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  1. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Hardy County

    Register for June 26 session on business fundamentals

    MOOREFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 26, in Hardy County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the Rural Development Authority building, 223 North Main Street, Suite 102, Moorefield.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. Registration is required by Tuesday, June 24. To register, call B. Ludewig at 304-530-4964.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. WVSBDC coach Beth Ludewig can provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 5, 2014
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964

    posted Friday, May 30, 2014 aP 2:38 PM
     

  2. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Logan County

    Register for March 17 session on business fundamentals

    MOUNT GAY, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, March 17, in Logan County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, 2900 Dempsey Branch Road, Mount Gay.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop. Attendees paying online should bring the online receipt copy to the workshop.

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Dreama Wolfingbarger at 304-957-2083 or email dreama.l.wolfingbarger@wv.gov.
     
    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 26, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, March 3, 2015 aP 2:24 PM
     

  3. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Nicholas County

    Register for March 18 session on Business Fundamentals

    SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, in Nicholas County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the WorkForce West Virginia building, 830 Northside Drive, Summersville.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop. Attendees paying online should bring the online receipt copy to the workshop.

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Joe Carlucci at 304-767-8127 or email Joseph.F.Carlucci@wv.gov.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 25, 2015
    CONTACT: Joe Carlucci, 304-767-8127, joseph.f.carlucci@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, March 3, 2015 aP 2:31 PM
     

  4. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Grant County

    Register for March 19 session on business fundamentals

    PETERSBURG, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19, in Grant County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Region 8 Planning and Development Council, Grant County Industrial Park, 131 Providence Lane, Petersburg.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. Registration is required in advance. To register by Tuesday, March 17, call B. Ludewig at 304-530-4964.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. Business coach Beth Ludewig provides assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.
        
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 26, 2015
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, March 3, 2015 aP 2:55 PM
     

  5. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for March 19 session on Business Fundamentals

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, March 19, in Kanawha County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held on the second floor of Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), 100 Angus E. Peyton Drive, South Charleston.  

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop. Attendees paying online should bring the online receipt copy to the workshop.

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Bryan Shaw, 304-528-5617 or email Bryan.M.Shaw@wv.gov.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 26, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, March 3, 2015 aP 3:09 PM
     

  6. WVSBDC advises businesses how to avoid disaster from severe weather


    Expected storm reminds businesses to prepare recovery plan


    CHARLESTON, W.Va.  – Amid the flurry of severe weather advisories predicting a brutal blast of ice and snow this week, West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) adds this reminder to the state’s businesses: the best protection against disaster is preparation.

    Samuel Payne, WVSBDC business coach and “point person” on disaster assessment and planning, offers readiness tips for businesses.

    “Companies also need to plan how to maintain access to the place of business and to protect their most important asset: their employees,” said Payne. “It is a good idea to develop a plan of action for your business and your staff to be ready for this type of interruption.”

    Payne suggests a checklist to help business owners identify where business are most susceptible to winter hazards and to suggest ways to minimize damage. For more information, review PREPAREMYBUSINESS.org or contact Payne at Samuel.F.Payne@wv.gov.
     
    During the storm:
    Have cold weather equipment such as heaters, snow blowers and generators located where they are most likely to be used.

    Keep driveways, walkways and doorways clear of snow and ice.

    Prevent vulnerable pipes from freezing by opening water faucets so that they drip slightly. Keeping water flowing provides relief from pressure build-up and prevents pipes from bursting.

    Have at hand the names and phone numbers of heating contractor, plumber, fire department, insurance agent and building owner.

    Assign someone to check indoor temperatures should your place of business be vacant for long periods of time.



    Employees:
    Have an emergency communication plan in place before a storm or other disaster strikes.

    Have all employees, vendors, and client contact information on hand.

    Have a ready plan for how to manage phones lines in case of evacuation. Redirection to cell phones, answering service or Google Voice could be critical.

    After the storm, notify all critical people of the next steps, based on damage.
    Winter storms may range from a moderate snow in a short amount of time to a blizzard lasting for days. Some storms are regional and may affect several states, while others are more localized, depending upon geography and terrain. Common characteristics of winter storms are dangerously low temperatures, strong winds, ice, sleet and freezing rain.

