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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,...

Bridging Innovation: WV Entrepreneurship’s Coming Out Party!

Starting in the summer of 2019, the West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem began to plan for a large convening of the group in what would be the first ever WV Entrepreneurship Conference. Sponsors were engaged, speakers were found, the location was secured, and planning was going well. The organizing committee was...

West Virginia Is Thriving in the Roaring (20)20s

We started the decade with a goal: fix the problems that confront West Virginia and her people. In pursuit of that goal, we have empowered a strong, aggressive championship team to help take the lead in powering a dynamic, vibrant economy in the Mountain State. Now, two years into the 2020s,...

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update February 2022

 Spotlight Program: Mary Hott Innovation-Technology Program Manager West Virginia Small Business Development Center mary.e.hott@wv.gov  The West Virginia Small Business Development Center Innovation-Technology (In-Tech) program was designed to provide no-cost, one-on-one assistance to introduce inventors and technology-based entrepreneurs to key commercialization issues such as intellectual property, alternative finance, prototyping and feasibility. The WV SBDC assists...

Five Days to Engage: National Entrepreneurship Week 2022

National Entrepreneurship Week is a congressionally chartered, annual initiative that takes place the third week of February. A network of stakeholders, including entrepreneurial educators, ecosystem builders, and most importantly – individual entrepreneurs, come together to share resources, learn from each other, and share their support for America’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.   This year’s...