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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 Kanawha County

    Register for Aug. 21 session on Business Fundamentals

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Aug. 21, 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: July 31, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov

    posted Thursday, July 31, 2014 aP 4:09 PM
     

  3. WVSBDC shows West Virginia innovators how to turn ideas into market-ready products

    Register for Inventors’ Seminar Aug. 21, South Charleston


    SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A business educational seminar for innovative West Virginians explains how to transform an idea into a new product and get it to market. The West Virginia Innovates  session will be held Thursday, Aug. 21, 1 - 3:30 p.m., Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), 100 Angus E. Payton Drive, South Charleston.

    The introductory-level West Virginia Innovates training focuses on how to move a new product through the stages of commercialization. Topics include business model options such as licensing versus creating a startup, learning how to analyze market potential, finding technical resources, financing and obtaining patents. West Virginia Innovates is separate from the Business Fundamentals workshops, which focus on business startup and planning.

    There is a $35-per-person fee for the seminar payable online or at the door. To register, visit the WVSBDC Training Calendar at www.wvsbdc.com, or contact Justin Gaull at 304-957-2082, justin.m.gaull@wv.gov

    Presented by the WVSBDC In-Tech program, the training seminar will be offered at venues around the state each month for the remainder of the year.

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

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov

    posted Friday, August 1, 2014 aP 3:59 PM
     

  4. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for Aug. 26 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, Aug. 26, 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: Aug. 5, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov

    posted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 aA 11:23 AM
     

  5. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Pendleton County

    Register for Aug. 28 session on business fundamentals

    FRANKLIN, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, in Pendleton 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 Pendleton County Economic Development Authority conference room, Pendleton Business Center (Old Hanover Building), 100 Thorn Creek Road, Franklin.

    The workshop is co-sponsored by the Pendleton County Economic Development Authority.

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

    Individuals can then attend the Business Fundamentals workshop, designed specifically for startups and new businesses. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully. Registration is required by Tuesday, Aug. 26. 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: Aug. 7, 2014
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964

    posted Wednesday, August 6, 2014 aP 3:38 PM
     

  6. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Ohio County

    Register for Sept. 9 session on Business Fundamentals

    WHEELING, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 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: Aug. 20, 2014
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov

    posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 aA 11:29 AM
     

  7. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Hampshire County

    Register for Sept. 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, Sept. 11, in Hampshire County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia mall 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 Street – U.S. Highway 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 by Tuesday, Sept. 9. 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: Aug. 21, 2014
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964

    posted Friday, August 22, 2014 aA 11:23 AM
     

  8. West Virginia Division of Tourism Kicks Off ‘Go Outside and Play’ Campaign at Coopers Rock State Forest

    New tourism campaign targets unique activities throughout state

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (July 30, 2014) – The West Virginia Division of Tourism kicks off its “Go Outside and Play: Wild Wonderful Wednesdays” campaign today at Coopers Rock State Forest at 1 p.m. with a fun-filled day of hiking, biking, fishing and other outdoor activities, a hot dog and marshmallow roast and Ghost Stories of West Virginia by award-winning storyteller Jason Burns. Burns' storytelling is made possible by the Coopers Rock State Forest Foundation.

    “Now is the perfect time to plan a weekend getaway or camping trip—before the kids go back to school,” said Tourism Commissioner and Deputy Secretary of Commerce Amy Shuler Goodwin.  “Whether you live in Mountaineer Country or the Hatfield McCoy Mountains, the opportunities to ‘Go Outside and Play’ are closer than you think.”
     
    The Coopers Rock event, “Go Outside and Camp,” is the first in a series of themed events scheduled to take place in the coming months throughout West Virginia.  The campaign challenges West Virginians to “Go Outside and Play” and targets specific activities—ranging from outdoor recreation and festivals to culture and history.  Participants are encouraged to use #GoOutsideAndPlay to share their “Wild Wonderful Wednesday” experiences on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    The “Go Outside and Camp” event not only highlights Coopers Rock State Forest, it calls attention to the abundant outdoor adventures and amenities available at West Virginia’s state parks and forests—including horse camping at Camp Creek State Park, golfing and spa treatments at Stonewall Resort, and park activities ranging from swimming and boating to fishing and clay shooting. To contact your local state park or forest, visit www.wvstateparks.com and click 'find a park'.

