Women and Business

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...

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...

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...

FASTER WV: Boosting Entrepreneurship, Startups and Business Expansion

Are you aware that West Virginia lags far behind Appalachia, and the nation, in entrepreneurial and start-up activity? In fact, the Kauffman Foundation’s 2017 State Report found that WV ranked last in startup early job creation with a third as many jobs created as the leading state, and below the...

Looking back on National Small Business Week 2022

West Virginia small businesses know a thing or two about “Building a Better America through Entrepreneurship", as nearly 99 percent of businesses in the Mountain State are considered small and they employ nearly half of the private sector workforce. Therefore it was fitting the U.S. Small Business Administration to...

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...