Advantage Valley

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

About

The FASTER WV program provides one on one business coaching, entrepreneurial training, and access to a loan fund for new and expanding businesses located in Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, Putnam, and Wayne Counties. Our business coaches are the first point of contact. Clients located in Boone, Braxton, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln and Putnam counties will  work with the FASTER WV coach at the WV Small Business Development Center; and businesses located in Cabell and Wayne Counties will work with the FASTER WV coach at Unlimited Future in Huntington. 

Each coach will work with the client to determine their readiness to proceed with development of their business plan.  As a next step, clients will be enrolled in an 8 week entrepreneurship course that meets once a week virtually.  This course helps to facilitate the development of information needed for completion of the business plan.  Upon completion of the course and the business plan, clients may apply for a loan of up to $50,000 from the FASTER WV loan program. 

FASTER WV prioritizes businesses that are in the following sectors, and as such, loans will be made to only those sector based businesses: health and wellness; dependent care services; construction trades, food and beverage manufacturing, small manufacturing; and businesses that support tourism and outdoor recreation. .  Coaching and entrepreneurial training are available to all sectors.  All coaching and entrepreneurial training is provided free of charge. Information on business coaching contacts and course schedules can be found at: https://advantagevalley.com/faster-wv-initiative.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development
  • Revitalization
  • Site Location Assistance

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Grant Funding Providers
  • Loan Providers
  • Microloan Providers

Mentoring

  • One-on-One Counseling

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Terrell Ellis
Address
1045 Bridge Road
Charleston, WV 25314