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WVU Medicine plans to develop transplant program
September 20, 2018

MORGANTOWN, WV – Gov. Jim Justice said today that WVU Medicine's announcement that its plans to start West Virginia’s first heart transplant program at the WVU Heart and Vascular Institute will be of great benefit to all West Virginians and will allow the state's citizens to receive life-saving care closer to home.

"This is fantastic news for all West Virginians," Gov. Justice said. "Providing our citizens with this critical, life-saving care right here at home will make the process of receiving a heart transplant so much easier on the patient and their family and friends. FULL STORY

WVDOH to permit development projects
September 17, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV - Gov. Jim Justice announced today that the Federal Highway Administration has verified that federal law allows the West Virginia Division of Highways to permit broadband expansion and other development projects on state right of way without collecting a fee. “This is a major step ... FULL STORY

Small Businesses and Workers Benefiting from Cuts
September 7, 2018

BY: SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Michelle Christian President Donald J. Trump had taxpayers and small business owners in mind when he signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law December 22, 2017. The new law cut corporate tax rates from 35% to 21% for 2018 and lowered income tax at near... FULL STORY

SBA Announces Decrease in Surety Bond Fees
September 5, 2018

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Small Business Administration announces the first fee decrease in Surety Bond Guarantees in 12 years. The fee decrease will be in effect for guaranteed bonds approved during fiscal year 2019, taking effect October 1, 2018 and ending September 30, 2019. The Surety Bond Guaran... FULL STORY

$50.65 million in AML Economic Development Grants
June 9, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV - Governor Jim Justice and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Austin Caperton announced today that $50.65 million in abandoned mine land grants has been awarded to 15 projects in 12 counties and those projects are contributing to job growth, increased tourism, and redeve... FULL STORY

Revenue collections $20.2 million above estimates
June 7, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice said today that West Virginia’s revenue collections continued a trend of exceeding estimates again in May and the state is on track to have a budget surplus at the end of the current fiscal year (FY18) on June 30. “Our prudent management of the state’s finances c... FULL STORY

Justice coal plan moves forward
June 2, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice’s mission to save the eastern coalfields and coal-fired power plants along the Eastern Seaboard, and put thousands of miners back to work while providing a critical step to bolstering national security and the power grid, moved forward on Friday following the announ... FULL STORY

Beep! Beep! The SIBR Road Tour
May 22, 2018

Don't Delay - Register Today! The SBIR Road Tour is coming to Huntington, WV, June 21, 2018. The Road Tour provides small businesses and researchers the opportunity to learn firsthand about America’s largest seed fund, which awards billions of dollars each year. What is America’s Largest Seed F... FULL STORY

Tomblin Applauds Bombardier Aerospace Expansion
November 16, 2016

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued the following statement after an event he participated in with Bombardier Aerospace officials today, where it was announced that the aircraft manufacturer plans to expand its plant in West Virginia: "From my first days as West Virginia's Governor,... FULL STORY

Nicholas Farm Sees Great Potential in Potato Farm
November 14, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – When Jerry and Stephanie Ward retired in 2015, they traded in long-haul trucking for potato farming. “Jerry just can’t sit still,” Stephanie said of her husband who was on the road non-stop for 14 years. “He got antsy after retirement and this potato program caught his eye.” ... FULL STORY

Funding for Women Veteran Training
November 12, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) today announced a $300,000 funding opportunity for women and veteran-owned businesses through its Women Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program. SBA expects to make up to six awards through th... FULL STORY

Women Business Owners are the Rule
November 9, 2016

BY SBA Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho As we close out October’s National Women’s Small Business Month, I’d like to talk about a woman here in West Virginia who exemplifies the spirit of entrepreneurship. In the last several decades, women have made remarkable progress in starting a... FULL STORY

Plan to Become Disaster-Proof Today
November 7, 2016

Get Tips at a Free Webinar Hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery WASHINGTON –You’ve gone online to get the checklists, read the articles, joined the webinars, and gathered some really good disaster preparedness tools for your business. But what should you tackle first? Is it the financial protecti... FULL STORY

Good Handling Practices Audit
November 4, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – Twice as many West Virginia farmers will be able to sell to major grocery wholesalers and retailers in the coming year, thanks to a program being championed and partially funded by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA). Seven new farms have passed the Good Handlin... FULL STORY

SBA Announces Additional Funds for Small Business
November 2, 2016

17 new winners will receive funding to boost economic impact of growth accelerators WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it will provide a total of $850,000 to 17 new winners of SBA’s third annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. Each organization will... FULL STORY

W.Va. Ranks 37th on National Science Assessment
October 31, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia students who took the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science exam in 2015 showed improvement according to data released today by the National Center for Educational Statistics. Both fourth- and eighth-grade students in West Virginia ranked 37th o... FULL STORY

Tips on Winter Weather Survival - Free Webinar
October 17, 2016

WASHINGTON – Whether it’s pounding, relentless rainstorms or massive snowstorms, winter weather presents many risks for business shutdowns, property damage and even loss of life. Now is a good time to make a plan to stay open for business, while protecting your employees and customers from the dange... FULL STORY

SBA Issues Report on Diversity Trends
October 14, 2016

Agency announces strategic relationship with LinkedIn and others to expand corporate board diversity WASHINGTON – Today Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice of small business on President Obama’s Cabinet, heralded the release of a gro... FULL STORY

A Bright Future for Cedar Lakes
October 12, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – The historic home of the annual FFA Convention and the Mountain State Art and Craft Fair will become an even better place for educational opportunities, public events and private meetings, according to Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick. “We believe that we can make this... FULL STORY

SBA Celebrates Veterans Small Business Week
October 5, 2016

Veteran-owned companies generate more than $1.2 trillion in receipts WASHINGTON –The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will celebrate veteran small business owners nationwide during National Veterans Small Business Week 2016 (NVSBW), Oct. 31- Nov 4. “Veteran entrepreneurs are a driv... FULL STORY

SBA Seeks Nominatons for the IATF
October 1, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) seeks nominations from two veterans service or military organizations to serve on the Interagency Task Force for Veterans Small Business Development (IATF). The IATF focuses on increasing the number of veteran-owned businesses and the num... FULL STORY

SBA Seeks Nominations for the Advisory Committee
September 29, 2016

WASHINGTON--The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) seeks member nominations from veteran owned small businesses and veteran service organizations (VSO) to serve on the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs (ACVBA). The Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Act... FULL STORY

SBA Provides Grants to Support Entrepreneurship
September 28, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) this week announced the four awardees of the Service Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurship Training Program (SDVETP) grant. The grant, offered by the SBA’s Office of Veteran Business Development, assists each grantee with providing entrepreneu... FULL STORY

SBA Proposes Changes to SBIC Early Stage Program
September 27, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has proposed changes to its SBIC Early Stage Program, a feature of the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program. SBA has proposed a number of regulatory changes that seek to broaden access to the Early Stage Program and strengthen th... FULL STORY

CONSERVATION EFFORTS ENHANCING WATER QUALITY
September 23, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – Water quality is improving considerably in West Virginia’s tributaries to the Chesapeake Bay, according to a progress report released Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). The report, entitled “Agricultural Lands - Key to ... FULL STORY

Truck Driver Appreciation Week in W. Va.
September 14, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today declared September 11-17, 2016, as Truck Driver Appreciation Week in West Virginia. Charles Randolph, who recently won the title of National Truck Driving Champion by the American Trucking Association, and Jan Vineyard, President of the West Virginia O... FULL STORY

12 West Virginia counties will benefit from EDA
September 14, 2016

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) will provide $70,000 to the Region 4 Planning and Development Council and $70,000 to the Region 7 Planning and Development Commission. This funding will be... FULL STORY

$700,000 Grant to Support Native American Business
September 12, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced seven awardees of $700,000 in new grant funding for continued projects to promote the development, success, and long-term survival of Native American firms eligible for assistance under the SBA’s 7(j) Management and Technical ... FULL STORY

Is Your Company Prepared to Withstand Any Disaster
September 9, 2016

Learn how at a series of free National Preparedness Month Webinars WASHINGTON – When large scale disasters hit an area, the infrastructure failure is particularly damaging to small businesses. Recent flooding in Louisiana points to a hard rule: when your business is cut off from clients, vendors... FULL STORY

Development Grants for Historic Preservation
By Kyrana Jones
September 6, 2016

More than $420,000 in funding awarded to 19 entities across the state CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin joined Division of Culture and History Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith to present the 2017 State Development Grants. More than $420,000 was awarded for 19 historic preservation pro... FULL STORY

Highway Officials Open New Interchange
By Kyrana Jones
September 2, 2016

Coach Bill Stewart Exit, Rosie the Riveters Memorial Bridge now open to traffic MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined Department of Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox, West Virginia Division Administrator from the Federal Highway Administration Edward Stephen, former West Virginia U... FULL STORY

$16 Million in Economic Development Grants
August 24, 2016

EDA and ARC funding will support programs throughout West Virginia and in hard-hit coal communities WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced several grants through the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and Appalachian Regional Commissi... FULL STORY

Grants for Flood-Impacted Small Businesses
August 19, 2016

First round of mini grants through RISE West Virginia recovery initiative RAINELLE, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today recognized the first round of flood-impacted small businesses that have qualified for grants through RISE West Virginia, the state's long-term recovery initiative aimed at revi... FULL STORY

Abused Farm Animals looking for new homes
August 15, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – Fifty-seven miniature horses and donkeys seized back in February by the Lewis County Commission need new forever homes. The animals were rescued after being mistreated by their owner. For the past six months, they’ve been nursed back to health. Last week the owner pleaded guilty ... FULL STORY

WVDA Celebrates National Farmers’ Market Week
August 8, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – Mark your calendar! National Farmers’ Market Week is August 7-13. This is the 17th year for the event which helps promote local growers and producers. Now is the perfect time to visit one of the state’s 93 farmers’ markets to stock up on WV-grown fruits and vegetables, fresh c... FULL STORY

12th Consecutive Reduction in Workers' Comp Rates
August 1, 2016

West Virginia employers to save an additional $36 million this year CHARLESTON - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced West Virginia employers will see a projected $36 million reduction in workers' compensation premiums in the coming year, and have seen a savings of more than $352 million since the ... FULL STORY

Creating Evacuation & Shelter-In-Place Plans
July 29, 2016

Webinar: Creating Evacuation & Shelter-In-Place Plans Get Tips on Protecting your Place of Business at a Free Webinar Hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery WASHINGTON – Recent attacks in office buildings and other public places by assailants armed with deadly weapons have heightened the necess... FULL STORY

Online Tutorials for Small Businesses
July 22, 2016

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Small Business Administration released its highly anticipated Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) online tutorials to help small businesses navigate the SBIR program. The site provides users with a mobile-compatible site to learn about the program through a combination of ... FULL STORY

Tennant Announces Annual Report Late Fee Waiver
July 16, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant announced today that any business affected by the June 23 floods within West Virginia’s twelve FEMA federal disaster declaration counties that has not been able to file its 2016 annual report will not have to pay a late fee. State code mandat... FULL STORY

$3.5 million Grant to Help Workers Following Flood
July 16, 2016

Federal dollars to support 250 temporary jobs for flood clean-up CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, and Congressmen Evan Jenkins and Alex X. Mooney today announced that West Virginia has secured a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Departm... FULL STORY

What are the Top FIve Disaster Risks
July 9, 2016

Get Tips on Mitigating Threats at a Free Webinar Hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery WASHINGTON – Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to losses caused by natural disaster, cyberattacks, and on a smaller scale structural failure—like the unreliable sprinkler system that could possibly des... FULL STORY

Business Workshop July 21st
July 8, 2016

BUCKHANNON — A workshop on business fundamentals is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, July 21 in Upshur 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 rec... FULL STORY

SBA Disaster Loans Available in West Virginia
July 6, 2016

ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration has added additional counties to the disaster declaration in West Virginia affected by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides that began on June 22, 2016. The disaster declaration now covers the counties of Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier,... FULL STORY

SBA and AARP Renew “Summer of Encore Mentoring”
June 8, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP are renewing their “Summer of Encore Mentoring” educational events targeting entrepreneurs over the age of 50 who want to start or grow their small business. Building on the success of last year’s “Summer of Encore Mentoring,” the SBA and... FULL STORY

SBA Hosts Mentor-Protégé Conference
June 6, 2016

WASHINGTON--The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will host its Mentor-Protégé Conference in Arlington, Virginia, at the DoubleTree Hotel on June 28-30. The conference will give small and large businesses access to information on the laws, rules, and regulations that govern the SBA’s Mentor-... FULL STORY

SBA 504 Refinance Progam Made Permanent
May 30, 2016

Measure Designed to Help Small Businesses Grow and Create Jobs WASHINGTON -- Eligible small business owners now have more options to refinance eligible fixed assets and business expenses through the Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 Refinance Program. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Swee... FULL STORY

Do Men and Women Invest Differently?
May 19, 2016

Several years ago, a book titled Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus was quite popular. As the title suggests, the book argues that men and women are vastly different from each other, particularly in their emotional needs and in the way they communicate. While not everyone agrees with the notion... FULL STORY

3rd Annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition
May 7, 2016

WASHINGTON – For the third year, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching an Accelerator Growth Fund competition for accelerators and other entrepreneurial ecosystem models to compete for monetary prizes of $50,000 each, totaling $3.95 million. The application period is from May 2-... FULL STORY

Small Business Procurement Scorecard
April 29, 2016

Three Federal Agencies Receive A+ Rating on Procurement Scorecard WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration today released its annual Small Business Procurement Scorecards, which provide an assessment of each federal agency’s annual small business contracting achievement against its goa... FULL STORY

2015 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard
April 27, 2016

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, April 28, John Shoraka, Associate Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Government Contracting and Business Development will host a conference call to announce the results of the 2015 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard. Questions wil... FULL STORY

SBA Honors Outstanding Disaster Recovery Efforts
April 25, 2016

WASHINGTON – A Mississippi mayor who championed his city’s post-disaster economic recovery, a volunteer who developed a long-term emergency response plan for a small town in Oklahoma, and a pair of Staten Island entrepreneurs who stayed open for business and helped the area in the aftermath of Hurri... FULL STORY

FINANTA Wins SBA’s Jody Raskind Award
April 25, 2016

Mission-driven Non-profit Recognized for Outstanding Performance Facilitating Assistance to Small Businesses in Underserved Markets WASHINGTON – Philadelphia-based FINancing And Technical Assistance, FINANTA, is the recipient of the second ever Jody C. Raskind Lender Award, a recognition presente... FULL STORY

First Leg of National Small Business Week Events
April 25, 2016

WASHINGTON – Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, will be the keynote speaker to kick off the first leg of the 2016 National Small Business Week events which will include award ceremonies and a panel discussion on cyber security in Washington, D.C.... FULL STORY

Family Firms Win Top Federal Contracting Awards
April 23, 2016

8(a) Graduate Firm of the Year, Industry Leaders also to be honored during National Small Business Week WASHINGTON – Two family-owned and operated firms, McLaughlin Research Corporation (MRC), an engineering firm from Connecticut and Sound Roof Systems, Ltd., a roofing contractor from New York, h... FULL STORY

SBA Administrator Recognizes Export Lenders
April 9, 2016

Record lending to small biz exporters reaches $1.5 billion, up 22% since 2013 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, recognized GBC International Bank of Los Angeles as the SBA 2016 Export Lender of the Year, and BanescoUSA, a community ... FULL STORY

Chamber Names Wesleyan Industry of the Year
April 3, 2016

West Virginia Wesleyan College has been named Buckhannon-Upshur Chamber of Commerce’s “Industry of the Year.” The award was presented during the Chamber’s Annual Dinner at the Event Center at Brushy Fork. This is the fourth time Wesleyan has been honored by the Chamber, which is celebrating its 50t... FULL STORY

Is a Solid Supply Chain Crucial to Your Company?
April 1, 2016

Get business continuity tips at a free webinar hosted by SBA & Agility Recovery WASHINGTON – As global trade expands, small businesses are relying more on overseas companies to supply goods and services. This also makes small companies vulnerable to disruption when those supply chains fail. A... FULL STORY

Disciplined Investing in a Changing World Seminar
March 30, 2016

With market volatility and economic uncertainty overseas, it's understandable that some investors are nervous about their investments. Yet over the long term, courage and discipline can be an investor's best strategy. Please join Lisa Cain to learn about Disciplined Investing in a Changing World... FULL STORY

Winners of Lean for Main Street Training Challenge
March 11, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced the winners of the “Lean for Main Street Training Challenge” competition. The training challenge is designed to give representatives from SBA’s resource partner network – Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), SCORE chapt... FULL STORY

Spring Weather Risks to Watch and Prepare For
March 7, 2016

Get business continuity tips at a free webinar hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery WASHINGTON – Severe storms, often the form of deadly tornadoes or massive rainfall which leads to flooding, typically causes millions of dollars in property losses across the U.S. each spring. There are many inex... FULL STORY

Federal Government Breaks Contracting Record
March 4, 2016

For the first time, federal government hits women’s contracting goal; 5.05 percent or $17.8 billion awarded to Women-Owned Small Businesses; Senior Administration officials and Members of Congress herald historic contracting achievements WASHINGTON – Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.... FULL STORY

Expansion of Veterans Business Outreach Center
February 24, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced plans to expand the network of Veterans Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs) through grant funding. The SBA is inviting organizations, including educational institutions, private businesses, veteran nonprofit community organi... FULL STORY

$18 Million to Promote Small Business Exporting
February 5, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that states will be able to immediately apply for SBA cooperative agreement awards that support efforts to increase exporting by small businesses. The State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program was appropriated $18 milli... FULL STORY

Social Media Tips for Small Business Recovery
February 4, 2016

WASHINGTON – When a crisis hits your small business, getting the right message out quickly can protect your brand and speed up the recovery process. Increasingly, organizations are relying on social media to get ahead of and dispel misinformation that can lead to a tarnished reputation and even fai... FULL STORY

SBA’s Emerging Leaders Initiative Expands
February 2, 2016

Seven-month intensive, executive entrepreneurship education series now available in 51 Cities and Communities Across the United States WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders executive-level training series is launching in 51 cities and communities across the countr... FULL STORY

Hughes to Participate in Leadership West Virginia
February 1, 2016

Kelly Hughes ‘03, assistant professor of business at West Virginia Wesleyan College, was selected as one of 55 members in the Class of 2016 to participate in Leadership West Virginia. Hughes received her BS and MBA from West Virginia Wesleyan College and is completing her doctorate in Economics a... FULL STORY

SBA Revises Employee-Based Size Standards
January 30, 2016

WASHINGTON--The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published two final rules to revise small business size standards for Manufacturing industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 31-33 and industries with employee-based size standards that are not a part of NAICS... FULL STORY

