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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 Cabell County

    Register for Oct. 28 session on business fundamentals

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 28, in Cabell County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), 1050 Fourth Avenue, Huntington.

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

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

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

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The 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: Oct. 7, 2014

    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, October 7, 2014 aP 2:09 PM
     

  3. WVSBDC adds three new coaches for small business centers

    Business coaches based in Clay, Raleigh and Jefferson counties

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) has appointed three new business coaches to assist small businesses across the state.

    They are Joe Carlucci, based in Raleigh County; Tom Halverstadt, based in Jefferson County; and Sam Payne, based in Clay County.

    Business coaches operate from WVSBDC centers distributed across West Virginia. They collaborate with other coaches in the statewide network to help entrepreneurs sustain and expand their businesses. The network makes it possible for small business owners anywhere in the state to call on WVSBDC specialists certified in areas such as capital access, innovation/technology, exporting and federal contracts.

    WVSBDC partnered with the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority to hire Carlucci as business coach. Carlucci grew up in Glen Daniel and graduated from Liberty High School in Raleigh County, West Virginia. He joined the U.S. Navy where his service took him to South Korea and Naples, Italy, as well as Washington, D.C.

    After completing his military service, Carlucci started his own general contracting company in Virginia. He successfully sold his company and managed projects and business development for companies in the management, technology and construction industries. While continuing his career, Carlucci received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College.

    Halverstadt is the first small business and entrepreneur coach for Jefferson County. He was hired through a partnership between the WVSBDC and the Jefferson County Development Authority, as well as local businesses and community contributors. His office in Charles Town serves Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties

    A graduate of the University of Maryland, Halverstadt received a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He served as a certified public accountant for 10 years with a Big Four accounting and professional service company. He has held positions of chief executive officer, chief operating officer and chief financial officer. He has experience across a broad spectrum of industries including construction, development, manufacturing, retail, hotels, restaurants and golf course operations.

    Halverstadt is a veteran of the United States Marines.

    Payne attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he majored in Organizational Development.  He is a graduate of the Ohio School of Banking. His career spans more than 25 years in managerial banking, seven years of which were spent at the senior executive level. As a district and regional senior banker, Payne consulted with thousands of small businesses and coached junior level bankers on establishing effective working relationships with business owners. Payne is also a 2008 graduate of Leadership West Virginia.

    His office serves Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas and Webster counties. Among his duties, Payne will act as the WVSBDC “point person” for disaster preparedness coaching and training.  WVSBDC partnered with the Central Appalachian Empowerment Zone for this position.

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 30  2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

     

    posted Thursday, October 9, 2014 aA 10:39 AM
     

  4. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for Oct. 30 session on Business Fundamentals

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 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. Attendees paying online should bring the online receipt copy to the workshop.

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

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

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 9, 2014

    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

     

    posted Thursday, October 9, 2014 aP 3:09 PM
     

  5. America’s SBDC elects West Virginia state director to executive board

    WVSBDC State Director Kristina Oliver elected during national conference

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) State Director Kristina Oliver has been voted to the Executive Board of Directors of America’s Small Business Development Center (ASBDC).

    The mission of the national network of SBDCs is to help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership, and to assist existing businesses to remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy.

    Oliver was elected in September during the national organization’s conference in Texas. She will serve a two-year term as one of the 11 members on the executive board and will have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the future of the America’s SBDC.

    A native of Huntington, Oliver received her undergraduate degree from Marshall University and her master’s degree from Ken Blanchard School of Business.

    Her experience with entrepreneurship and business consist of commercial, governmental and academic practice. With more than 30 years of experience in entrepreneurship and business development, she founded various ventures that include manufacturing, advertising, business coaching and creative arts. As a consultant, she has provided expertise in leadership, management, project planning and strategic development.

    In December 2009, Oliver was named state director for WVSBDC. In 2011, the WVSBDC and its network of offices received full accreditation from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Association of Small Business Development Centers.

    The WVSBDC is a statewide network that provides essential information for successfully starting, expanding and growing a business. WVSBDC is supported by the West Virginia Development Office and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Learn how the SBDC can help your business. Visit WVSBDC.org/Jumpstart and watch the Three-step Jump Start video. Or call the Business Ask Me! Line at 888-982-7232.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 10, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Friday, October 10, 2014 aA 10:07 AM
     

  6. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Logan County

    Register for Nov. 6 session on business fundamentals

    MOUNT GAY, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, 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 Building B, Room 227, Logan County Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, 2900 Dempsey Branch Road, Mount Gay.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    posted Thursday, October 16, 2014 aP 12:17 PM
     

  7. Christina Lundberg retiring after 18 years with WV Small Business Development Center

    Business coach served Eastern Panhandle

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Christina Lundberg spent nearly two decades helping hundreds of people begin their business careers. This year, she is retiring from her post as business coach with West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) in Martinsburg.

    Lundberg joined WVSBDC in 1996 as a financial analyst. Two years later, she became center manager and business coach for the office based in the Eastern Panhandle.

    ”We wish Chris much happiness in her retirement and appreciate her many years of service and commitment to clients,” says Kristina Oliver, State Director of the WVSBDC.

    Business coaches operate from WVSBDC centers distributed across West Virginia. They collaborate with other coaches in the statewide network to help entrepreneurs sustain and expand their businesses. The network makes it possible for small business owners anywhere in the state to call on WVSBDC specialists certified in areas such as capital access, innovation/technology, exporting and federal contracts.

