Advantage Valley

Advantage Valley’s FASTER WV program provides one on one business coaching, entrepreneurial training, and access to capital for new and expanding businesses located in Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam, and Wayne Counties.


At FASTER WV, we’re committed to helping entrepreneurs and business owners throughout Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam, and Wayne Counties with a spectrum of support services designed to foster growth and success. We offer personalized no-cost business coaching, entrepreneurial training, technical support, and financial assistance through a specialized revolving loan fund, up to $50,000, and technical assistance grants. We encourage you to delve into our services to find the precise support your business needs. Elevate your business journey with FASTER WV and get all the details to initiate your success story at:

Our skilled business coaches assist clients in evaluating their readiness to develop business plans. Clients have the opportunity to participate in free entrepreneurship courses, available both online and in-person, designed to explore all aspects of the creation of a new venture from idea through startup, growth and beyond. Students will learn how to evaluate opportunities, develop strategies, create a business plan and acquire financing for a new venture. One course is called Kauffman FastTrac offered through Advantage Valley, and one is called Business Basics, offered through Unlimited Future, Inc.

FASTER WV specifically supports businesses within certain sectors, including health and wellness, dependent care services, construction trades, food and beverage manufacturing, small manufacturing, and those contributing to tourism and outdoor recreation, to ensure targeted and effective use of resources. While our coaching and training services are available to businesses across all sectors at no cost, loan support is reserved for those within our focus sectors. For detailed information on business coaching, course schedules, and how to begin, please visit our website:

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development (Specialty)
  • Revitalization (Specialty)
  • Site Location Assistance (Specialty)

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Grant Funding Providers (Specialty)
  • Loan Providers (Specialty)
  • Microloan Providers (Specialty)


  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Certification (Specialty)
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts (Specialty)

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits (Specialty)
  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes (Specialty)
Contact Information
Bryan Shaw
1045 Bridge Road
Charleston, WV 25314