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  1. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for July 24 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, July 24, 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: June 30, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015 aP 12:18 PM
     

  2. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Logan County

    Register for July 21 session on business fundamentals

    MOUNT GAY, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, 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 Dreama Wolfingbarger, 304-957-2083, dreama.l.wolfingbarger@wv.gov or 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 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 30, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, June 30, 2015 aP 12:31 PM
     

  3. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Putnam County

    Register for July 10 session on Business Fundamentals

    WINFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Friday July 10, 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, 304-932-3816. 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: July 1, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Wednesday, July 1, 2015 aA 9:51 AM
     

  4. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Jackson County

    Register for July 28 session on Business Fundamentals

    RIPLEY, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, July 28, 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 RELEASE: July 7, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, July 7, 2015 aP 3:45 PM
     

  5. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for July 30 session on Business Fundamentals

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 30, 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 Dreama Wolfingbarger, 304-957-2083, dreama.l.wolfingbarger@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 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: July 9, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Wednesday, July 8, 2015 aP 2:45 PM
     

  6. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Monongalia County

    Register for July 23 session on Business Fundamentals

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 23, 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: July 8, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Wednesday, July 8, 2015 aP 4:00 PM
     

  7. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Greenbrier County

    Register for July 29 session on Business Fundamentals

    MAXWELLTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, July 29, in Greenbrier 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 Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Authority building, 804 Industrial Park Road, Maxwellton.

    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 RELEASE: July 14, 2015
    CONTACT: Joe Carlucci, 304-767-8127, joseph.f.carlucci@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, July 14, 2015 aA 10:21 AM
     

  8. Amber Wilson selected as West Virginia’s 2015 State Star

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Small Business Coach Amber Wilson has been selected as West Virginia’s 2015 State Star for America’s Small Business Development Centers announced Kristina Oliver, state director of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC).

    Each year, the national organization recognizes an outstanding employee from each state’s participating SBDC. America’s SBDC will honor Wilson and 63 other Stars from each state and U.S. territory during the 35th annual national conference, Sept. 8-11, 2015 in San Francisco.

    “Amber Wilson’s selection as the 2015 State Star recognizes her exemplary performance and commitment to West Virginia’s small businesses,” said Oliver. “She shares her expertise in areas such as financial analysis, capital access and business planning with her clients and serves as an extremely valuable resource.”

    Wilson is a graduate of Marshall University with degrees in accounting and business management. She has been employed with the SBDC program in various states since 1992, as well as working in banking and economic development organizations. Wilson has been with the WVSBDC program since October 2003 and has served as a business coach, center manager and financial analyst. During her career, she has earned certifications as a Certified Business Analyst, Economic Development Finance Professional and NASBITE (formerly the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators) Certified Global Business Professional.

    Wilson also received the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Director of Excellence Award and the WVSBDC Million Dollar Capital Access recognition. Her WVSBDC office is based in Huntington.

    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: July 20, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov, 304-957-9340
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Monday, July 20, 2015 aA 10:53 AM
     

  9. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Fayette County

    Register for Aug. 12 session on Business Fundamentals

    OAK HILL, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12, in Fayette 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 City Council Board Room, 100 Kelly Avenue, Oak Hill.

    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: July 22, 2015
    CONTACT: Joe Carlucci, 304-767-8127, joseph.f.carlucci@wv.gov
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Wednesday, July 22, 2015 aA 9:29 AM
     

  10. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Hardy County

    Register for Aug. 13 session on business fundamentals

    MOOREFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, 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 WVSBDC office, Suite 2 conference room, 151 Robert C. Byrd Industrial Park Road, 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, Aug. 11. 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 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: July 23, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 aP 2:10 PM
     

  11. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Upshur County

    Register for Aug. 13 session on Business Fundamentals

    Buckhannon, WV — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13 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: July 23, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 aP 3:08 PM
     

  12. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Logan County

    Register for Aug. 18 session on business fundamentals

    MOUNT GAY, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 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: July 28, 2015
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, July 28, 2015 aA 11:09 AM
     

  13. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia announces winning #GoToWV_InstaMeet submissions

    Five participants receive Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia T-shirts designed by Kin Ship Goods  

    TOP 5 SUBMISSIONS:
        
    (Click on each to view on Instagram)

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (June 29, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia today announced the top five submissions from this weekend’s InstaMeet in Charleston. Instagrammers
    @jessi.wv, @clst91, @aye_ayoob, @davemistich and @missbly will each receive a Real. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia T-shirt designed by Kin Ship Goods.

    “I’d like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who shared their favorite FestivALL moments with the global community through Instagram,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.

    The event was hosted by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, the Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau and FestivALL Charleston.

    Photos from the event can be found on Instagram under the hashtags #GoToWV_InstaMeet and #RealWV at @GoToWV, @CharlestonWV and @FestivALL_CWV. 