    Lundberg received multiple awards during her years of service. In 1999, she received West Virginia Small Business Administration (SBA) Women in Business Advocate of the Year. In 2002, Lundberg was named National SBA Welfare to Work Associate of the Year and WVSBDC State Star. In 2013, she was honored as West Virginia SBA Minority Small Business Champion.

    Lundberg received her master’s degree from the Michigan State University. Before joining WVSBDC, she was self-employed as an accountant for 10 years.

    The WVSBDC is a statewide network that provides technical assistance for successfully starting, expanding and growing a business. WVSBDC is supported by the West Virginia Development Office and 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. For more information, visit www.WVSBDC.org or call the Business Ask Me! Line at 888-982-7232.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 21, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 aP 3:45 PM
     

  8. Business Coach James Epling to retire after 28 years with WV Small Business Development Center

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — James Epling has announced his retirement as a business coach with West Virginia Small Business Development (WVSBDC), a post he has held for the past 28 years. His retirement is effective Nov. 1.

    Epling served clients in the central and southern counties of West Virginia from his office in Summersville, Nicholas County. As a member of the WVSBDC network of business coaches, Epling collaborated with other coaches statewide to help entrepreneurs sustain and expand their businesses. The network makes it possible for small business owners anywhere in the state to call on WVSBDC specialists certified in areas such as capital access, innovation/technology, exporting and federal contracts.

    “We appreciate the expertise and commitment that Jim gave to his clients throughout his nearly three decades of service. We wish him much happiness in his retirement,” says Kristina Oliver, State Director of the WVSBDC.

    In September, Epling was selected as the West Virginia 2014 State Star by America’s Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC). The ASBDC State Star honors outstanding employees from Small Business Development Centers.

    Epling is one of this year’s six WVSBDC business coaches to receive a certificate for Capital Access Recognition for accessing more than $1 million dollars of capital infusion for their clients.

    A native of Summersville, Epling graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management and later received his Master of Business Administration from Marshall University. Before joining WVSBDC in 1986, he worked in the coal industry and for an industrial supply company. Epling also taught business and accounting classes on a part-time basis for various colleges in the area.
     
    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.

    For more information, visit WVSBDC.org or call the Business Ask Me! Line at 888-982-7232.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 22, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC


    posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 aP 3:51 PM
     

  9. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Putnam County

    Register for Nov. 13 session on Business Fundamentals


    WINFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Nov. 13, in Putnam County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Putnam Chamber of Commerce, 5664 State Rt. 34, Winfield.

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

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

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

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

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 23, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 aA 11:35 AM
     

  10. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Grant County


    Register for Nov. 13 session on business fundamentals

    PETERSBURG, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13, in Grant County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Region 8 Planning and Development Council, Grant County Industrial Park, 8 Airport Road, Petersburg.

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

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. Registration is required in advance. To register by Tuesday, Nov. 11, 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: Oct. 28, 2014
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, October 28, 2014 aA 11:19 AM
     

  11. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for Nov. 18 session on business fundamentals

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, 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: Oct. 28, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, October 28, 2014 aP 12:14 PM
     

  12. WVSBDC names Lisha Conny as new business coach

    Serves Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood counties

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Lisha Conny has joined the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) as a business coach. The new business coaching position is hosted by the City of Parkersburg through a partnership agreement with the WVSBDC.

    Her office in the City of Parkersburg administrative building serves small businesses in Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood counties.

    “We are excited to have Lisha join the SBDC network. She will work with existing and growing businesses in the Parkersburg region and brings great experience to the position,” says Kristina Oliver, state director of the WVSBDC.

    Conny graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree with a double major in business management and in marketing. She entered business and held product management and marketing roles with companies in fields such as thermoplastics, energy and computer hardware and software.

    Currently Conny is co-owner of several entrepreneurial companies in sectors that range from cellular and fiber optics, agriculture, real estate and apparel.

    She is scheduled to receive her master’s degree in strategic leadership from the University of Charleston in December 2014.

    Business coaches operate from WVSBDC centers distributed across West Virginia. They collaborate with other coaches in the statewide network to help entrepreneurs sustain and expand their businesses. The network makes it possible for small business owners anywhere in the state to call on WVSBDC specialists certified in areas such as capital access, innovation/technology, exporting and federal contracts.

    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: Oct. 29, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, October 28, 2014 aP 12:23 PM
     

  13. WVSBDC selects David Ramsburg as new business coach

    WVSBDC and WVU partnership supports business coach position  

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC), in partnership with the West Virginia University College of Business & Economics BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, announces the appointment of David Ramsburg as business coach. His office, housed at the WVU LaunchLab in Hodges Hall on the WVU campus, will serve a multi-county region around Morgantown.

    He received his Master of Business Administration from Duke University, North Carolina. Ramsburg’s career spans more than 17 years in engineering and management positions with startups, corporations and not-for-profit organizations.

    A self-described “entrepreneur by nature,” Ramsburg has worked in fields such as wireless telecommunications, renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. He has experience in government contracting and has led research and development programs for various federal agencies including the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice.

    Business coaches operate from WVSBDC centers distributed across West Virginia. They collaborate with other coaches in the statewide network to help entrepreneurs sustain and expand their businesses. The network makes it possible for small business owners anywhere in the state to call on WVSBDC specialists certified in areas such as capital access, innovation/technology, exporting and federal contracts.