    Understand the weather terms:
    Winter storm watch: Be alert, a storm is likely.

    Winter storm warning: Take action, the storm is in or entering the area.

    Blizzard warning: Snow and strong winds combined will produce blinding snow, near zero visibility, deep drifts, and life-threatening wind chill. Seek refuge immediately!

    Winter weather advisory: Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous, especially to motorists.

    Frost/freeze warning: Below freezing temperatures are expected and may cause damage to plants, crops or fruit trees.

     “We hope the predicted storm, if it comes to pass, will be the last blast of winter,” Payne said. “But businesses need to be ready for other potential disasters – from floods to compromised data access -- that may threaten a business’s ability to operate. The best business practice is to have a plan ready and know how to use it.”

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, March 3, 2015 aP 3:18 PM
     

  7. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for March 26 session on Business Fundamentals

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, March 26, in Kanawha County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the Charleston Area Alliance Building, 1116 Smith Street, Room 310, Charleston.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for start-ups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop, and registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Dreama Wolfingbarger at 304-957-2083 or email dreama.l.wolfingbarger@wv.gov.  

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 10, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, March 10, 2015 aP 4:08 PM
     

  8. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Roane County

    Register for March 19 session on Business Fundamentals

    SPENCER, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, March 19, in Roane County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at Roane County Economic Development Authority, 207 Court Street, Spencer.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop. Attendees paying online should bring the online receipt copy to the workshop.

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Dreama Wolfingbarger at 304-957-2083 or email dreama.l.wolfingbarger@wv.gov.  

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, March 10, 2015 aP 4:17 PM
     

  9. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for March 20 session on business fundamentals

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 20, in Cabell County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), 1050 Fourth Avenue, Huntington.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop, and registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Amber Wilson at 304-528-5616 or email amber.c.wilson@wv.gov.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Friday, March 13, 2015 aP 2:22 PM
     

  10. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Ohio County

    Register for April 7 session on Business Fundamentals

    WHEELING, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 7, in Ohio County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the West Virginia Northern Community College B&O Building, 1704 Market Street, Wheeling.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for start-ups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop, and registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Donna Schramm at 304-214-8973 or email Donna.L.Schramm@wv.gov.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, March 17, 2015 aA 9:30 AM
     

  11. WVDO International to present market entry opportunities in Poland

    West Virginia companies looking for new business opportunities may want to consider exporting to Poland, suggests the West Virginia Development Office International Division.

    The International Division and the U.S. Commercial Service are offering an introductory session on the country in March.

    There is no cost for the introductory session. The state International Division and the U.S. Commercial Services encourage attendees to register in advance so sufficient materials and refreshments can be provided. To register online, click on the preferred location or call 304-957-2018.

    •    March 23, Monday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Morgantown: Waterfront Place Hotel, 2 Waterfront Place. Networking lunch buffet follows seminar from noon to 1 p.m.

    •    March 23, Monday, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., Wheeling: NTTC Building, Room 118, Wheeling Jesuit University. A networking reception follows the seminar at 5 p.m.

    •    March 24, Tuesday, noon – 3 p.m., Charleston: Charleston Marriott Town Center Hotel, 200 Lee Street East. A networking lunch will precede the seminar from noon to 1 p.m.

    Business representatives who like what they learn about the market potential may want to plan to attend the West Virginia Trade Mission to Poland, June 22-26, 2015. The mission will be led by the state International Division and the U.S. Commercial Service. The event is open to all industry sectors, including clean coal technology, mining equipment, industrial products, medical equipment, information technologies, green building materials, consumer goods and more. Deadline to apply for the mission is April 30.

    As part of its services, the West Virginia International Division can assist businesses with prearranged meetings with qualified prospective clients, agents, distributors and other contacts in their markets

    The International Division is currently recruiting for or in the planning stages for more shows and missions abroad in 2015, including:
    •    Canadian Institute of Mining Expo, May 9 – 13, Montreal, Canada
    •    Trade Winds Business Development Conference and Trade Mission, September. South Africa
    •    Coal and Mining Expo, October. China
    •    Trade Mission, November, Japan

    Check the website worldtradewv.org for updates or contact the West Virginia Development Office at 304-558-2234.




