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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. West Virginia small businesses invited to take part in survey

    Survey on business needs, challenges, open through Jan. 31

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Small businesses throughout the state are invited to take part in a survey from the West Virginia Small Business Development Center. The survey on the WVSBDC website WVSBDC.org/WestVirginia can be completed in about 15 minutes.

    “We are reaching out to all small business in the state,” said WVSBDC Director Kristina Oliver. “WVSBDC continuously surveys the businesses we work with. For this survey, we extend the invitation beyond our clients to include as many West Virginia small businesses as possible. The more that participate, the better we can understand the issues and the needs facing West Virginia’s small businesses today.”

    The survey asks about subjects such as:

    • Demographics
    • Business support
    • Workforce
    • Regulatory
    • Operations
    • Market conditions
    • Taxes and fees

    Survey respondents will not be identified unless a participant chooses to provide information in the comments section at the end of the survey. To ensure responses are anonymous, the West Virginia Department of Commerce Communications will collect the survey results and provide a summary to WVSBDC.

    The survey will remain live online until midnight, Jan. 31.

    Businesses with questions about the survey may contact the WVSBDC Business Ask Me! Line at 888-982-7232 or ASKME@wv.gov.

    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: Jan 5, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Monday, January 5, 2015 aA 11:18 AM
     

  3. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Nicholas County

    Register for Jan 21 session on Business Fundamentals

    SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan 21, 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: Jan. 6, 2015
    CONTACT: Joe Carlucci, 304-767-8127, joseph.f.carlucci@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, January 6, 2015 aP 12:16 PM
     

  4. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Ohio County

    Register for Feb. 3 session on Business Fundamentals

    WHEELING, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 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 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 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: Jan. 13, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, January 13, 2015 aA 11:04 AM
     

  5. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Putnam County

    Register for Feb. 10 session on Business Fundamentals

    WINFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Putnam County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held at the Putnam Chamber of Commerce, 5664 State Rt. 34, Winfield.

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

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

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

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

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan 20, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, January 20, 2015 aA 9:42 AM
     

  6. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Braxton County

    Register for Feb. 17 session on Business Fundamentals

    SUTTON, W.Va. — People who own a business or who are interested in starting their own business will find valuable help at a workshop on Business Fundamentals, scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, in Braxton County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program, Three Step Jump Start, which helps small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop is being co-sponsored by the Braxton County Development Authority and will be held in the Braxton Technology Center, 89 Richard D. Minnich Drive, (off of Days Drive next the Braxton County Emergency Service Building).

    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.

    “Sometimes it’s hard to even know where to start when thinking about owning a business,” said BCDA Program Manager Terrell Ellis. “Even after you’ve opened your business, it seems like there are always a thousand questions. A workshop like this will introduce people to the experts at the WVSBDC and what they can do to help.”

    After viewing the online Three Step Jump Start video, individuals can 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 can pay at the door the day of the event or pay online. Receipts from online payments should be printed and brought with attendees to the workshop the day of the event.

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Samuel Payne at 304-553-2805 or email Samuel.F.Payne@wv.gov.

    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule a no-cost 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 economic vitality of Braxton County is tied to how well our small businesses are doing,” said Jeff Lilly, president of the Braxton County Development Authority. “We are pleased to help sponsor this workshop and hope that people will take advantage of this great resource. If you own a business, or are thinking about opening one, the folks at the WVSBDC can answer your questions and help you be successful.”

    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: Jan 27, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov  
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, January 27, 2015 aA 9:50 AM
     

  7. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Logan County

    Register for Feb. 17 session on business fundamentals

    MOUNT GAY, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 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, 2900 Dempsey Branch Road, Mount Gay.

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

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

    Registration is required at least two days in advance. To register, call Dreama Wolfingbarger at 304-957-2083 or email dreama.l.wolfingbarger@wv.gov.
     
    After completing the workshop, interested entrepreneurs or business owners may schedule an appointment with WVSBDC for one-on-one coaching sessions. The WVSBDC coaches provide assistance with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services.