    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 Tuesday, June 30, 2015 aP 4:37 PM
     

  14. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia hosts state Junior Golfers during The Greenbrier Classic

    Above: Junior golfer Samuel Romine of Martinsburg chats with his father, who is caddying for him. Photo courtesy of Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.

    LEWISBURG, West Virginia (June 29, 2015)Two of West Virginia’s top junior golfers, Samuel Romine and Colin Bowles, are participating in the Monday and Wednesday Greenbrier Classic PGA tournaments representing the State of West Virginia.

    Samuel Romine of Martinsburg joined today’s field of golfers, including West Virginia Amateur Sam O’Dell. Romine, the 2015 Callaway Player of the Year in the Mountain State, will attend Mt. Vernon Nazarene University in the fall to play golf and major in Health and Physical Education.

    “I started playing golf when I was 5 years old, thanks to my dad. I grew up playing with my granddad at Locust Hill Golf Course. I have learned a ton of valuable lessons playing golf, met a lot of great people, and made many memories that will last a lifetime,” Romine said.

    On Wednesday, 15-year old Colin Bowles, who completed his freshman year at Westside High School in Wyoming County, will join the field of professionals slated to participate in the tournament.

    “The State is proud to host and support our junior golfers during The Greenbrier Classic,” Commissioner of Tourism for Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “This is a great opportunity to showcase our state’s golf courses, highlight some of our state’s junior golfers, and introduce the game to the next generation.”

    The GoToWV Team invites the public to stop by the Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Welcome Center on the 17th green to cool off and relax, pick up a fan or lanyard and learn more about all the fun things to see and do in the Mountain State. Beginning Thursday, the Wild, Wonderful Welcome Center will feature TapSnap, an interactive photo booth which will allow participants to post photos live from The Greenbrier Classic to channels such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    Visitors to the Welcome Center are encouraged to share their Greenbrier Classic memories with #GoToWV and #RealWV.

    The Greenbrier Classic runs through July 5. Read more: http://gotowv.com/greenbrier-classic/

    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 Tuesday, June 30, 2015 aP 4:41 PM
     

  15. GOVERNOR TOMBLIN PROCLAIMS JULY 13-19, 2015 WV RESTAURANT WEEK, WHICH COINCIDES WITH LAUNCH OF “101 UNIQUE PLACES TO DINE” GUIDE

    Wild, Wonderful West Virginia encourages local restaurants to participate in celebration

    Proclamation:  (Click to enlarge)
    Submit a Special: GoToWV.com/events/wv-restaurant-week/submit

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (July 1, 2015) – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin proclaimed July 13 – 19, 2015 as West Virginia Restaurant Week in the Mountain State, which coincides with the launch of the “101 Places to Dine” guide.  Wild, Wonderful West Virginia encourages local restaurants to participate in the celebration of the state’s culinary heritage.

    “Restaurants across the Mountain State offer unique dining experiences to both residents and visitors alike that truly capture the flavor of Real. West Virginia,” Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said. “Whether you enjoy farm-to-table eating, upscale cuisine or the variety options in between, there are endless opportunities to enjoy a delicious meal with family and friends. Restaurant Week is the perfect week to showcase our state’s robust traditional flavors, and I encourage everyone to take time to experience Real. Mountain State cuisine.”

    “West Virginia Restaurant Week provides a unique opportunity to show support for local food establishments throughout the state,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “Coupled with the launch of the new edition of our popular ‘101 Unique Places to Dine’ guide, this presents folks with a wonderful opportunity to experience Real. Mountain Flavor.”

    All locally owned restaurants are invited to participate in West Virginia Restaurant Week by submitting a special or specials here: GoToWV.com/events/wv-restaurant-week/submit.  In  order to be listed as an official West Virginia Restaurant Week participant, restaurants must commit to running the selected special(s) July 13-19— the entirety of West Virginia Restaurant Week.

    Suggested specials for participating restaurants include:

    • 2-course meal for 2 priced at $15, $20, or $25*
    • A shared appetizer/dessert + a meal selected by the restaurant. This could extend to the full-menu, or be limited to a select few dishes or a special just for the event.
    • Specialty drinks
    • Create-your-own special!

     

    West Virginia Restaurant Week coincides with the launch of the “101 Unique Places to Dine in West Virginia” which will take place July 13.  Restaurants included in the “101” guide will receive priority placement on the specials listing site, as well as being featured in ads and content for the event.  Select “101” restaurants throughout the state will also serve as sites for official West Virginia Restaurant Week launch events.

    *The price point is at the discretion of the restaurant; however, pricing at a multiple of 5 is encouraged.

    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 Wednesday, July 1, 2015 aA 11:41 AM
     

  16. Wild, Wonderful WV Kicks Off Restaurant Week with Launch of "101 Unique Places to Dine"

    Launch coincides with release of latest Real. campaign vignette featuring Braxton and Lewis Counties.