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    posted Wednesday, March 18, 2015 aP 3:44 PM
     

  12. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Hampshire County

    Register for April 9 session on business fundamentals

    ROMNEY, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9, in Hampshire County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the Bank of Romney Community Center, 95 East Main – U.S. 50, Romney.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.
     
    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. Registration is required in advance. To register by Tuesday, April 7, call B. Ludewig at 304-530-4964.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. Business coach Beth Ludewig provides assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2015
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015 aA 9:14 AM
     

  13. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Jackson County

    Register for April 6 session on Business Fundamentals

    RIPLEY, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Monday, April 6, in Jackson County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held, in the West Virginia University-Parkersburg Jackson County Center, Room 115, 107 Academy Drive, Ripley.  

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for start-ups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop, and registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Marsa Myers at 304-926-4169 or email Marsa.C.Myers@wv.gov.
     
    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015 aA 9:18 AM
     

  14. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Putnam County

    Register for April 14 session on Business Fundamentals

    WINFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 14, in Putnam County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, 5664 State Rt. 34, Winfield.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop.

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, visit www.wvsbdc.org and click “Training Calendar” or contact Bryan Shaw, Bryan.M.Shaw@wv.gov, 304-528-5617. Attendees paying online should bring the online receipt copy to the workshop.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015 aA 9:31 AM
     

  15. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Pleasants County

    Register for April 9 session on Business Fundamentals

    ST. MARYS, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 9, in Pleasants County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held, in the Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 309 Second Street, St. Marys.

    Three Step Jump Start helps entrepreneurs and small business owners in West Virginia accelerate their potential success by learning the structure and services provided by WVSBDC. The first step is to view the Three Step Jump Start video on the agency’s website, www.wvsbdc.org.

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for start-ups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop, and registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Marsa Myers at 304-926-4169 or email Marsa.C.Myers@wv.gov.
     
    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 26, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, March 26, 2015 aP 12:02 PM
     

  16. Adventure Advisory: Spring Into Spring

    The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at www.GoToWV.com; click the Calendar tab. Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit items electronically at bit.ly/WVListings. 

    March 17: Celtic Tenors, Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg 
    304-645-7917; www.carnegiehallwv.com; info@carnegiehallwv.org 
    With a polished international reputation and more than a million album sales under their belts, The Celtic Tenors offer something truly unique: the skill, range and ability of world-class tenors combined with the personality and fun of genuine performers.

    March 20-21: Sisters Fest 2015, Sistersville 
    304-532-8403; www.sistersfest.com; sistersfest@hotmail.com
    Set in historic Sistersville, Sisters Fest provides an opportunity for sisters to enjoy a weekend together and celebrate sisterhood. No husbands, boyfriends, or brothers; no cooking, cleaning, or chores! Don’t have a sister? Bring a friend, mother or come alone and you will leave with more “sisters” than you could imagine!

    March 20-22: George Washington’s Bathtub Celebration, Berkeley Springs 
    800-447-8797; www.berkeleysprings.com 
    Berkeley Springs celebrates its most unique historic site, George Washington’s Bathtub, with a weekend devoted to colonial food specials, dollar sales and local history. The tiny spa town highlights the country’s only outdoor monument to presidential bathing.

    March 21: “A Bit of the Blarney” St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Kingwood 
    304-329-6336; www.mountaineer@atlanticbb.net; mountaineer@atlanticbb.net
    A St. Patrick’s Day celebration where everyone becomes Irish! Aurora Celtic, a popular Preston County band, will perform and accompany West Virginia University’s Irish Dance Club and an Irish Songs sing-along. An Irish buffet will also be available. Hours are 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

    March 21: Festival of Nations, Millsop Community Center, Weirton 
    304-794-6336; http://www.weirtonmuseum.com/ 
    The annual Festival of Nations celebrates “Unity in Diversity.” From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., enjoy ethnic music, food, dances, and history displays honoring cultures from around the world.

    March 21-22: West Virginia Maple Syrup Festival, Pickens 
    304 924-5363; 304 924-5509; 304-473-8969 (after 6 p.m.); http://pickenswv.squarespace.com/maple-syrup-festival/ 
    For syrup or sugar camp information: 304 924-5404; 877 986-2753; www.treewater.com 
    It's maple sugaring time here in the mountains surrounding Pickens! Join us for a full weekend of activities (including pancakes, sausage, and maple syrup) celebrating this tradition each year on the third full weekend in March!

