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  1. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Hardy County

    Register for June 26 session on business fundamentals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  2. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Hampshire County

    Register for April 9 session on business fundamentals

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

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

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

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

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

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

  3. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Jackson County

    Register for April 6 session on Business Fundamentals

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

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

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

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

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

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

  4. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Putnam County

    Register for April 14 session on Business Fundamentals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  5. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Pleasants County

    Register for April 9 session on Business Fundamentals

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

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

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

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

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

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

  6. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Raleigh County

    Register for April 15 session on Business Fundamentals

    BECKLEY, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, 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 West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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

    posted Monday, March 30, 2015 aP 3:49 PM
     

  7. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Logan County

    Register for April 21 session on business fundamentals

    MOUNT GAY, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 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: March 31, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, March 31, 2015 aA 11:21 AM
     

  8. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Pocahontas County

    Register for April 23 session on Business Fundamentals

    MARLINTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 23, in Pocahontas County. Co-sponsored locally by the Pocahontas County Chamber of Commerce, the session will be held in the Snowshoe Career Center, 200 8th Street, Marlinton.

    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.

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

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

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

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

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


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2015
    CONTACT: Joe Carlucci, 304-767-8127, joseph.f.carlucci@wv.gov
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, April 2, 2015 aP 2:02 PM
     

  9. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for April 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, April 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: April 3, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC


    posted Friday, April 3, 2015 aA 11:57 AM
     

  10. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Wood County

    Register for April 28 session on Business Fundamentals

    PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 28, 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 on the main campus of West Virginia University-Parkersburg, in Room 2209, 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 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: April 7, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, April 7, 2015 aA 10:55 AM
     

  11. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for April 30 session on Business Fundamentals

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

    posted Thursday, April 9, 2015 aP 4:18 PM
     

  12. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Mingo County during National Small Business Week

    No charge for May 5 session in honor of America’s entrepreneurs

    WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 5, in Mingo 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 Mingo County Redevelopment Authority Office, 1100 East 4th Avenue, Williamson.

    The standard $35 -per-person registration fee for the workshop is being waived in recognition of National Small Business Week, May 4 – 8. 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.  

    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.

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

    posted Tuesday, April 14, 2015 aP 2:12 PM
     

  13. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Ohio County during National Small Business Week

    No charge for May 5 session in honor of America’s entrepreneurs

    WHEELING, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, May 5, in Ohio County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the West Virginia Northern Community College B&O Building, 1704 Market Street, Wheeling.

    The standard $35 -per-person registration fee for the workshop is being waived in recognition of National Small Business Week, May 4 – 8. Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Donna Schramm at 304-214-8973 or email Donna.L.Schramm@wv.gov.

    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.

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

    posted Tuesday, April 14, 2015 aP 2:50 PM
     

  14. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Hardy County during National Small Business Week

    Register for May 7 session on business fundamentals

    MOOREFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 7, 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 in advance. To register by Tuesday, May 5, call B. Ludewig at 304-530-4964.

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

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


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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2015
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Wednesday, April 15, 2015 aP 4:25 PM
     

  15. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County during National Small Business Week

    No charge for May 7 session in honor of America’s entrepreneurs

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 7, 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, Room 310, 1116 Smith Street, Charleston.

    The standard $35 -per-person registration fee for the workshop is being waived in recognition of National Small Business Week, May 4 – 8. 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.  

    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.

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

    posted Friday, April 17, 2015 aP 4:19 PM
     

  16. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County during National Small Business Week

    No charge for May 8 session in honor of America’s entrepreneurs

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, May 8, 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.

    The standard $35 -per-person registration fee for the workshop is being waived in recognition of National Small Business Week, May 4 – 8.

    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.

    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.

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

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

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

    AD SPOT: http://bit.ly/1xCvcJU

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

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

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

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

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

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  18. Adventure Advisory: April Adventures

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


    April 16: Charleston ArtWalk, Downtown Charleston
    304-340-4253; www.artwalkcwv.com
    This is a free self-guided walking tour of Downtown Charleston’s shops, galleries and businesses featuring a variety of art – from paintings and sculptures to photography and music. ArtWalk is typically held the third Thursday of each month. Hours are 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

    April 17-18 at 7 p.m., April 19 at 2 p.m.: “A Year with Toad and Frog,” McCoy’s Grand Theater, Moorefield 
    304-530-7115; webmaster@mccoysgrand.com; www.mccoysgrand.com  
    “A Year with Frog and Toad” is based on Arnold Lobel's well-loved books featuring a jazzy, upbeat score by Robert and Willie Reale. This whimsical story follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons.

