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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 Logan County

    Register for May 19 session on business fundamentals

    MOUNT GAY, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, May 19, 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: April 29, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Wednesday, April 29, 2015 aP 4:19 PM
     

  3. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Grant County

    Register for May 14 session on business fundamentals

    PETERSBURG, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, May 14, 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 – 131 Providence Lane, 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, May 12, 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 30, 2015
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, April 30, 2015 aA 9:57 AM
     

  4. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Nicholas County

    Register for May 20 session on Business Fundamentals

    SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 20, in Nicholas 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, 830 Northside Drive, Summersville.

    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 30, 2015
    CONTACT: Joe Carlucci, 304-767-8127, joseph.f.carlucci@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, April 30, 2015 aA 10:00 AM
     

  5. WVSBDC celebrates National Small Business Week


    Waives fee for business fundamentals workshops May 4 - 8

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In honor of entrepreneurs during National Small Business Week May 4 - 8, the West Virginia Small Business Development Center will offer workshops for startup businesses at no cost.

    The standard rate for the Business Fundamental workshop is $35. Led by WVSBDC business coaches, the workshops are designed for those who are thinking of starting, or have had a business for one year or less.

    Workshop attendees should still register for workshops so WVSBDC business coaches can supply materials for all participants.

    “More than 95 percent of West Virginia businesses are small businesses,” said Kristina Oliver, state director, West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC). “Our mission is to not only encourage entrepreneurs to start businesses, but to continue to help them succeed and grow.”

    The WVSBDC has scheduled several workshops during National Small Business Week. The roster of workshops held across the state year round can be found on the agency’s website www.wvsbdc.org by clicking the training calendar.

    May 5
    - Harrisville, 6 – 9 p.m., 217 West Main Street. Contact: Marsa C. Myers, 304-926-4169

    - Berkeley Springs, 9 a.m. – noon, The Pines Opportunity Center, 109 War Memorial Drive. Contact: Mary Hott, 304-380-3279

    - Wheeling, 9 a.m. – noon, WVNCC B&O Building Room 418, 1704 Market Street. Contact: Donna Schramm, 304-214-8973

    - Welch, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 90 Howard St, Welch.  Contact: Harold Patterson, 304-767-0532

    - Grantsville, 6 – 9 p.m., Commons Area, Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center, 5260 East Little Kanawha Highway. Contact: Marsa C. Myers, 304-926-4169    

    - Williamson, 9 a.m. – noon, 1100 East 4th Avenue. Contact: Dreama Wolfingbarger, 304-957-2083

    - Winfield, 9 a.m. – noon, 5664 State Route 34. Contact:, Bryan Shaw, 304-528-5617

    May 7
    - Martinsburg, 9 a.m. – noon, 5550 Winchester Avenue. Contact: Mary Hott, 304-380-3279

    - Bluefield, 1 – 4 p.m., 219 Rock Street, Mahood Hall, Paul Cole School of Business. Contact: Harold Patterson, 304-767-0532      

    - Moorefield, 6 – 8:30 p.m., Ste. 2, 151 Robert C Byrd Industrial Park Road. Contact: Beth Ludewig, 304-530-4964

    - Buckhannon, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Upshur County Economic Development Authority, 30 East Main Street. Susie Higgins, 304-472-1757

    - Beckley, 1 – 4 p.m., WorkForce West Virginia building , 299 New River Drive. Contact: Joe Carlucci, 304-767-8127

    - Charleston, 9 a.m. – noon, 1116 Smith Street. Dreama Wolfingbarger, 304-957-2083

    May 8
    - Huntington, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI ) Building, 1050 Fourth Avenue, briefing room. Contact: Amber Wilson, 304-528-5616

    The workshops are the second step in the WVSBDC Three Step Jump Start.

    Step 1: Watch the online video on the WVSBDC website www.wvsbdc.org. The video explains available WVSBDC services available to new and established entrepreneurs.

    Step 2: Attend a workshop led by a WVSBDC business coach. The training, designed for startup and new (1 year or less) companies, covers business fundamentals. Typically, workshops are offered at a minimum cost. This year, the cost is waived during Small Business Week.

    Step 3: Make an appointment with a WVSBDC business coach. The coach works with the business owner as an advisor and guide. Coaches can help with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services. There is no cost for WVSBDC’s confidential one-on-one coaching 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 30 , 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Friday, May 1, 2015 aP 3:13 PM
     

  6. U.S. Small Business Administration West Virginia District Office announces 2015 Small Business Week award winners

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. Small Business Administration's West Virginia District Office recently announced the 2015 Small Business Week award winners along with the state's top small business SBA lenders.

    The winners will be formally recognized during a noon luncheon May 27 at Canaan Resort and Conference Center in Davis.