    The WVU LaunchLab is a start-up resource center located at Hodges Hall on the main campus of West Virginia University. The center provides in-house mentoring, legal, marketing, and financial services to innovators and entrepreneurs.

    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.

    For more information, visit www.WVSBDC.org or call the Business Ask Me! Line at 888-982-7232.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 31, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Friday, October 31, 2014 aA 9:13 AM
     

  14. TOURISM INDUSTRY PROJECTS TO RECEIVE $882,000 IN MATCHING FUNDS TO ATTRACT VISITORS TO THE STATE

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Tourism Industry projects totaling over 1.9 million have been approved by the West Virginia Tourism Commission to receive $882,000 in matching funds through the Matching Advertising Partnership Program (MAPP).

    MAPP allows state tourism businesses to match their advertising dollars through partnerships with other tourism businesses and the state. Matches are based on the combined budgets of the applicants and their partners, as well as the amount of available funding. The matching funds support efforts to promote wild and wonderful destinations throughout West Virginia, increasing the number of visitors and travel expenditures to the Mountain State.

    Approved requests representing tourism projects from across the state include:

    American Mountain Theater
    Applicant funding requirement: $75,000.00; state match: $50,000.00
    The overall goal for American Mountain Theater’s project is to continue to increase awareness of the Elkins, West Virginia destination in order to attract individuals and groups to spend their tourism dollars in the area.  The 2014-15 campaign is a push to reach 40,000 customers with revenue from vacation packages surpassing $700,000.

    Benchmark Conference Centers of West Virginia dba Stonewall Resort
    Applicant funding requirement: $75,000.00; state match: $50,000.00
    Stonewall Resort’s 2015 campaign is designed increase visitation and length of stay from the Pittsburgh market, to encourage guests to visit during the week to take advantage of the Resort’s compelling offers, and take part in numerous outdoor recreation activities.  Last year’s project saw a 208 percent return on advertising investment at the half way point of peak season for visitors from Pittsburgh. 

    Cabell-Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau 
    Applicant funding requirement: $31,307.40; state match:  $20,871.60
    Cabell-Huntington CVB’s 2014-2015 Advertising Program is designed to increase length of visitor stay, increase occupancy/room nights and to increase tours and events in Cabell County.  The program utilizes print advertising and collateral materials to target individuals, families and groups, primarily in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

    Charleston/Kanawha Convention and Visitors Bureau 
    Applicant funding requirement: $74,878.80; state match:  $49,919.20
    The Charleston/Kanawha CVB has partnered with 10 tourism industry businesses for the Charleston Millennial Project, targeting the lucrative 25-34 year-old age group known as Millennials. Through use of print and internet advertising, the program is designed to increase social media engagement and unique website users by 10 percent.  This age group represents the top demographic for the CVB’s website between May, 2013 and May, 2014, with top overall states originating from Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

    Fayette County Education Fund 
    Applicant funding requirement:  $1,530.00; state match: $4,590.00
    Fayette County Education Fund’s “New River Birding and Nature Festival” project is designed to establish Southern West Virginia as a premier birding destination, and has been recognized as a “Top 10 Event” by Bird Watcher’s Digest. In addition to providing shoulder season tourism business, the reputation of this event has seen an increasing number of requests to provide guided birding services throughout the year, and attracts birders from across North America – from experts to beginners of all ages.

    FestivALL Charleston, West Virginia
    Applicant funding requirement:  $824.75; state match: $2,474.25
    The objective of FestivAll’s 2015 print ad campaign is to familiarize people with FestivALL and drive traffic to their website.  The project targets surrounding states and beyond to reach prospective attendees with more information and the ability to purchase tickets through FestivALL’s website.  Last year’s return on investment for this project was over $57 for every dollar spent.

    Martinsburg-Berkeley County Convention and Visitors Bureau
    Applicant funding requirement:  $29,854.20; state match:  $19,902.80
    Martinsburg-Berkeley County CVB’s “ODDfest” project is designed to increase overnight stays and traffic to area businesses by showcasing a variety of “Weird, Wild, and Wonderful” events in Berkeley County.  The project targets singles, couples and families in Virginia, DC, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, through print, broadcast, and internet media.

    Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort
    Applicant funding requirement:  $125,820.51; state match:  $125,820.51
    The “You Can Get In On it All at Mountaineer Casino!” campaign is designed to drive new business to the casino resort and to foster guest loyalty in the highly competitive market through the use of INClub membership, frequent rewards and amenity offerings that set Mountaineer apart from the competition.

    Oglebay Resort
    Applicant funding requirement:  $73,065.00; state match:  $48,710.00
    Oglebay Resort’s “Golf Advertising Project” utilizes a combination of broadcast, Internet and direct mail media to provide a dynamic, cost-efficient impact to golfers in western Pennsylvania and Ohio. Last year’s project yielded 68,489 rounds of golf with 4,674 overnight golf packages booked at the resort.

    PNGI Charles Town Gaming dba Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
    Applicant funding requirement:  $246,252.32; state match: $246,252.32
    Hollywood Casino’s “Competitive Defense Project” focuses on the effective defense of existing customer visitation and the acquisition of new customers.  The project is designed to maintain year-long, top-of-mind awareness, generate new customers, and increase repeat visitation through print and broadcast media, as well as direct mail in specifically targeted areas.

