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Our overarching purpose is to accelerate entrepreneurialism and innovation in West Virginia. Diversification of the economy is crucial to the success of all West Virginians, and by supporting our great minds to bring new and amazing things to life, we can have a much more robust and healthy place in the national and global market
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.
The Alliance is a higher education collaborative of 10 colleges and universities. We are project-based and results-driven. We provide programming and assist with helping to build the state’s workforce pipeline.
Our service helps tourists and stakeholders make more informed decisions by providing free information and creating discussions on sustainable tourism topics in the Appalachian Mountains of KY, NC, NETN, SWVA, and Southern WV.
The mission of the Berkeley County Development Authority is to promote sustainable industrial and economic development and increased employment and tax base through the cooperative sharing of resources with the community.
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College has established the SpringTech Innovation Lab as a small business incubator at the College’s Morgan County Campus. SpringTech is now home to six small businesses with very diverse operations and markets.
BridgeValley Community and Technical College promotes student success, prepares a skilled workforce, and builds tomorrow’s leaders by providing access to quality education. We are committed to serving the academic, occupational, and enrichment needs of our communities; enhancing quality of life; and supporting economic development through effective business and industry partnerships and collaborations.
BHJ-MPC spearheads planning activities and sets transportation priorities in Brooke and Hancock counties in West Virginia and Jefferson County, Ohio. BHJ-MPC also serves as the Region XI Planning and Development Council for West Virginia’s northernmost counties consisting of Brooke and Hancock Counties. In this role, BHJ-MPC is designated by the Economic Development Administration as an Economic Development District.
The BDC is the engine that drives economic development in the Brooke-Hancock Region. By leveraging public and private resources, we are the catalysts for creating and maintaining a diverse economy.
Business, Legal, Creative Entrepreneurship, and Technical Studies Division of BridgeValley Community and Technical College
Business, Legal, Creative Entrepreneurship, and Technical Studies Division
The Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at Marshall University team combines academic backgrounds in economics, public policy and statistics with business experience in marketing, communications and strategic planning.
The Center for Rural Health Development, Inc. (“The Center”) is a private, not-for-profit organization that has provided leadership on rural health issues since 1994. Since its founding the Center has work to describe the linkages between health/health care and economic development.
The MOV Chamber is a coalition of area businesses who pool their talents and resources to improve the economic climate of our community. Each activity and event we oversee falls into one of 3 categories:
Connecting, Celebrating or Communicating.
The Chemical Alliance Zone is a nonprofit that works to create and sustain jobs and investments in all chemistry-related sectors across WV, including assisting entrepreneurs and start-ups in all facets of their launch, growth, and commercial success.
The City of Huntington Business Services division assists new and existing business owners in navigating zoning, permitting, and licensing processes in the City of Huntington.
Coalfield Development’s SEED Fund incubates and grow employment-based social enterprise partners in extraction-based rural communities to create opportunities for individuals and people groups facing barriers to employment (including low-income, unemployed, minority, and recovery from Substance Use Disorder)
West Virginia offers more than $100 million each year in financial aid for college. On this site, a companion to CFWV.com, you will find all of the state-sponsored financial aid programs available to you.
The College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences at West Virginia University Institute of Technology includes a variety of courses in human resource management, marketing, organizational behavior, operations management, statistics and business strategy.
The West Virginia Community & Technical College System (CTCS) coordinates community and technical colleges statewide, partnering with businesses to meet workforce needs and ensuring a meaningful education for our students.
A student and community entrepreneurship center available to residents of Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties. An Initiative of the WV Entrepreneurship Education Collaborative
Eastern WV Community and Technical College, Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
Eastern WV Community and Technical College created the Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship and Economic Development to lead local and regional initiatives that impact Eastern’s entrepreneurship programs and community economic development.
The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Clinic provides transactional (non-litigation) assistance to West Virginia small businesses, nonprofits, community organizations and student entrepreneurs.
The WV Nurse Entrepreneur Project focuses on providing connection to all the resources a nurse needs to start a health related business. The WV Nurse Entrepreneur Course provides training, a manual, webinars, business and nurse business coaching.
In Grant County, West Virginia we have all the ingredients it takes to make your business succeed: a well-developed infrastructure, a strong work ethic, a progressive-minded community, and cooperative county government agencies.
The Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation (GVEDC) initiates and supports the development of new jobs, industry and investment in the counties of Greenbrier, Monroe and Pocahontas.
The Hatfield McCoy Trail System is a system of over 900 miles of ATV, UTV & Dirt Bike trails in Southern West Virginia. The Hatfield McCoy Regional Recreation Authority manages this system of trails and promotes entrepreneurship along trails.
The Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit association of business and professional people working together to make the Cabell and Wayne County area a better place to live and do business. Our Chamber actively promotes area member businesses, works on community and regional issues, and advocates for business on governmental and legislative issues.