    "Our state parks are the perfect places to make those family memories now," said Sam England, chief of West Virginia’s state park system. “We have special programs and activities scheduled throughout the year available to the public at little or no cost to attend. Spending a day, a weekend or a week-long vacation at a West Virginia state park or forest is a great way to experience West Virginia’s beauty first-hand. This is where people and nature meet.”

    The next events in the series will center on the West Virginia State Fair and start of Gauley Season.

    Share your West Virginia Wild & Wonderful stories and photos on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoOutsideAndPlay. For more information about events and attractions in the Mountain State, visit www.GoToWV.com or call 1-800-225-5982.

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

    posted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 aP 2:05 PM
     

  9. Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Aug. 18-31

    The West Virginia Division of Tourism produces this media advisory with the help of other agencies and tourism businesses across the Mountain State. If you are an event organizer or promoter and would like to submit an event to our calendar at www.gotowv.com, send email to Tourism.Listings@wv.gov.

    Aug. 21-23: Camp Barefoot 8 Music and Art Festival, Bartow
    800-336-7009
    http://www.campbarefoot.org/
    Camp Barefoot 8 is a three-day camping event featuring local, regional and national musical acts. The styles range from bluegrass, jazz, electronic, rock and reggae, just to name a few. CB8 also features the finest food, art and craft vendors, with many artists painting live to the music.

    Aug. 23: Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival, Summersville
    304-872-5975 or 888-872-5580
    http://www.summersvillelakeretreat.com
    Come celebrate West Virginia’s only working lighthouse with activities and attractions that include live music, food vendors, games, prizes, antique car cruise-in, raffles, and locally produced arts and craft.

    Aug. 23: 26th Annual Pasta Cook-off, Clarksburg
    304-622-7314
    http://www.wvihf.com
    This pre-WV Italian Heritage Festival event is open to amateur and professional cooks. The event features entertainment, a hot pepper eating contest, homemade wine contest and canned pepper contest, as well as other activities throughout the day.

    Aug. 28-31: 3rd Annual Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail, Williamson
    304-235-3174 or hatfieldmccoyhouse@gmail.com
    http://www.hatfieldmccoyhouse.com
    Geocachers from all over the country visit on a regular basis throughout the year to complete the trail and earn their copy of the geocoin. However, this “Mega Geocaching Event” held every August on Labor Day Weekend is the best way to see and experience Hatfield-McCoy country. Register soon and secure your spot in this year’s event!

    Aug. 29-30: Point Pleasant River Museum’s Tribute to the River, Point Pleasant
    304-674-0144
    http://www.pprivermuseum.com
    Activities and attractions include a line throw, cornhole contest with cash prizes, children’s games, food, entertainment, and a sternwheel boat parade in the Ohio River.

    Aug. 29-31: 36th Annual WV Italian Heritage Festival, Clarksburg
    304-622-7314
    http://www.wvihf.com
    The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival is free to the public and offers cultural events, special children’s area, grand parade, three stages of ongoing entertainment, authentic Italian cuisine and fun and games for people of all ages.

    Aug. 29-31: 40th Jackson’s Mill Jubilee, Weston
    304-269-7328 or 304-269-4988
    http://www.jacksonsmilljubilee.net
    Spend the day enjoying great food, handmade crafts, Kid’s Land, fabulous music, Native American style dancing, antique tractors, antique engines, antique car show, quilt show, corn hole competition, Civil War activities and encampments, Hillbilly Zip Line, and a pie baking contest.

    Aug. 29-31: Gathering at Sweet Creek, Mineral Wells
    304-580-6929 or 304-489-2042
    thegatheringatsweetcreek@yahoo.com
    The Gathering at Sweet Creek is an old-time Appalachian music festival featuring musicians from West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia and Australia. Come join us for a weekend filled with heritage music, stories and poetry.

