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  1. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for Aug. 28 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, Aug. 28, 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 WVSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.



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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 6, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, August 6, 2015 aA 9:23 AM
     

  2. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Wood County

    Register for  Aug. 27 session on Business Fundamentals

    PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27, in Wood 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 and Community Education Building on the main campus of West Virginia University-Parkersburg, 300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg.

    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 WVSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR RELEASE: Aug. 6, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, August 6, 2015 aA 9:38 AM
     

  3. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for Aug. 27 session on Business Fundamentals

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Aug. 27, 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.

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, visit
    http://www.wvsbdc.org/ and click “Training Calendar” or contact business coach Terry Cyfers, 304-957-2084, terry.l.cyfers@wv.gov.  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 WVSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 6, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, August 6, 2015 aA 9:51 AM
     

  4. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for August 28 session on Business Fundamentals

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Friday August 28, 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.

    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, 304-932-3816. 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: August 10, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Monday, August 10, 2015 aP 4:21 PM
     

  5. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Upshur County

    Register for Sept. 3 session on Business Fundamentals

    Buckhannon, WV — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 3 in Upshur 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 Upshur County Development Authority located at 30 E Main St., Buckhannon.

    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 Susie Higgins at 304-472-1757 or email susannah.v.higgins@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 WVSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR RELEASE: Aug. 14, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Friday, August 14, 2015 aA 9:46 AM
     

  6. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Monongalia County

    Register for Aug. 27 session on Business Fundamentals

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Aug. 27, in Monongalia 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 WVSBDC office, West Virginia University, Chestnut Ridge Research Building, 886 Chestnut Ridge Road, Morgantown.  

    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, get financing and develop a business plan. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop.

    Registration is required. To register, visit the WVSBDC website www.wvsbdc.org and click on “training calendar” or contact Sharon Stratton, 304-293-5839, Sharon.J.Stratton@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 Morgantown WVSBDC is hosted by the WVU Research Corporation. 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: Aug. 17, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Monday, August 17, 2015 aP 12:19 PM
     

  7. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Logan County

    Register for Sept. 15 session on business fundamentals

    MOUNT GAY, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 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, Building B, Room 227, 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.

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, visit www.wvsbdc.org and click “Training Calendar” or contact business coach Doug Spaulding, 304-957-2017, douglas.c.spaulding@wv.gov. 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 WVSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 25, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, August 25, 2015 aA 11:14 AM
     

  8. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Hampshire County

    Register for Sept. 16 session on business fundamentals

    ROMNEY, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16, 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 Monday, Sept. 14, 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 WVSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 26, 2015
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015 aA 11:46 AM
     

  9. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Raleigh County

    Register for Sept. 16 session on Business Fundamentals

    BECKLEY, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Raleigh 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, 299 New River Drive, Beckley.

    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 WVSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR RELEASE: Aug. 26, 2015
    CONTACT: Joe Carlucci, 304-767-8127, joseph.f.carlucci@wv.gov
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015 aP 1:52 PM
     

  10. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County


    Register for Sept. 24 session on Business Fundamentals


    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Sept. 24, 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.

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, visit www.wvsbdc.org and click “Training Calendar” or contact business coach Terry Cyfers, 304-957-2084, terry.l.cyfers@wv.gov.  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 WVSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 2, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015 aA 10:50 AM
     

  11. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Wood County


    Register for Sept. 26 session on Business Fundamentals

    VIENNA, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, in Wood 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 Vienna, Public Library, 2300 River Road, Vienna.

    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 WVSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept 2, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015 aA 10:56 AM
     

  12. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Monongalia County

    Register for Sept. 24 session on Business Fundamentals

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Sept. 24, in Monongalia 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 WVSBDC office, West Virginia University, Chestnut Ridge Research Building, 886 Chestnut Ridge Road, Morgantown.  

    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. The discussion will also cover developing business plans. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop.

    To register, visit the WVSBDC website www.wvsbdc.org and click on “training calendar” or contact Sharon Stratton, 304-293-5839, Sharon.J.Stratton@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 Morgantown WVSBDC is hosted by the WVU Research Corporation. 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: Sept. 2, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015 aP 1:54 PM
     

  13. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County


    Register for Sept. 25 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, Sept. 25, 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 WVSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.