    Pocahontas County Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Applicant funding requirement:  $17,424.00; state match: $11,616.00
    “Discover the Birthplace of Rivers” is a multi-media campaign centered on the eight rivers’ headwaters, the streams, runs, and waterways in Pocahontas County and all the family fun available on or around those waterways.  The project includes the CVB plus 10 partners, with specific packages offered by lodging partners that include overnight stays, guided fishing trips, and free canoe/kayak rentals as components of the package.

    Racing Corporation of WV dba Mardi Gras Casino & Resort
    Applicant funding requirement:  $37,847.92; state match: $37,847.92
    The top goals for the “Come Join The Party” campaign include, increasing awareness of Mardi Gras Casino & Resort as a destination to both in-state and out-of-state tourists within a 120 mile radius; encouraging return visits and overnight stays from existing visitors; and maintaining a strong positive return on investment.  Print, broadcast and outdoor advertising is planned, as well as direct mail.

    River Riders
    Applicant funding requirement:  $15,809.32; state match:  $10,539.54
    River Riders’ “2015 Brochure Project” is designed to educate potential visitors to the Eastern Panhandle of the multitude of opportunities available to incorporate into their trip to the area.  The main goals of the project are to have the visitor stay longer and spend more tourism dollars during their visit.  The project targets active families, active college/20 year olds, and active group business including youth groups, scouts, and corporate groups in the DC and Baltimore Metro areas.

    Snowshoe Mountain
    Applicant funding requirement:  $75,000.00; state match:  $50,000.00
    The ultimate goal of Snowshoe Mountain’s project is to increase skier visits and room nights for the upcoming season.  The program will utilize internet media to increase midweek visitation by 10 percent through dynamic pricing and promotions, and increase pre-Christmas visitation by 20 percent through special offers which extend higher discounts.

    Top of WV Convention and Visitors Bureau
    Applicant funding requirement: $36,894.18 ; state match:  $24,596.12
    The “Welcome to the Top of West Virginia” campaign includes the CVB plus six partners with a three-purpose goal - to increase tourism in the top of West Virginia, make tourism a key element in the area’s economy, and increase the quality of life in Brook and Hancock counties.  Print, broadcast and internet media, as well as a targeted consumer show will be utilized within the campaign.

    Tucker County Convention and Visitors Bureau
    Applicant funding requirement:  $75,000.00; state match:  $50,000.00
    The main goal of the “Get Tuckr’d Quick’r” project is to increase overnight visitation and revenue to Tucker County.  The campaign primarily utilizes print and internet media as well as direct mail to target the Metro Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland suburbs and in-state travel of West Virginia.

    West Virginia Ski Areas Association (WVSAA)
    Applicant funding requirement:  $2,250.00; state match: $6,750.00
    WVSAA represents a consortium of seven ski areas located in West Virginia.  Through use of internet advertising and targeted radio, the campaign seeks to develop, maintain and increase top of mind awareness of West Virginia’s premier ski areas as first choice destinations for outdoor enthusiasts throughout the state and neighboring states. 

    Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack
    Applicant funding requirement:  $72,747.17; state match:  $72,747.17
    Wheeling Island’s “New Member and Player Retention Project” focuses on three distinct goals – player acquisition, retention and reactivation.  The strategies employed to meet these goals include offers to players, as well as mass advertising through radio and newspaper to generate overall awareness of the casino and its amenities.

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    Tina.L.Stinson@wv.gov
    304-957-9338

    posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 aP 12:18 PM
     

  15. ADVENTURE ADVISORY: HAUNTINGS IN WEST VIRGINIA

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

    Year-round: Ghost Tours of Harpers Ferry by “O’ Be JoyFull,” Harpers Ferry
    304-725-8019; rickgmail@comcast.net; www.historicharpersferry.com 
    Tours are available Monday – Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. Reservations are required for all tours. Extra tours are available during October beginning at 6 p.m. and on Sundays. Call for more information.

    Fridays and Saturdays in October: Whipple Company Store Ghost Tours, Scarbro 
    304-465-0331; whipple@whipplecompanystore.com; www.whipplecompanystore.com 
    On this ghost hunt inside the 100-year-old building, explore unexplainable sights and sounds as you visit the ballroom, the walk-in safe, the hidden floor, the embalming room and the basement. Ages 21 and up.

    Various dates through Oct. 31: Haunted Trail, Little Beaver State Park, Beaver 
    304-763-2494; littlebeaversp@wv.gov; www.littlebeaverstatepark.com/events.html 
    There’s fun for all ages on this nighttime haunted trail adventure with ghosts and goblins! Hours are from dark until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from dark until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The trail is not open every night. Call for date information and pricing.

    Wednesday – Sunday through Nov. 1: “Forsaken” Haunted House, Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, Weston 
    304-269-5070; www.talawv.com; www.theasylumwv.com 
    A frightening live haunted attraction held from dark until midnight.

    Now through Nov. 1: Apolloween, Martinsburg 
    304-263-6766; HauntedTheatre@apollo-theatre.org; www.apolloween.com
    The Apollo Civic Theatre presents its annual fright-fest “Apolloween” featuring the Haunted Theatre, Paranormal Investigations, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and trick or treating. Visit the website or call for specific dates and times.

    Various dates through Nov. 1: Miller’s Nightmare Haunted Farm, Lewisburg 
    304-497-3184; 304-661-1306; bhsm1226@gmail.com; www.millersnightmare.com 
    Take the “Night Bus” into the back woods to a corn patch afflicted with a mind-altering disease and venture through the dimly lit paths of the abysmal darkness of the woods. Finally, you must face your fears in order to return back to reality.

