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West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update May 2022

 Spotlight Program: Amber Ravenscroft Manager of Innovation  The EdVenture Group NSF Regional Innovation Engines Funding Opportunity The Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, or TIP, is pleased to announce the launch of a bold, new initiative called the NSF Regional Innovation Engines, or NSF Engines, program and funding opportunity. NSF Engines is committed to creating...

The Arts and Entrepreneurship

How do you define an Entrepreneur? If you refer back to 18th century France, you might define an entrepreneur as “a maker.” In fact, many believe that the term comes from the phrase “celui qui entreprend” or “one who gets things done”. Others say that entrepreneurs are people who fall in...

West Virginia Regional Technology Park: A place for Innovation, Science and Technology in the Kanawha Valley

The West Virginia Regional Technology Park (WVRTP) in South Charleston is anchored by unique facilities ideal for transforming an abstract idea into a completed, market-ready product with existing office space and laboratories, new concepts, technologies or systems that can be created and refined at the park. The Tech Park is...

Three West Virginians honored for their tireless commitment to entrepreneurship and small business during Bridging Innovation Week

West Virginia BusinessLink partnered with the West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business and Economics to host the inaugural Bridging Innovation Week in West Virginia. Spanning four days, more than 1,000 participants attended activities including interactive networking sessions, presentations from prominent state and national speakers, pitch contests, and more. During...

West Virginia Continues Efforts to Create a Thriving Environment for Entrepreneurs

The last five years have been monumental for creating an environment where West Virginia's small business owners and entrepreneurs are welcomed and can thrive.  And I am proud to be part of that multi-agency, multi-faceted effort. As WV Secretary of State, I serve as the state's chief business registration and...

How to Use Community Resources to Advance Your Business

One question we receive often here at The Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University, known to most people simply as  RCBI, is how to best manufacture a product while properly receiving the funding to continue developing your company. RCBI has multiple locations spread around West Virginia, all with teams...

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update March 2022

 Spotlight Program: Awesta Sarkash Government Affairs Director Small Business Majority asarkash@smallbusinessmajority.org 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....

Exporting: A big opportunity for West Virginia small businesses

Exporting isn’t just for big companies. Small and medium businesses represent 97 percent of the 270,290 businesses that engaged in international sales in 2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. West Virginia exports reached a total of $4.6 billion in 2020. Of the 134 countries West Virginia exported to in 2020,...