Finalists for InnovateHER Business Challenge
January 22, 2016

10 Game Changing Entrepreneurs Selected to Pitch Their Innovative Products and Services During Women’s History Month WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced the finalists of the 2016 InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge, a nationwide business comp... FULL STORY

What Did 2015 Disasters Teach Us?
December 29, 2015

BUSINESS CONTINUITY TIPS DISCUSSED AT FREE WEBINAR WASHINGTON – The year began with a powerful nor’easter that dumped several feet of snow in Massachusetts, forcing major road closings and flight cancellations in the Northeast. In October, heavy rains in the Charleston, South Carolina area result... FULL STORY

Small Businesses Contracting Opportuniities
December 26, 2015

SBA Surety Bonds Program Maximum Guarantee Increased by 20 Percent WASHINGTON, D.C. – Small businesses will have more contracting opportunities beginning in FY 2017 thanks to a law President Obama signed recently that increases the maximum Small Business Administration surety bond guarantee perce... FULL STORY

SBA and Operation HOPE Renew Alliance
December 8, 2015

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration and Operation HOPE, Inc., today renewed its Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) to promote financial education and encourage economic empowerment through entrepreneurship. “This is an important step toward helping more entrepreneurs look beyond ... FULL STORY

High-speed Internet Completes Plan
December 5, 2015

LOGAN, West Virginia – It’s the new three-legged stool for conference business – good food, good accommodations, and good high-speed Internet connection. “We’ve always had excellent room and meeting accommodations and food service, and now the third leg - Internet service - makes Chief Logan Lod... FULL STORY

SBA Reopens Disaster Loan Filing Period
December 3, 2015

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it has reopened the filing period for survivors in all states affected by Superstorm Sandy on December 2, 2015, to apply for low-interest disaster loans. The new filing deadline for physical damage and economic injury losses is Dec... FULL STORY

Top 10 Mistakes for Businesses to Avoid
November 29, 2015

Business Continuity Strategies Offered at Free SBA/Agility Recovery Webinar WASHINGTON – It may be a mistake to believe your insurance policy will cover all of your business continuity needs in the event of a major disaster. Another big error: not having a basic emergency plan that will keep you... FULL STORY

Shop Small this Holiday Season
November 25, 2015

Small businesses across the state to participate in Small Business Saturday CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is asking holiday shoppers to add something extra to their lists this year - Small Business Saturday. The nationwide event takes place on November 28 and is a great way to suppo... FULL STORY

Video Series Spotlighting Entrepreneurs
November 20, 2015

SBA MBK Millennial Entrepreneur Champion, Mike Muse Hosts Candid Conversations with Celebrity Stylist Ty Hunter, Digital Marketing Guru, Reggie Miller and Investor Jason Mowatt to Inspire Millennials WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative is unveiling... FULL STORY

Veteran Entrepreneurs Honored
November 6, 2015

WASHINGTON – The accomplishments of veteran small business owners around the country will be celebrated during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW), Nov. 2-6. U.S. Small Business Administration district offices and resource partners nationwide will host more than 100 local events, i... FULL STORY

Start Building Your Disaster Recovery Plan Today
November 6, 2015

Get Tips at Free Webinar Hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery WASHINGTON—It could be that there’s not enough time. Or lack of funds. Maybe you just believe you don’t know how to do it. Small businesses everywhere create their own risk of losing everything by not having a disaster plan in plac... FULL STORY

SBA FY15 Lending Records Reach New Heights
November 4, 2015

More than $23.6 billion by 7(a) Program; Community Advantage Reaches $100 Million and Recruits 100th Lender WASHINGTON – Fiscal year 2015 proved yet another stellar year for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as most of its financial assistance programs reached new, all-time records, w... FULL STORY

SBA Announces Private-Public Partnership
November 3, 2015

WASHINGTON--The U.S. Small Business Administration kicked-off National Veterans Small Business Week (Nov. 2--6) today by launching a new private-public partnership with The Marcus Foundation, First Data Corporation and Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) that wi... FULL STORY

Prepare Your Small Business for Winter Weather
October 20, 2015

Get Tips at Free Webinar Hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery WASHINGTON – Whether it’s pounding rainfall, massive snowstorms, burst pipes on the heels of freezing temperatures or power outages, winter weather presents many threats that can lead to business shutdowns, property damage and loss of l... FULL STORY

SBA Empowers Small Businesses to Be Cyber Safe
October 12, 2015

Launches Online Resources to Help Entrepreneurs Identify Risk and Guard Against Cyberthreats WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration unveiled today a new cybersecurity webpage for small businesses at www.sba.gov/cybersecurity on the 12th Anniversary of National Cybersecurity Awaren... FULL STORY

SBA Provides $700 Thousand in Grant Funding
October 9, 2015

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today the awardees of the $700,000 in grant funding for projects promoting the development, success, and long-term survival of Native American firms eligible for assistance under the SBA’s 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Pr... FULL STORY

SBA Teams with Partner Organizations
October 7, 2015

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration has formally partnered with several prominent civic organizations to deploy the Business Smart Toolkit among their membership, affiliates, and constituents to help new and aspiring entrepreneurs launch their business ideas and understand the steps ... FULL STORY

2015 Minority Business Expo
October 5, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs (HHOMA) today announced its agenda for the 2015 Minority Business Expo scheduled Wednesday, October 21, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center. "This year's Minority Business Expo - Living the Dream Through... FULL STORY

SBA Proposes Changes to Affiliation Rule
October 3, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is proposing revisions to its regulations for determining affiliation under SBA’s business loan programs and its surety bond guarantee program. These revisions are designed to simplify eligibility determinations and reduce costs and pr... FULL STORY

More Than Two Million Loans Approved
October 1, 2015

WASHINGTON – In the aftermath of floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, power outages, oil spills, droughts and other calamities that have occurred since 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than two million disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, non-profit organiz... FULL STORY

Improve Job Opportunities With Computer Training
September 22, 2015

Strengthen your computer skills to get a job or snag a promotion in an 8-week class beginning October 12, 2015. Register now to strengthen vital computer skills to get a job or snag a promotion through an 8-week Better Basic Computer Skills course, which begins October 12, 2015 at the Banks Distr... FULL STORY

SBA Seeks Nominations for Interagency Task Force
September 20, 2015

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) seeks nominations from four veteran service or military organizations to serve on the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development Task Force. At the President’s direction, SBA leads the task force, which includes representation from s... FULL STORY

WV EDGE Business Report | September 2015
September 17, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report, highlighting the state’s ongoing economic development efforts. The September 2015 report features projects and announcements from businesses, both large and small, that play a critical role in the Mounta... FULL STORY

SBA Recognizes SBDC’s 35th Anniversary
September 11, 2015

WASHINGTON – Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today commended the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program, the largest SBA-supported counseling and training network, on its 35 years of service to the American people. “Over the last 35 ye... FULL STORY

SBA & Small Business Majority Address Youth
September 4, 2015

SBA & Small Business Majority have partnered together to help encourage small business owners address the growing problem of youth unemployment by creating professional opportunities for out of school and out of work youth Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Smal... FULL STORY

Tomblin Announces Grant Funding for Export Market
August 28, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced West Virginia has been selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to receive $200,000 in State Trade and Export (STEP) grant funding to support a new export assistance program under the West Virginia Development Office - West Vi... FULL STORY

Get Your Business Ready for Any Kind of Disaster
August 26, 2015

WASHINGTON – Is your organization prepared to communicate quickly and effectively with each other when a crisis hits? Did you know that nearly 70 percent of all U.S. businesses will lose power at one point in the next 12 months? Do you have a plan in place to keep your operations running? How wi... FULL STORY

Your Company's Disaster Risk and Its Preparedness
July 23, 2015

WASHINGTON – Human nature—the tendency to believe that a natural or man-made disaster will never occur—often undermines the clear-headed work needed to create a business continuity plan. In a recent study done by Staples, less than half of small businesses said they were prepared for severe emergen... FULL STORY

SBA Announces $700 Thousand Grant Funding
July 8, 2015

SBA Announces $700 Thousand Grant Funding Opportunity for Small Native American Businesses for Innovative Projects to Help Small Disadvantaged Businesses WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) announced that it is seeking grant proposals to award up to $700 thousand in grant ... FULL STORY

What Are the Top Five Disaster Risks to Businesses
July 1, 2015

WASHINGTON –For some reason, the building where you run your business was hit with a power outage, and you’re forced to shut down for several days. Your customers wonder why your doors are closed, and they decide to spend their money elsewhere. It’s even worse if you run a business like a florist sh... FULL STORY

WV EDGE Business Report | June 2015
June 27, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report, highlighting the state’s economic progress. The June 2015 report features projects and announcements from businesses, both large and small, that play a critical role in the Mountain State’s continued eco... FULL STORY

SBA Announces Results of 2014 Small Business
June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON – On Friday, June 26, Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration will join Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics to announce the results of the 2014 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard at the P... FULL STORY

SBIR Hall of Fame & Tibbetts Awardees
June 14, 2015

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet & NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman to Deliver Keynotes WASHINGTON – On June 15, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will induct Drs. Arthur & Judith Obermayer to the 2015 SBIR Hall of Fame and present the Tibbetts Awards to 23 small businesses, six indi... FULL STORY

SBA Awards Grants to 20 Universities
June 9, 2015

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration has granted $100,000 awards for FY 2015 to 20 state and local economic development agencies, business development centers, and colleges and universities to support programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses under SBA’s Federal and ... FULL STORY

“Summer of Encore Mentoring” Events
June 6, 2015

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP are partnering to host “Summer of Encore Mentoring” educational events for older Americans who want to start or expand small businesses. These local events will take place during the months of June, July and August. AARP has been a grea... FULL STORY

Learn Business Continuity Tips
May 29, 2015

WASHINGTON –The devastating effects of a hurricane extends beyond the coastal areas where the storm lands. In recent years, we’ve seen how the impact of storm surge—which is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm—inflicts widespread damages on communities and small businesses in the hurric... FULL STORY

High-Tech Small Businesses to Receive Tibbetts
May 27, 2015

NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman to Keynote WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is proud to announce the 2015 Tibbetts Awards to 23 small businesses, six individuals, and - for the first time - three supporting organizations for their exemplary roles in the Small Business Innovat... FULL STORY

WV EDGE Business Report | May 2015
May 19, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report, highlighting the state’s economic progress. The May 2015 report features projects and announcements from businesses, both large and small, that play a critical role in the Mountain State’s continued econ... FULL STORY

Are You Ready to Lead Your Company Through Crisis?
May 15, 2015

WASHINGTON – Being a small business owner also makes you the person in charge of making sure everything flows without a hitch, from product development to the safety of your employees. Yet, in the midst of a crisis or in the aftermath of a disaster, the plans you made to keep your business ope... FULL STORY

Missouri Brother and Sister Team Recognized
May 13, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration recognized and awarded this year’s National Small Business Week national award winners including the Small Business Person(s) of the Year at a ceremony and reception in Washington, D.C. “It is my ex... FULL STORY

SBA Offers Assistance to Residents of Baltimore
May 12, 2015

WASHINGTON – City of Baltimore businesses and residents affected by events surrounding the instances of unrest between April 25 – May 3, 2015, can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced today. Administra... FULL STORY

SBA Announces Top Winners of Business Competition
May 11, 2015

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced the winners of its InnovateHER Business Challenge at a National Small Business Week event, the “2015 InnovateHER Business Challenge Finals,” hosted by the Washington Post. The InnovateHER Business Challenge was a nationwide busines... FULL STORY

SBA Administrator Announces Expansion to LINC
May 10, 2015

Online Tool that Matches Entrepreneurs and Lenders is Now Available to All 7(a) Lenders Nationwide WASHINGTON– Today, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration Maria Contreras-Sweet announced a major expansion to the recently launched online tool LINC –Leveraging Information and Networks... FULL STORY

SBA Announces Revamped SBIR.Gov Website
May 9, 2015

WASHINGTON –The Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Maria Contreras-Sweet announced during National Small Business Week 2015 that the SBA is crowdsourcing the official logo for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Prog... FULL STORY

2014 Small Business Federal Procurement Scorecard
May 7, 2015

WASHINGTON – On Friday, May 8, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet will join cabinet officials and senior executives from the Departments of Labor, Agriculture, Homeland Security, Treasury, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, the General Services Administration and the U.S. Socia... FULL STORY

SBA to Hold InnovateHER Finals
May 7, 2015

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will announce the winners of its InnovateHER Business Challenge at a National Small Business Week event, “2015 InnovateHER Business Challenge Finals,” on Friday, May 8, 2015. The InnovateHER Business Challenge is a nationwide business competitio... FULL STORY

SBA Honors Outstanding Disaster Recovery Efforts
May 7, 2015

WASHINGTON – A Pacific Northwest mayor who managed recovery efforts in the aftermath of a devastating mudslide, a Long Island college student who used social media to ignite volunteerism in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and a New York marina owner who reopened his business less than six months a... FULL STORY

Maple Syrup Workshops
May 5, 2015

Maple syrup producers here’s a chance to increase your output. The West Virginia Maple Syrup Producers Association is sponsoring two, one-day workshops focusing on natural vacuum and the 3/16th advantage. Not every day during the maple season is great for sap flow. However, Timothy Wilmot, a rese... FULL STORY

Top SBA Resource Partners to be Honored
May 4, 2015

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration is recognizing the 2015 National Small Business Week resource partner awardees for their achievements in advancing small business growth and development. A Missouri Veterans Business Outreach Center, a Pennsylvania SCORE Chapter, a Louisiana Small... FULL STORY

Illinois & Pennsylvania Investment Firms Awarded
May 1, 2015

WASHINGTON –Monroe Capital Partners Fund LP of Chicago, Ill and NewSpring Capital of Radnor, Pennsylvania, were the two winning firms of the 2015 Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) of the Year award by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). These winners, along with other national winn... FULL STORY

2015 Small Business Exporter of the Year
April 30, 2015

Award to be Presented at White House Ceremony as Part of National Small Business Week Celebrations WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sawyer Manufacturing Company, a global provider of pipeline and welding equipment with headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration... FULL STORY

SBA To Recognize Mission Lenders
April 30, 2015

Microlender of the Year to Receive First-ever Jody C. Raskind Award; Community Advantage Lender Also Recognized WASHINGTON – Justine PETERSEN Housing & Reinvestment Corp., a microlending organization based in St. Louis is the winner of the first-ever Jody C. Raskind Microlender of the Year Aw... FULL STORY

Millennial Entrepreneurs Take Center Stage in NYC
April 28, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. –During the fourth day of National Small Business Week, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and SBA’s My Brother’s Keeper Millennial Entrepreneur Champion Mike Muse will bring together Millennials in NYC on May 7 for a town hall conversation focused around entrepreneurship. Mus... FULL STORY

Cabinet Member Promotes Exporting Opportunities
April 27, 2015

SBA Trade Town Hall Discussion Moderated by Pulitzer Prize Journalist Michael Hiltzik of the LA Times WASHINGTON, D.C. –During the second day of National Small Business Week, SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet will discuss global trade opportunities for small business exporters in Los Angele... FULL STORY

Boots to Business Entrepreneurship Program
April 22, 2015

WASHINGTON - Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the leader of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), today announced that the agency’s Boots to Business program has now trained 25,000 transitioning service members. For two years, Boots to Business—the entrepreneurship track of the Departmen... FULL STORY

SBA Names InnovateHER Business Challenge Finalists
April 20, 2015

Fifteen Entrepreneurs to Pitch Their Innovative Products and Services for Women & Families at National Small Business Week Event in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced the finalists in the InnovateHER Business Challenge, a nationwide competi... FULL STORY

Veterans Business Centers Receive Funding
April 15, 2015

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced funding today in the total grant amount of $3.8 million for 14 Veteran Business Outreach Centers (VBOCs). The funding will enable each VBOC to counsel, train, and provide assistance, comprehensive business assessment and mentoring ... FULL STORY

Tennant Warns Business Owners of Potential Scam
April 9, 2015

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant cautions West Virginians to be on the lookout for a fake company that seems to be preying on business owners throughout the country. The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office has received multiple complaints in the la... FULL STORY

SBA Honors Nation's Top Small Businesses
April 7, 2015

National Winner to be formally recognized in Washington, D.C., May 8 WASHINGTON – Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Sall Business Administration, announced today this year’s Small Business Person of the Year winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico... FULL STORY

SBA Launches Growth Accelerator Fund Competition
April 4, 2015

WASHINGTON –Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was in Brooklyn yesterday at Manufacture New York to announce that for the second year, the SBA is launching an Accelerator Growth Fund competition for accelerators and other entrepreneurial ecosyst... FULL STORY

Is Your Company's Supply Chain Solid Enough?
March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON – Most organizations know supply chain vulnerability poses a threat to their operations, yet few take proactive steps to mitigate that risk. Businesses can protect against costly shutdowns by establishing a solid and far-reaching supply chain. And even if your company doesn’t rely on a ... FULL STORY

USDA Seeking Grant Applicants
March 25, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the USDA's 2016 Farm To School grants. Designed to increase the availability of local foods in eligible schools, these grants help new programs get started or can be used to expand existing efforts. Four different kinds of grants a... FULL STORY

Three Workshops for State Farmers
March 20, 2015

Producers from across the state are learning how to increase and extend their profits from vegetable and fruit harvests through programs offered by the West Virginia University Extension Service and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. Three workshops will provide even more opportunitie... FULL STORY

WV EDGE Business Report | March 2015
March 18, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report, highlighting the state’s economic progress. The March 2015 report features projects and announcements from businesses, both large and small, that play a critical role in the Mountain State’s continued ec... FULL STORY

SBA Launches InnovateHER Business Challenge
March 17, 2015

Focus is on marketable products and services that will help families, women thrive WASHINGTON – Addressing the needs of women and the role they play in America’s economy, the U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a nationwide competition for entrepreneurs who are developing products an... FULL STORY

SBA participates in annual DYNET Conference
March 11, 2015

The U.S. Small Business Administration participates in the sixth annual Dynamic Networking for Small Business (DYNET) Conference Thursday, April 2, at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in Fairmont. The free day-long event begins at 8:30 a.m. and a special Regulatory Fairness Roundtable with Br... FULL STORY

DoE Seeks Organizations to Feed Kids this Summer
March 2, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) is looking for organizations across the state to help feed children during the summer months. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded program sponsored by the WVDE Office of Child Nutrition to ensure that child... FULL STORY

SBA Announces Key Partnerships
March 2, 2015

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced two key partnerships to its “My Brother’s Keeper Initiative” to raise awareness around entrepreneurship among undeserved groups. “Successful new businesses in underserved communities are a source of hope and economic growth,” sa... FULL STORY

Protect Your Business From Spring Weather Threats
February 28, 2015

Get business continuity tips at a free webinar hosted by SBA & Agility Recovery WASHINGTON – This winter has been particularly harsh for businesses in the northeast and parts of the southern U.S., as record snowfalls and frigid temperatures forced many companies to close their doors for several ... FULL STORY