    The honors include a national-level award for KeyLogic Systems. This is the first time a West Virginia business has received the National Prime Contractor award from the Small Business Administration:
     
    National Prime Contractor of the Year
    Jon Hammock – KeyLogic Systems Inc., Morgantown, WV 26505

    The state winners are:

    West Virginia Small Business Person of the Year: Jeannette L. King, Strategic Resolution Experts Inc., Martinsburg

    West Virginia Family-Owned Small Business of the Year:
    Rocco Muriale, Muriale's Restaurant, Fairmont

    West Virginia Entrepreneurial Success: Justin Seibert, Direct Online Marketing, Wheeling

    West Virginia Financial Champion of the Year: Jason William Shepherd, Peoples Bank, Huntington Branch, Huntington

    West Virginia Minority Small Business Champion of the Year: Sandra Moss, Black Business Association Supporting Entrepreneurs, Saint Albans

    West Virginia Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year: Marsha Hopkins, Excalibur Services LLC, Scott Depot

    West Virginia Women in Business Champion of the Year: Terri Cutright, formerly of Main Street Morgantown, Morgantown

    West Virginia Community Bank of the Year: MVB Bank — approved seven SBA-guaranteed loans in West Virginia totaling nearly $900,000

    West Virginia Lender of the Year: Huntington National Bank — approved 78 SBA-guaranteed loans worth over $12 million

    National Small Business Week recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. National Small Business Week 2015 takes place May 4 – 8. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories.

    West Virginia’s SBDC is honoring entrepreneurs by offering business fundamentals workshops at no charge May 4 – 8. The standard workshop registration cost is $34.

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

    posted Friday, May 1, 2015 aP 3:21 PM
     

  7. WVSBDC joins celebration of America’s SBDC 35th anniversary

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — This year marks the 35th anniversary of America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), which represents the nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers. America’s SBDC is the largest technical assistance program for small businesses in the country.

    The West Virginia SBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

    In recognition of the anniversary as well as National Small Business Week, the WVSBDC will offer no-cost training workshops on business fundamentals May 4 – 8.

    America’s SBDC members such as WVSBDC provide low-cost training and no-cost business coaching. The national network provides information, advice and resources to help prospective entrepreneurs start their own small businesses and established companies to grow.

    The SBDC program was created to stimulate economic growth. According to SBA data, every federal dollar spent on the SBDC network helped small businesses access $46.25 in new capital. The national average job growth for small businesses is estimated as being 1.6 percent, annually. With expert assistance from America’s Small Business Development Centers, clients of the program typically experience 14 percent job growth.

    America’s SBDC service centers are funded in part by the United States Congress through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

    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.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 30, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Friday, May 1, 2015 aP 3:26 PM
     

  8. New business coaches, network coordinator, join WVSBDC to assist state’s small businesses

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

    Steve Johnson serves as the new WVSBDC network coordinator for the statewide program. He provides a communications link between the lead center based in Charleston and the business coaches in the field. His duties also include handling the operational functions of the SBDC Centers statewide, budget reviews, financial analysis and performance evaluations. Johnson also manages the WVSBDC Business Ask Me! Line (888-982-7232) that helps entrepreneurs to find answers to their business questions.

    He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marshall University and his master’s degree from Wayne State College, Nebraska. In private industry, he held management and principle positions with responsibilities that include finances, development and human resources.

    The new business coaches are Susannah Higgins, based in Buckhannon; Mary Hott, Martinsburg; Marsa Myers, Parkersburg; David Ramsburg, Morgantown; and Bryan Shaw, Huntington.

    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.

    Higgins received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from West Virginia University. Her experience spans several different entities with a wide range of responsibilities, including financial forecasting, operational management and marketing. Her office based in Buckhannon serves Barbour, Gilmer, Lewis, Randolph, Tucker and Upshur counties.

    Hott has held management roles in corporations, non-profit organizations and start-ups. She has also been a small business owner. Her experience includes organizational development, strategic planning, marketing, business development, software solutions integration and information systems, project management and training. Hott received her master’s degree in information systems engineering from Northeastern University, Boston. Her WVSBDC office serves Berkeley, Hampshire, Jefferson, Mineral and Morgan counties.

    Myers received her master’s degrees in English and in public administration from West Virginia University. Her experience includes mediation, training and development in business and academic environments. She is credentialed through the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) with its highest designation, the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP).  Myers has earned the certification of an ASTD Master Trainer and is a certified Professional Coach (PC). Before joining WVSBDC, she worked for the WVU Division of Human Resources at West Virginia University as senior training and development specialist. Her office in Parkersburg serves Calhoun, Doddridge, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Wirt and Wood counties.

