The Staunton Creative Community Fund’s purpose is to create the neighborhoods in which people want to live in. We do this by helping entrepreneurs cultivate their dreams of owning or expanding a small business. We act as a local hub for entrepreneurial innovation, by bringing together the talent, creativity, information, funding, & resources to grow a vibrant local economy.
Christina Cain, Executive Director
Christina has been on the front lines empowering people to open businesses by educating them on business planning, navigating the process of getting a business loan, and lending an ear of support and empathy. Upon understanding the impact she could make, Christina earned a Masters of Science in Community Economic Development with a specialization in Nonprofit Management from Southern New Hampshire University.
Most recently, Christina was the Director for the Center for Asset Building at New Visions, New Ventures, a Women’s Business Center in Richmond, VA. Her passion for economic development was recognized when her clients nominated her for Style Weekly’s 2010 Top 40 Under 40 as an emerging leader. In addition to her small business development work, Christina was a credit analyst for Capital One, implemented anti-poverty strategies for a community development credit union and coordinated community outreach for a domestic violence shelter. Her hobbies include knitting and new beers!
Betsey Suchanic, Staunton Creative Community Fund (SCCF), Director of Business Support
Betsey is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College with a BA in Marketing Communication and Graphic Design. It was at Mary Baldwin College that she explored the power of business through Social Entrepreneurship and the role non-profits can play in supporting change. This exploration led Betsey to complete an Ecotourism Internship in Ecuador, student consulting work for the national Peace Corps Office, and a New Sector Alliance Fellowship with Strong Women, Strong Girls in Boston.
At SCCF, Betsey works through business ideas through one-on-one counseling, facilitating classes, such as the SCCF 8-week business planning series, and VIDA program. When not at SCCF, she spends her time taking photographs and making things look prettier through graphic design.
Good economic development is a community-wide initiative that leads to sustainable, economic health. Economic development involves understanding and nurturing the economic drivers of a locality and ensuring that the community maintains a healthy economic base that can support employment and public revenue needs.
In Staunton, our economic development team helps bridge public and private sector development in an effort to create jobs, increase revenue, and enhance the community’s quality of life for the long term.
Courtland Robinson, Staunton City, Assistant Director of Economic Development
Courtland graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies and a master’s degree in Public Administration in James Madison University. He was a Graduate Assistant with James Madison University where he served with Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (HDR), the Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP), JMU and the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC). In these positions he provided research, web and social media support, marketing assistance, policy analysis and grant writing.