    March 26-29: “Bullets and Steel, Clash at Scary Creek,” Hurricane 
    304-562-0518 ext. 10 or 11; www.putnamcountyparks.net 
    This event actually commemorates two engagements of the Civil War separated by a space of several years. This Civil War reenactment offers fun and activities for all ages including: lecture series with different authors each night, crafts, Ladies Tea, Civil War Ball and much more!

    March 27-29 and April 3-4: Smoke on the Mountain, Coalfield Jamboree-Logan Theatre, Logan 
    304-785-0547; www.southerncoalitionarts.com; www.facebook.com/theARTSwv  
    Southern Coalition for the ARTS presents “Smoke on the Mountain” at the Coalfield Jamboree at 7 p.m. March 27-28 and April 3-4; and at 2 p.m. March 29. It is a hilarious show set in the midst of a 1938 Saturday Night Gospel Sing gone charmingly awry at times.

    March 27-29: 4th Annual Wheeling Polka Festival, Glessner Auditorium at Wilson Lodge, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling 
    304-243-4060; www.oglebay-resort.com/PolkaFestival.pdf 
    Activities include a kick-off party, Rise-N-Shine party, dance lessons, Palm Sunday Polka Mass and Polka, Polka, Polka! Lineup and schedule are subject to change.

    March 28: 2nd Annual Cass Easter Egg Hunt, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Cass 
    304-446-4300 ext. 111; www.cassrailroad.com 
    It’s a hoppin’ good time at the park for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Egg hunting is by age groups, with two special prize eggs per age group. Hunters should bring their own basket. 

    March 28: Historic Arts Workshops—Waste Paper Basket and Turkey Hunting 
    304-363-3030; 304-368-1123; www.pricketsfort.org 
    Learn to make a Waste Paper Basket with locally acclaimed basket weaver Helen Efaw. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn the fundamentals of turkey hunting with Jack Bell, including equipment selection, hunting techniques, decoys, blinds, etc. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call or register online at www.prickettsfort.org/shop.

    March 28: West Virginia Chocolate Festival, Ripley Elementary School, Ripley 
    304-372-1637; www.shopripleywv.com; www.mainstreetripley.org 
    A parade, Easter egg hunt, chocolate vendors, and “Jackson County Youth Got Talent” show are part of this annual event in Ripley. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    March 29: 2015 Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Statewide Anniversary Day 
    304-842-3436; bhsrich56@yahoo.com 
    The 82nd Anniversary Day Celebration and Commemoration of the signing of the CCC bill into law by President Franklin Roosevelt  will be held at the West Virginia State CCC Museum in Quiet Dell (Harrison County) beginning at 1:30 p.m. The public is invited to display their CCC artifacts. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. 

    Find your adventure in West Virginia at www.GoToWV.com or by calling 800-CALL-WVA. You can also join the conversation and share your wild, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.

    posted Wednesday, March 4, 2015 aA 10:50 AM
     

  17. WILD, WONDERFUL WEST VIRGINIA AND MOUNTAIN STAGE ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO PROMOTE MOUNTAIN MUSIC TRAIL

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (March 8, 2014) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV) and Mountain Stage, a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, announced a partnership to promote the Mountain Music Trail and West Virginia’s music heritage during this evening’s live Mountain Stage show at the Culture Center. 

    “We’re very excited for the opportunity to share the wealth of musical talent here in the state and along the Mountain Music Trail with folks from across the country and around the globe,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the dynamic teams at Mountain Stage and West Virginia Public Broadcasting.”

    Wild, Wonderful West Virginia is a major underwriter of Mountain Stage.  “Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” was founded in 1983 in Charleston and is produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The two-hour broadcast is carried on nearly 150 NPR stations nationwide and overseas via the Voice of America. For more information, visit www.mountainstage.org.