    Shaw’s office is supported by a partnership formed by the WVSBDC and Advantage Valley to provide business coach services throughout the Advantage Valley region. Advantage Valley is a non-profit marketing and strategic initiative to promote regional growth. His office serves Boone, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Mason, Putnam, Wayne counties.

    Shaw has worked in the telecommunications field as a senior marketing specialist. He designed and managed the $1.9 million dollar annual marketing strategy for business-to-business and consumer segments throughout West Virginia and Ohio markets. A successful regional manager with a 14 year track record, Shaw has led management teams and provided marketing, financial and sales consulting services to small businesses. He received his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia State University, Master of Science degree in Technology Management from Marshall University Graduate College and Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. H

    Ramsburg’s office is hosted by the West Virginia University Launch Lab on the WVU campus. His office serves technology businesses statewide. The post is supported by WVSBDC in partnership with the WVU College of Business & Economics BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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

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

    posted Friday, May 1, 2015 aP 3:33 PM
     

  9. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for May 28 session on Business Fundamentals

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 28, in Kanawha County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held 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: May 7, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, May 7, 2015 aP 12:11 PM
     

  10. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Monongalia County

    Register for May 21 session on Business Fundamentals

    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 21, in Monongalia County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the WVSBDC office, West Virginia University, Chestnut Ridge Research Building, 886 Chestnut Ridge Road, Morgantown.  

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

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

    To register, visit the WVSBDC website www.wvsbdc.org and click on “training calendar” or contact Sharon Stratton, 304-293-5839, Sharon.J.Stratton@wv.gov.

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

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Friday, May 8, 2015 aA 11:00 AM
     

  11. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Ohio County

    Register for June 2 session on Business Fundamentals

    WHEELING, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, June 2, in Ohio County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the West Virginia Northern Community College B&O Building, 1704 Market Street, Wheeling.

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

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for start-ups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. There is a $35-per-person fee for the workshop, and registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Donna Schramm at 304-214-8973 or email Donna.L.Schramm@wv.gov.

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

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015 aA 10:33 AM
     

  12. U.S. Small Business Administration announces West Virginia Small Business Week award winners

    The U.S. Small Business Administration's West Virginia District Office recently announced its 2015 small business week award winners along with the state's top small business SBA lenders.

    The winners will be recognized formally during a noon luncheon May 27 at Canaan Resort and Conference Center in Davis.

    The honors include a national-level award for KeyLogic Systems.  This is the first time a West Virginia business has received the National Prime Contractor award from the Small Business Administration:
     
    National Prime Contractor of the Year
    Jon Hammock – KeyLogic Systems Inc., Morgantown, WV 26505

    The state winners are:
    West Virginia Small Business Person of the Year: Jeannette L. King, Strategic Resolution Experts Inc., Martinsburg

    West Virginia Family-Owned Small Business of the Year: Rocco Muriale, Muriale's Restaurant, Fairmont

    West Virginia Entrepreneurial Success: Justin Seibert, Direct Online Marketing, Wheeling

    West Virginia Financial Champion of the Year: Jason William Shepherd, Peoples Bank, Huntington Branch, Huntington

    West Virginia Minority Small Business Champion of the Year: Sandra Moss, Black Business Association Supporting Entrepreneurs, Saint Albans

    West Virginia Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year: Marsha Hopkins, Excalibur Services LLC, Scott Depot

    West Virginia Women in Business Champion of the Year: Terri Cutright, formerly of Main Street Morgantown, Morgantown

    West Virginia Community Bank of the Year:
    MVB Bank — approved seven SBA-guaranteed loans in West Virginia totaling nearly $900,000

    West Virginia Lender of the Year:
    Huntington National Bank — approved 78 SBA-guaranteed loans worth more than $12 million



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    posted Monday, May 18, 2015 aP 3:41 PM
     

  13. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for June 4 session on Business Fundamentals

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, June 4, in Kanawha County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held on the second floor of Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), 100 Angus E. Peyton Drive, South Charleston.  

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

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

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, visit www.wvsbdc.org and click “Training Calendar” or contact Bryan Shaw, Bryan.M.Shaw@wv.gov, 304-528-5617. 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: May 14, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Monday, May 18, 2015 aP 4:47 PM
     

  14. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Putnam County


    Register for June 9 session on Business Fundamentals

    WINFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, June 9, in Putnam County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Putnam 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: May 19, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, May 19, 2015 aP 2:56 PM
     

  15. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Hampshire County

    Register for June 11 session on business fundamentals

    ROMNEY, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, June 11, 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, June 8, 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: May 21, 2015
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC


    posted Thursday, May 21, 2015 aA 9:22 AM
     

  16. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Wood County

    Register for June 13 session on Business Fundamentals

    VIENNA, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, June 13, in Wood County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the Vienna, Public Library, 2300 River Road, Vienna.