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    FOR RELEASE: Sept. 4, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Friday, September 4, 2015 aA 10:17 AM
     

  14. Governor Tomblin proclaims August 15-22, 2015 West Virginia Craft Beer Week

    Participants encouraged to submit events to http://wvcbw.com/#contact

    Proclamation:   Click to enlarge

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (August 13, 2015) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proclaimed August 15 - 22, 2015 as West Virginia Craft Beer Week, an eight-day celebration of the state’s local craft breweries, pubs and restaurants.  Wild, Wonderful West Virginia encourages participants to submit local events to: http://wvcbw.com/#contact.  

    “Craft beer is one of the fastest-growing niche markets in the state, and I am pleased to see the industry have this opportunity to market and celebrate their product,” Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said. “West Virginia is full of distinctive destinations and experiences and Craft Beer Week will help bring attention to this unique community -- just one of the many things that make West Virginia truly wild and wonderful.”

    The week kicks off with Rails and Ales in Huntington and Mountaineer Brewfest in Wheeling.  Dozens of events will take place across the state, highlighting the rapidly growing brewing industry and helping educate visitors about the diverse offerings of the craft beer community. Craft Beer Week concludes with the Brew Skies Festival in Davis, West Virginia.

    “Craft Beer Week provides us with a unique opportunity to support our local businesses and showcase Real. Mountain Flavor,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “Whether your first encounter with the Mothman is at Greenbrier Valley Brewing or you're grabbing a sandwich and a craft beer at the oldest brewery in the Mountain State, North End Tavern & Brewery in Parkersburg--it’s the Real. experiences that keep folks coming back, time and again.”  

    Event listings may be found on the West Virginia Craft Beer Week website (www.WVCBW.com) and businesses are encouraged to submit their event information at www.wvcbw.com/#contact.

    Across the country, interest in locally brewed beer has skyrocketed. National sales of craft beer rose 18 percent in 2014 and West Virginia breweries alone allocated for $118.2 million in sales in 2012. The passage of the West Virginia Craft Beer Bill, introduced by Governor Tomblin during his 2015 State of the State address, has helped local establishments flourish by relieving local breweries of licensing and distribution restrictions and reinstating the sale of growlers.

    Real. Excitement * Real. Family Time * Real. Mountain Flavor * Real. Adventure * Real. Fun * Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.  You can find it here.  Call 800-CALL WVA or visit GoToWV.com.  Share your Real. West Virginia stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #GoToWV and #RealWV.

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    posted Friday, August 14, 2015 aA 10:44 AM
     

  15. Adventure Advisory: Culture, Crafts and Communities

    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. Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit items electronically at http://GoToWV.com/partners/.

    Sept. 4-6: Blue and Gray Days Civil War Re-enactment, St. Mary’s
    304-684-3208; 304-299-0991; haddox99@suddenlink.net; https://www.facebook.com/smbluegraydays?fref=ts
    Activities include a barn dance, Ladies’ Tea on Saturday, bluegrass music by The Tower Street String Band, and a battle on Main Street. Friday is School Day for kids to learn and observe about Civil War history. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Events are free for both re-enactors and the public. 

    Sept. 3-6: West Virginia Hillbilly Days, Lincoln County Memorial Fairgrounds, Hamlin
    304-549-7301; www.lcfairsandfestivals.com; www.facebook.com/LCFairsAndFestivals
    Activities and attractions include concessions, vendors, arts and crafts, quilt show, baked goods contest, home-grown veggies contest (canned and fresh), inflatables, bungee jump, chain saw carving, petting zoo, monster trucks, mud run, horse show, live musical entertainment and more.

    Sept. 4-5: Tribute to the River, Riverfront Park in Point Pleasant
    304-674-0144; 304-675-6788; museum@pprivermuseum.com; www.pprmuseum.com
    Attractions and activities include a tow boat tour, line throw, cornhole contests with cash prizes, children’s games Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., inflatables, 50/50 drawing, concessions, entertainments and much more. Free admission.