SBA Announces Millennial Entrepreneurs Road Show
February 26, 2015

Expands My Brother’s Keeper with national college tour throughout 2015 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration kicks off the Millennial Entrepreneurs Road Show this week in Atlanta, Georgia. The road show, which is a national tour of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), will engage ... FULL STORY

SBA Seeking Nominations for Annual Tibbetts Award
February 23, 2015

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking nominations for its annual Tibbetts and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Hall of Fame Awards. For details on how to submit nominations, visit http://www.sbir.gov/news/2015-tibbetts-and-sbir-hall-fame-award-nominations... FULL STORY

Women’s Veteran Entrepreneurship Program
February 20, 2015

WASHINGTON – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) program yesterday as part of the 2015 Bright Ideas program. Offered through partnership ... FULL STORY

Blue Ribbon Small Business Award Winners
February 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced the winners of its annual Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards®, recognizing 100 companies for their success and innovation and for their contributions to economic growth and free enterprise. Winners were selected from a record number of app... FULL STORY

SBA Expansion of American Supplier Initiative
February 4, 2015

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will expand the American Supplier Initiative with matchmaking events that will be held throughout 2015. The matchmaking events will help provide small businesses with the tools and resources needed to become effective suppliers and connect with fe... FULL STORY

Social Media Strategies Free Webinair
February 3, 2015

WASHINGTON – Whether it’s a fast-moving snow storm, a power outage or an in-house crisis, providing your clients and business partners status updates is key to the survival of your organization. Social media is an essential crisis communications tool, but developing an effective plan may seem like ... FULL STORY

Impact Investment Fund Grows Threefold
January 28, 2015

WASHINGTON–The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that the Impact Investment Fund of the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program has tripled in the last 12 months. “Capital investment in some sectors, geographies and industries is still lower than you would expect... FULL STORY

New Chamber Analysis
January 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.— A comprehensive new analysis released by the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy demonstrates the severity and breadth of state objections to EPA’s proposed clean power plant rule. Released last June by the Obama administration, the rule represents one of the larges... FULL STORY

$51 Million Available in New Funding Competition
January 21, 2015

Federal Agency Announces $51 Million Available in New Funding Competition for Social Innovation Fund Evidenced-based programs working in economic opportunity, healthy futures, and youth development eligible to apply WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) t... FULL STORY

Good Practices Make Good Farmers
January 13, 2015

Good handling practices training session to be offered at Small Farm Conference Feb. 25 Producers and growers hoping to get their Good Handling Practices/Good Agricultural Practices certification can take the first step at the 2015 West Virginia Small Farm Conference. During the one-day training ... FULL STORY

Strawberry Growers Needed for Festival Market
January 9, 2015

Fresh, local strawberries are needed for this year’s West Virginia Strawberry Festival to stock a “Strawberry Market” planned for the May 9-17, 2015, event. The Strawberry Festival board, the City of Buckhannon and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) are working cooperatively with ... FULL STORY

WV EDGE Business Report | January 2015
January 8, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report, highlighting the state’s economic progress. The January 2015 report features projects and announcements from businesses, both large and small, that play a critical role in the Mountain State’s continued ... FULL STORY

What Did 2014 Disasters Teach Us?
January 7, 2015

Business Continuity Tips Discussed at Free Webinar Hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery WASHINGTON – While the U.S. was spared from epic disasters in 2014, major floods occurred in Michigan, New York, Arizona and California. Those storms caused significant property damage and economic losses to s... FULL STORY

2015 Emerging Leaders Initiative
December 23, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched its 2015 Emerging Leaders executive-level training series in 48 cities and communities across the country. The initiative has trained more than 2,400 promising small business owners in underserved communities, and its impact conti... FULL STORY

WV EDGE Business Report | December 2014
December 4, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report, highlighting the state’s economic progress. The December 2014 report features projects and announcements from businesses, both large and small, that play a critical role in the Mountain State’s continued... FULL STORY

Top 10 Mistakes for Businesses to Avoid
November 28, 2014

Business Continuity Strategies Offered at Free Webinar WASHINGTON – Let’s say you created an amazing disaster recovery plan for your small business, and you were able to reopen shortly after a ferocious storm. Meanwhile, your employees’ homes were damaged during the storm, and several roads a... FULL STORY

SBA Partners with National Restaurant Association
November 21, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator, Maria Contreras-Sweet, announced that the federal agency is partnering with the National Restaurant Association to promote dining out during Small Business Saturday on November 29th. The partnership will amplify restaurants dur... FULL STORY

21 New Partners of the SupplierPay Initiative
November 19, 2014

WASHINGTON – As a part of his Year of Action, President Obama and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet launched SupplierPay, a partnership with the private sector to strengthen small businesses by increasing their access to working capital. “In July, I sto... FULL STORY

WV EDGE Business Report | November 2014
November 11, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report, highlighting the state’s economic progress. The November 2014 report features projects and announcements from businesses, both large and small, that play a critical role in the continued economic growth ... FULL STORY

SBA Hits Another Lending Record in FY 2014
November 8, 2014

Lending Opens Opportunities for America’s Small Businesses WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration 7(a) Loan Program reached another lending record in FY 2014, announced today by SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. By the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30), SBA had approved 52,044... FULL STORY

Is Your Small Business Financially Prepared?
November 6, 2014

WASHINGTON – Whether or not your company’s financial house is in order has a big impact on post-disaster recovery. Having a plan in place to save your organization’s assets from business interruptions will ensure a quick recovery, satisfied clients and long term-economic stability. Get tips on ... FULL STORY

Veteran Entrepreneurs Honored During Business Week
November 4, 2014

Veterans "Shark Tank," Global Boots to Business Training Among the Week's Highlights WASHINGTON – The accomplishments of Veteran small business owners around the country will be celebrated during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW) November 3-7. U.S. Small Business Administrati... FULL STORY

Roland Tibbetts, Father of the SBIR/STTR Programs
October 31, 2014

WASHINGTON –“It saddens me, and the SBA community, to hear of the death on Monday of Roland Tibbetts, widely acknowledged as the father of today’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Mr... FULL STORY

SBA and National Woman’s Business Council Partner
October 21, 2014

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the National Women’s Business Council have joined forces in an effort to increase the flow of capital by and into small businesses run by women. The overriding goal is to encourage greater participation by women on the financial and investing side of... FULL STORY

SBA Launches Destination:HUB
October 18, 2014

New initiative will boost HUBZones in the federal marketplace WASHINGTON – The Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Maria Contreras-Sweet, announced the launch of Destination: HUB. For over 17 years, the HUBZone program has served as one of SBA’s signature initiatives and has... FULL STORY

SBA Office Launches Electronic Claim-Filing System
October 16, 2014

Will Save Substantial Time and Money to Government and Industry WASHINGTON – Surety bond companies associated with the U.S. Small Business Administration will now be able to file their claims and supporting documents electronically thanks to a significantly enhanced, web-based processing system l... FULL STORY

Get Preparedness Tips to Protect Your Business
October 12, 2014

WASHINGTON – As winter arrives, so do the many threats that can result in business interruption. It could be flooding caused by frozen pipes that explode. Or it may come on the heels of an ice storm that causes power outages due to downed electric lines. On top of all that, an influenza outbreak ... FULL STORY

WVFFC response to FSMA developments
October 11, 2014

In November of 2013 the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition weighed in on the impacts that the Food & Drug Administration’s proposed “Produce Rule” would have on West Virginia farms. The Produce Rule is part of the “Food Safety Modernization Act,’ or FSMA; a sweeping set of new regulations aimed at ... FULL STORY

Financial Advisors make 2014 SMART529 Honor Roll
October 9, 2014

CHARLESTON – Fifty-three West Virginia investment professionals have been named to the twelfth annual SMART529 Honor Roll for encouraging families to save for higher education. “West Virginia’s financial advisors play a valuable role in helping many families prepare for future costs associated wi... FULL STORY

W.Va. Welcomes Japanese Business Delegation
October 7, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Senator Jay Rockefeller and Senator Joe Manchin welcomed 46 senior business executives from Japan to the Mountain State during a luncheon in Bridgeport. The group, from Japan's Chubu region, is visiting West Virginia on a 10-day nationwide tour aimed at le... FULL STORY

SBA Will Continue to Zero Out Fees on Vet's Loans
October 6, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S Small Business Administration has announced that fee relief on 7(a) loans of $150,000 or less implemented last year and originally slated to expire on Sept. 30, will be extended through fiscal year 2015. SBA has also announced that fee relief measures for SBA Veterans Advantage ... FULL STORY

2015 National Small Business Week Awards
October 4, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration is proud to announce that SBA’s online portal is ready to accept nominations for its 2015 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award. SBA has been following the mantra - Smart, Bold and Access... FULL STORY

SBA Supports Eight ScaleUp Communities
October 3, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today its support for entrepreneurial ecosystem development in eight communities through “ScaleUp America.” This new initiative is designed to provide the necessary support to help companies scale up and grow, while strengthening and enh... FULL STORY

Four New Regional Innovation Cluster Awards
October 1, 2014

WASHINGTON – U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet today announced the SBA’s support of four new Regional Innovation Clusters, adding to its portfolio of high-performing regional innovation networks across the country. “Clusters are public-private partnerships th... FULL STORY

WV EDGE Business Report | September 2014
September 29, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The September 2014 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs a... FULL STORY

SBA Expands Impact Investment Fund
September 26, 2014

WASHINGTON – Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Maria Contreras-Sweet, announced today it has expanded the Impact Investment Fund, a feature of the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program. The SBA is implementing a series of policy changes that promise to broad... FULL STORY

SBA Awards Grants to Resource Partners
September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has entered into a cooperative agreement with America’s Small Business Development Centers, SCORE, and the Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) to provide a combined $1.12 million of funding to sustain and expand the resource partne... FULL STORY

SBA Partners with SEC on Jumpstart Our Business
September 19, 2014

WASHINGTON -The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that it will join the Securities Exchange Commission in cohosting a series of events around the country to help small business owners learn about new opportunities to raise capital under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOB... FULL STORY

Advocates for Hispanic Entrepreneurs in NYC
September 18, 2014

NEW YORK – U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet today hosted a Hispanic Heritage Month Small Business Roundtable discussion at New York’s City Hall. She was joined by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Robert Cornegy, City Council Chair of the Small B... FULL STORY

Grants Help Vitalize Disadvantaged Businesses
September 16, 2014

NEW YORK - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today the 2014 recipients of SBA’s Program for Investment in Micro entrepreneurs Act (PRIME) grant awards. SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, a member of President Obama’s Cabinet, headed to New York City and presented one of th... FULL STORY

W.Va. National Agricultural Statistics Service
September 15, 2014

Ever wonder which West Virginia county grows the most corn? (Jefferson was way out front with 1.68 million bushels in 2013). Where West Virginia ranks in U.S. apple production? (Ninth, if you’re keeping track). The number of beef cattle munching grass along the state’s country roads? (About 38... FULL STORY

Americans Oppose Retroactive Tax On Businesses
September 13, 2014

Overwhelming Majority Of Democratic, Republican, and Independent Voters Say It’s Unfair To Penalize Companies That Follow The Law WASHINGTON, D.C.—Voters strongly oppose action to retroactively limit tax inversions, according to a new poll released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Fair Re... FULL STORY

SBA Proposes Revisions to Size Standards
September 11, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration published two proposed rules to revise small business size standards in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 31-33 (Manufacturing) and industries with employee-based size standards that are not a part of NAICS Sector 31-33, ... FULL STORY

Farmers Must Register Above-Ground Water Tanks
September 9, 2014

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture would like to remind all state farmers about the registration requirements for aboveground storage tanks and the impending Oct. 1, 2014 deadline established by legislation that was signed into law by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin earlier this year. All abovegro... FULL STORY

SBA Spurs Economic Growth
September 5, 2014

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Small Business Administration announced, after reviewing more than 800 applications, the 50 winners of the first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. The recipients represent 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The accelerators come from a broad set of industri... FULL STORY

“Fair Reform for Growth” Kicks-Off
September 4, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today launched a new multi-million dollar ad campaign to fight for responsible tax reform that keeps American businesses competitive globally. The campaign, “Fair Reform for Growth,” kicked-off with a Washington, D.C. advertising campaign across both tr... FULL STORY

2014 State Trade and Export Promotion Awards
September 3, 2014

SBA to Award $8 Million to Promote Small Business Exporting WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Small Business Administration announced today that 24 awards will be made to states to support activities to increase exporting by small businesses. The State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program was appropri... FULL STORY

Military Vets, Farmers Invited to Free Seminar
August 28, 2014

Knowing how to grow things is only half the battle when it comes to making money from farming. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the median farm income for 2014 will be negative $1,626, and over 90 percent of all farm households will rely on multiple sources of income. So farmers als... FULL STORY

WV EDGE Business Report August 2014
August 27, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The August 2014 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs and ... FULL STORY

Get Your Business Ready for Any Kind of Disaster
August 26, 2014

WASHINGTON – Each year small businesses nationwide are forced to close their doors in the aftermath of severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes. Business interruptions, even if they last just a few hours, are costly in terms of lost productivity and profits. You can get help ... FULL STORY

SBA Takes Part in Millennial Train Project
August 12, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration has teamed up with The Millennial Trains Project, traveling from Portland, Ore. to New York City, August 7-17 to take part in a coast-to-coast mobile business incubator to help inform, educate and explore opportunities in entrepreneurship. The M... FULL STORY

SBA's Growth Accelerator Competition
August 7, 2014

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Small Business Administration has received more than 800 applications from accelerators and incubators hoping to win one of 50 cash prizes of $50,000 each in the SBA’s first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. August 2 was the deadline to submit an application. Accelerator... FULL STORY

Obama Administration Achieves Small Business Goal
August 5, 2014

First Time in Eight Years Goal is Met WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced that the federal government reached its small business federal contracting goal for the first time in eight years, awarding 23.39 percent in federal contracts to small businesses totaling $8... FULL STORY

Chamber Releases Recommendations To SEC
July 29, 2014

Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness Identifies Specific Areas for Streamlining and Modernization WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness released today a report that outlines concrete ideas for modernizing the U.S. Securities and Exchange ... FULL STORY

Reduction in Workers' Comp Rates
July 27, 2014

West Virginia employers to save $32 million this year CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced West Virginia employers will see a projected $32 million in workers' compensation premium reductions in the coming year, and have seen a savings of more than $280 million since the pro... FULL STORY

Governor Releases July Edge Business Report
July 24, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The July 2014 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs ... FULL STORY

SBA Announces $1.5 Million Grant Opportunity
July 7, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it is seeking grant proposals to award up to $1.5 million in grant funding to for-profit and non-profit service providers including, but not limited to, universities, trade and professional associations, firms, and other organi... FULL STORY

W.Va. Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame
July 5, 2014

The West Virginia Agriculture and Forestry Hall of Fame (WVAFHF) Foundation has selected five outstanding individuals for induction in 2014. These individuals will be honored at the WVAFHF annual banquet at Jackson’s Mill, Saturday, July 19, 2014. A reception will begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner... FULL STORY

Signup for 2015 Gypsy Moth Suppression Program
July 3, 2014

Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick is urging West Virginia landowners to help the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) fight gypsy moths, the state’s number one forest pest, through the Cooperative State-County-Landowner (CSCL) Gypsy Moth Suppression Program. The gypsy moth is still ... FULL STORY

SBA Awards $2 Million in FAST Grants
July 1, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today awarded FAST grants totaling $2 million to 22 state and local economic development agencies, business development centers, colleges and universities. These grants will support programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses... FULL STORY

SBA Extends Weekly Office Hours
June 29, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration has extended its free webinar series through July for women business owners to learn more about increasing opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the federal contracting arena. The Office Hours for Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Pro... FULL STORY

SBA, HHS To Launch Health Care Webinars in Spanish
June 27, 2014

Twice Monthly Series Will Cover Opportunities & Responsibilities WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced, in partnership with Small Business Majority and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a series of webinars to help Spanish-speaking small busines... FULL STORY

What Are the Top Five Disaster Risks?
June 21, 2014

Preparedness Tips to be Shared at Free Webinar Hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery WASHINGTON –Two major challenges small business owners face after disasters are sales losses and a diminished customer base. In a survey of 7,500 small and medium sized businesses done by the National Federation o... FULL STORY

High-Tech Small Businesses Receive Tibbetts Awards
June 19, 2014

Two Companies Inducted into SBIR Hall of Fame WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) presented 25 high-tech small businesses with the honorable Tibbetts award and inducted two firms into its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Hall of Fame for the critical role they play... FULL STORY

SBA Adjusts Monetary Based Size Standards
June 17, 2014

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued an interim final rule that will adjust monetary based small business size standards (i.e., receipts, assets, net worth and income) for inflation to allow more small businesses to become eligible for SBA’s financial and federal governmen... FULL STORY

Study Identifies State Efforts to Improve Economy
June 15, 2014

State-by-State Analysis Outlines Current Policies Helping and Hindering Progress WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation today released its fifth annual Enterprising States study, providing an in-depth look at state policies and practices meant to improve U.S. economic growth an... FULL STORY

SBA Announces Boots to Business: Reboot
June 13, 2014

An Entrepreneurship Training Course for Veterans WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will host an entrepreneurship training course for Veterans in 12 U.S. cities beginning July 11. Each two-day “Boots to Business: Reboot” event will be led by representatives from SBA’s resou... FULL STORY

Are You Ready to Lead Your Company In A Crisis?
June 4, 2014

Tips Shared at Free Webinar Hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery WASHINGTON – Emergency responders are trained to make quick decisions that will protect people and save lives when a natural or man-made disaster occurs. And this is a skill that comes in handy for anyone running a small business. W... FULL STORY

'Fall' Cankerworms are Making an Appearance
May 31, 2014

Fall cankerworms are overrunning Eastern Jefferson County from around Harpers Ferry to the Shannondale area, according to Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick. At the same time, 2 million acres in eastern Virginia are experiencing an unprecedented outbreak, and cankerworm populations there a... FULL STORY

Beef for Father's Day
May 31, 2014

Representatives of West Virginia's Beef Industry Council including Beef Queen Sara Page will present Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick with USDA choice cuts of “Beef for Fathers' Day” at a luncheon ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion Courtyard Monday, June 2 at no... FULL STORY

New EPA Carbon Regulations Will Damage Economy
May 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plans to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will cost America’s economy over $50 billion a year between now and 2030, according to a new report issued by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy. ... FULL STORY

New Program Helps Farmers and Producers
May 29, 2014

West Virginia University Extension Service is hosting a Food for Profit workshop on Friday, June 6 at the Belington Fire Department on 301 Watkins Street in Belington, WV. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $30 to attend; lunch and educational materials are included with the registration... FULL STORY