Established by Governor Jim Justice and the WV Legislature, this program offers support through a statewide collaboration of agencies that provide West Virginians in recovery the opportunity to obtain career training and secure meaningful employment.
Main Street Morgantown, a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to the betterment of the Downtown and Wharf Districts through thoughtful revitalization, preservation, beautification, retention, and recruitment of businesses.
The Brad D. Smith Business Incubator serves entrepreneurs from a variety of industries. The Incubator offers support to early-stage startups to help them grow and scale by providing office space, mentoring, networking, and technical assistance in areas like marketing, accounting, and access to capital.
The Marshall University Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (iCenter) is part of the Lewis College of Business and Brad D. Smith Schools of Business. Our mission is to inspire the inner-entrepreneur in everyone and empower them with the innovation knowledge they need to reframe the future of our state and region.
We imagine a day when an entrepreneurial mindset drives inspiration, innovation, and impact across the Lewis College of Business and Brad D. Smith Schools of Business, the Marshall University campus, and our community.
The primary focus of the Technology Transfer Office is to make the unique products and services generated by Marshall University faculty, staff and students available to the public for commercialization.
The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce, est. in 1926, is a private non-profit business organization comprised of 500 businesses/organizations and thousands of volunteers. Its mission is to facilitate the economic progress of its members.
We are the regional resource for community and economic development in the Mid-Ohio Valley Region. We also have a statewide Small Business Financing program.
The Morgan County Economic Development Authority strives to promote, develop, and advance the business prosperity and economic welfare of Morgan County, its citizens, and its industrial complex.
The Morgantown Area Partnership (The Partnership) is a coordinated alliance to pursue holistic strategies for the betterment of economic, business, and community development.
We invest when a company has found its product-market fit and is ready to scale. Software, hardware and services companies should have deployed a version of their solution to early adopters and should be able to demonstrate an understanding of their sales process and the market’s willingness to pay. Life sciences companies should have generated data that validate the efficacy of their solution, and should understand their development costs, regulatory pathway and potential partners.
EntreEd champions entrepreneurship education, cultivating students for a prosperous future. Through leadership, professional development, advocacy, and networking, EntreEd curates educational practices and programs that forge entrepreneurial capabilities in all students.
At NETL, we are working hard to drive innovation and deliver solutions for an environmentally sustainable and prosperous energy future. We advance innovations that ensure affordable, reliable energy to drive a robust economy and national security, while developing technologies to manage carbon across the full life cycle and enabling environmental sustainability for all Americans.
The Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center. promotes economic development and environmental and public health protection through innovative redevelopment of brownfield sites.
Serving a county of 41,400 residents, the Library has approximately 36,000 registered library patrons. In an average year, OCPL circulates over 220,000 items each year, has approximately 150,000 patron visits, and is open seven days a week for a total of 67 hours. OCPL offers free internet and wireless access for patrons.
The Library’s collection includes over 160,064 physical volumes in addition to an array of downloadable collections of ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming video. OCPL also offers an array of downloadable collections of magazines, movies, books, word-searchable newspapers, foreign language skills, Great Courses, manuals, test preparation, and genealogy resources.
Partner Community Capital provides flexible, affordable loans and advisory services to small to mid-sized businesses, farms and nonprofit enterprises. Loans include working capital, equipment and real estate; senior and subordinated.
Patriot Guardens is an agricultural initiative of the W.Va. National Guard designed to align and mobilize strategic efforts in order to provide new economic and employment opportunities for West Virginia veterans, active military members and their families
Pierpont Community & Technical College is located in Fairmont, WV, serving a 13-county region with additional campuses in Monongalia, Marion, Harrison, Lewis, and Braxton counties.
The Preston County Economic Development Authority provides new and existing business support and connects businesses, municipalities and residents to resources to promote and develop the Preston County’s economy.
The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1979 and now has approximately 550 members. The Chamber is a 501 (c) (6) private independent non-profit organization supported entirely by its members. Our mission is to aggressively promote, support and retain business in the county.
Established in 1961 by the Putnam County Commission, The Putnam County Development Authority, Inc. is a non-profit organization (quasi-public). The actions of the Authority are guided by a board of directors appointed by the County Commission to concentrate on economic development for the county.
The Region 8 Planning and Development Council offers a number of economic development tools to local businesses and member governments. The Council has two loan programs that assist businesses with expansion, retention or businesses that are just starting up.
We provide assistance to businesses that want to do business with federal, state or local government agencies.
The Robert C. Byrd Institute provides leading-edge equipment, specialized training and expertise so entrepreneurs and manufacturers can innovate, create jobs and thrive. We have multiple locations in WV and can bring our resources to your site.
Funded through the generous donation of James Clark Coffman to West Virginia University, Seed WV is a $15,000 cash prize entrepreneurship contest open to WV residents and small businesses.
