Business Growth

Historic Tax Credits are an Opportunity to Make Old Buildings New Again

Many of West Virginia’s towns and cities of all sizes are in the midst of a renaissance. Community development efforts abound in many parts of the Mountain State, and historic downtown areas and neighborhoods are at the center of this economic resurgence. Private investors are finding themselves more and...

West Virginia BusinessLink and 3 Steps to Startup Team up for West Virginia Business Success

The business growth that West Virginia has experienced just in the past three years has been spectacular. Following 2018, each year has shown an almost 50% increase in business registrations in the Mountain State. Statistics show 4,345 new business formations from 2010 to 2020, and we expect that once...

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...

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...

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...

Tradition Meets Innovation In West Virginia

From hand-crafted glass at The Blenko Glass Company and Paul Wissmach Glass, to hand-forged tools at Warwood Tool, West Virginian artisans at these companies have been manufacturing quality products collectively for more than 400 years. What makes these manufacturers even more special is how they maintain a delicate balance...

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...

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Update August 2021

WV Secretary of State Update The Honorable Mac Warner, WV Secretary of State- mwarner@wvsos.com The Secretary thanked everyone  who works in the ecosystem for continuing to support the development of a thriving business climate in West Virginia where new ideas are always welcome and where entrepreneurs feel at home. He announced that...

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Update July 2021

Program Spotlight for July Goldman Sachs 10,0000 Small Businesses Sonia Moin, Senior Director, ICIC, smoin@icic.org Dr. Lorena Chambers, CEO of Chambers Lopez Strategies LLC The Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) drives inclusive economic prosperity in under resourced communities through innovative research and programs to create jobs, income, and wealth for local...

Welcome to WV BusinessLink

While there’s typically a celebration with public officials, banners, balloons, and a production made around the opening of large corporate offices across the country, most small business owners receive less attention when they are starting their enterprise. The small business process goes from an idea to conversations with family...