West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update March 2022

 Spotlight Program:

Awesta Sarkash
Government Affairs Director
Small Business Majority
[email protected]

Awesta Sarkash, Government Affairs Director for Small Business Majority, will join to share more information about the organization and their work. Small Business Majority is a national small business organization that empowers America’s diverse entrepreneurs to build a thriving and equitable economy. They engage our network of more than 85,000 small businesses and 1,500 business and other partner organizations to advocate for public policy solutions and deliver resources to entrepreneurs that promote equitable small business growth. She will also touch on the recent launch of the Alliance for a Resilient Small Business Economy, a coalition of national, state and local organizations that are committed to serving businesses owned by people of color, women, immigrants, rural owners and others who face long-standing systemic barriers to accessing business support.


Eastern Panhandle Small Business Spring Forum – Rachel Snavely [email protected]

Coming up March 24, 2022. Registration now available:    https://bit.ly/3CsjLbn 


Build or Expand Your Business in Southern Europe-US Commercial Service -Leslie Drake [email protected]

Build or Expand Your Business in Southern Europe – May 15-21, 2022 

Join the U.S. Commercial Service and the Minority Business Development Agency for an executive-led minority business Trade Mission to Italy, Spain, and Portugal. The deadline to apply is March 25, 2022. 

The mission will provide opportunities for U.S. companies to increase their U.S. exports to the European Union by connecting them to pre-screened business prospects. Trade mission activities are designed to target the specific export assistance needs of minority businesses. Learn more & apply today!

Pitch Applications for TransTech-Angela Shock [email protected]

Portal is now open for submissions.

ARC Power TA-Tara St. Clair-[email protected]

West Virginia University is conducting in-person strategic planning meetings across West Virginia as part of an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) POWER Technical Assistance grant aimed at expanding entrepreneurship opportunities for rural and low-income youth.

The project team will host two meetings in the Spring of 2022. Each participant has the opportunity to the session of their choosing. Please consider registering to join a session in May of 2022 to share your ideas as we begin the “Inventory and Assessment” phase! Register Today https://wvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eFAIfcJMAKBfmDQ

Bridging Innovation-Bill & Tara

See our conference schedule at  WV Entrepreneurship Conference

Hosted by the West Virginia Department of Economic Development Small Business Development Center and West Virginia BusinessLink Point of contact: Bill Woodrum –  [email protected]

Registration: https://wveeconference-tues.eventbrite.com/


Startup WV-Save The Date: Care Economy and Childcare Deserts from 3:30-5:00pm on Tuesday March 29th. Anne Jones [email protected]  


Katy Allen, West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy https://wvpolicy.org/west-virginias-already-limited-child-care-capacity-is-at-risk/

Jim Johnson and Jeanne Bonds, UNC   https://dailyyonder.com/analysis-addressing-our-rural-childcare-crisis/2022/01/27/

WV Women’s Business Center Women’s Business Summit-Dawn Hylbert  [email protected] 

The SBA and the WV Women’s Business Center present the Women’s Business Summit, a virtual event held on March 29-30, with workshops, panels, and virtual fireside chats.
This will be an informative and dynamic event, with guest speakers and expert panels discussing innovation, entrepreneurship, and new industry outlooks!

Women’s Business Summit

WV Women’s Business Center Summer Internship Opportunity Nora Meyers  –[email protected] https://www.conservationfund.org/images/PCAP_WV_Womens_Business_Center_Marketing__Outreach_Intern.pdf

Reminders and System Updates:
• Check out this month’s events from the Ecosystem at: https://wvbusinesslink.com/events/
• Other news from around the state


Next Meeting April 12, 2022 2:00 p.m.

Register in advance for this meeting 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


See the full meeting video below:

WV Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Meeting