West Virginia State University Economic Development Center

The West Virginia State University Economic Development Center (WVSU EDC) is a co-working space, micro-enterprise incubator and training facility that offers, conference and training rooms, private office space for lease, business development programs and a fully equipped multimedia production studio (which includes Capture Space, Editing Suite & Voice Studio).

About

West Virginia State University (WVSU) is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.

The West Virginia State University Economic Development Center (WVSU EDC) is a co-working space, micro-enterprise incubator and training facility that offers, conference and training rooms, private office space for lease, business development programs and a fully equipped multimedia production studio (which includes Capture Space, Editing Suite & Voice Studio).

Programs

Opening Soon Inc. Entrepreneurial Program. This program provides education and guidance in launching  participants’ business idea into a viable product or service through a series of workshops, peer meetings and technical assistance. This program is also for existing small businesses.

The EDC Co-working Membership Program provides members access to office and shared co-working space, fully equipped meeting and training rooms and video/music production studios with an editing suite.  In addition to space, members receive services such as free Wi-Fi, computer workstation access, business mailing address/box, and facility access Monday through Friday from 8:30am-10:00pm, Saturday-Sunday from 8:30am-5:00pm.  Members also receive business development training, one-on-one coaching and mentoring, and networking opportunities.  3 membership levels

The Creators Program, launched in 2012, is a series of short community workshops, trainings, and panel discussions that focus on key skills and knowledge essential to digital media production for the mass media and arts industry. The target audience- Mobile Creatives, Free-lance filmmakers/Photographers, Webcasters, Videographers and Storytellers/Poets.

Services Provided

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Co Working
  • Incubator

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Neighborhood Fairs and Festivals

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Workforce Training

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Research

Mentoring

  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Small Business/General

Product Development

  • Prototype Development
  • R&D Support

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • HUBZone Certification
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts

Space

  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training

Training

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Social Media
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Kaysha Jackson
Address
1506 Kanawha Blvd. W
Charleston, WV 25387