    Aug. 29-31: Jane Lew Firemen’s Arts and Crafts Festival, Jane Lew
    304-269-7328 or 800-269-7329
    http://www.stonewallcountry.com
    More than 200 contemporary and heritage crafters display and sell their wares. Products will include glass, wood, leather, jewelry, dolls, dried and silk flowers, baskets, ceramics, soaps, candles, paintings, honey, jams and jellies, and much more. Food vendors will also be available.

    Aug. 29-31: The Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta, Heritage Port, Wheeling
    304-233-4738
    http://www.wheelingvintageregatta.com
    Come to the Regatta and see beautiful wooden hydroplanes and raceboats up close and watch as they run on the Ohio River at speeds between 60 and 140 mph! Learn how these boats were built; who the builders were; and the aerodynamics, engineering and physics of boat racing. A free boating safety and boat-building program will be offered to children ages 3-18 years.

    Aug. 30: Get Down in the Gorge, Ace Adventure Resort, Minden
    304-469-2651 or 304-574-7883
    http://www.aceraft.com
    The perfect ending to a perfect summer! This All Day Beach Party features ziplines, waterslides and an inflatable floating bouncy heaven, followed by a concert featuring five bands - The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, The Wild Rumpus, Lawless Brown, Black King Coal and Groundhog Gravy!

    Aug. 30-31: Apple Butter Weekend at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, Parkersburg
    304-420-4800
    http://www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com
    Observe first-hand as the Stillwell 4-H group makes apple butter in a copper kettle over an open fire. The finished product will be available to purchase.

    Aug. 31: Cacapon Homecoming, Berkeley Springs
    304-258-1022 ext. 5209
    http://www.cacaponresort.com
    Come Home to Cacapon—it’s your state park! Festivities include music with multiple bands, food, door prizes, outdoor activities and lots of fun!

    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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    Aug. 12, 2014
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: Tina Stinson
    304-957-9388
    Tina.L.Stinson@wv.gov






    posted Tuesday, August 12, 2014 aP 3:22 PM
     

  10. 2014 Governor's Conference on Tourism to "Turn It Up" in the Capital City

    “Stars of the Industry” to be announced during the conference

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (August 14, 2014)– The West Virginia Division of Tourism, in collaboration with the West Virginia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus and the West Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association, will host the 2014 West Virginia Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Hip, Historic, Almost Heaven Charleston Sept. 22-24, 2014 at the Charleston Marriott Town Center.

    “This conference will bring together industry professionals from across the Mountain State who help make the tourism industry a significant economic driver in West Virginia,” Gov. Tomblin said.  “Together they, and many others in our cities and towns, work diligently to promote the adventures right here at home — supporting more than 46,000 jobs statewide with earnings of more than $1 billion.”

    Kicking off the three-day event, themed “Turn It Up,” Commissioner of Tourism and Deputy Secretary of Commerce Amy Shuler Goodwin will share her vision for the future of tourism in the Mountain State and highlight the essential role of tourism to West Virginia’s economy.

     “This year’s conference will provide us with opportunities to engage with industry leaders, partners and colleagues—further cultivating and growing the world-class travel and tourism industry in West Virginia,” Commissioner Goodwin said.  “Together, we will continue to discover new ways to showcase the wild and wonderful qualities found only in the Mountain State.”

    The conference will feature nationally recognized industry leaders—including Brand USA.  Educational sessions will explore social media, branding and partnerships.  Panel discussions will provide conference participants with opportunities to engage with industry leaders and legislators.  To register for the conference, visit www.GoToWV.com.  The Division of Tourism encourages participants to share their experiences using #TurnItUpWV on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

    “There is no higher honor than to be able to show off what Charleston has to offer to our tourism colleagues from across West Virginia,” Charleston CVB President Alisa Bailey said. “With $100 million in tourism improvements going on, we intend to roll out the red carpet.”

     “The West Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association is very excited about the upcoming Governor’s Conference on Tourism with a new commissioner, new programs and a new vision the tourism industry looks forward to a bright future and new beginning starting with this conference,” said Carol Fulks, Executive Director of the West Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association.