    “Mountain Stage has been showcasing music from all over the world right here in West Virginia for more than 30 years,” Adam Harris, Executive Producer of Mountain Stage said.  “Now we're excited to help showcase the people and places of the Mountain Music Trail who are the ones keeping the region's rich local traditions alive. This collaboration with Wild, Wonderful West Virginia and the video production team here at West Virginia Public Broadcasting will highlight these areas in a way that is inviting and relatable so we can help spread the word about the cultural gems along the Mountain Music Trail.”

    The Mountain Music Trail consists of venues throughout five counties in eastern West Virginia that came together to promote and present the traditional music, dance, and folkways of the Allegheny Mountain region. For more information, visit http://mountainmusictrail.com.

    “The Mountain Music Trail is delighted to partner with West Virginia Public Broadcasting and Wild, Wonderful West Virginia to showcase the rich musical heritage and living traditions of the US 219 corridor,” Ned Savage, AmeriCorps VISTA said. “The hills and hollers of our region are alive with the sounds of traditional mountain music. This partnership will allow us to highlight and share the musical traditions that are still a huge part of our cultural landscape, and encourage more people to engage with those traditions.”

    Find your adventure in West Virginia at www.GoToWV.com or by calling 800-CALL WVA. You can also join the conversation and share your wild, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.

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  18. ENDLESS WALL TRAIL IN NEW RIVER GORGE A CONTENDER FOR USA TODAY TOP 10 BEST NATIONAL PARK HIKES

    Vote online until March 30, 2015

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (March 9, 2015) – The Endless Wall Trail in the New River Gorge National River recreation area is one of 20 finalists for Best National Park Hike in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice contest. The top 20 trails were selected by a panel of hiking experts and the final 10 will be chosen by public vote.

    “The New River Gorge is one of the many beautiful places in our state, and the Endless Wall Trail offers breathtaking views of the river,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.

    The trail derives its name from the Endless Wall rock formation, a popular rock climbing area. The 2.4 mile moderate hike winds through forest and along the canyon rim, offering numerous vistas along the way. Hikers often can hear the voices of whitewater rafters in the New River nearly 1,000 feet below.

    Voting is open and ends on Monday, March 30 at 11:59 a.m. EDT. The public can vote once per day, per category. To vote, visit www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-national-park-hike

    Find your adventure in West Virginia at www.GoToWV.com or by calling 800 CALL WVA. You can also join the conversation and share your wild, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.

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  19. WILD, WONDERFUL WEST VIRGINIA TO BUILD BRAXTON COUNTY MONSTER FOR CANSTRUCTION COMPETITION

    Build day April 11, 2015 during West Virginia Home Show at Charleston Civic Center

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (March 11, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV) will “canstruct” the Braxton County Monster for the Canstruction 2015 competition April 11, 2015 during the West Virginia Home Show at the Charleston Civic Center.

    “We’re excited to celebrate one of West Virginia’s fascinating legends while also promoting the positive impact we can have in our communities,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.

    Canstruction is a national organization that hosts regional competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of cans of food. The completed designs will remain on display at the Charleston event through April 14, after which all canned foods will be donated to the Covenant House food pantry.

    The GoToWV team “canstructed” part of the Braxton County Monster as a preview during last month’s West Virginia Adventure Day at the Legislature.

    “I’m looking forward to participating in the competition. We appreciate the support received from members of the industry in building this design,” GoToWV Canstruction leader Jamie Cope said.

    An estimated 500 cans are needed to complete the 7-foot-tall Braxton County Monster. Those wishing to support the project are welcome to drop off canned food by March 31 at Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, 90 MacCorkle Ave. SW, South Charleston, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The current design calls for the 15 oz. size of Chef Boyardee Lasagna, Beefaroni or Beef Ravioli; or the 14.5 oz. size of Del Monte Sweet Peas or Cut Green Beans.

    Angie Douglas with Covenant House and Jamie Cope with the West Virginia Film Office show off a preliminary build of the Braxton County Monster for Canstruction. The project benefits the local food pantry. Photo courtesy of Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.

    Find your adventure in West Virginia at www.GoToWV.com or by calling 800-225-5982. You can also join the conversation and share your wild, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.

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  20. Adventure Advisory: April Festivities

    The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at www.GoToWV.com; click the Calendar tab. Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit items electronically at bit.ly/WVListings. 

