Business Growth

The Holidays are Coming… Get Creative Selling Online…and Offline!

When it comes to selling online, and particularly during the holiday season, we are usually bombarded by so many ads from a variety of sources that we are overloaded with products everywhere. Whether it’s online, in print, via TV, radio, mobile phone, the list goes on and on. How can...

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...

Seven Tips for Marketing Your Small Business to the Right Audience

Today's blog is a repost of Mr. Jens-Kristian Kiel's article written for the West Virginia Small Business Development Center's website.  To find the original posting of this article, you can visit https://wvsbdc.com/seven-tips-for-marketing-your-small-business-to-the-right-audience/. Introduction As small business owners, we often focus on what we bring to the table — our products, services, operations,...

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...

Melting Pots and Building Blocks- The Founding of Piddlin’ Rooster

The Melting Pot Business ownership is like a melting pot. Not in the normal sense of different people coming together to form a community, but similar:  it takes many different forms of personal experiences, education, actions, trials and errors, lessons learned, tears, sweat, long nights, hard work, and an unbelievable amount...