    Sept. 4-6: 10th Annual Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta, Heritage Port, Wheeling
    800-828-3097; www.wheelingvintageregatta.com
    The event features races with vintage raceboats and hydroplanes throughout the day along with live music and radio-controlled airplane shows by the Ohio Valley Hillhoppers. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:45 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Heats are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon and again at 2 p.m. until the heats are completed.

    Sept. 4-6: 37th West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, Main Street, Clarksburg
    304-622-7314; wvihf@wvihf.com; www.wvihf.com
    The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival offers events, authentic Italian cuisine and fun and games for people of all ages. The event features top-named entertainers on the main stage and a special children’s area and stage for the youngsters.

    Sept. 4-6: Jackson’s Mill Jubilee, Weston
    800-296-7329; 304-269-7328; 304-269-4988; 304-269-6131; 304-269-2092; dsgar67@gmail.com; www.jacksonsmilljubilee.net; www.stonewallcountry.com/jubilee.html 
    Attractions and activities include folk dancing, live music, arts and crafts, historical encampments, a Hillbilly Zip Line, chainsaw carving, grist mill demonstrations, horse and carriage rides, antique tractors and engines and more.

    Sept. 4-6: Jane Lew Firemen’s Arts and Crafts Festival, Jane Lew
    304-269-7328; tour@stonewallcountry.com; kgeer@stonewallcountry.com; www.stonewallcountry.com/jane-lew-arts-festival.html
    Over 200 contemporary and heritage crafters will feature works in glass, wood, leather, jewelry, dolls, dried and silk flowers, baskets, ceramics, soaps, candles, paintings, honey, jams and jellies and more.

    Sept. 5: 5th Annual Heritage Farm’s Cast-Iron Cook-off, Huntington
    304-522-1244; 304-544-6948; info@heritagefarmmuseum.com; Joshua.sowards@gmail.com; www.heritagefarmmuseum.com
    Appalachian ingredients entice chefs to prepare the finest of country cuisines. Come taste and see why this is a local attraction that brings in the crowd! Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Sept. 5: Charles Town Car Show, Charles Town
    304-725-2311; 304-724-3862; www.charlestownwv.us
    Downtown streets will be closed to allow the display of hundreds of classic cars, shopping and great food.

    Sept. 5-6: Shepherdstown Community Club 1st Weekend Handmade Market, War Memorial Building, Shepherdstown
    304-995-3728; creativeartandsoul@gmail.com; http://facebook.com/scchandmademarket
    The market is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Featured arts and crafts include pottery, fine art, woodcraft, housewares, jewelry, fiber art, specialty food and more. Some sellers will participate each weekend while others will rotate in and out, so you will see something new each month.

    Sept. 10-12: Pennsboro Country Roads Festival, Pennsboro Speedway, Pennsboro
    304-299-0101; 304-659-3555; crfpdirector@yahoo.com; pennsborocountryroadsfestival@yahoo.com
    The theme for this year’s festival is “Time Warp.” Activities include pageants, carnival rides, parade, clogging and square dancing, cake walks, craft and flea market, hot dog eating contest, talent show, live music and more.

    Sept. 10-13: 12th Annual Culturefest World Music and Arts Festival, Appalachian South Folk Life Center, Pipestem
    304-425-6425; 800-221-3206; http://www.culturefestwv.com/
    Music groups from all over the East Coast travel to this festival that focuses on multicultural celebrations of music, art, ethnic foods and dance. 

    Sept. 11-12: Nicholas County Potato Festival, Summersville
    866-716-0448; info@summersvillecvb.com; www.nicholascountypotatofestival.com
    Activities and attractions include a potato display/auction, contests, live music featuring headliner Bucky Covington, amusement rides, pet pageant, parades, car show, 5K Spud Run/Walk, Potato Idol Talent Search, fireworks and more.

    Sept. 11-13: 25th Annual West Virginia Black Heritage Festival, Clarksburg
    304-641-9963; 304-622-2157; http://www.wvbhf.com/
    This event features live music from Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Review and The Intruders; unique crafts and gifts; and lots of food and family fun.

    Sept. 11-13: Hancock County Oldtime Fair, Tomlinson Run State Park, New Manchester
    304-564-3651; 877-723-7114; danny@topofwv.com; http://www.topofwv.com/ai1ec_event/hancock-county-oldtime-fair-3/?instance_id=7598
    Featured events include a tractor parade, live entertainment and Barnyard Olympics—sack races, skillet tosses, seed spitting, stick horse race and several food-related contests.