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

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

    The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The 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: May 21, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, May 21, 2015 aA 9:35 AM
     

  17. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Logan County

    Register for June 16 session on business fundamentals

    MOUNT GAY, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, June 16, 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: May 26, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015 aA 9:58 AM
     

  18. WILD, WONDERFUL WEST VIRGINIA CELEBRATES NATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM WEEK

    GoToWV Team encourages individuals to join the celebration with #NTTW2015 & #GoToWV

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (May 5, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia celebrates National Travel and Tourism Week this week with special activities and guests at the state’s Welcome Centers.

    National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition established by Congress in 1983 to promote the impact of travel and tourism on the economy. This year’s theme, “Travel is _______________,” encourages travelers to tailor the theme to reflect their own idea of what travel means to them. 

    The GoToWV Team encourages individuals to join the celebration on Twitter and Instagram using #NTTW2015 and #GoToWV.

    West Virginia’s eight Welcome Centers are offering refreshments and displays in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week. Other events and activities include:

    Pocahontas County High School Tourism Club Display
    800-336-7009;
    http://pocahontascountywv.com
    The Pocahontas County High School Tourism Club, working in conjunction with the Pocahontas Convention &Visitors Bureau, will design a bulletin board promoting the club.

    Summersville Photo Contest (Facebook)
    304-872-3722;
    www.summersvillecvb.com
    Post your favorite photo of Summersville to the CVB’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/summersvilleconventionandvisitorsbureau and tell why it is your favorite.  Each post will be entered in a drawing to win a gift basket of items from the Summersville area.

    May 3-8
    Refreshments and Prize Giveaway, Morgantown
    800-458-7373;
    www.tourmorgantown.com
    The Morgantown Convention & Visitors Bureau will provide refreshments all week for Visitor Center guests at Chaplin Road, High Street and Kingwood. Visitors Center guests also will be registered to win an ultimate prize giveaway.

    May 6
    Live Music, I-77 South Welcome Center, Williamstown
    The Greater Parkersburg Convention & Visitors Bureau will host a performance by the bluegrass band Buck and Company from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    May 6
    Live Music, I-70 West Welcome Center
    The Wheeling/Ohio County Convention & Visitors Bureau will host a performance by country singer Slim Lehart from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    May 6
    Open House, Summersville Arena & Conference Center
    304-872-3722;
    www.summersvillecvb.com
    The Summersville Convention & Visitors Bureau will host an open house from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by the Visitors Center at the Summersville Arena & Conference Center for refreshments and get entered into a drawing for door prizes.

    May 6
    Live Music, I-79 Welcome Center, Morgantown
    The Greater Morgantown Convention & Visitors Bureau will offer free pepperoni rolls and live dulcimer music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the I-79 Welcome Center.

    May 7
    Tourism People’s Choice Award, Industry Awards, Charleston
    304-344-5075; http://charlestonwv.com
    The Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau will announce winners in the annual Tourism People’s Choice Awards and Industry Awards at 5 p.m. at B&D Gastropub in Kanawha City.

    May 8
    Tri-County Display, Seneca Rocks Discovery Center
    304-358-3884;
    www.visitpendleton.com
    The Tri-County CVB (Grant, Hardy and Pendleton counties) will host a display at the Discovery Center at Seneca Rocks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    May 8
    Mercer County Display, Tourist Information Center, Princeton
    800-221-3206;
    www.visitmercercounty.com
    The Mercer County Convention & Visitors Center will set up at the Tourist Information Center in Princeton from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to hand out visitor’s guides and brochures and bottled water.

    ***Events/times are subject to change.

    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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    posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015 aP 12:38 PM
     

  19. Adventure Advisory: Making May Memories

    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 16: 3rd Annual Fruity 5K Run/Walk and Kid’s Fun Course, Lewisburg 
    304-661-1018; kgodby@greenbrierwv.com; http://greenbrierwv.com/events/detail/fruity5k  
    This historic downtown course is a combination of inclines that challenge you and declines that reward you. In addition, a Kids’ Fun Course will be offered free to children ages 4-10.

    May 16: Central WV Board of Realtors ATV Poker Run, Spencer
    304-927-4400; 304-377-3758; land@callgreenlee.com; mike@callgreenlee.com; http://oldfences.com/realtor-poker-run.asp 
    This poker run explores the beautiful Roane County countryside. Wine tastings at Roane County’s four wineries, moonshine tastings, skilled competitions and food tastings at Appalachian Mountain Specialty Foods will be featured along the route. Cost is $10 per rider.