    Friday and Saturday night from now through November: 18th Annual Ghost Tours of Lewisburg, Lewisburg 
    304-256-8687; www.greenbrierwv.com 
    Take a candlelight walking tour of haunted homes and sites in the Lewisburg Historic District. 

    Oct. 17-19 and 24-26: Boo at the Zoo, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling
    800-624-6988; 304-243-4000; www.oglebay-resort.com 
    Don’t miss this special opportunity to dress up and visit the zoo after dark! Participants receive bags at the door to stash the candy from nine treat stations. A Spooky Special Halloween-themed train ride will be available for $2.50 per ride. 

    Oct. 17, 24, 31, and Nov. 1: Haunted History Tours, Martinsburg 
    304-261-7470; www.travelwv.com/what-to-do/haunted-history-in-martinsburg/ 
    Tours include: Southend tours/Boydville grounds, Belle Boyd House, scariest/haunted downtown destinations, Boydville Mansion, and tours of Green Hills Cemetery (ages 13 and up for this tour). All tours are 1 ½ - 2 hours long. Reservations are required. 

    Oct. 18: 18th Annual Halloween Party, Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis 
    304-259-5216; www.blackwaterfalls.com 
    Enjoy lots of free scary fun with costume judging and games for children (up to 7th grade), followed by a daring walk through the Haunted Area. 

    Oct. 18: Spooktacular Costume Party/Dance, Chief Logan Lodge, Logan 
    304-855-6100; www.chiefloganstatepark.com/events.html 
    It’s a Spooktacular Costume Party fun-filled night for goblins and creatures of fright. Plan to be at Chief Logan Lodge for an evening of fun including a party/dance, snacks and overnight accommodations for two. The party starts at 8 p.m.

    Oct. 18, 25 and Nov. 1: Harpers Ferry Hallows, Harpers Ferry 
    800-326-7238; 304-535-2663; trips@riverriders.com; www.harpersferryhallows.com
    Put your courage to the test with Aerial Adventure Park's five aerial climbing courses. After conquering the tree top challenges, relax on a riverside hay ride to the Entrance Trail for the sunset Zipline Tour. 

    Oct. 25: Halloween Party, North Bend State Park, Cairo 
    304-643-2931; www.northbendsp.com
    Celebrate Halloween at North Bend State Park with games, prizes, costume contest, crafts and much more!

    Oct. 25: Halloween Train, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Cass 
    304-456-4300; cassrailroadsp@wv.gov; www.cassrailroad.com 
    This haunted train ride to Whittaker Station has ghostly surprises for all. The train departs at 6 p.m. and passengers are encouraged to wear costumes. Reservations required.

    Oct. 31: Ghouls in Gowns—A Nightmare Beauty Pageant Murder Mystery/Dessert Buffet Theater, Kingwood 
    304-329-6336; 301-268-5116; Res: 304-276-8558; mountaineer@atlanticbb.net 
    Some fiendish ghoul is determined to win at all costs, even resorting to murder, in this interactive murder mystery theater. Two lucky audience members will be chosen to become members of the cast. 

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

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    posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014 aP 12:22 PM
     

  16. WEST VIRGINIA DIVISION OF TOURISM HOSTS “GO OUTSIDE AND FLY FISH” IN GRANT COUNTY

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Tourism hosted “Go Outside and Fly Fish” at Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins in Grant County, West Virginia. Curtis Fleming of the Outdoor Channel’s popular TV show “Fly Rod Chronicles,” his pro staff and the West Virginia University Fly Fishing Club joined the Division to teach Petersburg High School science students and Chestnut Mountain Ranch School students the science and techniques of fly fishing and tying.

    “Learning the art of fly casting alongside Petersburg High School and Chestnut Mountain Ranch School students—and having the opportunity to meet and speak to each of them about West Virginia, was truly an amazing experience,” Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “What I learned today—many thanks to Curtis, his pro staff and the WVU Fly Fishing Club— is that fly fishing is much more than going out and catching a fish. It’s art and science in one—the physics behind casting, the biology of insects and fish behavior, the right way to tie a knot and, of course, the design.”
        
    In addition to the North Fork River, other fly fishing spots include: New River, Shavers River, Cranberry River, Elk River, Dry Fork River, Gandy Creek, Cherry River, Williams River and the South Branch of Potomac River. For an interactive map of fishing streams in West Virginia, visit: www.mapwv.gov/huntfish. 

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

    PHOTO GALLERY: bit.ly/GoOutSideandFlyFish 

    Contact: 
    Tina Stinson
    Division of Tourism
    304-957-9338
    tina.l.stinson@wv.gov 

    posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014 aP 1:37 PM
     

  17. Adventure Advisory: Honoring Our Veterans

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

    Nov. 1: Gold Star Family Monument Dedication, Hartford
    304-206-6065; james261968@gmail.com 

    This is the state’s second Gold Star Family Monument and the third in the nation. The dedication ceremony will take place in front of the Hartford Post Office at 1 p.m. 

    Nov. 6: West Virginia Voices of War: Oral Histories from West Virginia War Veterans, Archives and History Library in the Culture Center, Charleston
    304- 558-0230; http://www.wvculture.org/history/workshops/douglas110614promo.html 

    West Virginia Voices of War is a documentary weaving together the thoughts of 46 West Virginia war veterans on leaving for war and fighting to get back home afterward. The documentary includes veterans from World War II to Afghanistan. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    Nov. 8: AMVETS Veterans Day Parade, Downtown Point Pleasant 
    304-674-3663; www.masoncountytourism.org 

    Lineup starts at the north end of Main Street in front of the Mason County Board of Education office at 12:30 p.m. The parade begins at 1 p.m.  