    April 17-18: Wild Edibles Festival, Hillsboro Public Library and Hillsboro Elementary School, Hillsboro 
    304-799-4766; info@pocahontascountywv.com; www.pocahontascountywv.com 
    Get a “taste” of Pocahontas County! Choose from a variety of workshops and walks led by knowledgeable instructors and guides. Learn how to identify, collect and prepare the tasty and nutritious bounty of our wild edible plants. Make and sample wildflower teas, main dishes, desserts and more. 

    April 18: 16th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Day, Morgantown 
    304-292-0168; www.downtownmorgantown.com
    This chocolate extravaganza takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Downtown and Historic Wharf Downtown. Registration is from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sample tasty chocolate treats at each business while accumulating points toward the grand-prize drawing. Registration $5. Children under 5 are admitted free. 

    April 18: 2015 Feast of the Ramson and Arts and Crafts Show, Richwood High School and Richwood Jr. High Gym, Richwood 
    304-846-6790; rwdchamber@frontier.com; www.richwoodchamberofcommerce.org
    This wild leek grows in the rich woods of upper elevations in West Virginia and is usually served with potatoes, ham or bacon, and cornbread. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. An arts and crafts show will take place in the Richwood Jr. High Gym (Red Gym) and the Richwood High School Gym from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    April 18: Mountain Cascades, Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad, Elkins 
    877-686-7245; http://mountainrailwv.com/ 
    Come and experience springtime in the mountains with cascading rivers, blooming trillium and dogwood. This is the best time of year to see the High Falls of Cheat full with winter melt. The four-hour round trip includes an all-you-can-eat cold-cut sandwich buffet. The train leaves at 11 a.m. 

    April 18: Scottish and Celtic Heritage Festival, Parkersburg City Park Pavilion, Parkersburg 
    740-777-5793; 304-488-8009; https://sites.google.com/site/scottishcelticheritagefestival/ 
    The festival will include day-long Scottish/Irish music and dancing, food, raffles, vendors, genealogy, heritage and history information and assistance; Scottish clan displays, kids’ games and much more. Tickets are $5 per adult and children age 12 and under are admitted free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    April 18-19: Irish Road Bowling, Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem 
    304-466-1800; 202-387-1680; www.pipestemresort.com; www.wvirishroadbowling.com 
    Magnificent views, Appalachian spring colors, and one of the state’s very best bowling roads combine for an unforgettable weekend. Competitors hurl a 28-ounce iron and steel cannonball the size of a tennis ball down a country lane about 2.5 miles long. The player or team with the fewest shots to the finish line wins.

    April 18-19: Primitive to Prepper Festival, Hedgesville 
    305-797-0414; 910-685-5705; www.northamericanbushcraftschool.com 
    This family-friendly spring festival brings together primitive skills like fire making, edible plants and traditional archery with more modern preparation and homesteading skills like food preservation, sustainable gardening, filtration, livestock grazing, and packing an emergency first aid kit.

    April 18 and 25: Annual Spring Bird Walks, Pricketts Fort State Park, Fairmont 
    304-363-3030; 304-368-1123; www.prickettsfort.org 
    Come celebrate the joys of spring with a Saturday morning bird walk. Staff of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources will lead the public on this annual excursion. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring binoculars if you have them. The event is free.

    April 25: 7th Annual Ramps and Rails Festival, Elkins 
    304-635-7803; www.elkinsdepot.com; elkinswelcomecenter@gmail.com 
    From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. more than 50 vendors will offer tasty ramp dishes, crafts and local specialties. Three music groups will perform from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad will offer train rides at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended.

