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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 Putnam County

    Register for Dec. 9 session on Business Fundamentals

    WINFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 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 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. 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: Nov. 18, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Monday, November 17, 2014 aP 4:03 PM
     

  3. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for Dec. 12 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, Dec. 12, 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: Nov. 20, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, November 25, 2014 aP 3:35 PM
     

  4. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for Dec. 18 session on Business Fundamentals

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Dec. 18, 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 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: Nov. 24, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, November 25, 2014 aP 3:38 PM
     

  5. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Ohio County

    Register for Jan. 6 session on Business Fundamentals

    WHEELING, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, 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: Dec. 16, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook:
    www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, December 16, 2014 aP 3:31 PM
     

  6. Take steps to protect your business against winter disaster

    WVSBDC urges businesses to get ready before adversity strikes

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The most effective way to weather winter woes is to be prepared in advance. The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) reminds business owners that preparation before a potential disaster is an effective first step toward recovery afterward.

    The U.S. Small Business Administration West Virginia District Office reports receiving three disaster loan claims so far in 2014. In 2013, they received 83.

    Lack of a disaster plan puts the business and the livelihood of its employees at risk. An estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety.

    “The WVSBDC has a statewide network of business coaches that help companies prepare strategically for growth and success,” says WVSBDC Director Kristina Oliver. “That includes planning for the unexpected. Disaster preparation is a critical element in that strategy.”

    WVSBDC coach Sam Payne is the “point person” for disaster preparedness coaching and training. Payne comes to WVSBDC with more than 25 years of business experience.

    “The best way to recover from disaster is to be prepared before it strikes. Be proactive,” says Payne. “Develop a plan of action now so your business and your staff will be ready in case of a severe winter storm interruption.”

    Payne recommends that businesses take basic steps such as:

    • Review your insurance. Check your policy to verify what your insurance covers – and for how much -- in case of damaging winter hazards.
    • Determine the greatest potential risks. Is your business property likely to be affected by loss of access due to icy conditions, water damage from burst pipes or other hazards? What would be the cost to your business if it had to be closed for several days – or weeks? What upgrades or maintenance could prevent or reduce potential damage?
    • Anticipate the failure of critical equipment, such as email server, key customer file server, heat or air conditioning. Determine how that would affect your business and assess options before a disaster.
    • Include information technology (IT) in disaster plans. Keep a current inventory of IT hardware, software and data. Keep essential software and data backed up. Store the backups where they will be safe and accessible when needed for restoration.
    •  Establish procedures. Outline instructions for restoring electrical services on an item-by-item basis. Develop a system for relocating salvageable and undamaged supplies. Set up protocols for emergency communications so employees, customers and vendors know what is going on. Make sure employees know their roles in putting the plan into action.
    • Identify who is responsible for what. Is the business owner or the landlord responsible for snow and ice removal? Who is in charge of ensuring equipment is properly insulated, lubricated and in good working condition for cold weather operation?
    • Keep essential contacts handy. Compile a list of the names and phone numbers of employees, insurance agents, vendors and emergency services. Keep the list in a place and a form that you’ll be able to access it at need.

    A disaster checklist can help businesses start planning and preparing effectively, Payne says. His presentations include planning checklists and similar resources available on the U.S. Small Business Administration website www.preparemybusiness.org/.

    The SBA offers disaster assistance through capital, counseling and contracting services. The SBA Disaster Loan Program helps fund the recovery of private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes.  

    For more on disaster planning, contact Sam Payne, 304-553-2805, samuel.f.payne@wv.gov.

    For information on other WVSBDC services and locations, visit WVSBDC.org or call the Business Ask Me! Line at 888-982-7232.

    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: Dec. 16, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, December 16, 2014 aP 3:39 PM
     

  7. Adventure Advisory: Holiday Festivities

    The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by the West Virginia Division of Tourism, 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.