    Video: http://bit.ly/BraxtonLewis
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    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (July 13, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia today  kicked off West Virginia Restaurant Week with the release of its “101 Unique Places to Dine” guide at the Capitol Market in Charleston, the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, Later Alligator in Wheeling, Forks Inn in Elkins, Café Cimino in Sutton, Secret Sandwich Society in Fayetteville, Poky Dot in Fairmont, North End Tavern and Brewery in Parkersburg, and Parkway Drive-In in Logan. The guide features locally owned and operated restaurants that were chosen by public vote as favorite places to eat. The launch coincided with the rollout of the Real. Campaign’s newest vignette which features Braxton and Lewis counties.

    “Wild, Wonderful West Virginia  is home to a wonderful and diverse selection of culinary experiences--from down-home favorites and craft brews to international cuisine and artisan wines,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.  “This week, we celebrate Real. Mountain Flavor with West Virginia Restaurant Week and the launch of a new edition of the ‘101 Unique Places to Dine’ guide.”

    The dining guide launch coincides with West Virginia Restaurant Week, July 13-19, as proclaimed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. Participating restaurants will offer selected specials for the duration of Restaurant Week. To view specials, visitwww.GoToWV.com/WVEats.

    West Virginians and visitors  are encouraged to share their Real.culinary experiences, during West Virginia Restaurant Week, with #WVEats.

    Restaurants listed in “101 Unique Places to Dine”:

    1863 Grill
    830 Harrison Ave., Elkins 26241
    304-637-1863
    Known for Kansas City-style BBQ and homemade cinnamon rolls.

    88 Restaurant & Lounge
    88 E. Main St., Buckhannon 26201
    304-473-1988
    Known for rustic, home-cooked food.

    3rd Base Sports Bar and Grille
    22 Virginia Ave., Petersburg 26847
    304-257-2273
    Known for great wraps and wings.

    Addison Café’
    110 McGraw Ave., Webster Springs 26288
    304-847-7808
    Known for baby back ribs.

    Alfredo's Ristorante & Mediterranean Grill
    132 W. Washington St., Charles Town 25414
    304-724-9992
    Known for hummus and kabobs.

    Atomic Grill
    595 Greenbag Rd., Morgantown 26501
    304-241-1170
    Known for dishes that use local sources for meat and produce.

    Avenue Eats
    1201 Valley View Ave., Wheeling 26003
    304-905-8300
    Known for traditional American fare.

    Bamboo Garden
    6411 Sissonville Dr., Charleston 25320
    304-984-9848
    Known for great Chinese cuisine.

    Bavarian Inn
    164 Shepherd Grade Rd., Shepherdstown 25443
    304-876-2551
    Known for German cuisine and wild game specialties.

    Black Sheep Burritos & Brews
    702 Quarrier St., Charleston 25301
    304-343-2739
    Known for unique burritos and craft beer.

    Bluegrass Kitchen
    1600 Washington St. E., Charleston 25311
    304-346-2871
    Known for one-of-a-kind gourmet dishes.

    Blues BBQ
    1109 Jefferson Rd., South Charleston 25309
    304-744-8335
    Known for pulled pork and BBQ.

    Blues Smoke Pit
    608 N. Main St., Suite G, Moorefield 26836
    304-530-5440
    Known for signature ribs and smoked beef brisket.

    Bob's Hotdogs
    Exit 151 of Highway 33, Belington 26250            
    304-636-0256
    Known for over 250 styles of hotdogs.

    Bridge Road Bistro
    915 Bridge Rd., Charleston 25314
    304-720-3500
    Known for fish and chips.

    C.J. Maggie's
    16 E. Main St., Buckhannon 26201
    304-472-2490
    Known for hand-tossed, wood-fired oven pizza.

    Café Cimino Country Inn
    616 Main St., Sutton 26601
    304-765-2913
    Known for a menu of local and organic foods.

    Café One Ten
    110 Main St. W, Oak Hill 25901
    304-469-7657
    Known for fried Oreos dessert.

    Cathedral Café
    134 S. Court St., Fayetteville 25840
    304-574-0202
    Known for homemade soups and Paninis.

    Chams Lebanese Cuisine
    610 Market St., Parkersburg 26101
    304-428-2730
    Known for authentic Middle Eastern food.

    Chetty's Pub
    1 Ames Heights Rd., Lansing 25862
    304-574-4905
    Known for great wings and burgers.

    Christopher's Eats
    6005 US Rt. 60 E., Barboursville 25504
    304-736-5520
    Known for burgers and Gouda mac-n-cheese.

    Church Street Deli
    215 Church St., Spencer 25276
    304-927-6565
    Known for tasty wraps such as Mango and Hawaiian Chicken.

    CJ's Italian Kitchen
    75 Covington Way, Vienna 26105
    304-916-1852
    Known for pasta made from scratch and homemade sauces.