W.Va. Grown Berries Sell Well At Festival
May 28, 2014

West Virginia Grown strawberries made a commercial comeback at the 2014 West Virginia Strawberry Festival. Nearly $1,000 worth of berries were sold over two days, thanks to the efforts of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA), the Festival Board, the City of Buckhannon and Upshur County... FULL STORY

SBA Participates in Teaming to Win Conference
May 26, 2014

Join the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for three small business tracks and the Small Business Week Awards Ceremony during the 24th annual Teaming to Win conference in Morgantown, at the Erickson Alumni Center, on May 28-29. The first track SBA offers, Positioning Yourself for Success... FULL STORY

eBay Users to Update Account Passwords
May 23, 2014

CHARLESTON — Attorney General Patrick Morrisey urged all eBay users to change their passwords in light of a recent eBay announcement that some users’ personal information may have been compromised. Recently, eBay recommend that the company’s customers change their passwords due to a cyberattack t... FULL STORY

SBA Proposes Revisions to Size Standards
May 21, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration has proposed increasing small business size standards affecting businesses in 46 industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 42, Wholesale Trade, and in one industry in Sector 44-45, Retail Trade. If they are adopted... FULL STORY

SBA Honors Outstanding Disaster Recovery Efforts
May 18, 2014

WASHINGTON – A city manager who coordinated the rebuilding of Moore, Oklahoma in the aftermath of a tornado that nearly destroyed the city, a Long Island restaurateur who helped those struggling after Hurricane Sandy, and a New York City café owner who rebuilt two locations that were nearly destroye... FULL STORY

Morrisey Files Suit in Cabell County
May 16, 2014

CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced today that the Office of the Attorney General has filed suit in Cabell County Circuit Court against Thomas J. Matthews, doing business as Downtown Used Auto Sales, alleging numerous violations of the West Virginia Consumer Credit... FULL STORY

Tips on How To Protect Your Business
May 16, 2014

Weather Expert Offers 2014 Hurricane Season Forecast During SBA/Agility Webinar WASHINGTON – A global climate expert from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will share the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast during a free webinar Tuesday, May 27 hosted by The U.S. Smal... FULL STORY

SBA Recognizes SCORE 50th Anniversary
May 14, 2014

WASHINGTON – During National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration is proud to recognize SCORE for its 50th anniversary in providing volunteer counseling and mentoring to our nation’s entrepreneurs. SCORE, SBA’s valued resource partner, has served more than 10 million entre... FULL STORY

SBA Hosts Weekly Office Hours Webinars for Women
May 13, 2014

WASHINGTON – Women business owners are invited to learn more about increasing opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the federal contracting arena through free Office Hours Webinars hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration each Tuesday and Thursday through June 26 at 2 p.m. ET. SBA’s ... FULL STORY

NSBW to Offer Training Webinars and Online Events
May 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and co-sponsors will be hosting numerous training webinars and online events from May 12-15. Making It Big: Small Biz Success in a Mobile World When: 9 a.m. (EDT), Wednesday, May 14 Onl... FULL STORY

Farm Odor a Sign of Sustainable Farming Practices
May 10, 2014

Spring is in full swing and the smell of flowers is in the air. If you live on or near a farm, there's likely to be another smell in the air as well. You see, spring means time for fertilizer. And fertilizer means manure. And manure means, well ­- let's just call it the unmistakable aroma of manu... FULL STORY

National Small Business Week to kick-off May 12
May 9, 2014

20 Major Companies to Co-Sponsor Online and Four-City Event WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration, small business owners from across the nation and 20 co-sponsors get ready to convene online, and in four major U.S. cities, from May 12-16 to celebrate entrepreneurship and recognize t... FULL STORY

W.Va. Commercial Building Energy Code Workshops
May 7, 2014

West Virginia upgraded the State’s Building Energy Code in 2013. Do you know what is now required, how it can help reduce operating costs, and increase the value of the building? This new workshop is for you. You will learn how to calculate your building energy use and score and compare it with... FULL STORY

Horse Owners Warned to Guard Against Mosquitoes
May 7, 2014

Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick is warning horse owners to control mosquitoes around their animals to minimize the chance of their equines contracting West Nile Virus (WNV) and equine encephalomyelitis. West Nile is particularly virulent in horses, although not always fatal. "Many insect... FULL STORY

Chamber Statement on White House “Big Data” Report
May 6, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation President David Chavern issued the following statement regarding the White House “Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values” report: “The Chamber is pleased that the White House ‘Big Data’ report highlights th... FULL STORY

Janet Yellen to speak at Washington D.C.
May 2, 2014

Entrepreneurship Workshops, Business Matchmaking & Award Ceremonies Featured WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will be the featured speaker during a May 15 evening reception at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to kick off the Washington, D.C. leg of National Small Business Week h... FULL STORY

2014 Export Lenders of the Year
April 28, 2014

Citibank and GBC International Recognized at Export Lenders Roundtable, in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON – Today, Citibank, N.A. and GBC International Bank were honored as the top 2014 Export Lenders of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, for large and small lending institutions, re... FULL STORY

Energy Workshops
April 28, 2014

Two workshops focusing on improving energy efficiency in industrial, commercial and government facilities will be held in various locations around the state in the upcoming weeks. The workshops are sponsored by the West Virginia University Industrial Assessment Center, WVU Industrial and Manageme... FULL STORY

Edward Jones Receives Investment Services Award
April 27, 2014

The financial services firm Edward Jones won the 2014 TNS Choice Award for outstanding performance in investment services, according to TNS, a global research consultancy. The TNS Choice Awards recognize financial services firms and banks that outperform their competitors in acquiring, retaining ... FULL STORY

SBA to Award $8 Million to Promote Exporting
April 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The SBA announced that for the third year, states will be able to apply for grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration starting April 21 to support efforts to increase exporting by small businesses. The State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant Program was appropriate... FULL STORY

High-Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop
April 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Workshops on developing high-tech companies, business matchmaking and tips on finding capital to start or grow a successful business are among the top draws planned for the May 15 National Small Business Week event in Boston. Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business A... FULL STORY

Ag Programs Aiming to Tackle Rural Poverty
April 17, 2014

A new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) initiative in West Virginia will leverage federal resources and local enterprise to help fight poverty in 29 West Virginia counties. While the "StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity" has been active in other states, this is the first time it has... FULL STORY

Rock Bands Commit to Hire Two Veterans as Roadies
April 16, 2014

Following Nationwide Search, Two Veterans will Join Bands for 2014 Summer Tour NEW YORK, NY—Rock bands KISS and Def Leppard announced their commitment to hire two veterans as roadies for their 2014 summer tour as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Capital One’s Hiring 500,000 He... FULL STORY

SBA Awards Grant to Fund Entrepreneurship Training
April 14, 2014

WASHINGTON – As part of its “Boots to Business” program, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it has awarded a $3 million grant to Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) to deliver entrepreneurship education and training to transitioning serv... FULL STORY

Summer Jobs Can Be Career Builders
April 11, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With warm weather approaching, West Virginia State Parks are looking for certified lifeguards for many of the areas that offer public swimming during the summer. The state parks system has 26 public swimming facilities, including Tygart Lake State Park, which is reopening i... FULL STORY

SBA and AARP Host Second Encore Entrepreneur Event
April 11, 2014

Partnership highlights effort between SBA and AARP to promote entrepreneurship among individuals ages 50 and older WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP are again teaming up to host National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month targeted at entrepreneurs over the age of 50. Bu... FULL STORY

SBA Announces National Small Business Week
April 10, 2014

Week-long, cross-country events to feature entrepreneurship forums on business start-up and growth; Naming of National Small Business Person of the Year; Event registration now open WASHINGTON – Aspiring entrepreneurs, small business owners and others are invited to attend the U.S. Small Busine... FULL STORY

SBA Seeking Nominations for SBIR Awards
April 9, 2014

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking nominations for its annual Tibbetts and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Hall of Fame Awards. Nominations can be submitted online at http://www.sbir.gov/news/2014-tibbetts-and-hall-fame-award-nominations. The deadli... FULL STORY

US Chamber Foundation Releases Common Core Video
April 8, 2014

Education Reformers, Teachers, Chamber, and Business Leaders Underscore Need for Higher Education Standards WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education and Workforce released a video that makes the case for higher standards in education and presents the facts ... FULL STORY

SBA Presents Webinar Series
April 8, 2014

SBA PRESENTS WEBINAR SERIES TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES LEARN HOW TO APPLY FOR THE 8(A) BD PROGRAM WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will present How to Prepare and Submit Your 8(a) Business Development Application-Tips for Success, the first in a series of webinars from April thro... FULL STORY

SBA Improves Small Businesses Access to Loans
April 8, 2014

U.S. small businesses will gain improved access to two major government-guaranteed loan programs once a final rule to that effect issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration becomes effective April 21, 2014. The SBA recently published a Final Rule on the Federal Register that eliminates or ... FULL STORY

April Edge Business Report
April 7, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The April 2014 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs and t... FULL STORY

Ribbon Cutting and Open House at Artistry on Main
April 6, 2014

The reinvented ‘Artistry on Main’ will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, April 11th at 12:30 and an Open House on Saturday, April 12th from 10 – 6 PM. Artistry on Main is located at 27 E. Main Street in downtown Buckhannon and features the work of over 30 West Virginia artists. Artistry ... FULL STORY

Cash Mob the WV Hometown Market
April 6, 2014

The next CASH MOB Buckhannon will be held at the WV Hometown Market on Wednesday, April 9th! Hometown Market is located on the corner of S. Florida Street and College Avenue in downtown Buckhannon and will feature Easter Specials during the monthly Cash Mob event. Stop by the specialty store to fi... FULL STORY

Is a Solid Supply Chain Crucial to Your Company
April 3, 2014

Get supply chain continuity tips at a free webinar hosted by SBA & Agility WASHINGTON – It could come in the form of a widespread electrical blackout. Or it may occur on the heels of a massive natural disaster. Local infrastructures are broken in the aftermath of a disaster. Transportation s... FULL STORY

Champion Ham Record Falls at Putnam-Lincoln
April 2, 2014

Nelson's Custom Meats smashed the record for price paid for the Grand Champion Ham at the 26th annual Putnam-Lincoln County FFA and 4-H Ham, Bacon and Egg Show and Sale at Pullman Plaza Hotel March 6. Nelson's paid $3,750 for Zachary Call's Ham, besting the $3,000 that Portec Rail Products paid... FULL STORY

Three New Produce Records Set in 2013
March 28, 2014

Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick congratulated three growers on new produce records set in 2013 and exhorted West Virginians to go all-out on their gardens this year. "We'd love to see some more records fall this year, but more than that, we'd love to see more West Virginians feeding the... FULL STORY

SBA and NWBC Host #STEMforHer Twitter Chat
March 22, 2014

WASHINGTON – Women business owners are invited to learn more about increasing opportunities for entrepreneurs in high-growth industries and how to advance their small business ventures through a #STEMforHer live Twitter chat on March 24, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (@SBAgov) and... FULL STORY

2012 Census Results Provide a Snapshot
March 22, 2014

The value of West Virginia's agricultural products increased 37 percent over the past five years to a total of $809 million, according to preliminary results from the Census of Agriculture, produced every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (US... FULL STORY

SBA to Award Grants to Support R&D, Small Business
March 15, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that it will award grants to state and local economic development agencies, business development centers, colleges and universities to support programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses under SBA’s Federal and State... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Recognizes Members of Congress
March 13, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored 206 members of the House of Representatives and 32 members of the Senate with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award in recognition of their support of pro-growth, pro-jobs policies during the first session of the 113th Congress. “2013 was chal... FULL STORY

SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Program
March 11, 2014

WASHINGTON –With the help of the Small Business Administration’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program small construction firms were awarded in fiscal year 2013 more than $1.2 billion in contracts. This number represents a 61 percent increase over fiscal year 2012. SBA also guaranteed bonds for public and p... FULL STORY

Protect Your Business From Spring Weather Threats
March 7, 2014

Get Business Continuity Tips at Free Webinar Hosted by SBA & Agility WASHINGTON – Floods are a threat for areas hit by heavy late-winter snowfalls. Severe storms—sometimes in the form of deadly tornadoes or massive rainfall—often wreak havoc across the U.S. during spring. There are many low... FULL STORY

Chamber Awards 9 Local Chambers with Accreditation
March 7, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—At its March board meeting, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today awarded nine local chambers of commerce with accreditation for their sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on their communities. “Accreditation validates a chamber as having program... FULL STORY

SBA Expands Outreach for Small Business Owners
March 6, 2014

To Establish New Alliance with National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development to Increase Small Business Awareness WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will join the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) at its National Reservation Economi... FULL STORY

USDA Adds Event Grants to FTS Program
March 5, 2014

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is requesting applications for the third round of Farm To School (FTS) grants, including the addition of a new funding track and a series of webinars to help applicants understand the program. Grants will be awarded to assist FTS planning, implementation and sup... FULL STORY

2013 Energy Security Risk Index
March 4, 2014

U.S. Shows Slight Improvement, Ukraine Ranks Last Among Major Users WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy unveiled the second annual edition of its groundbreaking International Index of Energy Security Risk, which ranks the world’s top energy users on 29 metrics... FULL STORY

New Measures to Protect Workers
March 3, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standard, which protects the nation’s two million farm workers and their families from pesticide exposure. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) conducts free worker protection sa... FULL STORY

Selling Your Product Online to Foreign Customers
March 1, 2014

Ninety five percent of the world’s consumers live outside of the United States, representing over 80% of the world’s purchasing power. Exporting gives small businesses the opportunity to reach new markets, increase sales, and create jobs. Thursday, March 20 at 10 a.m., the West Virginia District O... FULL STORY

Groups to Play Key Part in Efforts to Organize
February 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Freedom Initiative (WFI) released a study profiling five leading worker centers at the forefront of a new union organizing push. The report, The New Model of Representation: An Overview of Leading Worker Centers, examines the history, funding... FULL STORY

Gypsy Moth Treatments for 2014
February 24, 2014

Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick has announced that the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is proposing aerial treatment of approximately 974 acres in Hardy County to reduce significant impacts to forests by the gypsy moth. These acres will be treated under the WVDA Cooperative S... FULL STORY

Chamber Announces Blue Ribbon Small Businesses
February 21, 2014

100 Outstanding Companies Recognized for Successful and Innovative Business Practices WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of its annual Blue Ribbon Small Business Awards, a program that recognizes companies for their dedication to the principles of free enterprise ... FULL STORY

February Edge Business Report
February 18, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The February 2014 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs an... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Statement on Cybersecurity Framework
February 14, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Ann M. Beauchesne issued the following statement today regarding the release of the Cybersecurity Framework developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as directed by P... FULL STORY

SBA Hosts Twitter Chat for Young Entrepreneurs
February 12, 2014

WASHINGTON – Young aspiring business owners are invited to learn the basics on how to turn good ideas into profitable ventures at the live Twitter chat on Feb. 19 hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (@SBAgov). Tameka Montgomery from SBA’s Office of Entrepreneurial Development and Bri... FULL STORY

IT’S TIME FOR “FROST-SEEDING”
February 10, 2014

This time of the year is a great time for “Frost-Seeding” legumes. With temperatures constantly rising above and dropping below freezing, the ground is also constantly freezing and thawing. Moisture in the soil expands when it freezes lifting soil particles up and when it thaws the soil comes back d... FULL STORY

SBA & Yelp Team Up
February 8, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration is teaming up with Yelp to present the first of a free, two-part webinar series to help small business owners engage with online reviewers and manage their online reputation. The first webinar will take place on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. EST. The second ... FULL STORY

SBA Launches 2014 Emerging Leaders Initiative
February 7, 2014

Entrepreneur Training Initiative Sparks Small Business Growth, Job Creation WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched its 2014 Emerging Leaders (formerly e200) executive-level intensive entrepreneurship training initiative for small business owners in 27 cities and communit... FULL STORY

WVDA Opening Up 40 Acres of Prime Farmland
February 5, 2014

West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick announced Wednesday that 40 acres of prime farmland located on WVDA property at the Lakin State Farm in Mason County will be leased this summer to individuals, partnerships, organizations and co-ops for the purpose of commercial vegetable and small... FULL STORY

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Applications
February 4, 2014

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is accepting applications for the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). Following a period of public input and program priority identification, applicants are invited to submit a “Concept Proposal” for projects meeting the criteria of ... FULL STORY

Donohue Comments on House Republicans’ Standards
February 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement on the House Republicans’ Standards for Immigration Reform: “The draft Standards for Immigration Reform being debated by the House Republicans today mark important progress in ensuring im... FULL STORY

Social Media Strategies for Crisis Communications
January 31, 2014

WASHINGTON – Communicating a key message to your staff, clients and business partners in a timely and accurate manner is essential when a disaster strikes. Increasingly, organizations are relying on social media to get ahead of and dispel misinformation that can lead to a tarnished reputation, and ... FULL STORY

SBA Amends Small Business Programs
January 30, 2014

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has amended its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program Policy Directives in response to public comments and input from all parties involved in the program. These amendments - - publish... FULL STORY

Tomblin Requests Assistance from SBA
January 29, 2014

To help small businesses and eligible private, nonprofit organizations CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin requested assistance from the Small Business Administration to expedite help for small businesses and eligible private, non-profit organizations. The letter highlights how some small ... FULL STORY

Donohue Comments on State of the Union
January 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement ahead of President Obama’s State of the Union Address: “Tonight we expect the president to discuss a number of important policies that will help spur growth and improve America’s global c... FULL STORY

Reservists Eligible to Apply for SBA Loans
January 27, 2014

WASHINGTON— Small businesses that suffered economic losses when the owner or a key employee was called up to active duty are eligible to apply for a low interest loan of up to $2 million from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Small businesses can apply for a Military Reservist Economic Inju... FULL STORY

January Edge Business Report
January 22, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The January 2014 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs and... FULL STORY

WVDA to Offer Classes
January 19, 2014

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) will offer Good Handling Practices/Good Agricultural Practices (GHP/GAP) classes next week to help West Virginia food producers protect consumers from food-borne illnesses. The courses will be offered in three different West Virginia locations. F... FULL STORY

SBA Webinar Series part II
January 16, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will present Top Reasons Why SBA Returns & Declines an 8(a) Application, the second of its free, two-part webinar series on Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. EST. The hour-long webinar will cover: Eligibility requirements for 8(a) certification; How t... FULL STORY

Animal Health Experts Comment on Exposure to Water
January 15, 2014

State Veterinarian Dr. Jewell Plumley said Friday afternoon that after continuing to seek consultation and advice from toxicologists and animal experts from across the country that there are no known risks to livestock that may have been exposed to water that was tainted by a chemical leak in the El... FULL STORY

Annual Address on State of American Business
January 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In his annual State of American Business address, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue declared that the state of American business is improving. Despite some economic progress, he warned against policies and government actions that drive uncertainty and called for leade... FULL STORY