    May 16-23: All Together Arts Week, Downtown Princeton 
    304-425-6425; www.alltogetherarts.com 
    The event will include a gallery hop, healing arts, poetry readings, vendors, music, art activities, Grand Finale Parade and Day of Merriment, and fun for the entire family!

    May 17: C.A. Music House Presents Music All Over, Capitol Theatre, Wheeling 
    800-755-3214 ext. 329; melissac@cahousemusic.com 
    Performing live for the first time in Wheeling—the C.A. House Band! Come hear some of the most talented musicians on one stage. Watch as the same band performs different styles of music on different instruments including rock, country, Christian, jazz, classical, big band and more.

    May 20-24: 51st Annual Webster County Woodchopping Festival, Baker’s Island Recreation Area, Webster Springs 
    304-847-7666; annahall86@yahoo.com;  www.woodchoppingfestival.org/ 
    Woodchoppers come from as far away as New Zealand to compete in events including the Springboard, Jack and Jill Crosscut, Axe Throw, Standing Block and Hot Saw. Additional activities include bicycle and pet parades, West Virginia State Firemen’s Rodeo Championship, 5K race, Paul Bunyan Grand Feature Parade, Bar-B-Q Cook-off and more.

    May 21-23: West Virginia Three Rivers Festival, Fairmont 
    304-366-5084; info@wvthreeriversfestival.org; www.wvthreeriversfestival.org
    The festival opens May 21 with the start of the Grande Feature Parade followed by the Opening Ceremonies at Palatine Park in Downtown Fairmont. Enjoy three days of fun-filled activities including live entertainment, a pepperoni roll bake-off and World Championship Pepperoni Roll Eating Contest, carnival, parade, fantastic food and a gigantic fireworks display.

    May 22-24: Vandalia Gathering, State Capitol Grounds, Charleston 
    304-558-0220; www.wvculture.org/vandalia/index.html 
    The Vandalia Gathering brings together the finest traditional West Virginia musicians for a weekend of great picking and dance, from mountain flatfooting to Celtic dancing. Elder statesmen and young upstarts perform on stage, compete in contests and play in impromptu jam sessions throughout the Capitol Complex. Featured attractions include children’s activities, arts and crafts vendors, and American and ethnic cuisines.

    May 22-24: West Virginia Dandelion Festival, Downtown White Sulphur Springs 
    304-536-5060; wvdandelion@outlook.com; www.wvdandelionfestival.com  
    In a celebration and appreciation for the determination of the gutsy dandelion, the village of White Sulphur Springs will come alive with vendors, children's activities, entertainers and a special tribute to our veterans.

    May 22-25: 8th Annual River City Festival of the Arts, Szilagyi Center/Old Rowlesburg High School, Rowlesburg 
    304-329-1240; www.rowlesburg.info 
    Activities and attractions include jazz, opera, instrumental and choral music, art, pottery and photography exhibits, living history portrayal, patriotic dinner, poetry and theater. 

    May 23-24: 16th Annual Taste of the Mountain Food, Wine and Jazz Festival, Snowshoe 
    877-441-4386; info@snowshoemtn.com; www.snowshoemtn.com 
    Snowshoe kicks off summer with its annual Wine and Jazz Festival and the opening of Snowshoe Bike Park. Come and satisfy your senses with savory food sampling, delectable wine tasting and the sound of jazz from West Virginia. Activities will center on a weekend of tasting seminars, West Virginia artisans and crafters, and live entertainment. 

    May 23-24: Defend and Protect: Arming America’s Soldiers, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Harpers Ferry 
    304-535-6029; www.nps.gov/hafe/index.htm 
    See this armory town come to life through historic weapons firing demonstrations and special activities which highlight the armory’s technology, inventions, and weapons.

    May 23-24: “Unreconstructed Rebels,” Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, Summersville
    304-897-5372; www.carnifexferrybattlefieldstatepark.com
    This Civil War commemoration recognizes the soldiers of McClausland’s Brigade who cut through Union lines at Appomattox and refused to surrender. Weekend events include company marching, firing and scrimmage drills, a period music jam session and camp life living history demonstrations. The event is hosted by Wise’s Legion; other units are welcome to attend.

    May 23-24: “Whispers in the Wind,” Pricketts Fort State Park, Fairmont 
    304-363-3030; www.prickettsfort.org
    Hear the voices of those who lived and died on the frontier through a historically based performance written by Fairmont State University students under Dr. Fran Kirk’s direction. Actors from Town and Gown Theatre Company will perform this original work. Attendees will meet at the park’s Visitor Center to be guided on a walking path to the cemetery for the one-hour production. 

    May 26-31: Cole Chevy Mountain Festival, Bluefield City Park, Bluefield 
    304-327-7184; www.bluefieldchamber.com 
    This outdoor festival features fireworks, carnival rides, sporting events, food vendors, petting zoo, family entertainment and much more. 