    A highlight of the conference each year, the “Stars of the Industry” awards recognize standout organizations and individuals who have promoted the many wild and wonderful destinations throughout the state and whose hard work has encouraged development of the tourism industry in West Virginia.

    Tourism Recognition categories include: The Spirit of West Virginia Award, The Mountain State Award, West Virginia Community Tourism Development Award, West Virginia Tourism Professional of the Year, and the West Virginia Tourism Oshel Craigo Lifetime Achievement Award.  Advertising/Public Relations categories include: Overall Advertising Campaign, Overall Marketing Campaign, Print Article, Print Photography Layout, Internet/E-Magazine Article, Broadcast, Website and Social Media.

    To nominate an individual or organization for a “Stars of the Industry” award, visit www.GoToWV.com.  Nominations must be submitted to the West Virginia Division of Tourism by Sept. 2, 2014 at 5 p.m.  Entries will be judged by a seven member industry panel.  Winners will be announced at the Tourism Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014.

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

    posted Thursday, August 14, 2014 aA 9:11 AM
     

  11. "Go Outside and Play" Campaign Continues With State Fair Challenge

    Wanted - Have you seen Amy Goodwin?


    Snap a selfie with Commissioner Goodwin and post to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #GoOutsideAndPlay, #SFWV2014 to collect a prize

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (August 14, 2014) – The West Virginia Division of Tourism will continue its “Go Outside and Play” campaign, Friday, with the “Where’s Amy” challenge at the State Fair of West Virginia.  Fairgoers and exhibitors are encouraged to find Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin, snap a selfie and post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #GoOutsideAndPlay and #SFWV2014.

    To assist fairgoers and exhibitors in their search for Commissioner Goodwin—who will be networking with exhibitors, sampling fair food, checking out the livestock barns and enjoying entertainment—“WANTED” posters have been posted at the booth in the West Virginia building and posted to the Division of Tourism’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/gotowv)  and Twitter (@GoToWV) accounts.  Photo clues will also be provided via @GoToWV.

    Fairgoers and exhibitors who snap a selfie with Commissioner Goodwin are asked to show the photo to Division of Tourism staff at the booth in the West Virginia Building to collect a special hand-carved wooden bookmark—with every fifth fairgoer/exhibitor receiving a copy of well-known photographer Steve Payne’s book, West Virginia in Pictures.

    “Where’s Amy” is the second in a series of themed events scheduled to take place in the coming months—challenging West Virginians to “Go Outside and Play.”  The next event in the series will kick-off Gauley Season.

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

    posted Friday, August 15, 2014 aA 9:04 AM
     

  12. ADVENTURE ADVISORY: Sept. 1-14

    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 on “Calendar.” Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit items for Tourism’s online calendar by sending an email to Tourism.Listings@wv.gov.

    Sept. 1: Labor Day is Game Day, Watoga State Park, Marlinton
    304-799-4087
    http://www.watoga.com
    Join in the fun with activities such as a water balloon toss, migratory bird race, pin the tail on the donkey, paddle boat races and more.

    Sept. 4-6: Pennsboro Country Roads Festival, Pennsboro 304-299-0101; crfpdirector@yahoo.com http://www.countryroadsfestival.com
    Activities and attractions include carnival rides, exotic animal petting zoo, caricature drawings, Swifty Swine Racing Pigs, Kidsbucks Game Show, Zootsuit Magician, car show, parade, food and craft vendors, live musical entertainment, Pennsboro Volunteer Fire Department water battle, fireworks and more!

    Sept. 4-7: Culturefest World Music and Arts Festival, Appalachian South Folklife Center, Pipestem
    304-425-6425
    http://www.culturefestwv.com
    Activities and attractions include four stages of music and dance performances, workshops in drumming, dance yoga, children's activities, costume parade, artisan vendors, delicious food, camping and much more!