Gift Buyers Marketplace at Pipestem Resort
January 10, 2014

PIPESTEM, W.Va. - Retailers looking for vendors with resale items for gift and souvenir shops have a marketplace in West Virginia. Pipestem State Park’s Gift Buyers Marketplace is Feb. 3-5, 2014. The venue features up to 70 different wholesale vendors, according to Dale McLaughlin, lodge manager at ... FULL STORY

Navigating the 8(a) Business Development Program
January 10, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will present Not Just Contracts: The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program, the first of a free, two-part webinar series on Jan.15 at 2 p.m. EST. The second webinar will be held Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. EST. The hour-long webinars will cover: ... FULL STORY

Agriculture Department Cooperating with Audit
January 7, 2014

Following the announcement that the West Virginia Legislative Auditor’s office has been directed to turn over findings from an audit being conducted on the Department of Agriculture to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick issued the following statement. “Upon being sw... FULL STORY

Business Continuity Tips Discussed at Free Webinar
December 31, 2013

Hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery WASHINGTON – Small businesses were particularly hard-hit by the floods, tornados and wildfires that occurred in the U.S. in 2013. Some were even forced to close temporarily, causing economic injury to business owners and communities that were already struggling... FULL STORY

Chamber Identifies Most Ridiculous Lawsuits
December 28, 2013

Inmates’ Suit Blaming Beer Companies for Lives of Crime Tops Poll of the Year’s Most Outrageous Abuses of the Legal System WASHINGTON, D.C.— A group of Idaho inmates’ lawsuit blaming eight brewers for causing their lives of crime tops the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR) survey of ... FULL STORY

SBA Revises Size Standards
December 25, 2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued two final rules in the Federal Register, revising size standards for firms in two North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) sectors, namely, Utilities (Sector 22) and Construction (Sector 23). Size standards define the ... FULL STORY

Governor Releases December Edge Business Report
December 23, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The December 2013 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs an... FULL STORY

WVDA Veterans and Warriors To Agriculture Project
December 21, 2013

Point Pleasant attorney Stephen C. Littlepage, who serves as President of the Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation, presented a check Tuesday in the amount of $5,510 to West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick to assist in funding the WVDA’s new Veterans and Warriors To Agriculture Projec... FULL STORY

Specialty Crop Block Grant Survey
December 19, 2013

West Virginia will be allocated an additional $210,000 (pending Farm Bill approval) in Specialty Crop Block Grant funds that will be distributed during a competitive grant process beginning in January. Per USDA mandate, solicitation of program priorities is essential in developing the Request for Pr... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Statement on Budget Deal
December 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten issued the following statement regarding the Budget Conference agreement reached by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI): “We... FULL STORY

SBA HUBZone Webinar
December 15, 2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will present the concluding chapter of its two-part webinar series on How Small Businesses Can Gain Competitive Advantage through HUBZone Certification, on Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. EST. The webinar will focus on how Historically Underutilized Busines... FULL STORY

WVDA Accepting Nominations
December 14, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is seeking entries for the 2014 Agritourism Media Awards. These annual awards celebrate and recognize excellence in advertising and promotion of West Virginia Agritourism destinations and attractions. Deadline for submissions is February 14, 2014. T... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber: Volcker Rule Could Harm Main Street
December 12, 2013

‘We will now have to carefully examine the final rule to consider the impact on liquidity and market-making,’ Hirschmann says WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) President and CEO David Hirschmann issued the following statement today followi... FULL STORY

November Edge Business Report
December 4, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The November 2013 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs an... FULL STORY

Business Continuity Strategies Offered
December 2, 2013

WASHINGTON – What are the biggest and most common mistakes business owners make when dealing with a disaster? Whether it’s property damage caused by a flood, or the loss of sensitive data thanks to a hacked email account, how you respond within the first few hours of the crisis can make or break yo... FULL STORY

SBA Introduces Webinar Series
November 30, 2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration will present How Small Businesses Can Gain Competitive Advantage through HUBZone Certification, the first of its two-part webinar series on Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. EST. The second part will be presented on Dec.17 at 2 p.m. EST. The mission of the SB... FULL STORY

SBA’s Online Portal Now Accepting Nominations
November 27, 2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s online portal is ready to accept nominations for its 2014 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award. Now in its second year, the dedicated web portal http://nationalsmallbusinessweek.sba... FULL STORY

Texas Company To Open Jackson County Plant
November 25, 2013

New plant will use coal to produce key steelmaking ingredient; marks third major jobs announcement this month CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Carbonyx, Inc., a Texas-based company, will invest tens of millions of dollars in a new Jackson County plant, creating at least 60 job... FULL STORY

Union Front Groups Receiving $Mill from Activists
November 22, 2013

Foundations provide groups with over $57 million from 2009 to 2012 WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Freedom Initiative (WFI) released a study exposing financial and organizational ties between activist foundations and many of the union front groups at the forefront of va... FULL STORY

SBA Signs Strategic Alliance
November 21, 2013

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Small Business Administration and Operation HOPE, Inc., signed a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) to encourage entrepreneurship and economic empowerment through increased collaboration on entrepreneurial and financial education for small business owners. The alliance si... FULL STORY

Asbestos Trust Transparency Bill
November 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement commending the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013” (H.R. 982). The legislation would require asbestos... FULL STORY

Survey Shows Employers Already Facing Higher Costs
November 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Research released by the International Franchise Association (IFA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce shows the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is already resulting in higher costs of health coverage and businesses have cut full-time jobs, despite the one-year delay of the employer mandate.... FULL STORY

SBA Announces New Measures For Business Loans
November 15, 2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) today announced new measures to help get small business loans into the hands of veterans by setting the borrower upfront fee to zero for all veteran loans authorized under the SBA Express program up to $350,000. This initiative will start on ... FULL STORY

Deadline Approaching for Apple & Peach Insurance
November 13, 2013

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announces the final date for West Virginia apple and peach growers to obtain crop insurance on next year’s crop is November 20, 2013. Current policyholders likewise have until November 20 to make any changes to their existing contracts. Price elections for 201... FULL STORY

New Online Security Course Available
November 9, 2013

WASHINGTON – Small businesses can help keep their business information safe and protect their online information with a new free course from the U.S. Small Business Administration. In support of President Obama proclaiming October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, SBA is launching this ... FULL STORY

SBA Lending Activity in FY 2013
November 7, 2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA)announced its third highest year of SBA lending to date, surpassed only by SBA’s two record years of supporting more than $30 billion in FY 2011 and 2012. In FY 2013, SBA supported more than $29 billion in lending to America’s small businesses... FULL STORY

GREENBRIER NURSERIES SUPPORTING "FARM TO TABLE"
November 5, 2013

More West Virginia farmers are working diligently to make sure their food goes directly to local tables. One of the hardest working businesses in southern West Virginia is Greenbrier Nurseries. Greenbrier Nurseries owner Jim Monroe says southern West Virginia is especially starved for a Farm to ... FULL STORY

Leaders Urge Congressional Action on Immigration
November 2, 2013

Leaders Bring National Consensus on Immigration Reform to Halls of Congress WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Tuesday at Capitol Hill, more than 600 conservative leaders from nearly 40 states across the country are delivered a unified message to more than 100 members of Congress: The House of Representative... FULL STORY

Edward Jones Enters Partnership With Museum
November 1, 2013

Financial services firm Edward Jones announced a partnership with the National World War I (WWI) Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, MO, continuing its long-standing commitment to support military veterans. Edward Jones has been awarded exclusive naming rights for the Museum's Research Center... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Dispels Immigration Myths
October 31, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The U.S. Chamber released “Immigration Myths and Facts,” a report that addresses misinformation about the impact of immigration and provides the facts behind these fallacies. An educational tool for policymakers and the public, the report summarizes the realities of the relationship... FULL STORY

New Program Helps to Grow Food Businesses
October 29, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia University Extension Service is hosting a Food for Profit workshop on Nov. 4 at its Kanawha County office on 4700 MacCorkle Ave. in Charleston. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $30 to attend. Lunch and educational materials are included with the price ... FULL STORY

SOS Office Adds More Online Services
October 27, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – The West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office has added more online services for businesses, now allowing online Uniform Commercial Code filings and UCC searches. Since its launch on October 1, more than 440 customers have submitted online UCC filings. The Uniform C... FULL STORY

Sale of Live Foxes Permitted in West Virginia
October 25, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia trappers will be allowed to sell live foxes to hound coursing pens in West Virginia during the 2013-2014 trapping season, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Section. All foxes used in hou... FULL STORY

Governor Releases October Edge Business Report
October 19, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The October 2013 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jo... FULL STORY

Farm to School Program Has Set Roots
October 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Students across Kanawha County will roll up their sleeves and dig into fresh farm food on Wednesday, Oct. 16. This event is part of the West Virginia Department of Education's (WVDE) Farm to School (F2S) program. The WVDE F2S program has been in place for three years with partici... FULL STORY

State Agriculture Programs Maintaining Safety
October 10, 2013

West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick assures West Virginia citizens that the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) has the ability and the authority to protect human and animal health in the Mountain State regardless of the duration of the federal government shutdown. “... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber to Explore Economic Opportunities
October 3, 2013

Business Delegation Will Provide Private Sector Insights at the Americas Competitiveness Forum WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will head a business delegation to the Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF) in Panama City, Panama, this week for discussions with other private sector rep... FULL STORY

2013 Round of the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant
October 1, 2013

West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick has announced the projects selected for the 2013 round of the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program-Farm Bill (SCBGP-FB). Funding is provided for state selected projects that solely enhance the competiveness of specialty crops including fruits, v... FULL STORY

Public-Private Coordination in Cybersecurity
September 29, 2013

Participants Discuss Importance of Businesses of All Sizes Being Prepared WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today brought together top experts and leaders from government and business to discuss the importance of public-private coordination in addressing cybersecurity issues and the n... FULL STORY

Introducing Hiring Our Heroes App
September 27, 2013

Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Program Goes Mobile with One-Stop Shop Free App Developed by Verizon WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program and Verizon announced today the release of the Hiring Our Heroes app, a mobile one-stop shop developed ... FULL STORY

Pay-Ratio Proposal Update
September 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) President and CEO David Hirschmann issued the following statement today responding to the Securities & Exchange Commission’s (SEC) release of proposed rules mandating that public companies disclose the ... FULL STORY

EPA Proposed Regulation for New Power Plants
September 25, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten today released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule on regulating greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants: “It is clear that the EPA is continuing to m... FULL STORY

Identify and Celebrate Startups Around the Globe
September 24, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined 1776 in the quest for the most promising and innovative startups currently tackling global issues. As a Global Partner for the Challenge Cup, the Chamber will help identify and celebrate exceptional startups in the categories of health, education... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Foundation Hosts Summit
September 22, 2013

Event Focuses on Importance of an Educated and Skilled Workforce WASHINGTON, D.C.—Business, government, and education thought leaders made the case for ensuring that America’s employers have the educated and skilled workforce they need to remain competitive at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundat... FULL STORY

Foundation Names Citizenship Awards Finalists
September 20, 2013

Businesses and Nonprofits Recognized for Collaboration and Community Impact WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) recognized 25 finalists for its 14th Annual Corporate Citizenship Awards. The awards program honors businesses for their ... FULL STORY

State Online CD Auctions Surpass $1 Billion
September 18, 2013

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Board of Treasury Investments has deposited more than a billion dollars with banks across the state, since the inception of its online certificates of deposit auction program in 2006. Three more banks successfully bid on funds Wednesday, bringing the BTI’s seven-yea... FULL STORY

"Labor Peace” Ordinances Force Waving of Rights
September 16, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Freedom Initiative (WFI) released a study highlighting state and local laws that force employers to waive their rights under federal labor law. These so-called “labor peace” ordinances pressure private-sector employers to grant organizing con... FULL STORY

Statewide Farm to School Initiative Kicks Off
September 13, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) will kick off a statewide Farm to School initiative during a “West Virginia Grown” luncheon at Preston High, today, September 13. Activities will begin at 10:30 a.m. Commissioner of Agriculture... FULL STORY

Chamber Encourages Congressional Action
September 12, 2013

Releases 50 State Fact Sheets Highlighting Economic Benefits of America’s Marine Transportation System WASHINGTON, D.C.—With the current marine transportation system under duress because of inefficient regulations, burdensome processes, project delays, and insufficient funding for modernization, ... FULL STORY

New Effort to Help U.S. Small Businesses Export
September 10, 2013

Small Businesses to Offer Suggestions for Increasing Exports under the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) WASHINGTON –U.S. small businesses currently exporting to the European Union (EU) will have the opportunity to voice their concerns on existing barriers to trade with the EU ... FULL STORY

September Edge Business Report
September 9, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The September 2013 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs a... FULL STORY

West Virginia-based Company Choice Award Nominee
September 3, 2013

West Virginia-based Company Choice Award Nominee Chrizart Creations of Buckhannon is a 2013 Martha Stewart Audience Choice Award nominee. Voting continues through September 23, winners’ announcement is September 24. Mark your calendar and vote for Christine Keller up to six times each day by foll... FULL STORY

Toyota Motor Manufacturing of W.Va. to Expand
September 2, 2013

Sen. Rockefeller praises Toyota's $90 million investment at its Buffalo, W.Va. plant WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, joined by Steve Roberts, President of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and Doug Shields, General Manager of Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virgini... FULL STORY

U.S. SBA Grants Loan Request
September 1, 2013

For individuals and businesses affected by June storms in several counties CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) granted his request for a Physical Disaster Declaration. The declaration makes low-interest loans available for residents a... FULL STORY

Tomblin Delivers Statewide Message
August 30, 2013

Governor discusses state's business climate, recent growth, and future plans to strengthen state's economy WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin met with more than 600 business leaders from across the state at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce's 77th Annual Meeting and Business... FULL STORY

W.Va. DoA Public-Private Pest Program
August 27, 2013

One of West Virginia’s most worrisome forest pests will have fewer places to hide in 2014. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) has announced it will greatly expand the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) Cooperative Pilot Project, started in 2011 to provide private landowners with an aff... FULL STORY

Report Shows Energy Security Risks Improving
August 25, 2013

Increased Oil and Gas Production, Environmental Gains Lead to Lowered Risk Score WASHINGTON, D.C.—Increased oil and gas production and continued environmental improvements reduced America’s energy security risk in 2012, according to a new report issued today by the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21... FULL STORY

SBA Partners with Microsoft
August 23, 2013

WASHINGTON – The newest resource to help small business owners more efficiently use technology to run their businesses is being provided to help grow their businesses and create jobs. The Business Technology Simplified online course series teaches the benefits of using modern technology that can tak... FULL STORY

New Poll Finds U.S. Businesses Optimistic
August 21, 2013

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM—U.S. companies remain optimistic about business prospects in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), according to new survey results released today by The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (AmCham Singapore) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In a poll of 475 se... FULL STORY

Get Your Business Ready For Any Kind of Disaster
August 17, 2013

WASHINGTON – Each year small businesses nationwide are forced to close their doors in the aftermath of severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes. Business interruptions, even if it lasts just a few hours, are costly in terms of lost productivity and profits. You can get help ... FULL STORY

"WOMEN IN AG" HONOREES
August 16, 2013

Four women have been named the West Virginia “Women in Agriculture” honorees for 2013, according to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA). Induction is granted to those women who have made significant contributions to the establishment, development, advancement or improvement of West... FULL STORY

SBA Salutes Legion’s Entrepreneurship Training
August 14, 2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), together with the American Legion and Syracuse University, announced a two-day entrepreneurial course, called “For Her Entrepreneurship – Resources, Opportunities, Experiences & Support (For HEROES), to be held in conjunction with the Legio... FULL STORY

Collaborative Teams to Support Business Recovery
August 9, 2013

WASHINGTON–Long-term assistance for small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy is being made available through expanded funding to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s resource partners working in conjunction with state and local organizations. “SBA is working to harness the ingenuity of o... FULL STORY

August Edge Business Report
August 6, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The August 2013 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs and ... FULL STORY

One-Stop-Shop Website to Educate Business Owners
August 3, 2013

WASHINGTON – The Obama Administration launched Business.USA.gov/healthcare, a one-stop-shop Website which will provide employers of all sizes educational materials on how the Affordable Care Act may affect businesses and help them compete. The site includes a wizard tool that is tailored based on s... FULL STORY

Call for Action to Improve Retirement Saving
August 1, 2013

Organizations Encourage Elected Officials to Move to Increase Access, Savings and Education WASHINGTON, D.C.—– At a solutions forum on retirement savings this morning, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AARP joined together to urge policymakers to act on solutions that will help more Americans bui... FULL STORY

Summit Outlines Successful Inclusion Strategies
July 31, 2013

Releases Joint Report on Practices for Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce, Marketplace, and Supply Chain through Disability Employment WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today hosted its second corporate disability summit with the U.S. Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) to ... FULL STORY

New CCMC Report Outlines Changes, Challenges
July 30, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A new U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) report released today finds that the operational complexity, systems alterations, and business process changes needed to support a floating NAV threaten the vitality of money market funds for most inves... FULL STORY

SBA Awards Grants To Support R&D, Small Business
July 27, 2013

WASHINGTON – Supporting programs for innovative, technology-driven small businesses under SBA’s Federal and State Technology (FAST) partnership program, the U.S. Small Business Administration has granted 20 awards, of $95,000 per award, for FY 2013 to 20 state and local economic development agencies... FULL STORY

Recipe Challenge to Launch New Business
July 25, 2013

Have you dreamed of selling your family-favorite recipe? Do you wonder how you can own and run your own food-based business? The 2013 West Virginia Recipe Challenge at the State Fair of West Virginia will give competitors the opportunity to showcase their culinary skills and explore future entrepren... FULL STORY

West Virginia Employers to Save $36 million
July 24, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced West Virginia has received a reduction in workers' compensation loss cost rates from the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI). "With this reduction, West Virginia employers will have saved $250 million since workers' compensation pri... FULL STORY

National Accelerator Demo Day
July 22, 2013

WASHINGTON- 16 diverse business accelerators from across the country gathered at Washington, D.C. accelerator, 1776, to pitch their programs as part of the inaugural Accelerator Demo Day--jointly organized by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Global Accelerator Network (GAN) in an... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Files Brief Challenging Fee
July 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber’s National Chamber Litigation Center (NCLC) filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit urging that court to strike down a “contingency fee” arrangement between the Kentucky Attorney General and a private plaintiffs’ law firm. This arrangement ... FULL STORY

Tractor Show Set for State Farm Museum
July 19, 2013

The West Virginia State Farm Museum in Mason County will host its annual “Tractor Show and Games” Saturday, July 20, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. According to organizers, the day is about sharing an interest in old farm equipment and preserving West Virginia’s rural heritage. Besides just showing the diffe... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Releases Q2 Small Business Survey
July 18, 2013