    Sept. 12: Festival of Colors—World’s Happiest Event, Palace of Gold in Moundsville
    304-843-1812; info@festivalofcolors.us; info@MarshallCountyTourism.com; www.facebook.com/festivalofcolor; www.festivalofcolors.us
    Festival of Colors is a family-friendly Indian cultural event promoting peace, love, and unity. The Festival of Colors is an exuberant festival complete with food, music, dance and throwing of organic colored powders. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Sept. 12-13: 17th Annual Elizabethtown Festival, Moundsville
    304-845-6200; festival@wvpentours.com; www.wvpentours.com
    This event features turn-of-the-century crafts such as basket making, quilting, sewing and weaving, scissor paper cuttings and blacksmith skills. Educational exhibits include old-time working tools, a covered wagon and a pen of goats where you can see demonstrations of goat milk candy and soap making.

    Sept. 12-13: Helvetia Community Fair, Helvetia
    304-924-9247; www.helvetiafair.com; https://www.facebook.com/helvetiafair?fref=ts 
    Celebrate the rich culture and history of this small Swiss community with a parade, horseshoe contest, 10K Mountain Run, Kid’s Mountain Run,  Swiss folk dancing, Fahnenschwingen (Swiss flag swinging), Alphorn playing, yodeling, field games, relays, arts and crafts and a square dance.

    Real. Excitement * Real. Family Time * Real. Mountain Flavor * Real. Adventure * Real. Fun * Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.  You can find it here.  Call 800-CALL WVA or visit GoToWV.com.  Share your Real. West Virginia stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #GoToWV and #RealWV.

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  16. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Seeks Nominations for 2015 Stars of the Industry Awards

    Entry deadline September 10, 2015

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (August 19, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia seeks nominations for the 2015 Stars of the Industry Awards. Winners will be recognized at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism: Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia October 25-28, 2015 at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling.

    “The Stars of the Industry Awards recognize  the wonderful work our travel and tourism industry partners are doing to promote all that is wild and wonderful in West Virginia,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “I encourage you to nominate these hardworking and creative folks and their respective projects.

    Nominations are being sought for the following Advertising / Public Relations Categories: Overall Advertising Campaign, Overall Marketing Campaign, Print Article, Print Photography Layout, Broadcast, Website and Social Media in addition to the following Industry Recognition Categories: Spirit of West Virginia Award, Mountain State Award, West Virginia Tourism Professional of the Year Award and West Virginia Tourism Oshel Craigo Lifetime Achievement Award.  

    Visit http://gotowv.com/2015-governors-conference-registration/ to download an entry form and view rules for entry. All submissions should be sent with the entry form to:

    Jane Bostic
    Wild, Wonderful West Virginia
    90 MacCorkle Ave. SW
    South Charleston, WV  25303.

    For questions, contact Jane Bostic at 304-957-9346 or Jane.M.Bostic@wv.gov. Entry deadline is September 10, 2015.

    Real. Excitement * Real. Family Time * Real. Mountain Flavor * Real. Adventure * Real. Fun * Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.  You can find it here.  Call 800-CALL WVA or visit GoToWV.com.  Share your Real. West Virginia stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #GoToWV and #RealWV.

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  17. Registration Open for 2015 Governor's Conference on Tourism: Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia

    Event October 25-28, 2015 at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (August 19, 2015) – Registration is now open for the 2015 Governor’s Conference on Tourism: Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, October 25-28 at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling.

    “The Governor’s Conference on Tourism provides a great opportunity for our partners to network and pool our resources to make Wild, Wonderful West Virginia the ultimate travel destination,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “I encourage folks to come catch up on the latest trends and issues facing our industry.”

    Topics this year include:

    • Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Campaign
    • Research
    • Food, Farm, and Spirits
    • Customer Service
    • Accessible Tourism
    • Film
    • Multi Media
    • The Power of Partnerships
    • Signage
    • U.S. Travel Association – Project Time Off

    The annual conference is sponsored by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, the West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association and the West Virginia Association of Conventions and Visitor Bureaus.

