Advancing Entrepreneurship

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program is now open to WV applicants

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is designed for business owners who have a business poised for growth. They have helped entrepreneurs across the country grow their businesses for over a decade by offering a free practical business training program, access to capital, and personalized support services. They look for applicants...

Bridging Innovation Week Bridges the Gap for West Virginia Entrepreneurs: A Week-Long Celebration of Innovation and Growth

Bridging Innovation Week, West Virginia's premier entrepreneurship event, concluded last week with a resounding success, drawing a diverse crowd of over 1,000 attendees including aspiring and established business owners, resource providers, funders, educators, students, and additional key stakeholders. Held at the Marshall Health Network Arena in Huntington, West Virginia, the...

New Data on Entrepreneurship in West Virginia Shows Thirteen Percent Growth in Microbusinesses

The Data Was Unveiled by Right to Start at the West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Conference in Partnership with GoDaddy Right to Start, the national nonprofit organization championing entrepreneurship as a civic priority, unveiled new data on entrepreneurship in West Virginia, providing a snapshot county by county. The data shows the presence...

Engaging Entrepreneurship with Bridging Innovation Week’s 2024 Programming

West Virginia’s annual Bridging Innovation Week will take place April 8-11th, 2024 in Huntington, West Virginia. This year's symposium will be the biggest and most comprehensive yet, featuring a wide range of events, competitions, and networking opportunities. Bridging Innovation Week promotes and fosters entrepreneurship by bringing together...

Victor W. Hwang To Keynote 2024 WV Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Conference in Huntington

The West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem is thrilled to announce that Victor W. Hwang, Founder and CEO of Right to Start and a world-renowned champion of entrepreneurship, will deliver a keynote address at this year’s West Virginia Entrepreneurship Economic Conference. The conference will be held on April 9th at the...

Advancing the Culture of Entrepreneurship in West Virginia

In my two roles advocating entrepreneurship in West Virginia, I often hear people say that one of the obstacles to new business growth is that West Virginia has no established culture of entrepreneurship, as its economy has historically been fueled by natural resources with large companies in the forefront. But...

ARC Accepting Applications for Summer Study Programs in Entrepreneurship and STEM for Region’s Middle and High School Students

Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy and Appalachian STEM Academy applications due February 2, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) opened applications for two summer study opportunities: the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA) and the Appalachian STEM Academy at Oak Ridge. Both programs, planned for summer 2023, are free...

SEED SPOT in West Virginia: Nurturing Underrepresented Entrepreneurs

If you are just learning about SEED SPOT you might be wondering why a Phoenix-based non-profit wants to work with West Virginia entrepreneurs. With WV’s entrepreneurs and small business owners being the driving force behind the growing local economy, SEED SPOT can play a small role in supporting this emerging...

70 Years of Helping Small Businesses in the Mountain State

Last month, The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), celebrated seven decades of helping small businesses start, grow and succeed by honoring local small businesses with their Legacy Business recognition. Diana Lewis-Jackson, President and CEO, of Action Facilities Management received the recognition, at an invite only ceremony among family,...