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 27, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Tuesday, January 27, 2015 aP 2:59 PM
     

  8. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Raleigh County



    Register for Feb. 18 session on Business Fundamentals

    BECKLEY, W.Va. — A workshop on Business Fundamentals is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Raleigh County. The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. The workshop will be held in the WorkForce West Virginia building, 299 New River Drive, Beckley.

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

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

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

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

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 29, 2015
    CONTACT: Joe Carlucci, 304-767-8127, joseph.f.carlucci@wv.gov
    FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, January 29, 2015 aA 9:14 AM
     

  9. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Pendleton County

    Register for Feb. 19 session on business fundamentals

    FRANKLIN, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19, 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.

    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, Feb. 17. 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: Jan. 29, 2015
    CONTACT: B. Ludewig, 304-530-4964
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Thursday, January 29, 2015 aA 9:32 AM
     

  10. WVSBDC offers small business workshop in Cabell County

    Register for Feb. 20 session on business fundamentals

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, 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: Jan. 30, 2015
    CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/WVSBDC

    posted Friday, January 30, 2015 aP 2:43 PM
     

  11. West Virginia Division of Tourism to Kick Off 2015 with “You Remind Me of West Virginia” Photo Contest

    20 finalists to be invited to special performance by Wyatt Turner, seven grand-prize winners to be announced 
      
    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (December 31, 2014) – The West Virginia Division of Tourism (GoToWV) will kick off the new year with a photo contest inspired by Pocahontas County native Wyatt Turner’s song “You Remind Me of West Virginia”. 
     
    “West Virginia holds a natural beauty and a feeling that is special and unparalleled by anywhere else in the world, not only because of its scenery but the humble people who happily live here.  I love where I come from and I wanted to wrap a song lyrically around the beauty of West Virginia,” Wyatt Turner said.  “I hope my song can inspire others to tell their loved ones about how they’re not only as great as this state but also a face that comforts them just like home.  Best of luck to everyone.”
     
    The top 20 finalists will be invited to a special performance of “You Remind Me of West Virginia,” by Wyatt Turner, on Valentine’s Day 2015, during which seven grand-prize winners will be randomly drawn.  Each of the seven grand-prize winners will receive dinner and a two-night stay at one of the following:  Bavarian Inn, Shepherdstown; Blennerhassett Hotel, Parkersburg; Café Cimino Country Inn, Sutton; Canaan Valley Resort State Park, Davis; Four Points by Sheraton, Charleston; Lodging of your choice, Ohio County; or The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs.
     
    “I distinctly remember the first time I heard Wyatt Turner sing ‘You Remind Me of West Virginia’.  I was so excited I shared it with the entire GoToWV Team the very next day.  It was the inspiration for this contest,” Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.  “I personally invite you to share your photos and your stories—tell us why that special someone in your life reminds you of West Virginia.”
     
    Entries will be accepted beginning January 1, 2015 and until January 31, 2015 at www.FB.com/GoToWV.  To enter, click on the Photo Contest tab, upload a photo and provide a brief description (100 words or less).  Contest participants are encouraged to share their entries with friends and family using the hashtag #YouRemindMeOfWV.  Public voting will begin January 5, 2015 and will be limited to one vote per day per individual.  For complete contest rules, visit https://woobox.com/offers/rules/jypdft.
     
    The GoToWV Team extends a big thank you to all contest partners.
     
    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, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.
     
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    posted Thursday, January 1, 2015 aA 12:44 AM
     

  12. West Virginia Division of Tourism Hosts Go Outside and Ski in Celebration of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (January 8, 2015) – The West Virginia Division of Tourism (GoToWV), in collaboration with Governor Tomblin, the West Virginia Ski Areas Association, Winterplace Ski Resort and ski instructors from across the state, today hosted “Go Outside and Ski” at Winterplace Ski Resort to recognize Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.

    “The ski industry is a valuable asset to our state's growing tourism industry and our economy,” Governor Tomblin said. “West Virginia's lengthy ski season and our beautiful scenery make the Mountain State one of the most sought-after winter recreation destinations in the Mid-Atlantic.” 