    Colasante’s Ristorante & Pub
    416 Fairmont Rd., Westover 26501
    304-296-7689
    Known for fresh homemade pasta, pizza and hoagies.

    Company's Comin' Murray's Downhome Diner
    4650 George Washington Hwy. Rt. 50, Tunnelton 26444
    304-892-3807
    Known for buttermilk pancakes, fresh homemade biscuits and apple dumplings.

    Crabby Patti's
    113 N. Court St., Ripley 25271
    304-372-4466
    Known for great crab cakes, chowders and shrimp.

    Da Vinci's
    215 Highland Ave., Williamstown 26187
    304-375-3633
    Known for their trademark German Pizza.

    Delfino’s Pizza & Ice Cream
    1005 E. Main St., Oak Hill 25901
    304-469-7659
    Known for pizza, burgers and homemade cakes.

    Dish
    213 W. Washington St., Charles Town 25414
    304-728-8464
    Known for rib eye steak and edamame salad and grilled polenta.

    Elk River Inn & Restaurant
    HC 69, Box 7, Slatyfork 26201
    304-572-3771
    Known for fine dining with a casual feel.

    Evaroni's Pizza
    914 Oak St., Kenova 25530
    304-453-4355
    Known for deliciously sweet sauce and Baked Spaghetti.

    Fairplain Yacht Club
    3869 Cedar Lakes Rd., Ripley 25271
    304-372-8918
    Known for hand-cut steaks and authentic Italian pasta dishes.

    FireSide Grille
    4170 State Rt. 34, Hurricane 25526
    304-757-4700
    Known for great traditional American fare.

    Foxfire Café *
    119 South Price St., Kingwood 26537
    304-441-2133
    Known for great Paninis

    General Lewis Inn
    301 East Washington St., Lewisburg 24901
    304-645-2600
    Known for fried chicken and mountain trout.

    Generations Restaurant & Pub
    338 National Rd., Wheeling 26003
    304-232-7917
    Known for great chili and wings.

    Gumbo's Cajun Restaurant
    103 S. Court St., Fayetteville 25840
    304-574-4704
    Known for great burgers and cottage pie.

    Helvetia Hutte Restaurant
    1 Main St., Helvetia 26224
    304-924-6435
    Known for Swiss favorites like sauerkraut and bratwurst.

    Holly River Restaurant
    680 State Park Rd., Hacker Valley 26222
    304-493-9493
    Known for meatloaf and pies made with fresh local ingredients.

    Ichiban Pan Asian Cuisine
    103 Capitol St., Charleston 25301
    304-720-7874
    Known for their great sushi bar and swordfish.

    Ihlenfeld Dining Room
    465 Lodge Dr., Wheeling 26003
    304-243-4000
    Known for sharable plates such as roasted lamb lollipop and swordfish skewers.

    J P Henry's
    5106 Emerson Ave., Parkersburg 26104
    304-485-9390
    Known for Chef Orville’s Prime Rib.

    Jim's Drive- In
    449 W. Washington St., Lewisburg 24901
    304-645-2590
    Known for curbside service of burgers, hotdogs and more.

    Jim’s Steak & Spaghetti House
    920 5th Ave., Huntington 25701
    304-696-9788
    Known for spaghetti and homemade pies.

    La Famiglia
    1327 6th Ave., Huntington 25701
    304-523-1008
    Known for traditional authentic flavors
    of Southern Italy.

    Larobi’s at Southridge Golf Range
    500 Gateway Blvd., Charleston 25309
    304-744-6480
    Known for pizza, sandwiches and wings.

    Last Run Restaurant
    1 Main St., Cass 24927
    304-456-9952
    Known for a lumberjack-sized breakfast and mountainous box lunches.

    Later Alligator
    2145 Market St., Wheeling 26003
    304-233-1606
    Known for delicious crepes, wraps and sandwiches.

    Locust Hill Inn, Cabin, and Pub
    1525 Locust Hill, Marlinton 24954
    800-617-0530
    Known for Chef Dave’s fresh breads.

    Lola's Pizza
    1038 Bridge Rd., Charleston 25301
    304-343-5652
    Known for handmade Neapolitan-style pizzas.

    Los Vaqueros
    2027 E. Main St., Oak Hill 25901
    304-469-6505
    Known for authentic Mexican food and fabulous fish tacos.

    Lost River Brewing Company
    155 W. Main St., Wardensville 26851
    304-874-4455
    Known for craft beer and fresh oysters on the half shell.

    Lost River General Store and Café
    6993 State Rt. 259, Lost River 26810
    304-897-7000
    Known for homemade sticky buns, scones and pulled pork.

    Lost River Grill
    8079 State Rt. 259, Lost River 26810
    304-897-6482
    Known for fabulous seafood and homemade cakes.