Health Care Law Emerged as Top Concern as Deadline for Full Implementation of Law’s Requirements Loom WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s latest quarterly small business survey finds that the health care law has emerged as the top concern for small businesses. The survey, conducted ... FULL STORY

Governor Releases July Edge Business Report
July 11, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The July 2013 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs ... FULL STORY

Chamber Unveils New Health Care Recommendations
July 5, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On the eve of the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the U.S. Chamber’s Health Care Solutions Council released a report outlining recommendations that focus on increasing value within our nation’s health care s... FULL STORY

Tom Dunn Energy Leadership Academy
July 4, 2013

The first session of the Tom Dunn Energy Leadership Academy will take place July 9-10 in conjunction with IOGA’s sixth Annual West Virginia Oil & Gas Equipment Show held July 10-11. The academy is to honor the memory of one of its pioneer members and industry leaders Thomas B. Dunn. He was a long-ti... FULL STORY

Treasury’s e-Government Program Continues Growth
July 3, 2013

CHARLESTON – State Treasurer John Perdue’s e-government program has continued its steady revenue rise in fiscal 2013, already passing 2012’s total as the year comes to a close. E-government is a system in which individuals and government entities do electronic business with the state. The progra... FULL STORY

Another Record Breaking Year For Online Reporting
July 3, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – A record-breaking number of entrepreneurs across West Virginia have taken advantage of business friendly initiatives offered by the Secretary of State’s office. There were 56,443 annual reports filed online this year during the January to June filing period, compared to 4... FULL STORY

Sign Up For Gypsy Moth Program Begins July 1
June 30, 2013

Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick is urging West Virginia landowners to help the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) fight gypsy moths through the Cooperative State-County-Landowner (CSCL) Gypsy Moth Suppression Program. The gypsy moth is still one of the most serious forest pests ... FULL STORY

Helmick Urges Farmers to Report Rain Damage
June 29, 2013

Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick is urging farmers in central West Virginia to report any damage caused by recent rains to local USDA-Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. Hardest hit counties are thought to be Roane, Jackson and Calhoun, although weather-related damage can be reported whenever... FULL STORY

Aviator from Arizona Flies High
June 27, 2013

WASHINGTON – As a young boy, John L. Stonecipher grew up in Pasadena, Calif. His future was forged as he watched police helicopters fly overhead. By 18, he was certified to fly. By 19, with an instructor’s certificate in hand, he was teaching others the intricacies of helicopter flight. Today, ... FULL STORY

National Advocacy Council of Young Entrepreneurs
June 27, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Empact, launched the National Advocacy Council of Young Entrepreneurs (NACYE), which will represent the voice of young entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C. The council brings together Empact’s network of the country’s top young entrepr... FULL STORY

What Are the Top Five Disaster Risks to Business?
June 27, 2013

Preparedness Tips to be Shared at Free Webinar Hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery WASHINGTON –Two major challenges small business owners face after disasters are sales losses and a diminished customer base. In a recent survey of 7,500 small and medium sized businesses done by the National Feder... FULL STORY

2013 School Clothing Vouchers to Be Released
By Kyrana Jones
June 26, 2013

On July 1, 2013, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Family Assistance will begin accepting applications for School Clothing Vouchers for eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools. Each eligible child will receive a $200 voucher that may be used toward t... FULL STORY

Top Lenders, SBICs and Resource Partners Honored
June 26, 2013

WASHINGTON – Three banks, two certified development companies and two Small Business Investment Companies received the highest recognition by the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C., as they were proclaimed 2013 Lenders and Investment Companies of the Year, during National Small B... FULL STORY

SBA Honors Outstanding Recovery Efforts
June 25, 2013

WASHINGTON – A Joplin, Mo. chamber of commerce leader who guided the economic recovery of the city in the aftermath of a devastating tornado, a Missouri trio whose gymnastics facility was destroyed before they had a chance to open, and a Louisiana parish president who calmly managed the evacuation a... FULL STORY

SBA Increases Size Standards for 70 Industries
June 23, 2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration issued four final rules in the Federal Register today, increasing size standards for firms in four North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sectors and one Subsector: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting (Sector 11), Finance and... FULL STORY

Department of Agriculture Encouraging Entries
June 23, 2013

Are you the member of your family with the proverbial “green thumb?” Are you the one who desperately foists basket after basket of zucchini on wary, but polite, neighbors? If your answer is yes, then the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) wants you to get busy this summer and grow a s... FULL STORY

SBA and W20 Group Present Social Media Webinar
June 22, 2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration and the W20 Group, a cluster of digital communications companies, will present Getting Started with Mobile and Location-based Marketing, the final topic in the five-topic social media webinar series. The webinar will help small business owners lea... FULL STORY

Senior Centers Providing Vouchers for Markets
June 21, 2013

Senior citizens who qualify may begin signing up for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) at senior centers throughout the state after July 1, according to Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick. “This is an extremely popular program that benefits our state’s farmers and our low... FULL STORY

Chamber Applauds Launch of Trade Talks
June 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Chamber of Commerce welcomed today’s announcement of the formal launch of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). “On behalf of our members, the Chamber has long been an advocate for deepening our trade and investment ties with the Eu... FULL STORY

SBA’s National Small Business Week Comes to PA
June 19, 2013

Tips and tools on growing a business and going global WASHINGTON – Pittsburgh-area entrepreneurs looking to start or grow their small business will get useful international trade strategies, tips on obtaining certifications and best practices from successful local business leaders on June 20 at ... FULL STORY

Obama Proclaims National Small Business Week
June 18, 2013

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama hailed small business owners as the economy’s engine and our biggest source of new jobs. The President declared June 16-22, as National Small Business Week and stated, “America’s small businesses reflect the best of who we are as a Nation—daring and innovative, c... FULL STORY

“Hang Out” with SBA and Industry Experts
June 16, 2013

Google+ Hangouts will feature daily tips for small business owners from major tech leaders and social media companies WASHINGTON – As part of National Small Business Week, June 17-21, the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a series of Google+ Hangouts featuring an exciting lineup o... FULL STORY

Legend and Entrepreneur Fran Tarkenton to Speak
June 15, 2013

Breakfast will Honor Disaster Recovery Heroes and Successful Contractors WASHINGTON – Hall of Fame quarterback and entrepreneur Fran Tarkenton will be the featured speaker during the Phoenix Award and Procurement breakfast awards ceremony on June 21 at 9 a.m. EDT during the Washington, D.C. port... FULL STORY

Troop ID Wins National Small Business Tournament
June 13, 2013

D.C. Area Tech Company Recognized as Nation’s Most Veteran-Friendly Small Business; Receives Custom Spot on Spike TV WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program and Spike TV’s Hire A Vet campaign announced today that following weeks of public voting, ... FULL STORY

SMALL BUSINESS WEEK EVENT TO FEATURE WORKSHOPS
June 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Seattle-area entrepreneurs will get tips on how to use technology to stay competitive, useful international trade strategies, and best practices from successful local business leaders on June 17 at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week event. ... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Launches "On the Road
June 10, 2013

Nationals Park Event Kicks Off Cross-Country Road Trip to Find and Tell the Stories of American Businesses and Communities WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched “On the Road with Free Enterprise,” a two-month cross-country road trip to tell the story of free enterprise and what i... FULL STORY

AARP and SBA Share Start Up Advice
June 9, 2013

SBA Administrator Karen Mills and AARP President Robert Romasco to have a Q&A on June 18 during National Small Business Week WASHINGTON – AARP and the U.S. Small Business Administration will team up again during National Small Business Week to honor the contributions of the nation’s small bus... FULL STORY

Are You Ready to Lead Your Company In A Crisis?
June 9, 2013

Tips Shared at Free Webinar Hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery WASHINGTON – Emergency responders are trained to make quick decisions that will protect people and save lives when a natural or man-made disaster occurs. And this is a skill that comes in handy for anyone running a small business. ... FULL STORY

Square Co-Founder Jack Dorsey to Talk Business
June 8, 2013

WASHINGTON—Jack Dorsey, Square and Twitter Co-Founder, will join U.S. Small Business Administrator Karen Mills in Washington, D.C., June 20, for a discussion with small business owners on best practices, technology, and resources for building and growing their business. The discussion will take ... FULL STORY

SBA Announces $50 Million Increase Match
June 7, 2013

Administrator Mills Made Announcement at G8 Social Impact Investing Forum WASHINGTON – U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen G. Mills announced during remarks at a G8 session on social impact investing, in London, England, that the agency’s next solicitation for its Small B... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber and General Motors Partner
June 6, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today welcomed General Motors as the official vehicle sponsor for its “On the Road with Free Enterprise” tour, a two-month cross-country road trip to tell the story of free enterprise and what it means to the American economy. General Motors will provide... FULL STORY

June Edge Business Report
June 6, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The June 2013 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs ... FULL STORY

Speed Mentoring Events
June 5, 2013

Register now for events in Seattle, Dallas, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON – Small business owners and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity during National Small Business Week, June 16-21, to participate in dynamic speed mentoring sessions to help start and grow their smal... FULL STORY

SBA Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses
June 4, 2013

Winners Will Gather in Washington During National Small Business Week WASHINGTON – This isn’t like the competition we see on today’s popular entertainment television shows. No, it’s far more serious competition and recognition of small businesses that create jobs, produce revenue, lift local econ... FULL STORY

IDENTIFYING AND CONNECTING WITH YOUR INFLUENCERS
June 3, 2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration and the W20 Group, a cluster of digital communications companies, will present Identifying and Connecting with Your Influencers, the fourth topic in the five-topic social media webinar series. The webinar will help small business owners learn how ... FULL STORY

SBA Adds Business Matchmaking Events
June 1, 2013

Learn how to contract with large companies, federal government WASHINGTON--The U.S. Small Business Administration will host three business matchmaking events during National Small Business Week, June 16-21, 2013. Matchmaking allows small businesses the opportunity to have face-to-face meetings w... FULL STORY

World Wide Technology Founder to Share His Secrets
May 31, 2013

SBA Administrator Karen Mills to interview David Steward on June 19 during National Small Business Week WASHINGTON – Who knew when David Steward first walked into the U.S. Small Business Administration St. Louis office to ask for assistance that he would become the owner of the largest African-Am... FULL STORY

Angie Hicks Will Headline in Washington, D.C.
May 30, 2013

Online registration now open for small businesses to attend WASHINGTON – National Small Business Week 2013 will feature business industry leader Angie Hicks, the founder of Angie’s List®, who will take part in an arm chair forum with U.S. Small Business Administrator Karen Mills. This year’s Nat... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Applauds U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership
May 29, 2013

Offers Recommendations to Strengthen the Bilateral Commercial Relationship WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's U.S.-Bangladesh Working Group today expressed its strong support for the second Partnership Dialogue between the United States and Bangladesh recently held in Dhaka. “Thi... FULL STORY

EXTERIOR QUARANTINE FOR THOUSAND CANKERS DISEASE
May 27, 2013

The state of West Virginia has established an exterior quarantine effective May 20, 2013, to help protect the West Virginia walnut resource from Thousand Cankers Disease (TCD). TCD is a disease complex where the fungus is vectored by walnut twig beetles causing small cankers under the bark of walnut... FULL STORY

SBA Announces New Initiative with Top Lenders
May 26, 2013

Lending commitment will support estimated 2,000 Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, Add $475 Million in Capital WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is announcing today the SBA Veteran Pledge Initiative, a commitment by its top national, regional and community lenders to collecti... FULL STORY

‘WOMEN IN AG’ NOMINATIONS DUE JUNE 1
May 25, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is seeking nominations for the 2013 “West Virginia Women in Agriculture” program. Nominations are due by June 1, and those making the nominations are asked to provide as much detail about the nominee’s agricultural career as possible. Induction i... FULL STORY

Pennsylvania Firm Wins SBA Exporter of the Year
May 24, 2013

SBA Deputy Administrator was a Keynote Speaker at World Trade Day Conference in Denver, Where Awards Were Presented WASHINGTON -- Zeigler Bros., Inc. (ZBI), a leader in the research, development and production of nutritional solutions for the aquaculture, pet/zoo and lab/biomedical industries f... FULL STORY

SBA Announces Winners of Export Video Contest
May 22, 2013

Pennsylvania Company Takes Home First Prize, $10,000 Cash Award WASHINGTON – With its entry “Scooping Up International Sales,” Bassetts Ice Cream, a fifth-generation family business and a Philadelphia tradition since 1861, won first prize at the annual export video contest co-sponsored by the Sma... FULL STORY

“A Solution in Search of a Problem"
May 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, today expressed concern about the impact that the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) new draft rule on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands will have on shale development in America. “BLM... FULL STORY

Three Companies Inducted into SBIR Hall of Fame
May 20, 2013

Innovative and Outstanding High-Tech Small Businesses Receive Tibbetts Awards Three Companies Inducted into SBIR Hall of Fame WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today honored eighteen high-tech small businesses and three individuals in Washington, D.C., for the critic... FULL STORY

Webinar on Creating Social Media Content
May 19, 2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration and the W20 Group, a cluster of digital communications companies, will present Creating Content and Engaging for Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, the third topic in the five-topic social media webinar series. The webinar will help small business ow... FULL STORY

Ring appraises at $14,000 for Treasurer’s auction
May 18, 2013

CHARLESTON – A stunning two-carat diamond, surrounded by 10 smaller stones adding up to nearly another carat, will be up for bid in an unclaimed property online auction administered by State Treasurer John Perdue’s office. A certified gemologist appraised the ring for $14,000. The auction runs M... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Hosts Forum on U.S.-Colombia Trade
May 17, 2013

Event Celebrates First Anniversary of Free Trade Agreement WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Latin America Trade Coalition, and the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA) hosted a forum today to celebrate the first anniversary of the U.S.-Colombia... FULL STORY

How To Protect Your Business From Storm Damages
May 15, 2013

Weather Expert Offers 2013 Hurricane Season Forecast During SBA/Agility Webinar WASHINGTON – A global climate expert from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will share the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast during a free webinar Tuesday, May 28 hosted by SBA and Agility ... FULL STORY

“Intellectual Property Champions"
May 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) held its inaugural Intellectual Property (IP) Champions Conference today to highlight significant achievements by innovators, academics, and enforcement agencies to protect jobs, secure consumer safety, advanc... FULL STORY

May Edge Business Report
May 9, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The May 2013 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs a... FULL STORY

Tennant Moderating National Panel
May 8, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant will moderate a national panel discussion Monday concerning the future of online services offered to business owners and how these services are used to make it easier to start and run a business. The panel discussion w... FULL STORY

Changes to Small Business Contracting Program
May 8, 2013

WASHINGTON –An interim final rule published in the Federal Register and effective immediately will amend regulations to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program allowing for greater access to federal contracting opportunities for women-owned busine... FULL STORY

Blogging 101 Webinar for Small Businesses
May 6, 2013

The U.S. Small Business Administration and the W20 Group, an entrepreneurial ecosystem of digital communications companies, will present Blogging 101, the second topic in the five-topic social media webinar series that will run through June. The webinar will help small business owners create conten... FULL STORY

Donohue Promotes High-Level, Private Sector Forum
May 6, 2013

Will Meet with Presidents of Peru and Uruguay to Deepen Trade and Investment Ties WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue will travel to Peru and Uruguay this week to promote the establishment of a high-level, business forum across the Americas designed to ... FULL STORY

Nominations Open Today for Annual Citizens Awards
May 2, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) today called for nominations for its annual Corporate Citizenship Awards, which recognize businesses for positively impacting society through social and environmental programs. “Every year the C... FULL STORY

DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year
April 30, 2013

San Francisco-based Online Media Company Receives Award at America’s Small Business Summit 2013 WASHINGTON, D.C.—At America’s Small Business Summit today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce presented Praetorian Group with the 2013 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club®. ... FULL STORY

Study - How States Are Promoting Small Business
April 29, 2013

Group of Governors Highlight New Strategies for Economic Growth and Job Creation WASHINGTON, D.C.— A new study finds that states are employing and supporting new and innovative policies to support small businesses in a diverse, rapidly changing economic environment. The fourth annual Enterprisin... FULL STORY

Physical Agility Tests for NRPO Candidates
April 24, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Physical Agility Tests (PAT) have been scheduled for anyone interested in applying for Natural Resources Police Officer (NRPO) positions that are open statewide, according to Lt. Tim Coleman of the Law Enforcement Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (... FULL STORY

Landmark Legislation, Cost Saving Measures Pass
April 23, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant announced on the last day of the 2013 regular legislative session that bills affecting each division of the office passed and now await the Governor’s signature to become law. Below is a short description of each bill,... FULL STORY

Governor Releases April Edge Business Report
April 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The April 2013 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs and t... FULL STORY

Social Media Webinar Series for Small Businesses
April 19, 2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration and the W20 Group, an entrepreneurial ecosystem of digital communications companies, is launching a five-topic social media webinar series to help small businesses leverage and grow their businesses using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitte... FULL STORY

FREE BULK FERTILIZER AND LIME TESTING
April 16, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is encouraging buyers of bulk fertilizer and lime to have their deliveries tested to ensure the product meets the guaranteed analysis on the label. If the product delivered doesn’t meet the label requirements, state law allows purchasers to colle... FULL STORY

Mon County signs on to West Virginia Retirement Pl
April 12, 2013

CHARLESTON – Monongalia County commissioners are offering State Treasurer John Perdue’s West Virginia Retirement Plus plan as an employee option. West Virginia Retirement Plus is the state’s officially sanctioned 457 supplemental retirement plan for public employees, under the administration of T... FULL STORY

$19 Million in Grants to be Made to SBA Partners
April 11, 2013

WASHINGTON— Small businesses rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy will get both immediate and long-term help laying a foundation for economic recovery and resiliency thanks to expanded services funded by a $19 million emergency appropriation. Small businesses can take advantage of free ... FULL STORY

SBA Hurricane Sandy Loan Approvals Surpass $2 Bill
April 8, 2013

Application deadlines extended in New York and New Jersey WASHINGTON –The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $2 billion in disaster loans to 32,500 residents and businesses in states affected by Hurricane Sandy – further expanding SBA’s response to what is already the thir... FULL STORY

Attorney General's Office Obtains $126K Judgment
April 4, 2013

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey today announced that Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge James C. Stucky ordered now-defunct credit counseling agency Family Credit Counseling Corporation (FCCC) and North Carolina-based businessman James R. Armstrong to pay a summary judgm... FULL STORY

WORKFORCE PLANNING COUNCIL
April 4, 2013

Council to improve alignment of classroom learning with workplace needs CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued Executive Order 3-13, reestablishing and reconstituting the West Virginia Workforce Planning Council. This order is the 2nd of 3 to be issued regarding the Gov. Tomblin's ... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Hosts 12th Annual Aviation Summit
April 2, 2013

