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Pursuing Federal Contracts Just Got Easier

Small businesses across the United States reaped a record $154.2 billion in federal contracts in fiscal 2021. That’s a lot of moolah for Main Street. Of that amount, $237,957,568 flowed directly to West Virginia small businesses. Sounds like a hefty sum – and it is – until you consider the Mountain...

Melting Pots and Building Blocks- The Founding of Piddlin’ Rooster

The Melting Pot Business ownership is like a melting pot. Not in the normal sense of different people coming together to form a community, but similar:  it takes many different forms of personal experiences, education, actions, trials and errors, lessons learned, tears, sweat, long nights, hard work, and an unbelievable amount...

FASTER WV: Boosting Entrepreneurship, Startups and Business Expansion

Are you aware that West Virginia lags far behind Appalachia, and the nation, in entrepreneurial and start-up activity? In fact, the Kauffman Foundation’s 2017 State Report found that WV ranked last in startup early job creation with a third as many jobs created as the leading state, and below the...

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update July 2022

Bridging Innovation 2023 Announced! That's right! Bridging Innovation 2022 is coming to Wheeling next year! If you haven't heard of Bridging Innovation or were unable to make it last year, now is the time to get your event registered for 2023! Keep up to date with Bridging Innovation by checking in...

What You Need To Know- Cybersecurity Awareness

Today's blog is an excerpt from the article Understanding Cybersecurity Risk — Small Business Edition by Andrew S. Baker, president and CEO of Brainwave Consulting Company, LLC.  This article can be read in it's unedited entirety on the WV SBDC website, which can be found here.    A Subset of Overall Business...

Looking back on National Small Business Week 2022

West Virginia small businesses know a thing or two about “Building a Better America through Entrepreneurship", as nearly 99 percent of businesses in the Mountain State are considered small and they employ nearly half of the private sector workforce. Therefore it was fitting the U.S. Small Business Administration to choose...

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update June 2022

Spotlight Programs: Lauren Prinzo Community & Economic Development Specialist WVU Extension Service Equity in Entrepreneurship Findings Update and Discussion 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 next round...

Generation WV’s NewForce and Fellowship Programs Support Talent Development, Retention

A Rapid Decline As we think about the future of our state, what does a vibrant West Virginia look like? We may all have varying answers, but one thing is certain – we can’t achieve it without thinking about the next generation. Unfortunately, West Virginia has the highest rate of population...

Military and Agriculture: A Symbiotic Relationship

Life After the Military Retired First Responder, Becky McCallister at My Way to My Roots Farm. For some veterans and active-duty members, agriculture offers an opportunity to gain back the camaraderie that many feel they lose in their life after military duty. For others, it offers a chance to be their own...

Clendenin: Building the trail back through entrepreneurship

The Cannel Coal chimney is believed to have been built around 1850. My hometown of Clendenin has a rich history that deserves to be heard. In the late 1840s, a new type of coal was discovered that when heated at the precise temperature produces a flammable liquid that burns bright. An...