    Lot 12 Public House
    117 Warren, Berkeley Springs 25411
    304-258-6264
    Known for gourmet menu of steak and seafood.

    Maloney's Sports Pub & Grill
    603 Church St., Summersville 26651
    304-872-8200
    Known for great wings and buffalo shrimp.

    Mango Latin Bistro
    701 Market St., Parkersburg 26101
    304-834-3927
    Known for the empanadas, and special surf and turf.

    Mia Margarita
    139 Conference Center Way, Bridgeport 26330
    304-808-6400
    Known for Neapolitan-style pizza cooked in a coal-fired oven.

    Muriale’s Italian Restaurant
    1742 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont 26554
    304-363-3190
    Known for delicious lasagna and spaghetti.

    Noah's Eclectic Bistro
    110 McFarland St., Charleston 25301
    304-343-6558
    Known for the scallops ceviche and wild mushroom risotto.

    Nonna's Italian Kitchen
    929 Mercer St., Princeton 24740
    304 487-6581
    Known for Pasta De Martha or Pasta De Bruto and custom cinnamon rolls.

    North End Tavern
    3500 Emerson Ave., Parkersburg 26104
    304-428-5854
    Known for craft beer and great burgers.

    O'Neills
    614 North Main St., Moorefield 26836
    304-530-2727
    Known for homemade soups, pies and steaks.

    P J Berry's
    226 Main St., Sutton 26601
    304-402-2105
    Known for great crab cakes.

    Panorama at the Peak
    3299 Cacapon Rd., Berkeley Springs 25411
    304-258-0050
    Known for drunken mushrooms, turkey croquettes, and shepherd’s pie.

    Parkway Drive-In
    401 Justice Ave., Logan 25601
    304-752-7703
    Known for genuine drive-in menu with great milkshakes.

    Paternos at the Park
    601 Morris St., Charleston 25301
    304-205-5482
    Known for great Italian dishes including stuffed pepper and the colossal meatball.

    Poky Dot
    1111 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont 26554
    304-366-3271
    Known for 50s diner fare, chicken Caesar wrap and homemade potato chips.

    Pretty Penny Café *
    7484 Seneca Trail, Hillsboro 24946
    304-653-2646
    Known for local beef, breads, and homegrown vegetables.

    Provence Market
    603 S. Virginia Ave., Bridgeport 26330
    304-848-0911
    Known for casual French Cuisine, Roasted Duckling or Coquilles St. Jacques Provencale.

    Ridge View Barbeque
    5010 Fairlawn Ave., Dunbar 25604
    304-400-4650
    Known for great BBQ and pulled pork and porky cheese fries.

    River & Rail Bakery
    210 11th St., Huntington 25701
    304-399-1247
    Known for handcrafted artisan breads, delicious pastries and direct-trade organic coffee.

    Rollin Smoke BBQ
    4008 Pennsylvania Ave., Charleston 25302
    304-415-1579
    Known for delicious BBQ, fresh meat and homemade sides.

    Savannah's
    1208 6th Ave., Huntington 25701
    304-529-0919
    Known for a nationally recognized wine list, great steaks and parmesan-crusted sea bass.

    Secret Sandwich Society
    103 ½  Keller Ave., Fayetteville 25840
    304-574-4777
    Known for sandwiches with a unique twist named after presidents.

    Shuckers
    70 Olde Main Plaza, St. Albans 25177
    304-722-1500
    Known for seafood and Italian fare, gumbo or the mouth-watering stuffed mushrooms.

    Siriannis Pizza Café
    474 William Ave., Davis 26260
    304-259-5454
    Known for pizza and other Italian dishes.

    South Hills Market & Café
    1010 Bridge Rd., Charleston 25314
    304-345-2585
    Known for wraps, sandwiches, burgers and more.

    Spats
    320 Market St., Parkersburg 26101
    304-865-8686
    Known for fine and casual dining with over 500 wines to choose from.

    Stardust Café
    102 E Washington St., Lewisburg 24901
    304-647-3663
    Known for menu with local grown ingredients.

    Sterling Drive-In
    788 Stewart St., Welch 24801
    304-436-3271
    Known for classic drive-in favorites, inside or out.

    Stillwaters Restaurant
    940 Resort Dr., Roanoke 26447
    304-269-8880
    Known for the lunch and dinner kiosk buffet.

    The Corner Shop
    171 Main St., Bramwell 24715
    304-248-7632
    Known for great burgers and homemade ice cream.

    The Dining Room
    368 True Apple Way, Inwood 25428
    304-229-7510
    Known for comfort food and homemade cinnamon rolls.

    The Fiddlehead
    Intersection of Rt. 219 & Rt. 66, Slatyfork 26209
    304-572-2121
    Known for craft beer, hand-cut fries served up with delicious dips.

    The Final Cut
    750 Hollywood Dr., Charles Town 25414
    800-795-7001
    Known for one of the best prime ribs on the east coast.

