Advancing Entrepreneurship

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update December 2021

Program Spotlight for December Downtown Appalachia: Revitalizing Recreational Economies (DARRE) Stephanie Tyree, Executive Director, WV Community Development Hub  s.tyree@wvhub.org Ray Moeller, Economic Redevelopment Specialist, WVU Northern Brownfields Assistance Center Raymond.Moeller@mail.wvu.edu  DARRE is a three-year program partnership between the WV Community Development Hub, WV Northern Brownfields Assistance Center, Woodlands Development & Lending, and...

Small Businesses’ Gift to You This Holiday Season . . . Come In, We’re Open!

While we’re not completely out of the woods yet from the COVID-19 health crisis, we’ve come far enough that seeing our loved ones in person this holiday season and joining in some actual (versus virtual) merriment is looking like a real possibility. However, both shoppers and businesses have new...

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update November 2021

Program Spotlight for November Tamarack Foundation for the Arts Spotlight Program: Domenica Queen   Programming & Operations Director, dqueen@tamarackfoundation.org Tamarack Foundation for the Arts helps to grow West Virginia’s creative economy by providing essential programs that equip Mountain State artists and creative entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to succeed and thrive in the place...

Four Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Business

A couple of months ago, I was telling someone that my job is to help people start businesses and she responded, “So basically you make dreams come true!” For some people, that is the case! Either the business itself is the dream or the business provides the means to help...

Prioritizing the Entrepreneurial Pipeline: 4 Ecosystem Actions to Foster Youth Entrepreneurial Interest and Intention

For decades, West Virginia has faced significant population decline. Over the past 10 years, we’ve lost 59,000 residents – 3.3% of our total population. Citing a lack of economic and recreational opportunity as key barriers to staying and working in West Virginia, young adults (ages 18-30) account for most...

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update October 2021

Program Spotlight for October Small Communities Big Solutions Sara Payne Scarbro, Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern WV sara.payne@marshall.edu This annual event showcases all the successes and highlights what is working across the southern part of the state. Each year a mix of community leaders, educators, businesses, and public officials come...

The Importance of Starting…and Actually Doing Something 

What’s stopping you? I mean, really, what’s stopping you? You’ve done the research, you’ve done the preliminary plans, listened to all the right podcasts, sat in all of the webinars, did all the right things...except you have nothing to show for it.  In every single aspect of life- education, careers,...

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Update September 2021

Program Spotlight for September 2021-2022 WV Statewide Business Plan Tara St. Clair, Director of Operations, Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Tara.StClair@mail.wvu.edu Tara provided updates regarding the 2021-2022 WV Statewide Business Plan Competitions. The competitions provide high school and college students across the state of West Virginia with the unique opportunity to...

Small Business Administration: A constant source of support for small business

Small businesses across the country have shown resilience and renewal the past 18 months during the pandemic. The word “pivot” has become a normal operating procedure for entrepreneurs as they continue working diligently to find their way through these trying times. One constant is the U.S. Small Business Administration’s dedication...

Bringing back WV’s pioneering spirit!

George Washington was one of the early pioneers in West Virginia Watch out, America! The mountaineer state has a long history of entrepreneurship. After all, with such mountainous terrain, it took great perseverance and gumption to live, explore and develop the area. In the past several years, the state has looked...