Microenterprises

Minimum Viable Testing and How You Can Use It in Your Startup

The MVP Problem The venerable MVP, or Minimally Viable Product, has long been the measure for which most startups begin their market/A-B testing.  It’s taught in nearly every prototyping seminar, early entrepreneurship education programs, and in most colleges of business.  It’s tried and it’s true—but is it the best we can...

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 Partner...

Small Businesses’ Gift to You This Holiday Season . . . Come In, We’re Open!

While we’re not completely out of the woods yet from the COVID-19 health crisis, we’ve come far enough that seeing our loved ones in person this holiday season and joining in some actual (versus virtual) merriment is looking like a real possibility. However, both shoppers and businesses have new challenges...

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 they...

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 together...

The Importance of Starting…and Actually Doing Something 

What’s stopping you? I mean, really, what’s stopping you? You’ve done the research, you’ve done the preliminary plans, listened to all the right podcasts, sat in all of the webinars, did all the right things...except you have nothing to show for it.  In every single aspect of life- education, careers, relationships,...

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 make...

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 residents....

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 and...