    April 4: Nature Scavenger Hunt, Schrader Environment Education Center, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling 
    304-242-6855; www.oionline.com 
    Discover more about the natural world as you explore Oglebay Park as a family. Hours are Ongoing noon to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. All events are subject to change. 

    April 4: Via Ferrata Full Moon Tour, NROCKS Outdoor Adventures, Circleville 
    877-435-4842; www.nrocks.com/activities/via-ferrata/#full-moon-tours 
    A night out like no other! Sign up to climb the Via Ferrata on the night of the full moon. Climbers must have prior experience on the Via Ferrata at NROCKS and must be 13 years old or older.

    April 4-5: Easter "EGG"stravaganza, Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs 
    304-258-1022 ext. 5209; www.cacaponresort.com 
    Enjoy the holiday with a weekend full of activities. Saturday features the annual Easter egg hunt, a special visit with the Easter Bunny, egg ornament crafts, and egg coloring. A sunrise service is scheduled for Sunday. 

    April 4-5: Easter Crafting/Egg Hunt/ Movie/Buffet, Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem 
    304-466-1800; www.pipestemresort.com 
    The weekend includes an Easter craft-making class, an Easter egg hunt and a free showing of the movie “The Easter Beagle” on April 4. On April 5 there will be a sunrise service followed by an Easter buffet.

    April 4: Nature Hike, Tygart Lake State Park, Grafton 
    304-265-6148; www.tygartlake.com 
    Join Master Naturalists Gary Niezgoda and Dorothy Hood at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center for a spring walk. Learn about plants and animals of the area.

    April 5: Easter Weekend, North Bend State Park, Cairo 
    304-643-2931; www.northbendsp.com 
    Visit the Easter Bunny and join in for an egg hunt on the grounds of North Bend State Park. This spring weekend provides fun and games for all ages. 

    Apr. 8: Broadway at the Capitol – “Rain—A Tribute to the Beatles,” Capitol Theatre, Wheeling 
    304-233-4470; info@capitoltheatrewheeling.com; www.capitoltheatrewheeling.com
    “Rain—A Tribute to the Beatles” is a live multimedia spectacular that leads the audience on a musical journey through the life and times of the world’s most celebrated band.

    April 9-12: School of the Longhunter, Prickett's Fort State Park, Fairmont  
    304-363-3030; www.prickettsfortstatepark.com/
    This intense weekend of instruction explores the role of early frontiersmen on the American frontier. Speakers will focus on the frontier skills of the longhunter. Space is limited and registration is required. 

    Apr. 10-11: 39th Jackson County Annual Quilt Show and Sale, Epworth United Methodist Church, Ripley 
    304-372-8199; pbrquilts@gmail.com 
    This year’s theme for the show is “Star Quilts.” Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 10 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 11.

    April 10-11: 2015 International Bowhunters Organization Spring National, Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem 
    304-466-1800; www.pipestemresort.com 
    The International Bowhunters Organization and Backwoods Bowhunters invite the public to participate in the 2015 IBO Spring National, or come as a spectator. This exciting event can be enjoyed by all ages, shooters and non-shooters alike.

    April 10-12: WV Home Show, Charleston Civic Center, Charleston 
    304-345-1500; info@charlestonwvciviccenter.com; www.charlestonwvciviccenter.com 
    More than 250 exhibitors set up in the Charleston Civic Center offering everything from bricks and sticks to furnaces and flowers to computers and wiring. The West Virginia Home Show is a “must see” if you’re planning to build or remodel, redecorate or add additional landscaping. 

    April 11: 9th Annual Lewisburg Chocolate Festival, Lewisburg 
    888-702-1364; www.greenbrierwv.com/events/detail/lewisburg_chocolate_festival2015
    Tickets are on sale now for this delicious event that features chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate! The festival provides an exciting schedule of chocolate-themed events including musical performances, dinners, tastings, a bake-off, 10K Chocolate Chase, and fun for all ages. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    April 11: Kanawha Trail Club - Cozy Campfire, Kanawha State Forest, Charleston 
    304-766-7506—Barb Koster; 304-343-3779 (KTC); www.kanawhatrailclub.org/
    Come and enjoy Kanawha State Forest from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. What better fun than to celebrate the arrival of springtime with a campfire in the forest, s’mores, and hot chocolate?