    West Virginia’s ski industry has an estimated economic impact of more than $250 million per year and is responsible for 5,000 jobs at resorts and other related companies.  Ski season typically starts the week of Thanksgiving and lasts through early April, weather permitting.

    Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin invited folks to “Go Outside and Ski” and join her on the slopes.  She said, “Skiing is a great activity for the whole family to enjoy together. Thanks to professional instructors and special ski areas set aside for beginners, people of any age or skill level can participate.” 

    Downhill skiing is offered at Winterplace Ski Resort, Snowshoe Mountain, Canaan Valley Resort State Park, Timberline Four Seasons Resort and Oglebay Resort. Cross-country skiing is offered at White Grass Ski Touring Center, Elk River Touring Center and Blackwater Falls State Park. 

    “It’s important to get new people on the slopes and both of these programs help letting everyone know about all of the fun there is to be had in West Virginia during the winter,” President of the West Virginia Ski Areas Association and Winterplace Ski Resort Terry Pfeiffer said.  “The state is blessed with great opportunities for folks to have plenty of fun on and off the slopes during the winter months.”  

    Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month was established nationwide in 2009 by the ski and snowboard industry. Since its inception, more than 500,000 children and adults in 34 states have participated in activities and special deals for beginners during January.

    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, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.

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    posted Thursday, January 8, 2015 aA 10:52 AM
     

  13. Division of Tourism (GoToWV) Encourages Industry Partners to Participate in West Virginia Adventure Day at the Legislature

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (January 15, 2015) – The West Virginia Division of Tourism (GoToWV) encourages industry partners to participate in West Virginia Adventure Day at the Legislature on Monday, February 9, 2015 at the State Capitol.
     
    This year, the GoToWV team asks industry partners to highlight the wild, wonderful adventures located throughout the Mountain State—exhilarating outdoor adventures, fun-filled family vacations, romantic couples getaways and more.
     
    Registration for this event, formerly known as Tourism Day at the Legislature, will open Friday, January 16 at noon.  Space will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  To register, visit GoToWV.com.  Direct link: www.wvcommerce.org/travel/industryinformation/tourism-day/register.aspx For questions regarding registration, contact Vicki Vaughan at 304-957-9225. Registration closes February 2.
     
    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, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.
     
     
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    posted Friday, January 16, 2015 aA 8:28 AM
     

  14. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV) Unveils 2015 Official State Travel Guide

    WILLIAMSTOWN, West Virginia (January 21, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), joined by the Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, local businesses, and travelers, unveiled the 2015 Official State Travel Guide at the I-77 South Welcome Center in Williamstown, West Virginia.

    “This year’s travel guide provides folks with everything they need to plan a fun and exciting getaway with friends and family.  Combined with recommendations from our knowledgeable and friendly staff at our Welcome Centers, this guide can help you map out your wild, wonderful West Virginia adventure,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.

    Mark Lewis, President and CEO of The Greater Parkersburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, said he was pleased to assist in hosting the official debut of the 2015 Official State Travel Guide. He went on to say, “The guide showcases all the gems that make West Virginia shine. Here in the Greater Parkersburg area, that includes a variety of unique attractions, from the 19th century elegance of Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park to the promise of outdoor adventure on the North Bend Rail Trail.”

    The 2015 Official State Travel Guide, produced by Miles, features whitewater rafting on the cover. The guide is divided into nine geographic travel regions and offers suggestions for outdoor recreation; craft beer, wine and spirits; dining; entertainment; and more. A 2015 calendar of events is listed in the back of the guide.

    Request your free copy of the 2015 Official State Travel Guide online, from a member of the GoToWV Team at 800-225-5982 or pick up one at one of the many Welcome Centers and tourist attractions in West Virginia.

    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, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.