    The Fire House Café
    323 Adams St., Fairmont 26554
    304-534-8003
    Known for great home-cooked foods including extra hazmat wings and mini pump donuts.

    The Forks Restaurant & Inn
    35 Scenic Ridge Rd., Elkins 26241
    304-637-0932
    Known for casual dining with a great selection of beers and wines.

    The Greenhouse
    3554 Teays Valley Rd., Ste. 105, Hurricane 25526
    304-397-6316
    Known for its grilling, special homemade soups and gourmet sandwiches.

    The Kissell Stop Café
    23 Third St., Elkins 26241
    304-636-8810
    Known for broad selection of food, drinks, and cozy atmosphere.

    The Market on Courthouse Square
    200 Ballengee St., Hinton 25951
    304-466-6626
    Known for the Main Line, a Market signature Reuben.

    The Pizza Station
    206 Lafayette St., St. Marys 26170
    304-684-2411
    Known for specialty pizzas like Mexican and Chicken Cordon Bleu.

    The Press Room Restaurant
    129 W. German St., Shepherdstown 25443
    304-876-8777
    Known for soft-shell crabs and roasted beet salad.

    The Rail Yard Restaurant
    200 Depot St., Elkins 26241
    304-635-0108
    Known for mouth-watering prime rib and more.

    The Red Rooster
    602 Elk St., Gassaway 26624
    304-364-6023
    Known for great steaks, homemade lasagna and crab cakes.

    The Wine Valley
    6 Liberty Square, Hurricane 25526
    304-760-0123
    Known for one-of-a-kind tapas, cheeses, meats, celebrity-tested chocolate truffles and great wine.

    Thyme Bistro
    5 1/2 E. 2nd St., Weston 26452
    304 269-7177
    Known for crab-stuffed shrimp and bacon-wrapped meatloaf.

    Tricky Fish
    1611 Washington St. E., Charleston 25311
    304-344-3474
    Known for fish tacos, gumbo, and hot bologna.

    When Pigs Fly
    116 Quarry Village Rd., Lewisburg 24901
    304-645-4227
    Known for Great BBQ, pulled pork and whole chickens with homemade sauces.

    Ye Olde Alpha
    50 Carmel Rd., Wheeling 26003
    304-242-1090
    Known for cold beer and classic American food.

    Note: Restaurants market with an * have closed since the public voting period closed.

    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 visitGoToWV.com.  Share your Real. West Virginia stories onFacebook,Twitter and Instagram with #GoToWV and #RealWV.
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    posted Monday, July 13, 2015 aP 4:43 PM
     

  17. The GoToWV Team Encourages Folks to Eat Local and Share Experience with #wveats

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The GoToWV team encourages folks to eat local this weekend in celebration of West Virginia Restaurant Week and share their Real. culinary experiences on social media using #WVEats.  West Virginians and visitors can enjoy specials at participating restaurants through Sunday, July 19. To view specials, visit GoToWV.com/WVEats.

    “Whether you’re hiking, catching a show, shopping or antiquing this weekend, be sure to take some time to experience Real. Mountain Flavor at a local restaurant,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “Looking for inspiration?  Check out our newly released ‘101 Unique Places to Dine’ or one of our recent blog posts.”    

    Governor Earl Ray Tomblin proclaimed July 13-19, 2015 West Virginia Restaurant Week in the Mountain State to encourage West Virginians and visitors to discover the state’s diverse culinary heritage, experience Real. Mountain Flavor and support local food establishments throughout the 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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    posted Friday, July 17, 2015 aP 4:18 PM
     

  18. Adventure Advisory: Heritage

    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/.

    Aug. 1: Brigade of the American Revolution, Point Pleasant
    304-675-7933; 304-675-6788; chesson1774@suddenlink.net; www.fortrandolph.org
    Come talk to members of the Brigade—a living history association dedicated to recreating the life and times of the commons soldier of the American War for Independence, 1775-1783. Members represent Continental, Militia, British, Loyalist, German, French, Spanish and Native American forces, plus civilians.

    Aug. 1: Heritage Farm’s Hatfield/McCoy Way Back Weekend, Heritage Farm Museum and Village, Huntington
    304-522-1244; 304-544-6948; info@heritagefarmmuseum.com; www.heritagefarmmuseum.com
    Revisit the filming location of the award-winning documentary “America’s Feud” and enjoy the excitement of Heritage Farm’s re-enactment village. Hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Aug. 1-2: New River Gorge Games, Fayetteville and Thurmond
    304-465-5617; http://nrgorgegames.com/; www.visitfayettevillewv.com  
    Two days, three events: Captain Thurmond’s Challenge consists of 28.5 miles of extreme mountain biking, whitewater and running. The Thurmond Triathlon is a short course designed for beginners. The Captain Thurmond Half & Half 5K is a new event this year and includes both road and trail.