    April 25: 10th Annual West Virginia Kite Festival, Brooke Hills Park, Wellsburg 
    304-737-1236; brookehillspark@swave.net; http://www.brookehillspark.com/ 
    Activities include free kite kits for children (assistance will be provided with assembly), kite flying, refreshments for purchasing and kite vendors. Kite flying will take place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. followed by the Star Watch for National Astronomy Day at 7 p.m. 

    April 25: Allegheny Outback Bluegrass, Jerry Run Summer Theater, Cleveland 
    304-493-6574; reneedustyanderson@gmail.com; http://members.citynet.net/jerryrun/ 
    Allegheny Outback is a dynamic bluegrass band based in and around Webster County. All shows begin at 7 p.m. and last approximately two hours with an intermission. 

    April 25: Chocolate Fest and Book Faire, Downtown Martinsburg 
    304-262-4200; www.mainstreetmartinsburg.com 
    Come and experience Historic Downtown Martinsburg, taste some wonderful chocolate, connect with up-and-coming authors on a variety of subjects, and take a tour of an actual chocolate manufacturer's kitchen. Tickets are $5 per person; children under 5 are admitted free.

    April 25: Once Upon a Time Princess Party, Putnam County Park, Hurricane 
    304-562-0518 ext. 11; www.putnamcountyparks.net 
    Come visit with many of your favorite princesses for a morning filled with refreshments, pictures, activities, carriage rides and more. This activity is geared for children ages infant to 12. Dressing in costume is encouraged. Hours are 10 a.m. to noon. 

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


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  19. Endless Wall Trail in New River Gorge Voted #1 in USA Today's Readers’ Choice Contest for Best National Park Hike

    10Best park hikes to be featured in USA Today’s April 3 print and online editions

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (April 2, 2015) – The Endless Wall Trail in the New River Gorge National River recreation area has won top honors in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice contest for “Best National Park Hike.”

    “We’re excited the Endless Wall Trail has been voted #1 in USA Today’s Readers’ Choice contest,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.  “With warmer temperatures in the forecast, I encourage folks to experience firsthand the breathtaking views and natural beauty that can only be enjoyed on one of West Virginia’s scenic hiking trails.”

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

    USA Today called on a panel of hiking experts, with extensive knowledge of hiking and outdoor recreation across the nation, to select their 20 favorite national park hikes in the United States. The 10Best list was chosen by public vote on USA Today’s website. The 10Best winners are posted here. 

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

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  20. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Hosts “Go Out and See a Show” at American Mountain Theater in Ekins

    April 3 event marks season opening for music and comedy variety show

    ELKINS, West Virginia (April 3, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia celebrated the April 3 season opening of American Mountain Theater (AMT) in Elkins with “Go Out and See a Show.” The evening’s activities included dinner and a meet-and-greet with the cast of AMT.

    “Historical dramas, ‘Branson Style’ shows, dinner theaters and Broadway productions are showcased on stages throughout the Mountain State,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.  “I encourage folks to go out and see a show, explore the Historic Theatre Trail and experience firsthand the excitement of a live show.”

    A popular destination for group tours, AMT features family-friendly music and comedy variety shows and offers getaway packages that include lodging, meals and scenic train rides. The venue is located in Elkins’ historic Rail Yard – home of the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad, which kicks off its first train ride of the season Saturday, April 4 with the Cottontail Express.

    Additional attractions in Elkins include the Randolph County Community Arts Center and the Stirrup Gallery at Davis & Elkins College. Elkins is within an hour’s drive of several popular outdoor destinations including Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls State Parks and the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area.

    West Virginia’s diverse theater offerings include the annual Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University, outdoor dramas at Chief Logan State Park, Gandy Dancer Dinner Theatre in Elkins and a variety of performances at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg.

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

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  21. Oglebay Resort and Conference Center to Host 2015 West Virginia Governor's Conference on Tourism

    Event set for October 26-28, 2015

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (April 9, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia today announced Oglebay Resort and Conference Center has been selected to host the 2015 West Virginia Governor’s Conference on Tourism, set for October 26-28, 2015.

    “This annual conference provides exceptional opportunities for travel and tourism industry members in West Virginia to network and engage in valuable educational sessions. I look forward to sharing ideas with everyone on new and exciting ways we can promote the Mountain State,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.