    April 11: Run for the River Triathlon, Tornado 
    304-722-3055; info@coalrivergroup.com; bike1@suddenlink.net; www.coalrivergroup.com
    The race will consist of a 3-mile run within Meadowood Park, an 8-mile bike ride from Tornado to Alum Creek, a 7-mile paddle from Alum Creek back to Meadowood Park, and a quick 1/4-mile run back to the finish line at the CRG River Center. Pre-registrations for the Run for the River Triathlon will be handled through www.tristateracer.com. 

    April 11: Uniquely West Virginia Wine and Food, Berkeley Springs
    304-258-9147; www.berkeleysprings.com  
    Sample and buy dozens of state-grown products, including West Virginia wines and enjoy a weekend of dining events, music and activities around town. 

    April 11-12: 2015 Webster Wildwater Weekend, Baker's Island Recreation Area, Webster Springs 
    304 847-2145 (day); 304 847-7653 (evenings); wcda@websterwv.com; www.visitwebsterwv.com 
    Top whitewater racers come from throughout the region to compete, but novice paddlers also travel from miles around to race, have fun and enjoy the festival atmosphere. Activities include a downriver race, fun floats, live music and more.

    Find your adventure in West Virginia at www.GoToWV.com or by calling 800-CALL-WVA. You can also join the conversation and share your wild, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.

    posted Monday, March 16, 2015 aP 4:36 PM
     

  21. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Launches New Spring TV Ad Campaign During Sweet 16 WVU-KY Game

    @GoToWV one of the first Twitter users to beta test promoted videos  

    AD SPOT: http://bit.ly/1xCvcJU

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (March 26, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia will launch its spring ad campaign during the Sweet 16 matchup between West Virginia University and the University of Kentucky. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Sweet 16 matchup will air at 9:45 p.m. Thursday on CBS.

    “Folks from across the nation will be tuned in to March Madness, which provides a terrific opportunity for us to showcase West Virginia’s beauty and the importance of reconnecting with family in the great outdoors,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “Of course, I’m also thrilled to root for the home team. Let’s go, Mountaineers!”

    The ad spot features a family camping trip as told from the viewpoint of a child. The Mountain State offers an abundance of family-friendly recreational activities, including whitewater rafting, float trips, fishing, zip line canopy tours, and hundreds of miles of rail trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
    The ad spot also is currently being featured, in rotation, on Twitter as part of a promoted videos beta test. The content will be shared with users in our market areas, including West Virginia, surrounding states, North Carolina and Washington D.C. 

    To watch the video on YouTube, click here or search for “West Virginia GoToWV Kids TV Ad.” 

    Find your adventure in West Virginia at www.GoToWV.com or by calling 800 CALL WVA. You can also join the conversation and share your wild, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.

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  24. Spring forest fire season starts Sunday, March 1, 2015


    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Forestry reminds residents that the state’s spring forest fire season starts March 1, 2015, and runs through May 31, 2015. During these three months, daytime burning is prohibited from the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outdoor burning is permitted only between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 a.m.    

    State law requires a ring or safety strip around outdoor fires to keep the fire from spreading into the woods. This safety strip must be cleared of all burnable material and be at least 10 feet wide completely around the debris pile.           

    Additional requirements of the state’s fire laws include staying on-site until the fire is extinguished and burning only vegetative materials like leaves, brush and yard clippings.
    If you allow a fire you have started to escape and it causes a wildfire or forest fire, you will be subject to fines ranging from $100 to $1,000. An additional civil penalty of $200 also will be assessed.
    The Division of Forestry offers these tips for safe outdoor burning:

    • Burn only after 5 p.m. — it’s the law — and put your fire out completely by 7 a.m.
    • Put debris in several small piles instead of one large one.
    • Never burn on dry, windy days.
    • Select a safe place away from overhead power lines, phone lines or other obstructions and where the fire cannot spread into the woods or weedy or brushy areas.
    • Clear at least a 10-foot area around the fire and make sure the area is clear of all burnable material.
    • Have water and tools on hand to extinguish anything that may escape the burn area.
    • Be conscientious of neighbors and don’t burn debris that produces a lot of smoke at times when smoke does not rise. If the smoke spreads out near the ground instead of rising put out the fire and burn another time.
    • Stay with the fire at all times until it is completely out. Leaving a fire unattended for any length of time is illegal.
    • Call 911 immediately if a fire does escape.
    • Contact local city government offices for possible burning ordinances when burning within city limits.