    Nov. 8: Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony, downtown Elkins 
    304-636-1414; 304-635-7021; pblosser@cityofelkinswv.com 

    Parade starts at 10 a.m. and ends at City Hall. A ceremony will follow at 11 a.m.

    Nov. 9: Annual Veterans Day Concert: Bluefield Performing Arts Center at Bluefield High School, Bluefield 
    304-325-9117; 800-221-3206; info@visitmercercounty.com 

    The East River Mountain Town Band will perform at 3 p.m. Admission is free. 

    Nov. 11: 6th Annual Veterans Day Parade, Ripley
    304-514-2609; Director@VisitRipleyWV.com; www.CityofRipley.org

    Ripley's 6th annual Veterans Day Parade will include the first-ever Military Honor March with 90 posters of Jackson County veterans. The 10 a.m. parade will include the John Marshall Fife & Drum Corps. The parade will be followed by an 11 a.m. ceremony on the lawn of the Jackson County Courthouse.

    Nov. 11: 9th Annual Veterans Day Parade, Dinner and Show, Oceana 
    304 923-2713; 304 682-4859; talitgc@hotmail.com 

    Parade lineup begins at noon in front of the library with a start time of 1 p.m., followed by a dinner and show at Westside High School. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.

    Nov. 11: 12th Annual Veterans Day Parade and Commemoration Ceremony, Matewan 
    606-427-8892; walked_on2002@yahoo.com; www.walked_on2002@yahoo.com 

    The parade will start at 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Bridge and Mate Streets and end at Matewan City Hall. Following the parade, there will be special singing and poem recitations at Matewan City Hall at 1 p.m. 

    Nov. 11: 37 Fallen, Capitol Theatre, Charleston 
    304-222-3363; shodge@wvstateu.edu; stephkenz@gmail.com
     
    “37 Fallen” is a West Virginia State University student documentary about West Virginia’s fallen soldiers of Iraq and Afghanistan. At 7 p.m., there will be a symposium on the research as well as an extended clip of the film.

    Nov. 11: 72nd Annual Veterans Day Parade, Charleston 
    304-545-4057; post20wv@aol.com 

    The parade lineup begins at 9:15 a.m., at the intersection of Capitol Street and Kanawha Boulevard, with the parade starting at 10 a.m. A Veterans Day Ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at Haddad River Front Park following the parade.

    Nov. 11: 95th Annual Veterans Day Parade and Open House, Welch 
    304-436-4957; 304-436-3113; reba@mcswv.net 

    American Legion Post 8 will host the longest running Veterans Day Parade in the country beginning at 10 a.m. and ending approximately 11 a.m. American Legion Post 8 will host an open house.

    Nov. 11: Annual Veterans Day Parade, Uptown Beckley 
    304-237-5614; http://beckley.org/community_calendar/index.html 

    Organized by the American Legion, the parade assembles at Park Middle School on Park Street at 10 a.m., starts at 11 a.m., and ends at the Federal Building on Prince Street around 12:30 p.m.

    Nov. 11: Veterans Day Parade, Fairmont 
    304-365-4207; cbakerjk1748@yahoo.com 

    Annual Veterans Day Parade from Palatine Park to Veteran’s Square, with a ceremony to follow. Hours are from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

    Nov. 11: Veterans Day Parade, Princeton 
    Parade: 304-425-5653; Ceremony: pfccoulbourne@gmail.com; 304-320-6032

    The Veterans Day parade begins on Mercer Street at 11 a.m., followed by the unveiling and dedication of the Veterans Always Free Walk of Honor Memorial at 1 p.m. in front of the Memorial Building, directly across the street from the Mercer County Courthouse.

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

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    304-957-9388
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  20. Higher elevations holding color; lower elevations catching up

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia state foresters say areas of high elevation, 3,500 feet and up, continue to have the most colorful foliage. Canaan Valley and Dolly Sods, which peaked earlier this week, should remain colorful through the coming weekend. State Route 32 from Harmon to Davis and Thomas is the recommended drive in the Canaan Valley area. The Bear Rocks area of Dolly Sods, which is especially colorful this year, is the recommended destination within the wilderness area.

    Other points of interest nearing peak this week include Blackwater Falls, Spruce Knob, the Highland Scenic Highway and the Allegheny Front.

    “The Highland Scenic Highway will make an excellent drive this weekend, especially from Kennison Mountain to Elk Mountain outside Marlinton,” Regional Forester Tom Cover said. “Foliage along the Highland Scenic Highway should be good next week, too.”

    Cover said colors below 3,500 feet are appearing quickly and points of interest like the headwaters (East and West Forks) of the Greenbrier River, Spruce Knob Lake, Allegheny Mountain and Cheat Mountain should be good this coming weekend and the following one. Cover also suggested leaf peepers check out the viewing platform at Kumbrabow State Forest for excellent color.

    Local festivals foresters suggest leaf peepers take in this weekend include the 41st annual Burlington Old Fashioned Apple Harvest Festival in Mineral County, the Mannington Octoberfest and Bunners Ridge Heritage Festival in Marion County, the Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins, Oglebayfest/Ohio County Fair, and Pioneer Days in Elizabeth.