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    posted Thursday, January 22, 2015 aA 9:34 AM
     

  15. Nominations Requested for National Sesquicentennial Leadership Recognition Award

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (January 22, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV) encourages sesquicentennial committees and organizations that hosted or organized celebrations to submit nominations for the national Sesquicentennial Leadership Recognition Award, which recognizes and honors the hard work of groups whose events made significant contributions to the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

    Nominations for the national Sesquicentennial Leadership Recognition Award are being accepted by the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission and Partner Organizations.  Sesquicentennial committees and organizations can submit a nomination by completing the nomination form via the Virginia Civil War website:  http://www.virginiacivilwar.org/leadershipaward/doc/Sesqui-award-application-for-local-recognition.docx.  The nomination period ends Tuesday, February 17, 2015.   

    Recipients of the Sesquicentennial Leadership Recognition Award will be notified in early May and will be recognized at a special ceremony to be held Memorial Day 2015 in conjunction with the Sesquicentennial Finale Concert.

    For more information about the award, contact Cheryl Jackson, Executive Director of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, at cjackson@dls.virginia.gov. 

    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, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.

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    posted Thursday, January 22, 2015 aA 11:51 AM
     

  16. Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV) Encourages Exploration of State's Culinary Offerings

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia (January 30, 2015) – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV) encouraged visitors and residents to explore the state’s culinary offerings and highlighted the 10th Annual Cast Iron Cook-Off, which begins today.

    “Our state is known for great local food.  Whether you’re looking for a farm-to-table experience, international fare or comfort food, the Mountain State is home to many local favorites that will both excite your palate and indulge your appetite,” Commissioner of Tourism Amy Shuler Goodwin said.

    “The last bastion of true Americana is the cuisine of Appalachia.  Every West Virginia native remembers fondly their grandmothers’ soulful use of the cast iron.  The Cast Iron Cook-Off is a nod to that tradition,” CEO and President of the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau Alisa Bailey said.  “This year's friendly competition between Southwest Virginia and West Virginia will make the Appalachian focus on this year's competition exciting.”

    “The Cast Iron Cook-Off reminds me of traditions that go back a century or more—families gathering in the kitchen, working together to prepare a meal or turning a reunion into a festival of food,” said Cast Iron Cook-Off committee member Jack Cipoletti.  “I love the term ‘New Appalachian Cuisine.’  I may not know exactly what's on the menu, but I know it will be contemporary creations using recipes steeped in history.” 

    One of Wild, Wonderful West Virginia’s most popular guides, “101 Unique Places to Dine,” has been referred to as a culinary bucket list.  The guide highlights local restaurant offerings throughout the state and will be available in both print and digital in the coming weeks.

    The GoToWV team has also worked with the Appalachian Regional Council (ARC) to launch the “Bon Appetit Appalachia!” map guide – an agritourism campaign designed to increase tourism to Appalachia by highlighting its distinct local food destinations—including farmers markets, wineries, distilleries and craft breweries.  The map guide is available online: http://visitappalachia.com/bonappetitappalachia. 

    Wild Wonderful West Virginia will show its support for the Cast Iron Cook-Off, a celebration of food—rooted in tradition and prepared with a modern twist. The cooking style, known as New Appalachian Cuisine, builds on the region’s cultural roots using healthy, fresh local ingredients. The event was founded by the Collaborative for a 21st Century Appalachia. For more information, visit http://castironcookoff.org.

    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, wonderful stories on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoToWV or on Twitter and Instagram @GoToWV with #GoToWV.

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  19. “Trees Are…Beneficial!” Theme of 2015 Poster Contest - All W.Va. fourth- and fifth-graders eligible to compete

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Everyone knows trees are beneficial, and the West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) is giving fourth- and fifth-graders throughout the state the opportunity to represent those benefits through art. The DOF, along with the Urban and Community Forestry Council, is sponsoring the 2015 West Virginia Arbor Day Poster Contest. This year’s theme is “Trees Are … Beneficial!”

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

    Artwork must be submitted by the student’s teacher, and submissions will be accepted through March 2, 2015.

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

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

    News Release: Jan. 12, 2015                 

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

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

    posted Monday, January 12, 2015 aP 2:30 PM