Advancing Entrepreneurship

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...

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...

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...

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...