Sprouting Farms Corp is a 501c3 non-profit located in Summers Co, WV, that supports economic development through agriculture in West Virginia and Central Appalachia. Our programs provide farm business training and resources and build the regional markets necessary to launch, support, and enable farm businesses. A 2014 USDA grant funded a business plan, which launched Sprouting Farms after receiving ARC POWER grant in 2017. Sprouting Farms builds farm businesses through five interconnected initiatives described below. We aren’t afraid to do the hard work of building these initiatives from the ground up, because we believe that these programs are important for developing the sustainable and equitable economy and community we envision.
EMPOWERING ARTISTS ACROSS WEST VIRGINIA
We help to grow West Virginia’s creative economy by providing essential programs that equip Mountain State artists and creative entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to succeed and thrive in the place they call home.
TechConnect West Virginia is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of science, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. Our mission is to diversify the state’s economy through technology-based economic development.
The EdVenture Group, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization committed to creating customized solutions
to educational challenges through innovation consulting, tailored professional development, and high-quality
research and evaluation.
The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce promotes the advancement of our county and the surrounding areas.
We provide networking opportunities for members and serve as a vital resource for our citizens and our community.
The U.S. Commercial Service, an agency of International Trade Administration, is your U.S. government resource for export promotion, industry competitiveness, trade and investment information.
USDA Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Through our direct loan, guaranteed loan and grant programs, we help rural Americans in many ways. Together, America Prospers.
The Value Chain Cluster Initiative (VC2) provides hands-on business development and coaching services to strengthen expanding local food and farm businesses in West Virginia. We work with businesses in all aspects of the food supply chain, from field to fork and beyond, to help bolster strong regional food systems.
Fueled by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University, an R1 institution, Vantage Ventures enables entrepreneurs to build high impact, scalable businesses.
SBA Microloan provider covering 38 Counties in WV, 6 counties in PA, and 5 counties in OH. Loans size can range from $5000 to $50,000 for up to 6 years. We help businesses gain access to capital they may otherwise no be able to receive.
Mountain State small businesses now have a new source of capital through the West Virginia Capital Access Program (WVCAP). The WVCAP is designed to assist businesses that are creditworthy, but may not fit traditional lending models.
Widely known as the voice of business in West Virginia, the West Virginia Chamber works to create an environment that allows our members to grow their business, create jobs and hire quality employees, invest, innovate and thrive.
The Veterans and Heroes to Agriculture program is dedicated to the integration and support of veterans, firefighters, law enforcement, emergency services personnel and first responders entering or currently working in agriculture.
The WVDA Business Development Division supports the economic development of West Virginia’s agriculture industry by fostering the growth of agribusinesses in domestic and international markets.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture Moorefield Field office serves to protect plant, animal and human health and the state’s food supply through a variety of scientific and regulatory programs.
The Export Promotion Program supports West Virginia companies with identifying new markets for products and services, establishing connections with potential customers and business partners, and navigating the complex world of international trade.
Career Technical Education (CTE) programs are changing, evolving and innovating to better serve West Virginia’s needs by preparing students to help drive our success and vitality.
The Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program helps employers train new and existing employees by helping to pay a portion of their training costs.
WVEDA provides financial assistance in the form of loans and direct financing to industrial development agencies and enterprises for the promotion and retention of new and existing commercial and industrial development.
The West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition supports economic and equitable growth in the food and agriculture sector in West Virginia through policy advocacy, community organizing, programming, technical assistance, and resource destination.
West Virginia Forest Products Center is a non-profit collective of designers and woodworkers who combine traditional knowledge and cutting-edge technology to create unique, heirloom-quality Appalachian hardwood products.
The WV Hive connects entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and expertise they need to grow successful companies in southern West Virginia. Based in Beckley, the Hive serves 12 counties – Raleigh, Fayette, Summers, Nicholas, Wyoming, McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Greenbrier, Pocahontas, Braxton, and Webster.
The West Virginia Jobs Investment Trust is a leading venture capital firm made up of partners with extensive management, operations, and technology experience and focused on turning the innovation of new ideas into successful world-class companies. Since 1992, the JIT has been an active investor and valued partner to exceptional entrepreneurs on the leading edge of industry.
Career Development through WVNCC helps individuals upgrade their skills, provide career enhancement and professional development, plus explore personal interest.
The West Virginia Office of Energy (WVOE) is one of 56 energy offices across the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and five territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands).
The West Virginia Regional Technology Park is the ideal location to transform an abstract idea into a completed, market-ready project. Starting with conveniently located office space and laboratory space, new concepts, technologies or systems can be created and refined. Through utilization of available scale-up pilot plants, continued research and testing can be conducted on-site.
The WV Secretary of State’s Office is responsible for maintaining an updated registration of every business entity operating within the State of West Virginia. The Secretary of State operates the WV One Stop Business Center.