    Burning permits that allow burning during the restricted times may be obtained by public utilities and people burning in conjunction with commercial, manufacturing, mining or like activities. These burning permits cost $125 each and are issued by local Division of Forestry offices.  A permit is required for each site where this type of burning takes place.  Burning permits may also be obtained for agricultural purposes. No fee is required for permits issued for burning for agricultural purposes. Burning permits are not issued for burning of yard waste such as leaves, twigs and branches. 
    To find out more about West Virginia’s burning laws and where to obtain a burning permit, visit the Division of Forestry’s website at www.wvforestry.com.

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    News Release: Feb. 27, 2015   

    Contact:  Leslie Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov

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  25. Order Seedlings Now for Spring Planting

    West Virginia Department of Commerce nursery sells native and genetically suitable trees

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials at Clements State Tree Nursery are taking orders for seedlings for the 2015 spring planting season. Customers can order seedlings via the online storefront, www.wvcommerce.org/ClementsNursery, or by calling 304-675-1820. Trees are shipped by mail or available for pickup at the facility in West Columbia, 11 miles north of Point Pleasant.

    Clements Nursery is West Virginia’s only forest tree nursery, selling bare-root seedlings to in-state customers and those in neighboring states. Seedlings are grown from seed sources within West Virginia and surrounding states and are either native trees or ones genetically suitable for planting in the region.

    Among this year’s inventory are tulip poplar, redbud, sugar maple and sycamore. The nursery has six species of oak for sale: white, red, chestnut, sawtooth, Chinkapin and English. Two species of evergreens, Scotch pine and Norway spruce, also are available.

    All trees are bare-root seedlings and are 1-2 years old. Seedlings are sold in bundles of 25. Prices depend on the number of seedlings ordered, and there is a 30 percent discount offered on orders of 5,000 or more.

    The nursery will accept orders through April 30, 2015.

    Order online at www.wvcommerce.org/ClementsNursery or call 304-675-1820.

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    News Release: March 13, 2015              

    Contact:  Leslie Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov

     

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  26. Variety of Oaks Available from West Virginia State Tree Nursery

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Few trees are as versatile and resilient as the mighty oak. Oaks come in a variety of species and sizes from the massive white oak with its majestic crown and high-quality lumber to the relatively small-growing English oak, a prolific acorn producer.

    Clements State Tree Nursery, West Virginia’s only forest tree nursery, has six species of oak available this year for planting in spring of 2015. All trees are bare-root seedlings and are 1-2 years old. Seedlings are sold in bundles of 25. Prices depend on the number of seedlings ordered, and there is a 30 percent discount offered on orders of 5,000 or more. The nursery will accept orders through April 30, 2015.

    Please note, because all oak species listed below grow to a mature height taller than 25-30 feet, they should never be planted under or near utility lines.

    White oak reaches a height of 100 feet or more. The white oak’s leaves turn red or brown in autumn and often stay attached to the tree in winter. It is a slow-growing tree and one of the most valuable timber trees in the state. White oak acorns are excellent mast for livestock and wildlife.

    The red oak has a rounded crown that turns an eye-catching shade of red in the fall. Great as a shade or ornamental tree, red oak also is of commercial value and its wood is used in furniture, flooring, crossties and fence posts. Red oaks grow 75-100 feet tall.

    Chestnut, Chinkapin and sawtooth oaks are medium-sized trees. Chestnut oaks grow 60 to 90 feet tall and are great for planting on rocky ridges. Chestnut oak lumber is used to make crossties and fence posts. Chinkapin oaks grow to a height of 70 to 80 feet and are highly valued for their excellent acorn production. Sawtooth oaks grow to heights of 40 to 60 feet and have a pyramidal shape.

    English oak is a relatively small oak, usually growing 30-40 feet in height and width. It is an excellent acorn producer and likes well-drained soil and full sun.

    Order online at www.wvcommerce.org/ClementsNursery or call 304-675-1820.

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    News Release: March 13, 2015              

    Contact:  Leslie Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov

     

     

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