Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

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...

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...

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem- Building a Network in West Virginia

It was April 2019.  There was a lot of change occurring in the state of West Virginia and in my professional life. I needed a new project to keep me focused when school let out that summer. I had been working with the WV Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition Oversight...

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...