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Page 8 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, August 10, 2017 People Incorporated assists small business owners in Wise County Last year, People Incorporated Financial Services assisted Donna and Kevin Johnson with the purchase of Clinch River Adventures by pro- viding partial funding through its Small Business Administration loan pro- gram. According to Rob Goldsmith, President and CEO of People Incorporated, "People Incorporated works closely with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to stimulate economic devel- opment and job creation in our area and for financing new or expanding busi- nesses. Clinch River Adventures is a great example of why we pro- vide this service." Clinch River Adventures opened in June of 2013 . Available activi- ties include tubing, canoe- ing, kayaking, fishing, and guided float trips. Those interested can visit the caboose in the center of town at 16642 E. Riverside Drive, St. Paul. For addi- tional information, contact Clinch River Adventures at 276-275-4154, go to www.clinchriveradven- tures.com, or visit them on Facebook at @clinchriver- adventures. Entrepreneurs interested in creating a small business or needing funds to expand an existing business are encouraged to contact People Incorporated (www.peopleinc.net/pro- gram-community-econom- ic-development) to find out more about available financing options. Additionally, for informa- tion on upcoming classes and technical assistance in starting a business, go to www.Peopleinc.eventbrite. com. About People Incorporated Financial Services Headquartered in Abingdon, VA, People Incorporated Financial Services is a non-profit, certified Community Development Financial Institution that promotes economic self-sufficiency and access to capital for low-income residents and communities by providing business development and lending services, technical assistance, financial and credit literacy training, and marketing services to help businesses attract private investment and create jobs. Since 1992, People Incorporated Financial Services has deployed over $47.3 million in loan funds, and has helped to create and/or retain over 2,600 jobs in low-income communities. People Incorporated Financial Services is an affiliate corporation of People Incorporated, one of the nation's most suc- cessful and innovative Community Action Agencies. For more infor- mation about People Incorporated's programs and services visit People Incorporated on the web at www.peopleinc.net.### V I R L4 ~ tq I ~, rSmmmmm ....... MAIN STREET ........... AMERICA" 2O6 ,.~t~ by Kathy Stewart Old Friend: Hi, Kathy. Nice to see you again. What are you doing these days? Kathy: Nice to see you, too. I am the Main Street Manager in St. Paul. Old Friend: Oh. I have this conversation frequently, so I will try to explain what this Main Street manager does. First of all, I work for the non- profit St. Paul Tomorrow, Inc., and the position is part-time. The Town of St. Paul funds only part of the budget for Main Street and we work closely together to advance the goals and objectives of St. Paul Main Street ( previous column). As manager, I try to sup- port the businesses in the Main Street district with marketing, training, busi- ness consulting, and grant opportunities. Overseeing the implementation of the Work Plan is important (see last week's column). The recent Entrepreneur Challenge was a way to work on economic vitality as we look for new and unique businesses to locate downtown. Through the Design Committee, busi- nesses can qualify for financial assistance toward facade improvements Beautification is another one of our objectives and that includes more than planting flowers. Attractive store fronts, well-kept properties, wayfinding signage, and historic preservation are important to a vibrant downtown. Events and entertainment are impor- tant to residents as well as to visitors who have money to spend. Promotion and marketing of our town and assets is important to attract visitors and new businesses. Of course, I can't do all of this by myself, and depend on vol- unteers to assist with the tasks to meet our goals and objectives. Call me, 276- 395-0685, or email me, stpaulmainstreet@ gmail.c om, and tell me how you would like to be a part of our mission. St. Paul Elementary School hosted their annual Back to School Bash on August 1. All students visited their classrooms and met their teach- ers. There was free games, treats, prizes, school supplies and lots of fun! Subscribe to the Times Call 276-762-7671 Calendar From Page 1 "to learn, to share and to perpetu- ate family history." William T. Fuller 276-623-3410 or fuller- jr1942@ yahoo.com. JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join the Friends of J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library and help pro- mote the improvement of facili- ties and services of the library. Send name, address and phone number, with a $5 membership gift, to J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library, P.O. Box 1976, St. Paul, VA 24283. Please make checks payable to Friends of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. EASTERN STAR-Clinch :Valley Chapter #152, Order of Eastern Star, meets each fourth Tuesday, except for March and December, when the meetings are on the second Tuesday. All meet- ings are at 7:30 p.m. VETERANS' CLAIMS Coebum-A Dept. of Veterans SeJ-vices representative will assist ,clients and answer questions at the Coeburn VFW Post from 9am-3:30 pm third Thursdays except June. COMMUNITY CENTER- ~be West Dante Community Center meets at 7 pm first Mondays. For more information please call 495-8473. FREE HIV TESTING-Health Departments in the Lenowisco Health District offer free confi- dential HIV testing throughout the year. For information, call Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. Health Dept. 276-346-2011; or Scott Co. Health Dept. 276-386- 1312. FREE GED CLASSES-Free GED classes are offered at the Oxbow Family Investment Center, St. Paul, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am-12 noon. Glenna McReynolds is the teacher Call 1-800-422-3433. GED ONLINE-The Regional Adult Education Program is offer- ing free GED Classes online. This service is for qualifying and adult learners, with or without their own home computers, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more infor- mation, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- 2433). GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co. Alternative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for information concerning GED testing. DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3rd Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm. BOOK DISCUSSION-Book Discussion Group One of the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library meets fourth Thursdays (except November and December are combined in early December) at the Riverside Diner at 6 pro. NARCONON COUNSEL- ING- Narconon would like to remind families that the use of addicting drugs is on the rise, take steps to protect your fam- ily from drug use. If you know anyone who is struggling w]th drug addiction get them the help they need. Call for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. 800- 431 - 1754 or DrugAbuseSolution.com # nter, Inc. 58, Coeburn, VA (276) 395-2400 is sponsoring 'Night at the Pine' at Lonesome Pine Raceway Aug. Gates open at 4 pm. Great racing - PLUS *Kids Night* -12 & under Free -rides around the track -inflatables -giveaways Follow us on Facebook for your chance at 4 free tickets to race. Free tickets with in-store purchases. WIN THIS TRIMMER Husqvarna 322L trimmer will be given away at race ' Husqvarna Certified Sales & Service See us for all of your lumber and hardware needs! 10% discount for anyone who mentions this ad! End of Season Sale Storewide!! i