Examines Challenges Impacting the Efficiency and Growth of Airlines WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce held its 12th Annual Aviation Summit gathering top experts and leaders from all sectors of aviation to discuss critical issues facing the industry. The event examined many of the chal... FULL STORY

TIPS ON USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR DISASTER RECOVERY
April 2, 2013

WASHINGTON – As Hurricane Sandy battered the Northeast, emergency managers, utility companies and the public relied on social media to share updates on the path of the storm, where shelters would be located, and how to connect with local and federal recovery services. While social media has become ... FULL STORY

Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month
April 1, 2013

SBA and AARP Host Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month in April with Events around the Country Highlights effort between SBA and AARP to promote entrepreneurship among individuals ages 50 and older WASHINGTON -The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP are teaming up to host National Encore E... FULL STORY

First-of-its-kind Online Resume Tool for Veterans
March 29, 2013

Personal Branding Resume Engine Captures Entirety of Military Service and Produces a Resume Using Civilian Terms NEW YORK, NY — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program, Toyota, and Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer today introduced the Personal Branding Resume Engine, a ... FULL STORY

Over 100,000 Veterans and Military Spouses Hired
March 28, 2013

More than 900 Companies Have Pledged to Hire 212,000 Veterans and Military Spouses by the End of 2014 as Part of Nationwide Hiring 500,000 Heroes Campaign NEW YORK, NY — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program and Capital One Financial Corporation today announced that 108,000 vet... FULL STORY

ENHANCED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY TRAINING
March 27, 2013

Students preparing for IT jobs of future with resources from IBM Academic Initiative CHARLESTON, W.Va. - In an effort to better equip students with the Information Technology (IT) skills needed for high value IT job opportunities, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced that faculty in the West Vi... FULL STORY

2013 ‘WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE’ NOMINATIONS
March 27, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is seeking nominations for the 2013 “West Virginia Women in Agriculture” program. Nominations are due by June 1, and those making the nominations are asked to provide as much detail about the nominee’s agricultural career as possible. Induction i... FULL STORY

Job Search Tool for Veterans
March 26, 2013

Next Phase of Fast Track Program Connects Veterans with Employment Opportunities in Growth Industries and Identifies Critical Paths to Those Careers LOS ANGELES, CA — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program, in conjunction with the Got Your 6 entertainment campaign, to... FULL STORY

WVSBDC Offers Small Business Workshop
March 26, 2013

WINFIELD, W.Va. — A workshop on “Business Fundamentals” is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, April 9, in Winfield. 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 rece... FULL STORY

2013 National Small Business Week
By Kyrana Jones
March 25, 2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration is proud to announce that its signature event, National Small Business Week, will be held June 17th through June 21st. This year’s events will take place all across the country and feature exciting and informative events designed to help small busi... FULL STORY

Bulletin Spurs Twice The Number Of Claims
March 24, 2013

CHARLESTON – State Treasurer John Perdue’s latest unclaimed property newspaper insert has generated twice the interest of the previous one. The February insert generated 3,734 claims, as opposed to 1,836 in April of 2012. Included in the overall numbers: February’s insert has generated 2... FULL STORY

SBA and Experian Launch Online Cash Flow Tool
March 23, 2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration has joined forces with Experian, the leading global information services provider, to launch BusinessIQ ExpressSM, an online cash flow management tool, for small disadvantaged firms in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program and firms certified in ... FULL STORY

Health Care Law Has Failed to Live Up to Promises
March 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten released the following statement today on the three year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) being signed into law: “After three years, we have only just ... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Releases Guidelines
March 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Chamber’s Center for Capital Markets Competiveness (CCMC) today released principles seeking to create transparency, accountability, and good governance systems for Proxy Advisory firms that have become the de-facto standard setter for corporate governance in the United States... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Commends Supreme Court
March 20, 2013

Unanimous Ruling Preserves Key Provision of Class Action Fairness Act Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today praised a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that preserves a key provision of the landmark Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). In its ruling today in the case of Standard ... FULL STORY

NATIONAL AG DAY CELEBRATES 40TH ANNIVERSARY
March 19, 2013

WVDA takes Agriculture to the Legislature March 20 Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick is asking West Virginians to pay special attention to the food they eat and the clothing they wear this week. Tuesday, March 19, is the 40th anniversary of National Ag Day, a day to recognize and cele... FULL STORY

CAUTION REGARDING EQUINE VIRUS
March 18, 2013

West Virginia Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick is warning equine owners, facilities and events to step up biosecurity practices in response to recent occurrences of Equine Herpes Virus Type 1 (EHV-1). EHV-1 infections in horses can result in a variety of ailments that include respiratory dis... FULL STORY

Chamber Welcomes Japan’s Interest in Partnership
March 15, 2013

Donohue Calls on Japan to Pursue Strong, Sustained Commitment to Market-Opening Reforms WASHINGTON, D.C—U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today regarding Prime MinisterShinz? Abe’s announcement that Japan will seek entry into the Trans-Pac... FULL STORY

Benefits of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Rulemaking
March 12, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC) released a report today titled, “The Importance of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Financial Regulation,” which finds that while regulators sometimes fail to use cost-benefit analyses appropriately, financial ... FULL STORY

March Edge Business Report
March 11, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The March 2013 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jobs... FULL STORY

2013 AGRITOURISM MARKETING WINNERS
March 9, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture recognized the best in agritourism marketing efforts over the past year during the 2013 Small Farm Conference at Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown February 28. “Marketing is a key component of a successful agritourism operation,” said Commissioner of... FULL STORY

Protect Your Business from Spring Weather Threats
March 7, 2013

WASHINGTON – Winter snows are sometimes followed by floods. Severe storms—sometimes in the form of deadly tornadoes or massive rainfall—can wreak havoc across the U.S. during spring. There are many low-cost, efficient steps you can take now to make sure your company, clients and employees are ... FULL STORY

Vision Shared Brings Lemonade Day to West Virginia
March 7, 2013

When the warm weather arrives, lemonade stands seem to pop up everywhere as kids make pitchers of lemonade and carefully prepared signs to entice passersby to a refreshing glass of lemonade. What makes it even more fun is earning a buck or two in the process. Vision Shared is pleased to bring Lemona... FULL STORY

Area Businesses Donate $74,900 to Wesleyan
March 4, 2013

West Virginia Wesleyan College has completed another successful Area Business Campaign with gifts totaling $74,900 to support scholarships for area students, athletic and academic programs, and facilities. The total exceeded the $50,000 goal for the drive, which began in September. “We are extre... FULL STORY

SBA Opens Disaster Loan Outreach Centers
March 2, 2013

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today the opening of two Disaster Loan Outreach Centers (DLOCs) in Nicholas and Webster counties in West Virginia. The centers will provide one-on-one assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes seeking disaster assistance for losse... FULL STORY

Center for Women in Business Hosts Summit
March 1, 2013

Discussion, New Report Focus on U.S. Companies “Advancing Women to the Top” WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Women in Business (CWB) hosted their second annual summit today to highlight the best practices that U.S. companies have taken to achieve gender diversity at the ... FULL STORY

SPECIALTY PET FOOD SUBJECT TO LIMITED RECALL
March 1, 2013

The Honest Kitchen has announced it is voluntarily recalling five lots of its Verve, Zeal and Thrive pet food products produced between August and November 2012. The products were sold in the U.S. and Canada via retail stores, online and by mail order. “Pet owners should check to see if they have... FULL STORY

SBA to Expand Access to Loan Programs
February 28, 2013

WASHINGTON – Borrowers and lenders of loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration will have greater access to capital and less paperwork as a result of a proposed regulation aimed at streamlining the SBA application process, while also strengthening oversight and the integrity of the agen... FULL STORY

Sell Around the Globe? Tell the World
February 27, 2013

WASHINGTON – Do you sell bowling balls to Bangladesh? Or dish towels to Delhi? Maybe you send laser technology to Lisbon? If you export your goods or services around the world and have used a federal government program or assistance to get there, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Visa Inc. ... FULL STORY

Wesleyan Still Offering West Virginia Tax Credits
February 26, 2013

West Virginia Wesleyan College has $21,000 remaining in available West Virginia tax credits through the Neighborhood Investment Program. The College was awarded $55,700 in tax credits for its West Virginia Opportunity Scholarship Program last fall. The scholarship provides financial assistance to ... FULL STORY

Local SBA Employee Creates National Resource
February 26, 2013

West Virginia District Deputy Director Karen Friel receives national recognition The U.S. Small Business Administration has recognized West Virginia’s District Deputy Director, Karen Friel, for a best practice improvement that has been selected for use in all of SBA’s District Offices nation-wide... FULL STORY

STATE SETS RECORD EXPORT GROWTH
February 25, 2013

Exports reached record high of $11.3 billion last year CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced for the third consecutive year West Virginia exports reached a record level, in 2012. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce show the state's exports grew from $9 billion i... FULL STORY

ATTORNEY GENERAL TO PRESENT PROPOSED BUDGET
February 20, 2013

CHARLESTON – Attorney General Patrick Morrisey will present his budget proposals for the 2014 Fiscal Year to members of the Senate Finance Committee at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. The budget hearing will take place in Room 451M in the State Capitol. Each year, representatives of State offices and ... FULL STORY

BETTER PROCESS CONTROL SCHOOL
February 20, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) will sponsor a “Better Process Control School – Acidified Foods Training” February 27-28 during the WVU Extension Service’s 2013 Small Farm Conference, to be held at the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown February 27-March 2. The course is only offer... FULL STORY

Business Community Responds to FCPA Guidance
February 19, 2013

Outlines positive steps, remaining challenges clouding enforcement WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a letter sent today, the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) and more than 30 state, national, and international business and advocacy groups responded to guidance released by the U.S. Department of J... FULL STORY

OHCF Awards Funding for Land Conservation
February 19, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund (OHCF) recently approved three projects in its first round of grant funding. A total of $599,586 was awarded to the Pendleton County Farmland Protection Board, the Greenbrier County Farmland Protection Board and the National Co... FULL STORY

SBA Launches 2013 Emerging Leaders Initiative
February 14, 2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration launched its 2013 Emerging Leaders executive-level training initiative, formerly known as e200, in 27 cities and communities across the country. Since 2008 the initiative has trained more than 1,300 promising small business owners in underserved c... FULL STORY

First Annual Transportation Infrastructure Summit
February 13, 2013

President and CEO Donohue Also Testifies Before House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Let’s Rebuild America initiative today brought together top representatives in government and business, including Chamber President and CEO Thomas J... FULL STORY

SBA Offers Webinar Series
February 12, 2013

The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a series of webinars in recognition of the seventh annual National Entrepreneurship Week. The emphasis will be on how the next generation of small business owners can leverage crowdfunding as an alternative finance option to start and grow their busi... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Leads Business Delegation to Mexico
February 11, 2013

Meetings with Local, Regional Business Leaders and Government Officials to Focus on Trade Policy, Bilateral Investment WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, with leading members of its U.S.-Mexico Leadership Initiative, today began a series of meetings during a business delegation trip t... FULL STORY

Karen Mills Announces Her Departure
February 11, 2013

WASHINGTON –SBA Administrator Karen Mills today announced her departure. Following is the note that was sent to SBA staff. Dear SBA Team: After four years as Administrator of the SBA, I have let President Obama know that I will not be staying for a second term. I will stay on until my success... FULL STORY

February Edge Business Report
February 8, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The February 2013 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new j... FULL STORY

Response to Proposed Sequestration Replacements
February 7, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten issued the following statement today regarding administration and congressional proposals on sequestration replacement: “The Chamber has long stated that the sequester should be replaced with pr... FULL STORY

WVDA PROPOSES GYPSY MOTH TREATMENTS
February 7, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) is proposing aerial treatment of approximately 3,777 acres in Grant and Preston Counties for gypsy moth through the Cooperative State-County-Landowner (CSCL) Suppression Program. “This treatment program helps to safeguard our state’s private and ... FULL STORY

SBA TRIPLES SURETY BOND GUARANTEE CEILING
February 6, 2013

WASHINGTON – A major revision in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Surety Bond Guarantee (SBG) Program more than triples the eligible contract amount, from $2 million to $6.5 million, the Agency will guarantee on surety bonds for both public and private contracts. The higher surety bond guara... FULL STORY

Senior Published in Leadership Textbook
February 5, 2013

Being a leader is much more than taking the reins when it is needed most. It is about guiding, teaching, and motivating others, and sometimes it is about much more than that. This is what West Virginia Wesleyan College senior Justin Frye of Clarksburg found out to be true through the Wesleyan Enga... FULL STORY

College Offers Ground-Breaking Program
February 4, 2013

“Where else can you learn how explosions happen, chemical fires occur, and toxic gases enter the air, but learn it safely without losing the thrill of chemistry in action?” This question, posed by Melissa Charlton-Smith, chemical hygiene officer and West Virginia Wesleyan lab coordinator and lect... FULL STORY

Cattle Owners Alerted to Begin Tagging Animals
February 1, 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule will go into effect March 11, and owners of show cattle – or any other cattle that might be transported to other states – will be those immediately affected by the new program. The rule requires individual i... FULL STORY

Get Tips on Disaster Planning During SBA Webinair
February 1, 2013

WASHINGTON – Managing the flow of information about your company is crucial when an emergency occurs. Regardless of your abilities as a leader, it’s easy to become overwhelmed when a crisis hits. Get tips on how to plan a communications strategy that will eliminate confusion and support your r... FULL STORY

2012 Proves Big Year For West Virginia Retirement
January 30, 2013

CHARLESTON – West Virginia Retirement Plus, the supplemental retirement plan administered by State Treasurer John Perdue’s office, registered 1,473 new enrollments in calendar year 2012. New members brought the number of total participants to 13,422 and total participant contributions to $11.7 m... FULL STORY

SBA Hurricane Sandy Loan Approvals Surpass $1Bil
January 30, 2013

WASHINGTON – Less than 90 days after Hurricane Sandy struck, the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $1.1 billion in disaster loans to 16,800 residents and businesses in the federally declared states affected by the storm. This milestone comes as Congress passed emergency legis... FULL STORY

Growers Set Two New Produce Records in 2012
January 30, 2013

Ray Hendrix of Asbury smashed the state’s former record with a 14.81-pound sweet potato, and Laird and Stacey Marshall of Jefferson County eked out a new record with their 13’ 11” sunflower in 2012. The former sweet potato record was 10.98 pounds and the former sunflower record was 13’ 9¾”. ... FULL STORY

WV TO ACCEPT SIX-MONTH EQUINE HEALTH CERTIFICATE
January 29, 2013

West Virginia has joined a group of southern states in a formal agreement to mutually accept six-month equine health certificates, according to Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick. West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) State Veterinarian Dr. Jewell Plumley said that West Virginia ha... FULL STORY

Donohue Comments on Bipartisan Immigration Reform
January 28, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today regarding the bipartisan framework for immigration reform introduced by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ),... FULL STORY

Interactive Business and Licensing Online Chat
January 28, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – The interactive online chat feature offered on the Business and Licensing Section of the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office website has been named one of four finalists for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) IDEAS Award. The IDEAS Award recognizes ... FULL STORY

SBA LAUNCHES AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WEB PAGE & BLOG
January 28, 2013

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today launched a new web page and blog dedicated to educating small business owners about the Affordable Care Act. The new tools will serve as a gateway for small business owners connecting them with information provided by SBA’s federal part... FULL STORY

New Keystone XL Pipeline Route
January 22, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, released the following statement today after Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman approved a new route for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline: “Governor Heineman’s approval of the new... FULL STORY

Pipestem Resort Gift Buyers Marketplace
January 22, 2013

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – The annual trade show for gift and souvenir buyers at Pipestem State Park, scheduled this year for February 4-6, will bring wholesale vendors and gift shop buyers together under one roof for three days. “It is a wholesale shopping venue for any retail sales gift shop or business... FULL STORY

FELLOWS LAUNCH INNOVATIVE CONTRACTING SYSTEM
January 21, 2013

A Limited Number of Low-Dollar Contracts Now Available Through New Online Marketplace WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration, in conjunction with the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellows, today launched a “beta” (pilot) version of RFP-EZ, a new online marketplace that strea... FULL STORY

National Trust Launches New Main Street Subsidiary
January 18, 2013

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the launch of a new subsidiary —The National Main Street Center, Inc.— as the next step for the Trust’s successful 33-year old National Main Street program, and has named Barbara G. Sidway of Baker City, Ore., and Palm Beach, Fla., as the first ... FULL STORY

SBA Announces Changes to Contracting Program
January 18, 2013

WASHINGTON – Women-owned small businesses will have greater access to federal contracting opportunities as a result of changes included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program. “This n... FULL STORY

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Exports Make Sense
January 17, 2013

‘Will Reduce our Trade Deficit and Bring Billions of Dollars into the U.S.,’ Says Donohue WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today continued its push for liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports following President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue’s remarks last week during his annual State of Ame... FULL STORY

Free Training for Small Businesses
January 17, 2013

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA ? The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering a series of free Web-Enabled Instructor-Led Training sessions in January to allow busy professionals the opportunity to receive training without leaving the office. The seminars are being offered to eligible individual... FULL STORY

Exploding Debt Greatest Threat To Our Future
January 10, 2013

Donohue Unveils New Agenda to Tackle Fiscal Challenges and Drive Economic Growth WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue today delivered his annual State of American Business address, calling our exploding national debt the single biggest threat to our econom... FULL STORY

Lessons Learned from 2012 Disasters
January 9, 2013

WASHINGTON – Last year small businesses nationwide faced challenges recovering from economic losses caused by disasters like Hurricane Sandy, tornadoes, and the drought that affected much of the continental United States. All told, 11 disasters in 2012 caused $1 billion or more damages. There’s... FULL STORY

SBA Adds ‘Exporter of the Year’ Award
January 8, 2013

WASHINGTON – A new award has been added by the U.S. Small Business Administration in celebration of National Small Business Week 2013. The Small Business Exporter of the Year award will recognize a small business that is successfully engaged in exporting. A national award winner will be selected f... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Report Makes Case for Reform
January 7, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) released today guiding principles from a task force of business and chamber leaders for improving the federal financial aid system. The report titled, Redesigning Federal Financial Aid, shows that the system... FULL STORY

SBA Licenses First Fund In Capital Initiative
January 7, 2013

WASHINGTON – Hatteras Venture Partners of Durham, N.C. is the first licensee in the Early Stage Innovation Funds initiative, a part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) capital investment program. Hatteras Venture Partners (HVP) (www.hatteras... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Comments on December Jobs Numbers
January 5, 2013

‘The Administration and Congress Must Work To Address Our Long-Term Fiscal Problems through Tax and Entitlement Reform,’ Says Regalia WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Economist Dr. Martin Regalia issued the following statement on the December employment report: “For yet another ... FULL STORY

Chamber President Comments on Legislation
January 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today on the compromise legislation passed by the House and Senate to avert the fiscal cliff: "The last minute fiscal cliff deal prevents some of the massive tax increases on the middle ... FULL STORY