    Aug. 1-2: Wild West Weekend on Durbin Rocket Train, Durbin
    877-686-7245; ticketinfo@mountainrail.com; www.mountainrailwv.com
    It’s a Wild West Adventure in the mountains for young and old alike! Take this last opportunity before the beginning of the school year to ride steam-driven Old #3 in Durbin with a cast of Wild West characters who take over the train.

    Aug. 1-8: 68th Annual Berkeley County Youth Fair
    304-263-5869; info@berkeleycountyyouthfair.org; www.berkeleycountyyouthfair.org
    This annual event is great family fun. Featured events and activities include the Miss Berkeley County Youth Fair; Eagles Wings Show Series (horse shows); livestock shows, carnival; live music and food vendors.

    Aug. 3-8: 83rd Annual Mannington District Fair, Mannington
    304-986-1911; www.manningtondistrictfair.org
    Events include a parade, go cart racing, livestock show, live music, horse pulling contests, antique tractor show, chain-saw carving, miniature horse show, carnival rides, circus, lawn mower races, demolition derby, rides, food and more.

    Aug. 4-8: Wayne County Fair, Camden Park, Huntington
    304-272-6839; seproductionsl@aol.com; www.waynecountyfair-wv.com
    Open exhibits include quilts, children’s games, canned goods, arts and crafts, wood carvings, and other homemade items. The fair also features 4-H projects, a horse show, amusement rides, livestock show, a beauty pageant and children’s games. An entertainment lineup features country, bluegrass, and gospel music.

    Aug. 5: PB&J Café Presents “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” Summersville
    304-872-3722; https://gvtheatre.wordpress.com/category/childrens-programming/
    Summersville Arena and Conference Center hosts this special dinner theater for children. Join the popular storybook character as he goes to the circus, swims in the sea and gets to be on television – all through the magic of his crayon. Tickets $15 adults; $12 children.

    Aug. 5-8: Pickin’ in Parsons, Parsons
    304-478-3515; www.fiverivercampground.com
    This annual event is a celebration of bluegrass and mountain music featuring top-name and international acts. The event takes place at Five River Campground, which offers full-service RV/camper sites, tent camping, bath house and laundry facilities.

    Aug. 7-8: West Virginia’s Largest Yard Sale, Buckhannon and Weston
    304-473-1400; info@visitbuckhannon.org; www.visitbuckhannon.org
    Pick up some bargains while enjoying small-town charm and beautiful scenery. West Virginia’s Largest Yard Sale features hundreds of yard sales lining the streets of Buckhannon and Weston and spread throughout Upshur and Lewis Counties.  All yard sales are within an hour’s driving radius.

    Aug. 7-9: Heritage Music Bluesfest, Wheeling
    800-828-3097; www.heritagemusicfest.com/; www.wheelingcvb.com
    Get your dancing shoes on at this three-day music festival celebrating the blues. The festival consists of the Main Stage with Blues Music Award winners and upcoming IBC solo, duo and band winning acts, and a Second Stage dedicated to local and regional artists. Food, craft and merchandise vendors will also be available.

    Aug. 7-9: Augusta Heritage Center Festival, Elkins
    304-637-1209; augusta@augustaheritagecenter.org; www.augustaheritagecenter.org
    The Augusta Festival is a celebration of traditional dance, craft, and music. Enjoy family-friendly festivities at Elkins City Park, a Juried Craft Fair and performances on multiple stages. Saturday evening features a “Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” concert.

    Aug. 8: Picnic with the Pops, Harris Riverfront Park, Huntington
    304-781-8343; 304-690-0283; huntingtonsymphony@gmail.com;
    www.huntingtonsymphony.org
    Your Huntington Symphony Orchestra presents country legend Suzy Bogguss. General admission is $20. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the concert starting at 8 p.m.

    Aug. 10-15: Mason County Fair, Point Pleasant
    304-675-5463; masoncountyfairwv@yahoo.com; wvtaxbook@zoomnet.net; www.masoncountyfairwv.org
    Activities and attractions include a horse show, antique tractor pull, demolition derby, pet parade, Super Stock Trucks, Tractor and Modified Stock Trucks, and Motorcycle/ATV Motocross. Featured entertainment is Crush (Bon Jovi tribute band), Gene Watson, Mark Wills, and Ricky Atkinson & Compassion (Gospel).

    Aug. 10-15: Town and Country Days, New Martinsville
    304-455-4275; remiller@suddenlink.net; http://townandcountrydays.org/
    Town and Country Days: Wetzel County Fair features a carnival, horse shows, mud bogs, food vendors, demolition derby, livestock show and more.

    Aug. 12-15: South Charleston Summerfest, Around the Mound, South Charleston
    304-746-5552; www.southcharlestonwv.org
    The City of South Charleston’s annual event features live music, dance contests, food, car show, fireworks, free Sno Cones, cotton candy, Jupiter Jump, and face painting.