    May 28-31: Blue and Gray Reunion, Philippi 
    304-457-3773; www.philippi.org; frank.larry45@gmail.com; karenlarry@icloud.com  
    Philippi commemorates the First Land Battle of the Civil War. Weekend activities include a kids’ day, pie contest, chorus concert and the reenactment of the June 1, 1861 battle on Sunday, May 31. 

    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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    posted Monday, May 11, 2015 aA 11:02 AM
     

  20. Gov. Tomblin, Legislators, GoToWV, Craft Brewers, Tourism Partners Celebrate Growing Travel & Tourism Industry

    Highlight SB 273 and 581


    Gov. Tomblin signs SB 273 and SB 581 during ceremony at the State Capitol this afternoon. (photo courtesy of the Governor’s Office)

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (May 11, 2015) – Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by members of the West Virginia Legislature, craft brewers, tourism industry partners and Wild, Wonderful West Virginia, today celebrated West Virginia’s growing travel and tourism industry and highlighted Senate Bills 273 and 581.

    “Tourism is economic development in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia—bringing in more than $5.1 billion, supporting more than 46,000 jobs and welcoming 15.2 million overnight visitors,” Governor Tomblin said. “Senate Bills 273 and 581 will contribute to West Virginia’s continued appeal as a great four-seasons destination.”

    “We would like to thank Governor Tomblin, members of the Legislature and our industry partners for their continued commitment to promoting Wild, Wonderful West Virginia,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “This legislation has helped us take a giant step forward, furthering the reach of our travel and tourism industry.”

    SB 273 helps craft brewers and brew pubs in West Virginia. It allows craft brewers to sell and refill growlers (64-ounce containers), reduces licensing fees by basing them on production and eliminates bonding requirements.

    SB 581 provides a substantial increase in funding to allow West Virginia to place marketing and advertising efforts into a robust regional and national campaign.

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    posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015 aA 11:23 AM
     

  21. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park a Contender for Best Historic Southern Attraction in USA Today 10Best Poll

    Vote online until May 25, 2015


    (Harpers Ferry)

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (May 12, 2015) – Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is one of 20 finalists competing for a spot as Best Historic Southern Attraction in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice contest. The top 20 attractions were compiled by a panel of travel journalists and the final 10 will be chosen by public vote.

    “I’m thrilled Wild, Wonderful West Virginia continues to be recognized for its outstanding attractions,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.  “From fabulous and funky to crazy and cool, visitors of all ages can enjoy the Mountain State’s truly authentic experiences.”

    Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, located at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, was established in 1963. It includes the town of Harpers Ferry, the scene of John Brown’s raid – viewed by many historians as the spark that ignited the Civil War. Nearly 500,000 people visit the park every year to experience its cultural and recreational attractions.

    Voting is open and ends Monday, May 25, 2015 at 11:59 a.m. EDT. The public can vote once per day, per category. To vote, visit http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-historic-southern-attraction/.

    Last month the Endless Wall Trail in the New River Gorge won Best National Park Hike in the USA Today 10Best poll.

    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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    posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015 aA 11:34 AM
     

  22. Adventure Advisory: Outdoor Fun

    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. 

    June 4-7: An Avian Celebration, Canaan Valley Resort State Park, Davis 
    304-866-4121; www.canaanresort.com 
    Canaan Valley Birding Festival welcomes all levels of birders and nature lovers. Canaan Valley, because of its diverse high elevation boreal habitat, serves as the breeding ground for many neotropical birds. 

    June 5: Free Friday Night Outdoor Concert: Simple Gifts, Prickett’s Fort State Park Amphitheater, Fairmont
    304-363-3030; www.prickettsfortstatepark.com/ 
    Simple Gifts pulls from a variety of ethnic folk styles, creating original compositions with traditional style. The duo performs on violins, concertina, mandolin, banjolin, recorders, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, baritone fiddle, guitar, piano, and percussion. Hours are 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

    June 5: Point Park Music Series Dinner Cruise - Tribute to the Eagles, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, Parkersburg 
    304-420-4800; www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com/ 
    Enjoy a relaxing ride on board the Island Belle sternwheeler and a delicious meal while paddling down the Ohio River. Complete your evening of fun at the downtown Parkersburg Point Park Music Series Concert after dinner. Reservations are required. Cruise price: $25 adult; $21 youth ages 3-12.

    June 5-6: Elk River Fest and Elk River Challenge, Clay 
    304-587-2949; 304-587-4166; http://claywvbda.org 
    This year's Fest will be held in conjunction with the Elk River Triathlon and the grand opening of the Buffalo Creek Recreational Trail, a self-guided, 22-mile hiking, biking and horseback riding trail. Free events include “Anything That Floats But a Boat” race, “Catapult Catfish” contest, wheelbarrow race and hammering contests.