    Sept. 4-7: West Virginia Hillbilly Days, Lincoln County Fairgrounds, Hamlin 304-549-7301; 304-884-5234; jbrowning@nea.org http://www.lcfairsandfestivals.com
    This festival offers fun and excitement for everyone. Activities and attractions include arts and crafts, carnival, chain saw carving, petting zoo, car show, food vendors, homegrown/homemade/baked goods contests, truck/tractor pull, mud run, demo derby, greased pig chase and much more. Sunday’s entertainment will feature Jesse Keith Whitley, son of Lorrie Morgan and the late Keith Whitley.

    Sept. 5-7: 24th Annual Black Heritage Festival, E.B. Saunders Way, Clarksburg
    304-641-9963
    http://www.wvbhf.com
    This street festival celebrates black heritage and commemorates the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Activities and attractions include great food, games, live entertainment and cultural events.

    Sept. 5-7: Brooke County Fair, Brooke Hills Park, Wellsburg
    304-737-1236
    http://www.brookecountyfair.org
    Activities and attractions include rides, games, 4-H projects and exhibits, photo contest, butterfly release, Hill Topper Flying Club, truck pull, lawn tractor pull, pet show, petting farm, live music, demo derby, mud bog, chili cook-off and much more. Special events include the Cutest Baby Contest at 5 p.m. on Friday, followed by a pie eating contest and Black Diamond Wrestling.

    Sept. 5-7: MountainCraft and Music Gathering, Hedgesville 202-649-0017; seraharold@gmail.com; sera@northamericanbushcraftschool.com
    http://www.mountaincraft.org
    Learn primitive skills such as friction fire making, flint knapping and cordage.  Additional classes include nature awareness, tracking, basket making, gourd craft, edible/medicinal plants, fermented foods, bowl and spoon carving, traditional bow and arrow making and more. Each evening will feature musical performances and festivities around the bonfire.  Participants are asked to bring instruments, songs and stories, and be willing to share their talents with the community.

    Sept. 6: 31st Annual ChiliFest, Huntington 304-634-4857; ron@chiliwilli.com http://www.chilifestwv.com Cooks come from far and wide to downtown Huntington with their pots, spices, secret ingredients and chili lore for this spirited competition. The winner in Salsa, Chili Verde and Traditional Red Chili qualifies to compete in the World’s Chili Championship in Las Vegas on Oct. 24-26, 2014.

    Sept. 6-7: Bringing in the Harvest, Harpers Ferry 304-535-6298; 304-535-6029 http://www.nps.gov/hafe Join 19th Century Historic Foodways Expert Carol Anderson for this in-depth look at how summertime harvest foods were preserved for winter. Demonstrations include pickling, drying, potting, and canning. Hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Sept. 12-13: 45th Annual Nicholas County Potato Festival, Summersville 304-872-3722; 304-669-2973; info@summersvillecvb.com http://www.nicholascountypotatofestival.com
    The 45th Nicholas County Potato Festival features pet pageant, Fireman’s Parade, mashed potato/tater tot/hot wing eating contests, food and craft vendors, amusement rides, 5K race, potato display and auction, car and tractor shows, sack race, spud hunt, Potato Idol Contest, Grand Parade, Farmer’s Market, entertainment and more.

    Sept. 12-14: The Battle of Carnifex Ferry, Summersville
    304-872-0825
    http://www.carnifexferrybattlefieldstatepark.com
    The 1861 Battle of Carnifex Ferry is a living history event. Various living history demonstrations depicting Civil War military life are scheduled over the course of two days. Weekend events will conclude with the re-enactment of the battle that was fought Sept. 10, 1861, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. The Battle of Carnifex Ferry is made possible by the 36th Virginia Volunteer Infantry.

    Sept. 13: 3rd Annual Coal Dust 5K Run/Walk, Williamson 304-235-5240; tvcc1.natalie@yahoo.com http://www.facebook.com/coaldust5k
    This unique race celebrates the coal mining heritage and history of the Tug Valley. This is a fun run and will not be timed! Participants follow a 3.1 mile downtown course and are covered in fake "coal dust" at various points. Last day to register is Sept. 8.

