West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update January 2022


Spotlight Program for January:

National Entrepreneurship Week 2022-February 12-19, 2022

Amber Ravenscroft, The EdVenture Group [email protected]   

National Entrepreneurship Week is a non-partisan, congressionally chartered initiative founded in 2006 that takes place the third week of February annually. Every year, NatlEshipWeek hosts a series of planned events and helps cross promote partner events taking place across the country. Find out how to register your organization and events:    https://www.natleshipweek.org/participate


Virtual Sales Month Concept

Tyler Brandstetter, WV SBDC & Advantage Valley [email protected]   As COVID-19 shut down physical businesses and brought commerce to a crawl, the tide of ecommerce came to overtake much of our daily lives, and while we are good at celebrating the return of our physical stores, we should strive to appreciate our ecommerce stores just as much! West Virginia is a state perfectly poised for the operation and growth of ecommerce and digital ventures- with growing broadband capability, low cost of living and access to transportation routes, we’re a paradise for the ecommerce entrepreneur.   In this month of Celebration (July) we will be highlighting some of our favorite ecommerce vendors throughout the state as well as teaching you the basics of how to create and manage your own venture.  Keep an eye out for further information as we approach our brand-new Ecommerce Entrepreneur Month!


Bridging Innovation Week of April 4-8

Tara St. Clair, WVU Encova- [email protected]   The first weeklong celebration of entrepreneurship in the Mountain State will be held in April, 2022 in  Charleston.   Judges are needed for several competitions. Find out more information  https://wvbusinesslink.com/bridging-innovation-week/ 


Intellectual Property Seminar Series

Marian Armour-Gemmen West Virginia University Libraries  (304)-293-9758 [email protected]   Four zoom seminars January 24, 31 and February 7 and 21 all aspects of IP.   check it out:  https://wvbusinesslink.com/events/


West Virginia Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference Judges 

Sarah Walmsley, WV Department of Education  [email protected]  We would love to have business and industry members serve as judges for our students’ competitive event projects and presentations. If you are interested, please complete the form:  https://forms.office.com/r/1supKYttru


WV Women’s Business Center-New Hire

Nora Myers, WV Women’s Business Center- [email protected] Dawn Hylbert hired as new WBC Business Coach. Will be working out of Charleston Center.


Reminders and System Updates:




Next Meeting February 8, 2021 2:00 p.m.  Register HERE for future meetings.

Watch the full video of this month’s meeting below.


WV Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Meeting January 2022