    The conference typically is held in a different location in West Virginia every year. Last year’s event took place at the Charleston Marriott Town Center. 

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

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  22. Adventure Advisory: May 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; click the Calendar tab. Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit items electronically at GoToWV.com/Listings. 

    May 1-3: 3rd Annual Rally in the Valley, Williamson 
    304-475-4928; 304-235-5240; tvcc1.natalie@yahoo.com; http://rallyinthevalleywi.wix.com/rallyinthevalley; www.facebook.com/RallyinthevalleywilliamsonWV 
    This is a family friendly event complete with free concerts, street vendors, poker run, bike games, Miss Rally Contest and an antique car show. 

    May 1-3: 14th Annual Scottish Festival and Celtic Gathering, Bridgeport 
    304-534-3737; 304-622-2158; http://www.northcentralwestvirginiascottishfestival.com/  
    The event features pipe bands, professional entertainers, living history presentations, Scottish goods vendors, Scottish country dancing, dancing competitions, piping competitions, sheep herding demonstrations, genealogy assistance and much more.

    May 2: 19th Annual Spring Festival, Heritage Farm Museum and Village, Huntington 
    304-522-1244; 304-544-6948; info@heritagefarmmuseum.com; www.heritagefarmmuseum.com
    Experience life as it was in 19th century Appalachia: blacksmithing, sheep shearing, timber sawing, woodworking, printing and many more Appalachian arts. Additionally, there will be eight museums to tour, re-enactors, live animals, petting zoo, food and antiques. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

    May 2: Engines and Wheels, North Bend State Park, Cairo 
    304-483-1650; 304-628-3587; www.northbendsp.com 
    This festival features old fashioned engines and turn-of-the-century industrial, oil field, and farm machinery. Check out the live demonstrations, craft vendors, outdoor grill concessions, a 93R live broadcast, Ritchie County Car Club Cruise-In and much more. All activities take place at the Jug Handle day-use area located by the dam. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

    May 2: Irish Road Bowling, Coopers Rock State Forest, Bruceton Mills 
    304-698-9065; 202-387-1680; wdp320@aol.com; www.coopersrockstateforest.com; www.wvirishroadbowling.com
    Located near Cheat Lake just minutes off Interstate 68, this 12,713 acre forest is ideal for an Irish Road Bowling event. Similar to golf, Irish Road Bowling is where an iron and steel small cannonball, called a “bowl,” is hurled down a 1.2 mile country lane, with the fewest throws to the finish line winning. 

    May 2: Nature Scavenger Hunt, Schrader Environmental Education Center at Oglebay Park, Wheeling 
    304-242-6855; schradercustomerservice@oionline.com; www.oionline.com 
    Discover more about the natural world as you explore Oglebay Park as a family. The theme will be “Animal Families.” Hours are noon to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

    May 2-3: 11th Annual Spring Fest, Treasure Mountain Festival Grounds, Franklin 
    304-358-3884; www.pendletoncountywv.com/springfest 
    Spring Fest features a Trout Rodeo and Box Car Derby with prizes up to $400. Additional activities and attractions include a Fish Fry/Chicken Dinner, cake walks, Luray Zoo, amusement rides, square dance and much more.

    May 2-3: 11th Annual Spring Gas and Steam Engine Show, WV State Farm Museum, Point Pleasant 
    304-675-5737; wvsfm@wvfarmmuseum.org; www.wvfarmmuseum.org 
    Activities and attractions include an antique gas engine show and working saw mill. An antique tractor pull will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. On Sunday a church service will take place at 9 a.m. and a gospel sing at 1:30 p.m. The Country Kitchen and Store will be open.

    May 6-9: Rendezvous on the River, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, Parkersburg 
    304-420-4800; www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com 
    Muzzleloader and mountain men will be gathering on Blennerhassett Island for their spring rendezvous. Authentic campsites, demonstrations of camp life and period dress will be featured throughout the event. 

    May 8-10: Martinsburg Heritage Days, Martinsburg 
    304-267-4434; www.orgsites.com/wv/adam-stephen/_pgg1.php3 
    Explore the town’s history and enjoy exhibits, tours, demonstrations, vendors, entertainment and activities during this celebration of Martinsburg's unique past and culture. 