    Forestry officials encourage leaf peepers to post their 2014 West Virginia fall foliage photos to the agency’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wvforestry), or tweet them using #wvfallcolor.  Photos may be featured on the Division’s Facebook page. 

    Weekly reports will be available through the agency’s website, www.wvforestry.com, its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry, Twitter account, @wvforestry, and the Department of Commerce’s website, www.wvcommerce.org. Reports will be posted each Thursday afternoon through the end of October. Photos and updates, as available through the week, will be posted to the agency’s Facebook page.

     The next fall foliage report will be released Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.

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    Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce (see attached photo): The viewing platform at Kumbrabow State Forest provides an excellent view of colorful fall foliage.

    News Release: Oct. 2, 2014                    

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

    posted Thursday, October 2, 2014 aP 12:04 PM
     

  21. Rails and Trails Lead to Plenty of Fall Color - Special viewing opportunity this weekend at Kumbrabow State Forest

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia foresters report colorful foliage throughout the state and say this coming weekend will be an excellent opportunity to see peak colors in several areas, including points of interest in Pocahontas and Webster counties.

    Recommended destinations in Pocahontas County include Cass Scenic Railroad, Greenbrier River Rail Trail, Highland Scenic Highway and Cheat Mountain.

    Webster County destinations include Big Ditch Lake at the Big Ditch Wildlife Management Area and Holly River State Park.

    For those folks in the mood for a long colorful drive, foresters recommend W.Va. State Route 20 from Princeton to Buckhannon. This route will take leaf peepers through Meadow Bridge, Rainelle, Nettie, Craigsville, Webster Springs, Diana and Rock Cave.

    Forester Travis Miller, working in conjunction with the Division of Natural Resources, has arranged a special viewing opportunity this coming weekend at Kumbrabow State Forest in Randolph County. From Friday, Oct. 10 through Sunday, Oct. 12, the gate to Rich Mountain Fire Trail will be open so visitors can drive to the overlook. Normally, the overlook observation deck is only accessible by foot.

    “Throughout the year, the views from Rich Mountain are spectacular,” Miller said, “and with the added fall color, the Kumbrabow observation tower is the perfect place to see fall foliage at its finest.”

    Division of Forestry and DNR personnel constructed the observation deck and a nearby picnic shelter in 2013 with funds from the sale of timber on the state forest.

    In other areas of the state:

    Foliage is reported to be at 80 percent peak in Calhoun, Gilmer, Jackson, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood counties.

    Counties with foliage between 50 to 75 percent peak include Barbour, Berkeley, Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hardy, Harrison, Jefferson, Lewis, McDowell, Mercer, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Pendleton, Preston, Raleigh, Summers, Taylor, Upshur, Wetzel and Wyoming.

    Leaves at the highest elevations in the state are past peak or off the trees due to recent heavy rains and winds.

    Forestry officials encourage leaf peepers to post their 2014 West Virginia fall foliage photos to the agency’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wvforestry), or tweet them using #wvfallcolor. Photos may be featured on the Division’s Facebook page.

    Weekly reports will be available through the agency’s website, www.wvforestry.com, its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry, Twitter account, @wvforestry, and the Department of Commerce’s website, www.wvcommerce.org. Reports will be posted each Thursday afternoon through the end of October. Photos and updates, as available through the week, will be posted to the agency’s Facebook page.

    The next fall foliage report will be released Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

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    Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce (see attached photo): Foliage at Cass Scenic Railroad in Pocahontas County currently is peak or near peak.

    News Release: Oct. 9, 2014                    

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

    posted Thursday, October 9, 2014 aP 2:12 PM
     

  22. Public tour at Kumbrabow State Forest Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials will conduct a public tour at 11 a.m. at Kumbrabow State Forest Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. This is an informational tour for the public to learn about plans for a proposed timber management project prescribed to encourage the establishment of high-quality black cherry seedlings, accelerate the restoration of red spruce and provide wildlife habitat diversity while creating additional recreational access to this part of the forest. The tour is an opportunity for members of the public to learn about the project firsthand in order to provide written input if they so desire.

    The project area is located off the Rich Mountain Fire Trail. Participants will meet at the Kumbrabow State Forest office. Bring substantial footwear, clothing appropriate for the weather, snacks and water. The majority of the tour will involve a .5 to 1 mile hike on uneven ground in the woods with 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 Friday, Oct. 17, so enough transportation will be available. 

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    News Release:  Oct. 14, 2014                 

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

    posted Wednesday, October 15, 2014 aP 12:39 PM
     

  23. Abundant Fall Color Throughout W.Va. - Back roads and major routes will be colorful drives

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia state forestry officials say leaf peepers won’t have to look far for colorful fall foliage this weekend. In fact, it will be hard to avoid. With the exception of the highest elevations and the lowest river valleys, fall color is abundant throughout the Mountain State.

    Recommended points of interest this week include the New River Gorge and Harpers Ferry. Bridge Day celebrates its 35th anniversary Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. Although not yet peak, foliage in the New River Gorge should provide a colorful backdrop to the day’s festivities. Color throughout Fayette County is reported to be 75 percent peak. Foliage around Harpers Ferry is reported to be very nice again this week: visit downtown, hike the Appalachian Trail or explore the National Historic Park.