    June 5-6: Mountain Music Festival, Ace Adventure Resort, Minden 
    800-787-3982; http://www.mountainmusicfestwv.com/ 
    Mountain Music Festival brings the spirit of Appalachia to life through  music and wilderness. This year’s headline acts are the Del McCoury Band, Papadosio, Keller Williams and the Larry Keel Experience. A variety of tickets are available, from single-day, show only, to weekend passes that include dining and other activities .

    June 5-7: Family Trails Day Weekend, North Bend State Park, Cairo 
    304-643-2931; www.northbendsp.com 
    Celebrate National Trails Day by hiking on one of the many unique trails in North Bend State Park. Guided hikes will be provided. The park accesses the 72-mile North Bend Rail Trail, which runs from Parkersburg to Wolf Summit, near Clarksburg. 

    June 6: 14th Annual Ranson Festival and 5th Annual Car Show, Ranson 
    304-724-3862; 304-725-1010; www.ransonwv.us 
    This fun-filled and family friendly event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include music, food, car show, and a wide variety of vendors. Children’s activities include face painting, free pony rides and free moon bounces.

    June 6: Bramwell Spring Tour of Homes, Bramwell 
    304-248-8381; 304-589-0246; www.visitmercercounty.com; www.visitbramwell.com 
    Historic interpreters at each site will regale visitors with stories of the early pioneers and their families. Hours are 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are purchased the day of the tour at the Bramwell Presbyterian Church for $15.

    Jun. 6: 10-mile Bluestone Turnpike Hike - It's National Trails Day, Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem
    304-466-1800; www.pipestemresort.com 
    Ride the tram to meet on the patio of Mountain Creek Lodge for this 10 mile hike from Pipestem State Park to Bluestone State Park. Bring good shoes, a light lunch (sandwiches and such), and plenty of water. Start time is 10 a.m. A shuttle will return hikers to Pipestem around 4 p.m. Sign up for this hike to ensure enough room on the shuttle. 

    June 6: Nature Walk – “All About Birds,” Blennerhassett State Park, Parkersburg 
    304-420-4800; http://www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com/ 
    At least 14 species of birds are adapted to life along the Ohio River. Participants will learn bird characteristics through physical descriptions and scavenger-like clues including the food that birds eat. The walk begins at 2 p.m. and concludes around 3:15 p.m. 

    June 6: A Saturday Hike, Chief Logan Lodge, Logan 
    304-855-6100; www.chiefloganlodge.com 
    It’s National Trails Day! Weather permitting, participants will meet at the front desk at Chief Logan Lodge at 10 a.m., then take a hike to learn about the wildlife and diversity in our area. 

    June 6: Summers County K.I.D.S. presents “Shrek, Jr.,” Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem 
    304-466-1800; www.pipestemresort.com 
    Youth from schools in Summers County perform this dramatic stage performance. Show begins at 8 p.m. at Pipestem Outdoor Amphitheater. 

    June 6: White Oak Trail Expo, Oak Hill 
    304-465-5617; www.newrivergorgecvb.com; mandy@officialbridgeday.com 
    This event includes 180 craft and food vendors, music, and giveaways along the White Oak Trail in Oak Hill. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    June 6-7: Antique Quilt Show, Prickett's Fort State Park, Fairmont 
    304-363-3030; www.prickettsfortstatepark.com/
    Come and view some of the finest area antique quilts on display at the Prickett’s Fort Visitor Center. This program will kick off a weeklong quilting bee provided by area volunteer quilters from the Marion County area. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 .p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

    June 6-7: Victorian Home and Garden Tour and Tea, Julia-Ann Square Historic District, Parkersburg 
    304-422-9861; 304-485-7184; http://juliannsquare.org 
    This year five lovely Historical District home gardens, along with a Victorian garden tea, are the featured attractions. The theme is “The Verandahs of Julia-Ann Square.” Two popular historical re-enactment events taking place in nearby Riverview Cemetery will also be included. Hours are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    June 6-7: Steam Weekend, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, Cass 
    866-460-7265; www.cassrailroad.com 
    Celebrate geared logging locomotive history. Pocahontas County is home to the mighty Shays, a Heisler, and an Old $3 Climax logging locomotive. Each one is different, yet each played a similar role in our Appalachian logging and railroading history. Excursions will be available on all three locomotive types throughout the weekend.

    June 9: Hearth Cooking Demo, Prickett's Fort State Park, Fairmont 
    304-363-3030; www.prickettsfortstatepark.com/
    Come tour the fort and smell the food cooking over an open hearth—the way it was prepared during the colonial period of our history. Recipes will be available upon request. Regular admission applies.

