a service of the WV Small Business Development Center

a division of the WV Dept. of Economic Development

February 09, 2024 | Volume 3, Issue 22

Think WV BusinessLink First

Hi there,

Me again, Mark Burdette from WV BusinessLink.

Trying a new format. Click on the blue link in the snippets below to read more.

To kickoff our newsletter we would like to welcome our newest resource partner SCORE. Welcome!

Calling all entrepreneurs and business owners! Help shape the future of entrepreneurship in West Virginia. Take the survey now. Ends Feb. 23, 2024.

Black-owned businesses growing in West Virginia.

Mister Bee and Tudor's team up for a new bag of tricks.

West Virginia businesses show resilience and adaptability.

Cameron Mitchell of Euphoric Doughnuts wins some serious dough at "Show of Hands".

Hear our very own Jules "Happy" Rone talk about all the cool things happening in Berkeley Springs and Morgan County every Friday morning at 8:30am. Tune into Happy!

West Virginia poised to lead in advanced air mobility according to recent Vertx Partners study.

New Gmail rules start blocking emails--in a good way.

For the first time in two decades, U.S. buys more from Mexico than China.

West Virginia, AWS Tech Alliance to build rural tech skills.

West Virginia is marketing itself to business but will regular people benefit?

Entrepreneurs, it's your time to shine, as you have chance to get a "kickstart" in Marshall County.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for Bridging Innovation. To learn more, contact Jennifer Wotring.

Don't forget to register and join WV Entrepreneurship Ecosystem call on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 2pm EST. We hope to see you there!

To view all the great events that our resource partners are currently offering entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout #YesWV view our Statewide Online Calendar.

Thanks for reading.

Onward and Upward!


Mark Burdette, EDP

Program Coordinator

WV BusinessLink

Direct: 304-352-4156

Quick Links


Who do you think will win Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas on Sunday?
Kansas City Chiefs
San Francisco 49ers
Don't care


Advantage Valley's Regional Housing Study Calls For Significant Development

Advantage Valley commissioned a 10 county regional housing study to assess the availability and affordability of housing across the spectrum of household incomes. With recent increased economic activity and announcements in the region, the study was commissioned to better understand the region’s evolving housing market and attract and encourage residential development to meet current and future housing needs.

Read More


WVU research looks at how experiences at previous jobs motivate start-up operators

When people quit their jobs to launch their own companies, the reasons that motivated them to become entrepreneurs can be major predictors of success, according to West Virginia University management scholar Hyeonsuh Lee.


SBA Business Resources Activated by Natural Disaster


Welcome Neeley Satzer!

WV SBDC names Neeley Satzer as their new, full-time Potomac Highlands Business Coach. She will be serving Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Mineral, Pendleton, and Tucker counties. She can be reached at Neeley.V.Satzer@wv.gov

Welcome Jesus Velasco Espin!

Jesus is the New Trade Manager for the WV Export Promotion Program. He will be the primary point of contact for companies in Barbour, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Lewis, Marion, Marshall, Mason, Monongalia, Ohio, Pleasants, Preston, Ritchie, Roane, Taylor, Tyler, Wayne, Wetzel, Wirt, and Wood counties. He can be reached at Jesus.Velasco@wv.gov.


2024 Guy Peduto Award Nominations Now Open

The family of the late Guy Peduto would like to honor his memory by annually recognizing a practitioner who has made great contributions to the development of businesses in West Virginia.


More resource partner news...


As the nation’s largest source of free, expert mentoring, resources and education for small businesses, SCORE offers critical support for entrepreneurs in all 50 U.S. states and territories, helping guide them on their journey.

Primary Contact:

Mark Falleck


409 3rd Street SW

Washington, DC 20024







To view the full calendar of events on WV BusinessLink click here

To submit your events on WV BusinessLink click here

Workshop Series

Your Communication Matters Workshop Series: Building Stronger Brand and Marketing Strategies for Success

Apis Creative and the Morgantown Area Partnership

January 30, 2024

Tuesday 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Register Now

Your Communication Matters Workshop Series: Building Stronger Brand and Marketing Strategies for Success

Apis Creative and the Morgantown Area Partnership

February 27, 2024

Tuesday 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Register Now

Your Communication Matters Workshop Series: Building Stronger Brand and Marketing Strategies for Success

Apis Creative and the Morgantown Area Partnership

February 13, 2024

Tuesday 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Register Now

Webinar Series

Supply Chain Elements

5-Session Webinar Series

WVU Industrial Extension

Feb. 1:  Session 1

Supply Chain Thinking

Feb. 8:  Session 2

What is a Supply Chain?

Feb. 15: Session 3

Positioning Your Supply Chain

Feb. 22: Session 4

Common Pitfalls to Avoid

Feb. 29: Session 5

The Future of the Supply Chain

Noon - 1:00pm

Presented By: Adam Lough with Orchard Street Solutions

Attendees must register for each session individually.

Save The Date

Food and Beverage Producers

Advantage Valley

April 24th from 5:30-7:30pm

Valley Park Conference Center

Register Now

Other Events

FREE Lunch and Learn on International Business Opportunities

WV Tech Park and U.S. Commercial Service

February 13, 2024 at 11:30am

Hendrickson Conference Center

Register Now

ABC's of SBIR/STTR: Program Goals, Eligibility: Is it for you?

TechConnect and WV SBDC

February 21, 2024 at 12pm

Register Now

Tri-State MetalTech Expo

March 8, 2024

Huntington, WV

Registration is open. Reserve your table today at www.mfg.marshall.edu/metaltech

Focus Forward: West Virginia's Digital Destiny

SAVE THE DATE: March 27, 2024

More details to come in early 2024.


Episode 103: Veronica Lewis shares uplifting wisdom.


Featured Episode: Saran Nurse: Thriving as an Entrepreneur in Urban America.


Featured Episode: Peyton Ballard: Bluebirding, outdoor recreation, and entrepreneurship.


Featured Episode: Chin Orih with Corporate Cleaning Services.


Your window into wonderful #WestVirginia, sharing news and #opportunities from #AlmostHeaven #YesWV.


The daily304’s Innovators and Entrepreneurs helps you stay connected with the people who shape West Virginia.


The daily304’s What Makes You Wonderful podcast uncovers the wonders that make West Virginia truly ​ext​raordinary.


Episode 21: Celebrating Entrepreneurs with Steve Case, CEO of Revolution.


Have a podcast for entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Mountain State and would like to be listed on WV BusinessLink? Contact our Program Coordinator, Mark Burdette, at mark.d.burdette@wv.gov for more information.



Export resources for small business



JUST ADDED: The WV FBLA is now accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. To express interest click here to apply.

JUST ADDED: NRGRDA and WV Hive are now hiring a PATTERN Coordinator to perform high-level professional work related to the development and implementation of the PATTERN textile innovation space. Click to Apply.

Do you have any positions available? Contact us to have them posted here!

Interested in living and working in Almost Heaven? Then say "YES" to a career in West Virginia. Learn more about Jobcase.com/WV.


You're invited to attend The WV Entrepreneurship Ecosystem call on the 2nd Tuesday of every month.

You must register to attend.

To learn more about how to get involved click here.

Also, connect with us online on our LinkedIn Group.

View WV Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Monthly Calls by Month

View Most Recent WV Entrepreneurship Call Recap

Do you have an idea or something to include in this email?

Please email your ideas to our Program Coordinator, Mark Burdette, at

mark.d.burdette@wv.gov or feel free to call me directly at 304-352-4156.

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