    Those wanting to take a colorful drive can pretty much just get in the car and go anywhere. Recommended major routes include Interstate 79 between Morgantown and Charleston, Interstate 64 between Beckley and White Sulphur Springs, U.S. Route 33 between Elkins and Weston, and U.S. Route 219 between Lewisburg and Droop Mountain. Be aware though, leaves at the top of Droop Mountain and other points of high elevation are either past peak or off the trees.  

    Back roads, with the exception of those in the state’s most southern counties, should provide lots of color and interesting sights.

    Forestry officials encourage leaf peepers to post their 2014 West Virginia fall foliage photos to the agency’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wvforestry), or tweet them using #wvfallcolor. Photos may be featured on the Division’s Facebook page.

    Weekly reports will be available through the agency’s website, www.wvforestry.com, its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry, Twitter account, @wvforestry, and the Department of Commerce’s website, www.wvcommerce.org. Reports will be posted each Thursday afternoon through the end of October. Photos and updates, as available through the week, will be posted to the agency’s Facebook page.

    The next fall foliage report will be released Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.

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    Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce (see attached photo): Foliage in the New River Gorge is not yet peak, but will provide a colorful backdrop for Bridge Day activities Oct. 18, 2014.

    News Release: Oct. 16, 2014                  

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

    posted Thursday, October 16, 2014 aP 2:45 PM
     

  24. Coopers Rock, Cheat Lake and Panhandles Offer Best Fall Color This Week

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State foresters say Coopers Rock State Forest, Cheat Lake and West Virginia’s Northern and Eastern panhandles are the best bets for fall color this weekend. Foliage in Coopers Rock State Forest turned a bit late this year, and foresters recommend a drive along Interstate 68 this weekend through the forest to see the best color of the season. While in the area, be sure to check out the leaves along Cheat Lake.

    In the state’s Northern Panhandle, foliage in Marshall, Ohio, Brooke and Hancock counties is reported to be 100 percent peak and showing lots of yellows and reds. Foresters say any drive along the Ohio River will be beautiful. A drive along U.S. Route 250 from Wetzel County through Marshall County also is recommended. Foliage along that route is mostly past peak, but areas of bright color remain.

    In the Eastern Panhandle, foliage in Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties also is reported to be 100 percent peak. Foresters recommend following State Route 9 along the Cacapon River with a stop at the Panorama Overlook. Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area is another recommended point of interest this weekend in the Eastern Panhandle. 

    U.S. Route 60 is colorful between Gauley Bridge and Charleston, as is a drive south along Interstates 64 and 77 from Charleston to Beckley.

    State Route 5 is the recommended drive in Calhoun and Gilmer counties. U.S. Route 33 is recommended in Gilmer and Roane counties.

    Forestry officials encourage leaf peepers to post their 2014 West Virginia fall foliage photos to the agency’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wvforestry), or tweet them using #wvfallcolor. Photos may be featured on the Division’s Facebook page.

    Weekly reports will be available through the agency’s website, www.wvforestry.com, its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry, Twitter account, @wvforestry, and the Department of Commerce’s website, www.wvcommerce.org. Reports will be posted each Thursday afternoon through the end of October. Photos and updates, as available through the week, will be posted to the agency’s Facebook page.           

    The next fall foliage report will be released Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.

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    Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce (see attached photo): State foresters say foliage in Coopers Rock State Forest turned late this year and recommend a drive along Interstate 68 this weekend through the forest to see the best color of the season.

    News Release: Oct. 23, 2014                  

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

    posted Thursday, October 23, 2014 aP 4:40 PM
     

  25. Arbor Day Poster Contest Open to All W.Va. Fourth- and Fifth-graders

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials and the Urban and Community Forestry Council encourage teachers with fourth- and fifth-grade students to participate in the 2015 West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest. This year’s theme is “Trees Are … Beneficial!” Contest submissions will be accepted through March 2, 2015.

    The contest is open to all West Virginia fourth- and fifth-grade public-, private- and home-schooled students. One winner from each grade will receive a $30 cash prize from the West Virginia Forestry Association. In addition, an awards ceremony will be held at the school of each winner and a tree will be planted in his or her honor.

    Visit www.wvforestry.com/arbor.cfm  for contest rules, activity guide and other information.

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    Photo courtesy West Virginia Division of Forestry (see attached photo): Arbor Day Poster Contest entries will be accepted through March 2, 2015. Then-fifth grader Haleigh Henderson of Wheeling won first place in 2014 for her poster that represented last year’s theme “Trees are…alive!”

    News Release: Oct. 29, 2014                  

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

    Contact: Andy Sheetz, Partnership Coordinator, 304-382-9574 Andy.i.Sheetz@wv.gov

    posted Wednesday, October 29, 2014 aP 4:46 PM
     

  26. Eastern Panhandle Counties Offer Last of Fall Color West Virginia’s fall foliage season coming to an end.

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Foliage in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle counties is past peak but state foresters report it is still colorful and plentiful.  Leaves in Berkeley, Jefferson, Mineral and Morgan counties are hanging tough and remain on the trees despite being past peak. Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area, Keyser and Berkeley Springs are recommended places to visit.

    West Virginia Division of Forestry officials thank everyone who posted images to the DOF’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry, or tweeted them using #wvfallcolor.

    This is the last fall foliage report for 2014.

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    Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce (see attached photo): Foliage in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle counties is past peak but state foresters report it is still colorful and plentiful as seen in this photo from Cranny Crow at Lost River State Park in Hardy County. 

    News Release: Oct. 30, 2014

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

    posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 aP 4:35 PM