at Mary Baldwin University, studying Business Management and Spanish. During her time at Mary Baldwin, Joyel has served the student body in many different roles, such as Resident Advisor and VITA Volunteer. Joyel has grown up seeing her grandmother work in the non-profit sector and is eager to follow in her footsteps.

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Abena Foreman-Trice

Director of Marketing & Communications

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Board of Directors

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Ellen Brock

Board President

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Juan Pablo Berrizbeitia

Board Vice President

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Dalton Campbell

Board Treasurer

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Marlena Hobson

Board Secretary

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Amanda DiMeo

Board Member

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John Gorra

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Gretchen Long

Board Member

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Sarah Lynch

Board Member

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Peyton Wright

Board Member

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Yolanda Shields

Board Member