    To register for the conference visit http://gotowv.com/2015-governors-conference-registration/.  

    For more information, contact Jane Bostic at 304-957-9346 or Jane.M.Bostic@wv.gov.

    Real. Excitement * Real. Family Time * Real. Mountain Flavor * Real. Adventure * Real. Fun * Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.  You can find it here.  Call 800-CALL WVA or visit GoToWV.com.  Share your Real. West Virginia stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #GoToWV and #RealWV.
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  18. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Releases Real. Wheeling and Ohio Valley Vignette

    New video is fourth in a series of regional vignettes produced as part of the Real. Campaign

    Real. VIDEO: https://youtu.be/3oazAa0XIIg

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (August 19, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia has released the Real. Wheeling and Ohio Valley video, the fourth in a series of regional vignettes produced as part of the Real. campaign.  

    “Wheeling and the Ohio Valley offer a unique set of Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia destinations and experiences,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “This video has special meaning to me having grown up in Wheeling.  The Northern Panhandle has a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities, a thriving music scene and a wide variety of culinary hot spots.”

    “Wheeling, West Virginia has always been the wonderful in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia,” Executive Director of the Wheeling and Ohio County Convention and Visitors Bureau Frank O’Brien said. “We are so excited for the launch of the video. Now everyone will see why we are all so proud to call Wheeling and the Northern Panhandle home.”

    This is the fourth in the Real. series produced by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia. Earlier videos showcased Charleston and Huntington, Jefferson County, and Braxton and Lewis counties. The series, a part of the Real. campaign, celebrates the destinations and experiences that can be found in the Mountain State.

    Real. Excitement * Real. Family Time * Real. Mountain Flavor * Real. Adventure * Real. Fun * Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.  You can find it here.  Call 800-CALL WVA or visit GoToWV.com.  Share your Real. West Virginia stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #GoToWV and #RealWV.

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  19. Adventure Advisory: Fall Fair Days

    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. Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit items electronically at http://GoToWV.com/partners/.

    Sept. 11-13: Hancock County Oldtime Fair, Tomlinson Run State Park
    304-387-3052; cyconley@gmail.com
    The Hancock County Oldtime Fair hosts plenty of activities for the entire family--including live music, tractor games, barnyard Olympics, baked goods contest and auction, car show and firemen competition. Many local vendors will be onsite with homemade crafts and goods.

    Sept. 17-19: 12th Annual Wheeling Heritage Port Sternwheeler Festival, Wheeling
    800-828-3907; olitman@wheelingcvb.com; http://www.sternwheeling.org/?utm_source=Tourism&utm_medium=Link&utm_campaign=Tourism
    Wheeling’s three-day festival includes live entertainment consisting of music, variety shows, motorcycle stunts, fireworks and more. There will also be food, merchandise and craft vendors, children’s activities, and of course, sternwheeler boats!

    Sept. 17-19: Barboursville Fall Fest, Barboursville
    304-733-1500; bbeasley@barboursville.org; www.facebook.com/BvilleFallFest
    Fall Fest offers a variety of activities for all ages including a parade, kid zone, car show, artisan vendors, food vendors, professional entertainment, carnival and festival pageant.  

    Sept. 17-20: 47th Annual Treasure Mountain Festival—“Jewel in the Mountains,” Franklin
    304-358-3298; http://tmf.squarespace.com/
    Activities and attractions include a flea market, art show, live music, apple butter and cider making, antique cars and trucks, beard and mustache contest, cornhole tournament, grand parade, heritage craft demonstrators, children’s games and contests, historical walking and driving tours, puppet show and more.

    Sept. 19: Mountain Brews and BBQ Festival, Franklin
    304-358-3110; mtnbrewsbbq@gmail.com; http://www.mountainbrewsbbq.com
    This family-friendly, free community event features a BBQ competition, live music by regional bands, and craft brews from the Mountain State. Hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Sept. 19-20: 14th Annual Mothman Festival, Point Pleasant
    304-812-5211; jeffdwamsley@gmail.com; http://www.mothmanfestival.com
    The Mothman Festival is an annual commemoration of the visit of the mysterious “Mothman” as described in John A. Keel’s book, “The Mothman Prophecies,” and the 2002 feature film. The festival features a wide variety of vendors and merchants; live local music, tram tours, museum tours, hay rides, delicious food and a family-friendly atmosphere.

