Advancing Entrepreneurship

5 Business Cost Hacks for New Entrepreneurs

Today's blog was submitted by Edgington Studio Co-Founder, Keegan Zacharie. Edgington Studio is a cut-and-sew apparel manufacturing studio based in Wheeling, WV.    For most people starting a new business, there is one key question on their minds: how am I going to afford all of this? Costs, both expected and unexpected,...

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem- September 2022 Update

Partnership Spotlight:  XLerate Health SBIR/STTR Applicant Assistance Bootcamp Eugene Krentsel, eugene@xleratehealth.com Link https://xleratornetwork.com Entrepreneur Spotlight Contact Info: John Higginbotham, Vairoh,  jahigginbotham@mix.wvu.edu ASK: If you work directly with entrepreneurs, invite an entrepreneur to share during an upcoming ecosystem call. The West Virginia Statewide Business Plan Competitions are now open for entry! To learn more visit: High School Business Plan Competition Collegiate Business Plan Competition Community Business Plan...

September Is Open Season For SBIR/STTR State Matching Funds

The WV Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and WVBusinessLink would like to remind any business who recently received federal SBIR/STTR funding that September 1st - 30th is one of only three windows of time annually to apply for potential State matching funds. The next funding window will be January, 2023. This...

Rebranding TransTech- The Evolving Energy Conference

TransTech For the last nine years the TransTech Program has served as a way to connect and bring together members of the energy sector, showcase new technologies, make contact with potential strategic partners, and talk shop with fellow entrepreneurs. For the 10th anniversary, West Virginia University is excited to announce the...

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update- August 2022

Bridging Innovation Week 2023: Save the Date | April 17-21, Wheeling, WV Bridging Innovation Landing Page Help us spread the word! Promotional Graphics & Sample Language ASK: Share topic and speaker ideas with Tara and I. Entrepreneur Spotlight Contact Info: Gary Gini, The Instrument Lab | garygini@the-instrument-lab.com ASK: If you work directly with entrepreneurs, invite an entrepreneur to share...

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...

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...