    Now – Jan. 4: Winter Festival of Lights, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling 
    800-624-6988; 304-243-4066; marketing@oglebay-resort.com; www.oglebay-resort.com 
    This internationally-acclaimed holiday light show features more than a million lights on a 6-mile drive covering more than 300 acres. The Winter Festival of Lights is viewable Sunday through Thursday from dark until 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from dark until 11 p.m. 

    Nov. 21 – Dec. 31: Christmas Fantasy Light Show, Krodel Park, Point Pleasant 
    304-675-3844; msppdir@pointpleasantwv.org; www.masoncountytourism.org 
    This drive-through light show around Krodel Park features unique animated displays including Santa Claus, Santa’s workshop, gingerbread men, angels, the Mothman, and many more. 

    Nov. 22 – Dec. 31: Holiday in the Park, City Park and Southwood Park, Parkersburg 
    304-480-2655; info@parkersburgcvb.org 
    This holiday light drive-through display at two of the city parks is decorated in celebration of the season with colorful animated and still light displays.

    Nov. 24 – Dec. 31: Yuletide in the Park, Hurricane 
    304-562-0518 ext. 10 or 11; www.putnamcountycvb.com; www.putnamcountyparks.net  
    Come to Valley Park in Hurricane for this unique and old-fashioned celebration including animated displays. From Dec. 4-6, special activities and events will include horse-drawn wagon rides, caroling, hayrides, Santa visits, and lots of activities for all ages to enjoy. 

    Nov. 24 – Jan. 1: Winterfest at Cedar Lakes, Ripley 
    304-372-7860; info@cedarlakes.com; www.cedarlakes.com 
    Cedar Lakes features more than one million lights and computer animated displays. Winterfest is a month-long holiday event with a craft show, concerts and theater in a festive atmosphere. During Winterfest, lodging rates are half price at Cedar Lakes.

    Nov. 27: Shinnston Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, Pike Street, Shinnston 
    717-259-6280; mariegastonscholarship@gmail.com; www.shinnstonturkeytrot.com 
    This course is a 3.1 mile loop and will begin near the Shinnston Rail Trail head (Near Rite Aid and Auto Zone) on Pike Street. Walkers and runners will finish the 5K on the rail trail. 

    Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Buffet, North Bend State Park, Cairo
    304-643-2931; www.northbendsp.com 
    Visit North Bend and delight in all of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes without all the fuss of preparation. Hours are 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Reservations are encouraged.

    Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, Grand Vue Park, Moundsville 
    304-845-9810x403; reservations@GrandVuePark.com; www.grandvuepark.com 
    7th Annual Turkey Trot starting at 9 .am. at the Banquet Hall. 

    Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Dinner at Stonewall Resort, Roanoke
    304-269-8880; www.stonewallresort.com
    Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your family at Stonewall Resort. Stonewall’s Stillwater restaurant will serve a delicious spread, from crisp salads and farm table bounty, to favorite holiday desserts. For larger groups (8-14 people), private dining is available in the resort’s conference rooms.

    Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Feast at Historic McFarland House, Martinsburg
    304-263-1890; www.historicmcfarlandhouse.com 
    Leave the holiday hustle and bustle behind and savor the sweet and delectable tastes of a gourmet Thanksgiving dinner with all of the trimmings—and none of the hassle! Reservations required. 

    Nov. 27 – Dec. 31: Holiday Festival of Lights, Lotito Park, Bluefield 
    304-327-2449; 304-327-2401; info@cityofbluefield.com; info@visitmercercounty.com 
    Tour the beautiful park twinkling with 600,000 lights and wonderful scenes. Special weekend events include a scenic evening walk through the park, music, and a live nativity scene. The Holiday of Lights is open 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and from 6-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

    Nov. 27 – Jan. 1: Christmas in the Park, Chief Logan State Park, Logan 
    304-792-7125; www.chiefloganstatepark.com 
    Chief Logan State Park becomes a winter wonderland as the displays light up at dark and remains lighted until 10 p.m. each night. 