Prudential Completes Acquisition
January 3, 2013

NEWARK, N.J., January 02, 2013 - Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU) today announced that The Prudential Insurance Company of America has completed the acquisition of The Hartford’s Individual Life Insurance business through a reinsurance transaction, which was announced on September 27, 2012. ... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Congratulates Ireland
January 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today congratulated Ireland on assuming stewardship of the Council of the European Union’s rotating six-month presidency. Ireland is hosting the presidency for the seventh time since 1975. “This is a critical time for leaders in the U.S. and E.U. to... FULL STORY

Governor Releases January Edge Business Report
January 3, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The January 2013 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new jo... FULL STORY

Appeal To Challenge CFTC Rule 4.5
December 29, 2012

District court decision fell short of well-established precedent, left intact flawed and redundant regulations WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Investment Company Institute (ICI) today filed a notice of appeal of a recent ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of ... FULL STORY

Annual List of 2012 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits
December 28, 2012

Intoxicated Driver Suing Deceased Victim Tops List in Poll Spotlighting Most Outrageous Abuses of Legal System WASHINGTON, D.C.—A lawsuit by a driver who pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and then sued a victim that he killed tops the U.S. Chamber Institute for Le... FULL STORY

WORKFORCE WEST VIRGINIA TO RECEIVE FEDERAL GRANT
December 26, 2012

$300,000 to help workers displaced after Hurricane Sandy CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall today announced the U.S. Department of Labor granted a $300,000 National Emergency Grant (NEG) to WorkForce West Virgi... FULL STORY

Film Spotlights How Lawsuits Closed An Icon
December 26, 2012

Film is the centerpiece of a national media campaign running into 2013 WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today announced the release of a first-of-its-kind short film spotlighting the last week in business for portable gas can manufacturer Blitz USA before frivolo... FULL STORY

America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List
December 21, 2012

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is accepting nominations for its annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places®. For over a quarter century, this list has highlighted important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk for destr... FULL STORY

New Study Details Job and Revenue Growth
December 20, 2012

U.S. Chamber’s Energy Institute Co-Sponsors Study on Shale Benefits by State WASHINGTON, D.C. – The second phase of a comprehensive new study co-sponsored by the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy was released today, highlighting the benefits that shale energy will have on America’s... FULL STORY

SBA Seeks Applications from Fund Managers
December 19, 2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration is inviting experienced early stage investment fund managers to apply for licensing as Early Stage Innovation Funds as part of SBA’s Small Business Investment Company capital investment program. The deadline for filing the Management Application Qu... FULL STORY

SBA Accepting Nominations
December 17, 2012

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for awards honoring the critical economic role small businesses play in federally funded research and development through SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.... FULL STORY

Chamber Comments on Proposed Internet Regulations
December 14, 2012

Voices Strong Support for U.S. Government’s Refusal to Sign Agreement in Current Form WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer David Chavern today issued the following statement regarding the United Nation’s International Telecommunica... FULL STORY

SBA and U.S. Labor Department Announce New Website
December 13, 2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor today jointly announced a new website to support state workforce and unemployment agencies in implementing or enhancing Self-Employment Assistance programs. Today’s announcement expands on guidance issued in May, wh... FULL STORY

Governor Releases December Edge Business Report
December 12, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The December 2012 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new j... FULL STORY

17 Projects Receive a Total of More Than $12.5 mil
December 12, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today presented over $12.5 million in Small Cities Block Grant funds for 17 critical infrastructure projects. More than $66 million in other federal, state, and local funds will be leveraged to complete these projects-serving approximately 12,200 citizens, of... FULL STORY

TOMBLIN ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL HALF-DAY OFF
December 12, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin filed a proclamation declaring public employees of the State of West Virginia will be excused from a half-day of work, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. State rules require public employees receive Monday afternoon off from work when Christmas Day occurs on a Tuesday. T... FULL STORY

Chamber Urges HHS to Extend Comment Period
December 11, 2012

Submits Three Letters Raising Concerns About Unusual Shortcuts in the Proper Regulatory Process WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce submitted three requests to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) asking for an extension of the 30-day comment period to allow for appropriate ... FULL STORY

Rash of Copper Thefts Shows Value Of Database
December 11, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – Four recent incidents across West Virginia involving theft of copper and selling it to scrap metal recycling locations highlights the need for citizens to be aware of a new law that requires those dealers to register with the Secretary of State’s Office. The incidents took pl... FULL STORY

Chamber President Receives High Honor
December 10, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue today received the Republic of Korea’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit Gwanghwa Medal, for his continued contributions toward the forging of strong bonds between the United States and South Korea. At a ce... FULL STORY

SBA Increases Size Standards
December 10, 2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration has published in the Federal Register two final rules revising size definitions for small businesses in two broad industry categories, and proposed for comment another rule affecting businesses in a third category. The industry sectors affected ... FULL STORY

Chamber Announces Corporate Citizenship Awards
December 7, 2012

Four Companies Demonstrate How Business Can Benefit Society WASHINGTON, D.C.—DSM, Google, Qualcomm, and WellPoint Foundation were recognized with the top honors at the U.S. Chamber’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) 13th annual Corporate Citizenship Awards (Citizens Awards) presentation la... FULL STORY

SBA Approves More than $150 Million in Loans
December 7, 2012

WASHINGTON – A month after Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $150 million in low-interest disaster loans to about 2,500 homeowners, renters and businesses in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island. “During the pas... FULL STORY

SBA Highlights Model Partnership Program
December 7, 2012

WASHINGTON – In an era of budget slashing and belt tightening, the U.S. Small Business Administration has efficiently harnessed a public-private partnership through its Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program, breaking records by channeling billions of dollars into the hands of small busine... FULL STORY

ARMSTRONG HARDWOOD FLOORING ANNOUNCEMENT
December 6, 2012

Manufacturer expects to fill 145 jobs in Randolph County plant CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement regarding Armstrong Hardwood Flooring's plan to hire 145 workers at its Beverly plant to meet increasing demand. "We appreciate having Armstrong Hardwo... FULL STORY

Top 10 Mistakes for Businesses To Avoid
December 4, 2012

WASHINGTON – What are the biggest and most common mistakes business owners make when facing down a disaster event? It could be flooding caused by a big hurricane, or the loss of sensitive and vital data inflicted by a hacked account. How you respond within the first few hours of the incident can e... FULL STORY

Aligning Education to Work Force Needs Necessary
December 4, 2012

By Robert Dunlevy The Intel Corp recently surveyed parents and found that many of them are better equipped to talk with their teenagers about drug abuse than math and science. This should concern us all – educators and parents, legislators and employers, community leaders and mentors – because a... FULL STORY

SBA Prepared to Counsel Small Businesses on Ice
December 3, 2012

WASHINGTON – With the National Hockey League lockout approaching its fourth month and small businesses across the country on ice, the U.S. Small Business Administration is prepared to help the affected local businesses. In the 23 cities that host NHL teams, SBA representatives will be reaching out ... FULL STORY

B20 Coalition Stands by G20
December 3, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The B20 Coalition, recently launched by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and fourteen other business organizations from around the world, today called on the G20 to live up to its promise to tackle global economic challenges and voiced its commitment to support these efforts, ahead of t... FULL STORY

Funding For Health Centers Announced
December 3, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, along with Congressman Nick Rahall, today announced more than $916,000 in federal funding for three medical centers in West Virginia to continue operations and improve preventive care. The three facilities receiving funding are Camden-On-... FULL STORY

Highway Safety Programs Receive Funding
December 3, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Senator Jay Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, along with Senator Joe Manchin today announced over $859,000 in federal funding for the West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Office to improve highway safety programs in the sta... FULL STORY

New Report Confirms Labor Needs
December 1, 2012

Low Unemployment Rates in STEM Occupations Reaffirm that Foreign Born Workers with Advanced Degrees Complement United States STEM Workers WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Information Technology Industry Council, the Partnership for a New American Economy, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today released a new... FULL STORY

Chamber Launches Native American Initiative
November 30, 2012

New Advocacy Initiative Will Promote Interests and Agenda of Tribes and Tribal Entrepreneurs WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today launched the Native American Enterprise Initiative (NAEI) to promote the interests and agenda of tribes and tribal entrepreneurs across the country. The... FULL STORY

Chamber Applauds Law Protecting U.S.
November 28, 2012

Chamber Emphasizes Diplomatic Solution, Calls on Administration to Take Case Before the International Civil Aviation Organization WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today welcomed the president’s signature on S. 1956, the “European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011... FULL STORY

IVMF Launch Google+ Veteran Career Resource
November 28, 2012

New Platform Designed to Be One-Stop Shop for Veteran and Military Family Communities as They Transition to the Civilian Workforce WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation announced today the launch of VetNet, a new career resource for veterans, transitioning se... FULL STORY

Small Business Nomination Deadline Approaching
November 28, 2012

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Judy K. McCauley, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Office, announced the Dec. 7 deadline to receive nominations for the 2013 West Virginia Small Business Person of the Year and Small Business Champion awards is fast approaching. “Thes... FULL STORY

Deadline for Working Capital Loans is Dec. 24
November 27, 2012

ATLANTA - The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses in West Virginia that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations affected by the severe stor... FULL STORY

SBA Introduces New Online Portal
November 19, 2012

WASHINGTON – A new online portal has been launched by the U.S. Small Business Administration to accept nominations for its 2013 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year award. The dedicated web portal, accessible at http://nationalsmallbusinessw... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber President Hails NAFTA’s Contributions
November 16, 2012

“Today More Than Ever, We Need the Millions of Jobs NAFTA has Provided,” said Donohue WASHINGTON, D.C. — In his keynote address today before the “NAFTA20” North American Summit in San Antonio, Texas, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue hailed the benefits of the North American Free T... FULL STORY

Chamber Applauds House Passage of Russia PNTR Bill
November 16, 2012

“Congress Overcame Gridlock to Boost Trade,” Says Donohue WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today praising the House of Representatives for approving legislation establishing permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with ... FULL STORY

2nd Annual Hiring Our Heroes Award Winners
November 15, 2012

Hiring Our Heroes Also Welcomes Four New Members to Chamber’s Veterans Employment Advisory Council WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its National Chamber Foundation announced that Comcast/NBCUniversal, VSE Corporation, Prudential, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the National Military Fa... FULL STORY

Governor Releases November Edge Business Report
November 15, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today released the West Virginia Edge Business Report. The report documents the state’s economic progress. The November 2012 report highlights projects and related announcements from businesses both large and small that will assist with the creation of new j... FULL STORY

Web Chat: “How-To” Tips for Small Business Owners
November 15, 2012

WASHINGTON – The start of the holiday season also signals the end of another year. Small businesses are gearing up for holiday sales and they’re looking for ways to minimize their tax burdens, both of which can be crucial to a business’ success in the New Year. Now is a good time to get tips a... FULL STORY

Wanted: Outstanding Small Business Owners
November 14, 2012

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is looking for nominations for the 2013 West Virginia Small Business Person of the Year and Small Business Champion awards. All award recipients will be recognized during the annual West Virginia Small Business Week Awards Celebration with W... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Warns Against Flawed FSOC Process
November 14, 2012

‘FSOC should allow SEC to consider other approaches that would strengthen rather than severely weaken money market mutual funds’ Hirschmann Says WASHINGTON, D.C.—David Hirschmann, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, today issued ... FULL STORY

Chamber Urges Swift Passage of Russia PNTR
November 13, 2012

“This Is a True Jobs Bill, and It Won’t Cost the Taxpayer One Penny,” Says Donohue WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue today praised the House of Representatives for scheduling a vote this week on a bill to establish permanent normal trade relations (PN... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Leads Delegation to Saudi Arabia
November 11, 2012

Meetings to Focus on Business Development in Solar and Nuclear Energy Sectors WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.-Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC) organized a business delegation of senior executives from 20 leading U.S. clean energy companies to travel to Riyadh, Sa... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber to Lead National Security Delegation
November 9, 2012

Aim to Promote Further Bilateral Economic Cooperation in the National Security Sector WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.-Israel Business Initiative will lead a senior level national security trade delegation to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem next week to focus on business opportun... FULL STORY

WVFFC Awarded Federal Funds for New Initiative
November 8, 2012

Natural Capital Investment Fund is pleased to announce the West Virginia Value Chain Cluster Initiative that will offer hands-on business coaching, training, consulting and marketing help to strengthen local food businesses in four regional “clusters,” serving 17 counties in West Virginia. The In... FULL STORY

Ten Thousand Villages Opens
November 7, 2012

With the holiday season fast approaching, shoppers looking for a unique gift that benefits a good cause will have to look no further than West Virginia Wesleyan’s campus. For the seventh year, Wesleyan, sponsored by WE LEAD Annual Events Team, will offer a Ten Thousand Villages store on campus, loca... FULL STORY

Chamber’s Donohue Comments on 2012 Election
November 7, 2012

‘Americans have tasked both parties with the responsibility to fix the economy, create jobs, and control the debt’ WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement commenting on the 2012 election results: “The Chamber congratulates Pr... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Comments on October Jobs Numbers
November 5, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Economist Dr. Martin Regalia issued the following statement on the October employment report: “The 171,000 net new jobs created last month were unanticipated, but we shouldn’t be fooled by this number. The pace of our economic recovery remains far t... FULL STORY

U.S. Business Community Contributes $38 Million
November 5, 2012

Donations Include Expertise, Cash, and In-Kind Resources WASHINGTON, D.C.—In response to the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) reported today that businesses have pledged more than $38 million towards relief efforts. The... FULL STORY

“Road Map for the Food Economy” Charts Course
November 2, 2012

“There has never been a better time to go into farming,” said Paul Mock, a well-established hydroponic farmer in Morgan County, in a speech at the 2012 WV Small Farm Conference. Though it may be surprising news at a time when America is losing farmers nationwide, more and more West Virginia farmers ... FULL STORY

Chamber to Speak Out Against Commercialization
October 25, 2012

Former Government Officials to Attend Include NYC Mayor Giuliani, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and Senator Rick Santorum WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today will speak out against the commercialization of the American legal system and its shift away from t... FULL STORY

New Study Shows that Shale Energy Creates Jobs
October 23, 2012

U.S. Chamber’s Energy Institute Co-Sponsors First Comprehensive Look at Shale Impacts WASHINGTON, D.C.—A comprehensive new study co-sponsored by the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy demonstrates that shale energy will create millions of jobs and trillions in investments over the c... FULL STORY

Donohue Urges Free Enterprise Voters to Mobilize
October 18, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today unveiled a Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) video message from President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue to reinforce the message that economic growth and a vibrant free enterprise system are fundamental to the cause of creating jobs and opportunity for all. Buil... FULL STORY

Inaugural International Energy Security Risk Index
October 15, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following the success of its groundbreaking Index of US Energy Security Risk, the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy today unveiled its latest effort to bring facts and clarity to energy debates with its new International Index of Energy Security Risk. With the la... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Joins Business Coalition Challenge
October 12, 2012

New Rule Imposes Threat to U.S. Energy Security and Gives State-Owned Foreign Companies a Significant Competitive Advantage WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined a business coalition including the American Petroleum Institute, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, and t... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Releases Online Guidebook
October 8, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce—in partnership with Bank of America, Microsoft, Splunk, and Visa—today released Internet Security Essentials for Business 2.0, a free online tool to help small businesses protect themselves from cybersecurity threats and make life more difficult for thei... FULL STORY

Prolonged Uncertainty Impacting Small Businesses
October 4, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Prolonged uncertainty about the economy is impacting small businesses’ ability to create jobs, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s new quarterly small business survey conducted online by Harris Interactive. Only 16% of small business owners reported that they plan to add emp... FULL STORY

Forward Thinking Initiative
October 4, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. – The percentage of West Virginia businesses filing their annual reports online has been increasing every year since 2009, and this year more than half of all businesses will file their reports online. That’s never happened before, Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant said tod... FULL STORY

Study Reveals Local Food Opportunities
October 3, 2012

In the past few years, West Virginia has seen immense growth in the “farm-to-table” movement. The state’s rapidly increasing number of farmers markets, now 93 in total, has helped numerous small farms. However, if the goal is to build local economies and create jobs by substituting more of the state... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Launches VoteForJobs2012.com
October 1, 2012

Largest Voter Mobilization Effort in the Chamber’s 100-year History WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today launched VoteForJobs2012.com, a new digital platform to help educate and mobilize voters. The website provides a comprehensive source of political information including a breakd... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Launches Cross-Country Tour
September 27, 2012

Breaking the Monopoly of Mediocrity Aims to Rally Thought Leaders in Education, Government, and Business to Improve Education Across the Nation WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW), an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, today announced the launch of Breaking ... FULL STORY

U.S. Chamber Gathers Leaders
September 24, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW), an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, hosted a forum today with business leaders, policymakers, and education innovators to discuss how to close our country’s ongoing skills gap crisis. “There have been more than 3 million ... FULL STORY

Donohue Highlights Benefits of Developing Shale
September 24, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Delivering a keynote address to the Business Council of New York State last night, U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue called for the United States to seize its abundant energy opportunities to boost economic growth and energy security. Donohue urged putting New Yorke... FULL STORY

EARN MORE WEST VIRGINIA: A PATH TO SUCCESS
August 31, 2012

A column by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Since becoming your Governor, my top priority has been creating good-paying jobs. And the most important thing our state government can do is pave the way for West Virginians to get these jobs-because nothing matters more to our families than jobs that keep foo... FULL STORY

GOVERNOR TOMBLIN FORMS NEW COMMISSION
August 14, 2012

SAINT ALBANS, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued an executive order forming the West Virginia Blue Ribbon Highway Commission, a group tasked with studying the condition and needs of the state's transportation system and developing a long-term strategic plan of action. The plan will include fu... FULL STORY

Vision Shared Seeking Entrepreneurial Communities
August 1, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Communities throughout West Virginia have been identified to pilot a program called the Entrepreneurs' Café which provides small (micro) awards to entrepreneurs at the local level. Vision Shared will select a final community to participate in the pilot project based on nomination... FULL STORY

Maria Bray Receives Promotion at Edward Jones
July 3, 2012

Maria Bray has been promoted to senior branch office administrator at the Elkins, West Virginia branch office of financial-services firm Edward Jones. Bray has been with Edward Jones the past four years. Brian Elliott, the local Edward Jones financial advisor, said Maria is very deserving ... FULL STORY

We need your help Upshur County
By Don Smith
April 21, 2012

The Upshur Connection welcomes submissions from our readers: - Send us a news, sports or entertainment article. (Login and click "Submit News".) - Submit content to our local tourism guide. (Login and click "Add a Place or Event".) - Sell something online -- for yourself or your organizatio... FULL STORY

Glass Blowing by Ron Hinkle
March 12, 2012

Watch how Ron Hinkle Glass makes glass apples. They make glass blowing look so easy! FULL STORY