    June 11: Brunch with Margaret Blennerhassett, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, Parkersburg
    304-420-4800; http://www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com/
    It's a morning with Margaret over brunch. Margaret, portrayed by Carolina Alvarez, asks her guests to arrive at the Museum of Regional History at 9 a.m. for a 10 a.m. sternwheeler departure to Blennerhassett Island. The brunch ticket includes the museum, boat, mansion tour, brunch, 1st-person interpretive program and wagon ride. 

    June 12-13: 14th Annual Greek Food Festival, St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, Clarksburg 
    304-624-5331; 304-622-2157; http://www.stspyridon.wv.goarch.org 
    From 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., enjoy Greek food, music, dancing, cultural items, books and souvenirs.

    June 12-14: 2015 Levels of Legacy Home and Garden Tour 
    304-645-3398; director@greenbrierhistorical.org www.society.greenbrierhistorical.org 
    Visit beautiful homes and working farms on this town and country tour in Greenbrier County. Hours are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

    June 11-14: Ronceverte River Festival, Ronceverte 
    304-647-7400; 304-647-5455; http://www.cityofronceverte.com/event-calendar/;  
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ronceverte-River-Festival/179732622068090
    This free three-day festival features a parade, carnival, food, arts and craft fair, river games, bike and car show, live music, fireworks and much more. 

    June 13: The Gospel Harmony Boys, Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem 
    304-466-1800; www.pipestemresort.com 
    For 62 years, the Gospel Harmony Boys have performed together. They were the first gospel quartet to ever appear on live network television as guests of Dave Garroway on NBC’s “Today Show” in 1952. These music pioneers are as full of life and music today as ever. 

    June 13: Nature Hike, Tygart Lake State Park, Grafton 
    304-265-6144; www.tygartlake.com/ 
    Meet at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center for a guided hike. Guides are Master Naturalists Gary Niezgoda and Dorothy Hood.

    June 13-14: Intro to Outdoor Adventure, North Bend State Park, Cairo 
    304-643-2931; www.northbendsp.com 
    Mountain Bike Clinic (equipment not included) includes three sessions, each lasting 2.5 hours. Topics covered include riding safely, basic maintenance, motor efficiency, and skill development. Kayak Clinics (equipment included) include one 2-hour training session and one future free rental. Basic instructions for flatwater kayaking include boats and equipment, getting started skill development, and different points of view. 

    June 14: Art in the Park, Berkeley Springs State Park, Berkeley Springs 
    304-258-6419; www.berkeleyspringssp.com 
    In its ninth year, Art in the Park provides access to fine artists located in the Berkeley Springs region. Nationally known local artists exhibit at this event. Shows are rain or shine; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. across the street from the Farmers Market. Events are organized and sponsored by an arts group; find more information on Facebook at Art in the Park WV. 

    June 14: Father's Day Lunch and Tour, Prickett's Fort State Park, Fairmont 
    304-363-3030; www.prickettsfort.org 
    The event includes a light lunch and refreshments followed by a tour of the 18th-century reconstructed fort and the 19th-century Job Prickett House. Lunch and tour $20. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. Seating is limited so please RSVP.

    June 14: West Virginia Birthday Celebration and Concert in the Park, Kanawha State Forest, Charleston 
    304-558-3500; http://www.kanawhastateforest.com/events.html 
    Come celebrate West Virginia’s birthday in the forest and enjoy the concert by the Kanawha Valley Community Band. Birthday cake provided. No charge but donations are appreciated.

    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 UNVEILS NEW MILITARY HERITAGE BROCHURE DURING RUN FOR THE WALL STOP AT STATE CAPITOL

    Launches GoToWV.com/Military

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (May 21, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV) today unveiled the West Virginia Military Heritage brochure during the Run For The Wall XXVII stop at the State Capitol Complex and launched GoToWV.com/Military.  

    “We are very excited to pay tribute to the Mountain State’s everyday heroes with the new West Virginia Military Heritage brochure and website,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.  “As we prepare for this Memorial Day weekend, let us all take a moment to remember and honor the men and women who have proudly served our country, made the ultimate sacrifice and continue to serve in our armed forces.”  

    The West Virginia Military Heritage brochure honors the many West Virginians—past and present—who have served in the military.  The brochure recognizes the state’s everyday heroes, highlights military sites throughout the state and includes an overview of military service.  The West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia contributed to the brochure.

    In addition to the brochure, Wild, Wonderful West Virginia launched GoToWV.com/Military.  In addition to sections dedicated to Iconic Heroes, Everyday Heroes, Military Museums and Military Facts, the website features a Share Your Story section.  Veterans, members of the military and military families are encouraged to visit the website and share their stories and photos.

    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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