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    FOR RELEASE: May 2, 2016
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC
    TWITTER: www. twitter.com/wvsbdc

     

    WVSBDC celebrates state small business award winners

    Recipients to be recognized during National Small Business Week

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) congratulates ten West Virginia small businesses owners and three small business lenders on winning 2016 Small Business Administration district awards.

    “Year after year, the West Virginia SBDC is privileged to work with and nominate an elite group of small business owners for their innovation, hard work and creativity,” said Kristina Oliver, state director of the WVSBDC. “We at the WVSBDC wholeheartedly believe that these hardworking men and women are the entrepreneurs that keep our state’s economy growing and thriving. I’d like to personally congratulate each nominee and this year’s award winners on a job well-done.”

    Awards will be presented at the West Virginia SBA Awards ceremony in Fairmont on May 4 as part of National Small Business Week May 1-7.

    The WVSBDC supports budding entrepreneurs and existing small businesses and this year submitted 18 nominees for the coveted SBA awards. All ten of this year’s honorees currently are or have been clients of the WVSBDC.

    The 2016 Small Business Award Winners are:

    • WV (8a) Graduate of the Year (National Winner!)
      Diane Lewis Jackson, Action Facilities Management, Inc. Since its inception in 2001, the Action Facilities Management (AFM) team has proven successful as a provider of government and commercial contract services. 
    • West Virginia Small Business Person of the Year: Arria Hines, Allegheny Science & Technology Corp. Allegheny Science & Technology Corp is a management and technology solutions company offering a broad range of services including systems engineering, program management and data analytics and engineering.

    • West Virginia Exporter of the Year: Scott Hedges, Power Sonix Inc., Martinsburg. Power Sonix produces long range amplified public address systems.

    • West Virginia Family-Owned Small Business of the Year: Douglas Kreinik, Kreinik Manufacturing Company, Parkersburg. Kreinik Manufacturing makes metallic, silk and machine sewing threads.

    • West Virginia Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year: Francisco Guerrero, El Rey Mexican Restaurant, Clarksburg. El Rey Mexican Restaurant offers authentic Mexican food.

    • West Virginia Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year: Lisa Levendosky Fritsch, Agile5 Technologies Inc., Fairmont. Agile5 Technologies is a systems architecture and software development firm that specializes in the planning, development, integration and maintenance of large enterprise systems.

    • West Virginia Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year: Douglas Edward Tate, Alpha Technologies, Hurricane. Alpha Technologies Inc. specializes in the design and integration of data, voice and video systems.

    • West Virginia Encore Entrepreneur of the Year: Ralph and Amelia Garcia, Garcia’s Latin Market LLC, Morgantown. Garcia’s Latin Market restaurant and retail shop provides a selection of gourmet authentic South and Central American foods.

    • West Virginia Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Nesha Ashok Sanghavi, University Girls, Charleston. University Girls manufactures and distributes its women’s officially licensed collegiate clothing line.

    • West Virginia Small Business Champion of the Year: Jens Kiel – Made in Germany, South Charleston. Made in Germany is a marketing and creative strategy firm, specializing in corporate communication, brand marketing, content marketing and design services.

    West Virginia’s top small business SBA lenders include:

    • West Virginia Lender of the Year: Huntington National Bank. Approved 56 SBA-guaranteed loans worth more than $4.4 million.
    • West Virginia Community Bank of the Year: MVB Bank. Approved 11 SBA-guaranteed loans in West Virginia totaling more than $3.6 million.
    • West Virginia Microlender of the Year: First Microloan of West Virginia. Approved 11 SBA-guaranteed loans for $394,000

    Each year since it was established in 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

    The WVSBDC is a statewide network of business coaches who meet one-on-one with small business owners to provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

    The WVSBDC is supported by the West Virginia Development Office, funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA and is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

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    posted Monday, May 2, 2016 aA 11:31 AM
     

  2. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Jackson County

    Register for May 20 session on Business Fundamentals

    RIPLEY, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, May 20, in Jackson County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held, in the West Virginia University-Parkersburg Jackson County Center, Room 115, 105 Academy Drive, Ripley.  

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

    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 Marsa Myers at 304-926-4169 or email Marsa.C.Myers@wv.gov.
     
    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

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

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    FOR RELEASE: April 28, 2016
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, May 3, 2016 aA 9:01 AM
     

  3. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2016
    MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Kanawha County

    Register for May 26 session on Business Fundamentals

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 26, 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.com.

    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, visit www.wvsbdc.com and click “Training Calendar” or contact business coach Terry Cyfers, 304-957-2084, email terry.l.cyfers@wv.gov.  

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

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

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