    Aug. 15: Fort Mulligan Day, Petersburg
    304-257-9266; revrandy@frontiernet.net; http://visitgrantcounty.com/event/fort-mulligan-day-2/
    Learn about the Civil War and the hardships endured at this event hosted at Fort Mulligan in Petersburg. Featured activities include music, entertainment, food and historical re-enactments.

    Aug. 14-16: 23rd Annual African-American Cultural and Heritage Festival, Charles Town
    304-725-9610; info@jcwvnaacp.org; www.jcwvnaacp.org
    A celebration of African-American heritage includes a parade, bands, vendors, arts and crafts, gospel music, food and more.

    Aug. 14-16: Dunmore Daze, Dunmore
    800-336-7009; www.pocahontascountywv.com
    Enjoy three days of down-home country fun filled with family, friends, a parade, craft sale and flea market, covered dish dinner, music fest, square dance, cake walk and more.

    Aug. 14-16: Parkersburg Homecoming Festival, Parkersburg
    800-752-4982; 740-315-2010; administrator@parkersburg-homecoming.com; www.parkersburg-homecoming.com
    Activities and attractions include competitions, kids’ activities, food vendors, games, crafts, parade, half-marathon, entertainment, fireworks and sternwheelers.

    Aug. 14-23: State Fair of West Virginia, Fairlea
    304-645-1090; statefairofwv@statefairofwv.com; www.statefairofwv.com
    Come out and enjoy all of the “Traditions You Treasure” at our state fair. Activities include rides, games, concerts, agricultural shows, equine competitions, a talent search contest, food and more.

    Aug. 15: 13th Annual Bike Night, Martinsburg
    304-262-4200; www.mainstreetmartinsburg.com
    This event features a ride, food, clothing vendors, exhibitors and music. There will be fun for non-riders too! Hours are 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

    Aug. 14-15: Monongahfest, Monongah
    304-816-6378; 304-534-3712; www.marioncvb.com; www.iplayoutside.com  
    The annual Monongahfest starts with the Miners Run — a 3.61-mile out-and-back course. Activities include a parade, games, vendors, 2nd Annual Tug-O-War, live music and a town-wide yard sale.

    Aug. 15: Mountaineer Brewfest 2015, Wheeling Heritage Port, Wheeling
    800-828-3097; info@mountaineerbrewfest.com; www.mountaineerbrewfest.com/
    This event features West Virginia craft beer samples, brewing competitions, artisan food and merchant vendors, a craft beer garden, and live entertainment. Hours are 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. VIP ticket includes extras and an early entrance into the festival from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. General admission ticket starts at 4 p.m.

    Aug. 15-16: 4th Annual DogFest, Shepherdstown
    304-876-2786; shepherdstownvisitorscenter@gmail.com; www.shepherdstown.info
    Celebrate the dog days of summer with a variety of activities for dogs, dog owners and dog lovers, as well as activities that everybody can enjoy. The event takes place 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday.

    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. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Announces Search for West Virginia's Next Generation of Talented Chefs

    Nominations sought for Rising Star Chefs to compete in the 2016 Cast Iron Cook-Off®

    Nomination Form: download

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (July 28, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia today encouraged individuals to nominate Rising Star Chefs to compete in next year's Cast Iron Cook-Off, February 6, 2016 in Charleston, West Virginia. Individuals whose nominations are selected as one of the six competitors will receive a complimentary ticket for the event dinner, valued at $75.

    “Wild, Wonderful West Virginia is known for its Real. Mountain Flavor,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.  “From comfort food to international fare, we have talented chefs bringing authentic culinary experiences to tables throughout the state.”   

    For more than 10 years, the Cast Iron Cook-Off has grown to become the region’s premier gourmet culinary competition. Teams, led by local chefs, incorporate locally grown ingredients to re-interpret and prepare traditional recipes in cast iron cookware. Historically, the Cast Iron Cook-Off has recruited prominent members of the culinary community to lead the teams – matching them against other accomplished chefs from West Virginia and neighboring states. The 2016 competition aims to shift the focus to emerging culinary talent – Rising Star Chefs who have three years or less as an executive chef or restaurant owner.
      
    The growing interest in locally sourced ingredients and farm-to-table restaurants has helped spur massive growth in West Virginia’s culinary landscape. Vibrant restaurants, steered by top tier chefs and supplied by a wealth of farms and farmers markets, have made West Virginia a destination for foodies from across the country.  As the culinary community continues to grow and change, events such as the Cast Iron Cook-Off provide opportunities for emerging talent to receive professional feedback, introduce new ideas and collaborate with their contemporaries.  

    To nominate a chef, visit www.castironcookoff.org/rising-star-chef-nomination-form.

    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 visitGoToWV.com.  Share your Real. West Virginia stories onFacebook,Twitter and Instagram with #GoToWV and #RealWV.

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