    Sept. 19-20: 25th Grape Stompin’ Festival, Summersville
    888-498-9463; www.kirkwood-wine.com
    Activities include wine tours and tastings, grape stomping, horse and buggy rides, hog roast, cloggers, multiple door prize drawings, food and craft vendors, and live music featuring the Davisson Brothers.

    Sept. 19-20: 53rd Harvest Moon Arts and Crafts Festival, Parkersburg,
    304-424-7311; info@woodrecreation.com; www.woodrecreation.com
    This juried craft show features more than 175 artisans, art-and-craft demonstrations, live entertainment and food.

    Sept. 19-20: Country Roads Festival, Ansted
    800-927-0263; www.newrivergorgecvb.com
    This annual event set at Hawks Nest State Park features a variety of arts and crafts, live music and great food.

    Sept. 20: 35th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration, Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown
    304-846-2551; svc@shepherdstowninfo.com; info@bavarianinnwv.com; www.bavarianinnwv.com
    This annual outdoor celebration features German food, desserts, beer and wine, arts and crafts, jewelry and other vendors, children’s moon bounce, tapping of the beer ceremony, and performances by the Edelweiss Band and The Bavarian Dance Club of Washington, D.C. Hours are from noon to 6 p.m.

    Sept. 20: D Street Art and Music Series presents Molly O’Brien, LaBelle Theatre, South Charleston
    304-661-0655; 304-744-971
    “D Street Art and Music Series” presents Molly O'Brien at the Historic LaBelle Theater. Molly is an Americana, bluegrass, R&B and folk singer from Wheeling. She will be joined by her brother, Grammy winner Tim O'Brien. Doors open at 6 p.m. with an art show, followed by the concert at 7 p.m.

    Sept. 24-26: Chapmanville Apple Butter Festival, Chapmanville
    304-784-6234; 304-855-8478; https://www.facebook.com/chapmanvilleapplebutterfestival; cvillessallys@suddenlinkmail.com
    Attractions and activities will include a carnival, craft and food vendors, baking contest, apple butter contest, talent show, lip sync contest, and a pet show. Live music includes Liam Farley – local 5-year-old fiddle player, block party with DJ Bill France, many local bands, and Saturday evening’s headline performer, Cody Wickline.

    Sept. 24-27: 74th Annual Preston County Buckwheat Festival—“Where Communities Come Together”, Kingwood
    304-282-1940; dkuhn@frontier.net; www.buckwheatfest.com
    Celebrate the harvest with a carnival, arts and crafts, buckwheat cakes and sausage dinners, live music, Irish Road Bowling, livestock exhibits, wood carving exhibition, Firemen’s Parade, School Day Parade, Farmer’s Day Parade, 12th Annual Lumberjack Competition, car show, lots of food and more.

    Sept. 25-27: 40th Annual Fall Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival, Sam Michael’s Park, Shenandoah Junction
    800-624-0577; http://jeffersoncountywvchamber.org/festival/
    Meet approximately 200 artisans and crafters demonstrating and showcasing their work at this nationally acclaimed festival. Featured activities include wine tastings, food samplings and live bluegrass music. Children’s activities include make-and-take crafts, face painting and balloon sculpting.

    Sept. 25-27: Capon Bridge Founders Day Festival, Capon Bridge
    304-856-1118; cbfoundersday@frontier.com; mcmasterpb@aol.com; www.cbfoundersdayfestival.com
    Activities and attractions include food and craft booths, Friday night concert, a car show, 5K Run, chili cook-off, lumberjack competition, children’s activities, historical presentations and demonstrations, apple butter making, live musical entertainment and much more.

    Sept. 25-27: Leaf Peepers Festival, Davis
    800-782-2775; www.canaanvalley.org
    Davis hosts its Annual Fall Colors Golf Tournament, the 2K/5K Run for It, Oktoberfest, Car Show, inflatable amusements, the ever-famous Duck Race, Appalachian Food and Craft Fair, car show, live music and more.

