Tag - entrepreneurship

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem- September 2022 Update

Partnership Spotlight:  XLerate Health SBIR/STTR Applicant Assistance Bootcamp Eugene Krentsel, eugene@xleratehealth.com Link https://xleratornetwork.com Entrepreneur Spotlight Contact Info: John Higginbotham, Vairoh,  jahigginbotham@mix.wvu.edu ASK: If you work directly with entrepreneurs, invite an entrepreneur to share during an upcoming ecosystem call. The West Virginia Statewide Business Plan Competitions are now open for entry! To learn more visit: High School Business Plan Competition Collegiate Business Plan Competition Community Business Plan...

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update- August 2022

Bridging Innovation Week 2023: Save the Date | April 17-21, Wheeling, WV Bridging Innovation Landing Page Help us spread the word! Promotional Graphics & Sample Language ASK: Share topic and speaker ideas with Tara and I. Entrepreneur Spotlight Contact Info: Gary Gini, The Instrument Lab | garygini@the-instrument-lab.com ASK: If you work directly with entrepreneurs, invite an entrepreneur to share...

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update July 2022

Bridging Innovation 2023 Announced! That's right! Bridging Innovation 2022 is coming to Wheeling next year! If you haven't heard of Bridging Innovation or were unable to make it last year, now is the time to get your event registered for 2023! Keep up to date with Bridging Innovation by checking in...

Looking back on National Small Business Week 2022

West Virginia small businesses know a thing or two about “Building a Better America through Entrepreneurship", as nearly 99 percent of businesses in the Mountain State are considered small and they employ nearly half of the private sector workforce. Therefore it was fitting the U.S. Small Business Administration to choose...

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update June 2022

Spotlight Programs: Lauren Prinzo Community & Economic Development Specialist WVU Extension Service Equity in Entrepreneurship Findings Update and Discussion West Virginia University is conducting in-person strategic planning meetings across West Virginia as part of an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) POWER Technical Assistance grant aimed at expanding entrepreneurship opportunities for rural and low-income youth. The next round...

Clendenin: Building the trail back through entrepreneurship

The Cannel Coal chimney is believed to have been built around 1850. My hometown of Clendenin has a rich history that deserves to be heard. In the late 1840s, a new type of coal was discovered that when heated at the precise temperature produces a flammable liquid that burns bright. An...

West Virginia Continues Efforts to Create a Thriving Environment for Entrepreneurs

The last five years have been monumental for creating an environment where West Virginia's small business owners and entrepreneurs are welcomed and can thrive.  And I am proud to be part of that multi-agency, multi-faceted effort. As WV Secretary of State, I serve as the state's chief business registration and...

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update March 2022

 Spotlight Program: Awesta Sarkash Government Affairs Director Small Business Majority asarkash@smallbusinessmajority.org Awesta Sarkash, Government Affairs Director for Small Business Majority, will join to share more information about the organization and their work. Small Business Majority is a national small business organization that empowers America's diverse entrepreneurs to build a thriving and equitable economy....

Bridging Innovation: WV Entrepreneurship’s Coming Out Party!

Starting in the summer of 2019, the West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem began to plan for a large convening of the group in what would be the first ever WV Entrepreneurship Conference. Sponsors were engaged, speakers were found, the location was secured, and planning was going well. The organizing committee was...

West Virginia Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Update February 2022

 Spotlight Program: Mary Hott Innovation-Technology Program Manager West Virginia Small Business Development Center mary.e.hott@wv.gov  The West Virginia Small Business Development Center Innovation-Technology (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...