    Nov. 28 – Dec. 28: Celebration of Lights 2014, Morris Park, Fairmont 
    304-366-4550; tiffany@uwmarion.org;  www.celebrationoflightswv.com
    Drive through 1.3 miles of Christmas displays. Hours are 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 28 (weather permitting). Admission is $5 per car.

    Nov. 29: 21st Annual Holiday Historic Homes Tour, Fairmont 
    304-367-5398; marionhistorical@yahoo.com; www.marionhistorical.org 
    Tour 8-12 beautiful private historic homes are open to the public for this annual self-guided tour. Most are decorated for the holidays and some feature live music and/or refreshments. Hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Dec. 5-7: Annual 18th Century Christmas Market, Prickett’s Fort State Park
    304-363-3030; www.prickettsfort.org 
    Artisans will demonstrate and feature works for sale in Prickett Fort’s Visitor Center, as well as the historic area. Additionally, there will be hot wassail, period decorations and live music. Guided tours will be offered by costumed interpreters for visitors on a set schedule for half-price admission. 

    Dec. 6: Christmas All Around Hardy County—Moorefield/Mathias/Wardensville 
    304-897-8700; 304-874-3605; info@visithardy.com; www.visithardywv.com 
    Christmas will be happening all over Hardy County! Activities will include tree lightings, parade, live music, refreshments, a magic show, and Santa with gifts for children.

    Dec. 6: Heritage Farm Museum and Village—Way Back Weekend Holiday Market, Huntington 
    304-522-1244; hfmv@comcast.net; www.heritagefarmmuseum.com 
    Come and enjoy our Holiday Market where local artisans will be offering their creative handmade items for your holiday shopping. Hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

    Dec. 6-7: 15th Annual Victorian Christmas Home Tour and Tea, Juliana Street, Parkersburg 
    304-422-9861; sales@juliannsquare.org; www.juliannsquare.org 
    Five historic homes decked out in Christmas finery are showcased in this tour of Parkersburg’s Julia-Ann Square Historic District. Guides dressed in period attire will lead the tours and homeowners will share the history of their homes. Tours and tea will begin at the First United Methodist Church at 10th and Juliana Street at 1 p.m.

    Dec. 6-7 and 13-14: Colonial Christmas at Adam Stephen House, Martinsburg 
    304-267-4434; 304-264-8801; www.TravelWV.com 
    Observe holiday activities of colonial life in the historic house decorated with evergreens, live holiday music, and refreshments. Hours are 4-8 p.m.

    Dec. 13: Feast of the Seven Fishes, Monroe Street, Downtown Fairmont
    304-366-0468; sevenfishes@gmail.com; www.mainstreetfairmont.org 
    Celebrate an Italian Christmas Eve tradition with shopping, live music, cooking demos, fish, street market and more. Hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


    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 and wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV. 

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    posted Friday, November 21, 2014 aA 11:23 AM
     

  8. West Virginia Division of Tourism to Host “Go Outside and Ride the Train”

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (Dec. 12, 2014) – The West Virginia Division of Tourism today will host “Go Outside and Ride the Train” at the South Side Depot in Grant County, West Virginia.  Following an evening of caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a recitation of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” families will board the Snowflake Express train to Welton Park to view the Christmas Lights Festival.

    “Christmas is a magical time for children. The train ride with Santa transports them to a fairytale land where Santa lives, but we want adults to share in the magic, too,” said Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin. “We encourage everyone to channel their inner child and remember what it’s like to play outdoors.”
        
    West Virginia is home to several holiday-themed train rides including the Polar Express and Santa’s North Pole Express. Other train excursions run seasonally, including Cass Scenic Railroad during which guests can tour an old logging town; the New River Train, which runs fall leaf-peeping tours from Huntington to Hinton; the Potomac Eagle on which travelers are likely to see bald eagles; and the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad with its scenic trains that showcase beautiful mountain vistas.

    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 and wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.

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    posted Monday, December 15, 2014 aA 9:57 AM
     

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