Entrepreneurs in Action

Celebrating Black History Month and West Virginia’s Entrepreneurs

It may not seem like it, but the days are getting longer. We may be in the dead of winter here in West Virginia, but at Rural Development February is when things really start to heat up. Funding award announcements and learning opportunities are just a few of the things...

Do Something Good For Your Most Valuable Asset – Your Mind

We are entrepreneurs. We’re founders. Builders. We are growth-minded. We’ve sacrificed. Business-first. We hustle … and grind. We work our butts off. We produce. And there’s nothing wrong with any of those qualities. In fact, they’re primary attributes of success. Yet, if you are anything like me, we tend to place almost everything ahead of taking care...

Mountain Steer Meat Company earns Federal Inspection and USDA Grading

Mountain Steer Meat Company has received its Federal Grant of Inspection and is now eligible for beef grading by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Graded local beef assists small processing plants by showcasing, on an official level, the quality of regional cattle. Through ultrasound and camera grading, Mountain Steer...

The Melody of Hiraeth: Celebrating West Virginia’s Makers

Hiraeth is a Celtic word that evades translation. It is the ache, the longing, the belonging of a place that unceasingly whispers our name, a place that claims us. Our spiritual home. West Virginia is my ancestral home. The hiraeth that beckoned my fifth great grandfather to the western frontier of...

Wisdom Unleashed: Embracing “No” and Paving Your Own Path

How do you like being told, “No?” Greetings from Parkwood Studios in Almost Heaven West Virginia! Allow me a moment to introduce myself. I’m Skip Lineberg. I am an entrepreneur and a podcaster. Mostly, I am a work in progress. Ready for something authentically me? I don’t take “No” for an answer. I’ll...

West Virginia’s Jill Scarbro Announces 2023 National Small Business Week with President Biden at the White House

Jill Scarbro, CEO of Bright Futures Learning Services in Putnam County, W.Va. and 2022 U.S. Small Businessperson of the Year joined President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to speak on behalf of small businesses across the nation, kicking off National Small Business Week at the White House in...

1863nft Leads the Mountain State into the Web3 Revolution!

Thanks to the combined efforts of four '90s era West Virginia Wesleyan College classmates and five pioneering West Virginia-based artists, the great State of West Virginia has the distinction of being home to the world's very first state-themed NFT project! Titled 1863nft (for obvious reasons!), the project is comprised of 304...

Making Movie Magic With Jeff Tinnell

In this episode of Innovators and Entrepreneurs, Andy Malinoski talks to Jeff Tinnell, owner of Allegheny Image Factory. Tinnell runs his media company out of Morgantown, West Virginia, where he creates award-winning content for major studios and organizations. “We’re very excited about bringing this consistent work into West Virginia by...

Growing Your Business – A Collaborative Model

Growing a business is a lot like growing a garden. You start with a seed – an idea – and plant it. With proper care, effort, and time, your business, like that seed, will grow. To get the most out of your garden, you need to fertilize the soil to...

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,...