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides expert guidance to help small businesses succeed. Our coaches can guide entrepreneurs in how to write business plans, manage projects effectively and find greater access to capital.
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides expert guidance to help small businesses succeed. Our Bluefield State College Center targets services to McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Summers, and Wyoming counties.
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides expert guidance to help small businesses succeed. Our Charleston Center targets services to Boone, Clay, Kanawha, Logan, Mingo, Putnam, and Roane counties.
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides expert guidance to help small businesses succeed. Our Eastern Panhandle Center targets services to Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan counties.
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides expert guidance to help small businesses succeed. Our Huntington Center targets services to Cabell, Lincoln, Mason, and Wayne counties.
The WV SBDC’s In-Tech program was designed to provide no-cost, one-on-one assistance to introduce inventors and technology-based entrepreneurs to key commercialization issues such as intellectual property, alternative finance, prototyping and feasibility. The WV SBDC assists with the SBIR/STTR application process, in addition to technology transfer, IP support, licensing and product development cases.
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides expert guidance to help small businesses succeed. Our Morgantown Center targets services to Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor counties.
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides expert guidance to help small businesses succeed. Our Potomac Highlands Center targets services to Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Pendleton, and Tucker counties.
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides expert guidance to help small businesses succeed. Our Putnam Center targets services to Jackson, Kanawha, Mason, and Putnam counties.
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides expert guidance to help small businesses succeed. Our Summersville Center targets services to Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, and Webster counties.
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides expert guidance to help small businesses succeed. Our Upshur County EDA Center targets services to Barbour, Braxton, Gilmer, Lewis, Randolph, Upshur, and Webster counties.
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides expert guidance to help small businesses succeed. Our West Virginia University Center targets services to Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor counties.
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides expert guidance to help small businesses succeed. Our WV High Technology Foundation Center targets services to Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia counties.
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides expert guidance to help small businesses succeed. Our WV Northern Community College Center targets services to Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler, and Wetzel counties.
The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides expert guidance to help small businesses succeed. Our WVU Parkersburg Center targets services to Calhoun, Doddridge, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt, and Wood counties.
The State Historic Preservation Office offers both Survey & Planning and Development Grants as well as Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits to help rehabilitate historic structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places across the state.
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).
West Virginia University Extension Service experts are located in every county in West Virginia, ready to offer research-based knowledge, tips and education to improve our communities.
The West Virginia Women’s Business Center offers individualized services to meet entrepreneurs of all backgrounds, ages, and levels of experience exactly where they’re at: whether they’re looking to launch a business or scale up.
The West Virginia Women’s Business Center offers individualized services to meet entrepreneurs of all backgrounds, ages, and levels of experience exactly where they’re at: whether they’re looking to launch a business or scale up.
The Wetzel-Tyler Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization focused on achieving the greatest potential outcomes for the citizens, businesses, and other organizations in and around Wetzel & Tyler Counties.
We are a catalyst for the revitalization of Wheeling.
Since our inception in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) organization, Wheeling Heritage has leveraged funding and expertise to play an integral role in shaping the city’s redevelopment.
The Business Department includes a variety of courses in human resource management, marketing, organizational behavior, entrepreneurship, accounting, statistics and business. The Business Department has a fully online MBA and MSA program.
The Wood County Economic Development office strives to foster a strong economic environment which supports business, nurtures growth and new investment while attracting sustainable businesses and a quality labor force to our communities.
Woodlands Community Lenders is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) specializing in residential and small business lending, in addition to providing advising services and technical assistance to new and existing small businesses.
For over 70 years, the Bureau of Business and Economic Research strives to provide economic data, research, and analysis to help inform and guide the decisions of business, government, and community leaders in West Virginia.
The Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship seeks to educate our students, faculty, staff, and community about successfully identifying and navigating entrepreneurial opportunities.
The HIT Lab evaluates new and emerging technologies, conducts testing of various software applications and devices, and engage in hospitality-focused research projects for both academia and the industry.
The WVU Industrial Extension is West Virginia’s official representative of the NIST/MEP National Network, a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing. WVUIE helps West Virginia manufactures reach their full potential by providing the insight and education they need to stay profitable in global markets.
The Lane Innovation Hub is a collection of design, machining, building, and
fabrication spaces for creating prototypes and small-scale production runs. Our three main spaces: Advanced Manufacturing, Rapid Prototyping & Electronics Prototyping
The WVU LaunchLab and MakerLab are applied innovation centers for all WVU students. We work with your creative ideas to make them a reality. From ideation through commercialization, the LaunchLab team helps students find the resources they need.
The Wyoming County Economic Development Authority is committed to opening our doors for business by providing assistance, services, and information you need to live and work in Wyoming County, WV, the Southern Coalfields and the State of WV.