    Sept. 25-27: Volcano Days, Waverly
    304-679-3611; mountwoodinfo@mountwoodpark.org; www.mountwoodpark.org
    Activities and attractions include an antique steam and gas engine show, pageants, crafters, vendors, music, model railroad display, kiddie tractor pulls, food and much more.

    Sept. 26: WV Roadkill Cook-Off/West Virginia Biscuit Bake-Off/27th Autumn Harvest Festival/ Hammons Music Festival, Marlinton
    800-336-7009; http://www.pocahontascountywv.com
    Competitors rally in downtown Marlinton to find out who has the best recipe for wild game and biscuits. The event also features arts and crafts vendors. Before departing for the day, be sure to stop in at the Pocahontas County Opera House for some foot-stomping music at the Hammons Musical Heritage Celebration.

    Sept. 26 – Oct. 4: 79th Mountain State Forest Festival—“Spark the Senses”, Elkins
    304-636-1824; msff@forestfestival.com; http://www.forestfestival.com/
    Rich in tradition, the festival features headline concerts and music shows, lumberjack competition, forestry and wood exhibits, juried art show, photography exhibit, quilt show, arts and crafts, amusement rides, three parades and the Royal Coronation of Queen Silvia.

    Sept. 27: Cranberry Shindig, Cranberry Nature Center, Hillsboro
    304-653-4826; 800-336-7009; www.pocahontascountywv.com
    Demonstrations and goods include blacksmithing, spinning wheel, fly tying, wood sculptures, homemade soap, fudge, honey, maple syrup, traditional music and dance, food and more. Visitors are encouraged to bring a chair and spend the day on the lawn enjoying the fall colors. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Sept. 30 – Oct. 4: Charleston Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop, Charleston
    888-4-DooWop; 304-543-8082; http://www.Charlestonwvcarshow.com
    One of the premier car shows in the Eastern USA features 1,000 show cars. Additional attractions and activities include arts and crafts, poker walk, daily 50/50 drawing, lighted boat parade, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits on the Boulevard for photos and autographs, food and more.

    Real. Excitement * Real. Family Time * Real. Mountain Flavor * Real. Adventure * Real. Fun * Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.  You can find it here.  Call 800-CALL WVA or visit GoToWV.com.  Share your Real. West Virginia stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #GoToWV and #RealWV.

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  22. Ginseng Digging Season Starts Sept. 1

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s 2015 ginseng digging season starts Tuesday, Sept. 1 and runs through Monday, Nov. 30. The native herb grows in all of the state’s 55 counties and is ready to harvest when its berries turn red.

    West Virginia state law requires “sengers,” those who dig the root, to harvest only plants with three or more prongs, indicating the plant is at least 5 years old. The number of prongs indicates the age of the plant. Another way to determine the age of a ginseng plant is to look at the base of the plant stem, where “bud scars” occur. A 5-year-old ginseng root will have at least four scars. The first year does not produce a scar on the root.

    In addition, sengers are required to replant the berries/seeds from the parent plant in the spot where they harvested it to help continue the species.

    The following laws also apply to the harvesting of ginseng:

    • No permit is needed to dig wild ginseng. However, anyone digging ginseng on someone else’s property must carry written permission from the landowner allowing him or her to harvest ginseng on the property.
    • No digging is permitted in state forests, state parks or on other state-owned public lands. A permit to dig ginseng in the Monongahela National Forest may be obtained for a fee by calling 304-636-1800.
    • Diggers have until March 31 of each year to sell to a registered West Virginia ginseng dealer or have roots weight-receipted at one of the Division of Forestry weigh stations.
    • Possession of ginseng roots is prohibited from April 1 through Aug. 31 without a weight-receipt from the West Virginia Division of Forestry.
    • Ginseng must be certified before it leaves the state. Only registered dealers can obtain the proper certification to transport ginseng across state lines.

    Beginning Sept. 1, a list of registered ginseng dealers for 2015-2016 will be available in the ginseng section of www.wvforestry.com.

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    Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce (see attached photo): Ginseng plants are ready to harvest when their berries turn red. Plants with at least three prongs are old enough to harvest.

    News Release:  Aug. 31, 2015             

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

    Contact: Robin Black, 304-558-2788 ext. 51764, Robin.S.Black@wv.gov

    posted Monday, August 31, 2015 aA 10:55 AM