Right to Start

Right to Start is a nonprofit organization that fights to expand entrepreneurial opportunity for all. We drive civic change through: grassroots organizing and mobilizing, policy advocacy and engagement, and lifting the voices of entrepreneurs through


Ariana Shives, the WV Advocate for Right to Start, is here to help you overcome the barriers to starting a business in West Virginia. Through conversations with entrepreneurs across the state, Right to Start understands the obstacles that West Virginia entrepreneurs face at all stages of starting and growing a business, and we\’re here to help by connecting entrepreneurs and sharing what we\’ve learned. We are on a mission to help as many new and existing entrepreneurs as possible and make West Virginia a great place to start a business. Through conversations, events, and legislature, we\’d love to help you and to learn from you as you traverse your entrepreneurial journey.   Join our community (free!) here: https://weareallstarters.mn.co/share/FE6FN0AyIQv2mEet?utm_source=manual

Services Provided

Business Planning

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

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources

Networking and Associations

  • Geographically Based
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Entrepreneurship Services
  • Strategic Planning

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business
  • Asian-American Business
  • City Business Issues
  • Hispanic Business
  • LGBTQIA Business Issues
  • Native-American Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • State Business Issues
  • Women’s Business Issues

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Business Counseling
Contact Information
Ariana Shives
60 Blackberry Ln
Kenova, WV 25530