    May 8-23: Boeing Boeing, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Lewisburg 
    304-645-3838; 866-888-1411; info@gvtheatre.org; www.gvtheatre.org 
    Bernard has not one but three fiancées—one Italian, one German and one American - all airline hostesses who frequently fly through Paris to see him. Bernard's life is humorously thrown off-course when (un)lucky scheduling lands all three women in Paris on the same day. You won't want to miss the hilarity that ensues. 

    May 9: Annual West Virginia Marble Collectors Club Marble Show, Comfort Suites, Mineral Wells 
    304-863-5747; nmorgan50@hotmail.com; www.westvirginiamarblecollectorsclub.com 
    The show’s goal is to preserve and share marble history. Visitors can view vintage handmade and machine-made marbles, marble memorabilia, and bring their childhood marbles for identification, trading and selling. 

    May 9: Irish Road Bowling, Kanawha State Forest, Charleston 
    304-638-3224; 202-387-1680; 304-558-3500; www.wdp320@aol.com; www.wvirishroadbowling.com 
    This ancient game has been played for more than 300 years on the rural country roads in Ireland and is now brought to you from the green hills of West Virginia. The 9,300-acre Kanawha State Forest is a recreational haven and is noted among naturalists for its diverse wildflower and bird populations.

    May 9: National Train Day, Martinsburg Roundhouse, Martinsburg 
    304-260-4141; 304-264-8801; mark@travelwv.com; www.travelwv.com 
    Planned activities include Roundhouse tours, model train displays, vendors specific to the train industry, Operation Lifesaver presentations, train tours, Boy Scout Railroad Merit Badge class and much more!

    May 9: Mother’s Day Dinner Train, Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad, Elkins
    877-686-7245; www.mountainrailwv.com 
    Spend the entire weekend with Mom and start with a dinner on the Mountain Explorer Dinner Train. Enjoy a wonderful four-course dinner in route to the High Falls of Cheat. The trip departs at 5 p.m. and includes a free souvenir wine glass and gift for Mom. 

    May 9: St. Albans Founders Day, Main Street, St. Albans 
    304-727-5972; stalbanshistory1@aol.com; www.stalbanshistory.com/Founders_Day.html 
    Founders Day celebrates the history of St. Albans and helps promote business. Activities will include a parade beginning at 10 a.m., re-enactors, many food booths, and more than 40 vendors. 

    May 9-17: 2015 West Virginia Strawberry Festival, Buckhannon 
    304-472-9036; info@WVStrawberryFestival.com; www.wvstrawberryfestival.com; https://www.facebook.com/WVStrawberryFestival  
    One of the state’s largest and oldest festivals honors the strawberry harvest. Activities include a carnival, arts and craft exhibits, quilt show, a photography show, Main Street and Courthouse entertainment, band competition, car show, parades and a strawberry auction. Irish Road Bowling will take place May 16-17. 

    May 14-17: 28th Annual Greenbrier Trail Bike Trek—Snowshoe to Anthony 
    304-342-6600 ext. 314; http://greenbrierwv.com/events/detail/28th_greenbrier_river_trail_bike_trek 
    This is a three-day, 100-mile ride on the Greenbrier River Trail, one of America's premier rails-to-trails. Trekkers will begin with a ride off Snowshoe Mountain and spend three days peddling along the Greenbrier River. Cyclists with varying levels of experience are invited to participate—beginners are welcome! 

    May 15-17: Railfan Weekend, Cass Depot, Cass 
    877-686-7245; 800-336-7009; info@msrlha.org; ticketinfo@mountainrail.com www.msrlha.org
    The Mountain State Railroad and Logging Historical Association is partnering with the Durbin and Greenbrier Valley Railroad to offer three unique trips this year. The highlight of the weekend will be the return of a steam freight train on the scenic trackage between Cheat Bridge and Spruce.

    May 15-17: Siege of Fort Randolph, Krodel Park, Point Pleasant 
    304-675-7933; chesson1774@suddenlink.net; www.fortrandolph.org 
    In May of 1778, a war party of more than 200 Shawnee warriors surrounded Fort Randolph and began a weeklong siege. This encampment and re-enactment includes life skills demonstrations, Indian Blanket Trade, “Siege of Fort Randolph” outdoor drama, running of the gauntlet, and a 10 a.m. Sunday morning church service.