     

    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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    CONTACT: Tina Stinson
    304-957-9388
    Tina.L.Stinson@wv.gov
    ADVENTURE ADVISORY: Sept. 1-14

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  15. Division of Forestry Sends Firefighting Crew to California

    WV Forestry Firefighters Crew to California

    Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce:
    A wild land firefighting crew left Charleston, W.Va., Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in northern California. Pictured are 17 of the 20-person crew. Sixteen West Virginia Division of Forestry staff members and four specially trained volunteer firefighters make up the team that will serve a 14-day tour of duty.


    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A 20-person wild land firefighting crew left Charleston Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, to assist with wildfire suppression efforts in northern California. Sixteen West Virginia Division of Forestry staff members and four specially trained volunteer firefighters make up the crew that will serve a 14-day tour of duty.

    The crew drove from Charleston to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Monday, and is scheduled to fly from Harrisburg to California Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.

    Forestry officials said it is yet to be determined to which fire the crew will be assigned.

    Randy Dye, director/state forester said, “We have an excellent crew and we are proud to send them to California to represent West Virginia.”

    Updates from the crew, when available, will be posted on the Division of Forestry’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wvforestry, and its Twitter account, @WVForestry.

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    News Release:  Aug. 4, 2014  
                     
    Contact:  Leslie Fitzwater Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov

    posted Monday, August 4, 2014 aP 12:15 PM
     

  16. Public tour at Coopers Rock State Forest Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Division of Forestry officials will conduct a public tour at 11 a.m. at Coopers Rock State Forest Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. This is an informational tour for the public to learn about plans for a proposed timber management project prescribed to meet recreational, wildlife and silvicultural objectives. Silviculture is the science of controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health and quality of forests and woodlands. This tour is the opportunity for the public to learn about the project in order to provide written input.

    Project plans include constructing a designated parking area along the Pisgah Road and developing a 2.4 mile road/trail loop. Wildlife objectives include increasing young forest habitat, mast production and browse, while creating savannas and varying habitats for different bird species, such as turkey, grouse and songbirds like the golden-winged warbler.

    The project area is located within the main body of Coopers Rock State Forest, south of Interstate 68, east of the Scott Run trail and west of the Pisgah Road (Preston County Route 73/2).

    Those attending should meet at the Day Use Parking Area, located along the Main Forest Road, near the entrance gate. Bring substantial footwear, clothing appropriate for the weather, snacks and water. The tour will involve about a 2-mile hike on uneven ground in the woods with no trails. The tour route will require climbing up some moderate grades and crossing a stream.

    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 Thursday, Aug. 14, so enough transportation will be available.

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    News Release:  Aug. 11, 2014      

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

    posted Monday, August 11, 2014 aA 11:10 AM
     

  17. Ginseng Digging Season Starts September 1

    Ginseng plant with berries
    Ginseng plants are ready to harvest when their berries turn red. Plants with at least three prongs are old enough to harvest. Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s 2014 ginseng digging season starts Monday, Sept. 1 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 30. The native herb grows in all of the state’s 55 counties and is ready to harvest when its berries turn red. West Virginia state law requires “sengers,” those who dig the root, to only harvest plants with three or more prongs. The number of prongs indicates the age of the plant. Only plants 5-years old and older can legally be harvested. In addition, sengers are required to replant the berries/seeds from the parent plant in the spot where they harvested it to help continue the species.

    The following laws also apply to the harvesting of ginseng:
    • No permit is needed to dig wild ginseng, but anyone digging ginseng on someone else’s property must carry written permission from the landowner allowing him or her to harvest ginseng on the property.
    • Digging ginseng on public lands, including state forests, wildlife management areas or state parks, is prohibited.
    • Diggers have until March 31 of each year to sell to a registered West Virginia ginseng dealer or have roots weight-receipted at one of the Division of Forestry weigh stations.
    • Possession of ginseng roots is prohibited from April 1 through Aug. 31 without a weight-receipt from the West Virginia Division of Forestry.
    Beginning Sept. 1, a list of registered ginseng dealers for 2014-2015 will be available in the ginseng section of www.wvforestry.com.

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    News Release:  Aug. 12, 2014

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

    Contact: Robin Black, 304-558-2788 ext. 51764, Robin.S.Black@wv.gov

    posted Tuesday, August 12, 2014 aP 1:27 PM