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


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  23. WILD, WONDERFUL WEST VIRGINIA HOSTS “GO OUTSIDE AND DIG RAMPS”

    Activities include ramp dig and cooking demonstration

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (April 16, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia today hosted “Go Outside and Dig Ramps.” The day’s activities began with a ramp dig in Rock Cave and concluded with a cooking demonstration at the Capitol Market in Charleston.

    Photo: Chef Dale Hawkins of Fish Hawk Acres prepares ramp chowder at the Capitol Market in Charleston.

    “We are excited to share in this West Virginia tradition and showcase the tremendous versatility of wild ramps,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “From home-cooked meals to international cuisine, ramps are a staple in many kitchens.”

    Chef Dale Hawkins of Fish Hawk Acres guided the ramp dig in Rock Cave, Upshur County. Allan Hathaway, owner of The Purple Onion, assisted with cleaning and preparing the ramps at the Capitol Market in Charleston and Chef Hawkins made and shared a ramp chowder recipe.

    Also known as ramson or wild leek, the garlicky-scented ramp grows in the forested, mountainous regions of West Virginia and is harvested in early spring. Ramps are an Appalachian delicacy, celebrated at fairs and festivals and served at restaurants in a variety of ways. They are available for purchase seasonally at many farmers markets throughout West Virginia. For a listing of markets, visit West Virginia Farmers Market Association.

    Several ramp-themed events take place in West Virginia April 18, including the 77th annual Feast of the Ramson in Richwood, “A Fancy Ramp Dinner: Celebrating Spring Tonics” in Buckhannon and the inaugural Stink Fest at the Wild Ramp in Huntington. On April 25 the Elkins Depot will host its 7th Annual Ramps and Rail Festival.

    Ramp Chowder
    Recipe courtesy of Chef Dale Hawkins, Fish Hawk Acres

    Ingredients
    3 slices bacon
    1 cup chopped ramps
    3 lbs. baking potatoes, peeled and diced
    2 quarts chicken broth
    1 tsp. sea salt
    1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
    2 cups whole milk
    4 oz. sharp cheddar cheese
    ¼ cup heavy whipping cream

    Method
    Cook bacon in a large cast-iron pan over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving bacon drippings. Crumble bacon and set aside. Add onion to drippings in pan; sauté 3 minutes or until tender.

    Place potato slices and ramps in a 6-quart pot. Add chicken broth, salt and pepper. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
    Stir in milk, cheese and heavy whipping cream. Top with bacon crumbles.

    Find your adventure in West Virginia at www.GoToWV.com or by calling 800-CALL WVA. You can also join the conversation and share your wild, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.
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  26. Public tour at Cabwaylingo State Forest Saturday, April 18, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials will conduct a public tour at 10 a.m. at Cabwaylingo State Forest Saturday, April 18, 2015. This is an informational tour for the public to learn about plans for proposed timber management projects prescribed to encourage forest growth and provide more diverse wildlife habitat. The tour is an opportunity for members of the public to learn about the projects firsthand in order to provide written input if they so desire.

    The first part of the tour will start at 10 a.m. The project area is below Perry Ridge in the headwaters of the Right Fork of Sweetwater Branch and Long Branch. The second part of the tour begins at 1 p.m. That project area is north of the old fire tower on the north central portion of the forest in the Twelve Pole Creek drainage. Both sections of the tour will begin at the Cabwaylingo State Forest office; participants should meet there prior to the start of each tour.

    Bring substantial footwear, clothing appropriate for the weather, snacks and water. The tour will involve a 0.5- to 1-mile hike on uneven ground in the woods with no trails. Some old roads are involved. There are some hills along the tour path.

    For more information about the tour or to register for it, contact Barbara Breshock at the Beckley office at 304-256-6775, by cellphone 304-932-7105 or via email, Barbara.A.Breshock@wv.gov. If you are planning to attend, please notify Breshock by noon Monday, April 13, so enough transportation will be available.

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    News Release:  April 2, 2015                  

    Contact:  Leslie Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov

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