Harpers Ferry Man Selected WV Small Business Person of the Year

March 20, 2017

Matthew Paul Knott, president and CEO of River Riders, Inc. and Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry, has been named the 2017 West Virginia Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. River Riders, an outdoor family adventure resort based in Harpers Ferry, offers whitewater rafting, tubing, and kayaking on the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers and other activities including a zipline canopy tour, aerial adventure park, and biking. The Clarion Inn Harpers Ferry opened in March 2016 as the first solar-powered hotel in the state.  

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Walnut Hill Farm Creamery Wins 2017 Rural Innovation Award

March 13, 2017

Walnut Hill Farm Creamery, a small, family-owned and operated cow dairy farm in Kearneysville, W.Va., has been recognized as a 2017 Rural Innovation Award Winner. Owned by Mark and Donna Butcher, the farm is known for its all-natural milk and home delivery service. The Butchers received the award during the 13th Annual Forum for Rural Innovation, a cooperative educational event organized by area agricultural economic development and cooperative extension organizations.

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Forum for Rural Innovation Showcases Modern Practices for Agriculture

February 06, 2017

The 13th annual Forum for Rural Innovation on March 10 will feature new approaches for agriculture and rural business prosperity in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and northern Virginia region. Forum presentations and exhibits will emphasize education and networking opportunities, including showcasing practical examples of successful innovative operations that could be adapted to any farm and educating the public about the agricultural industry.

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Procter & Gamble Offers Employment Session for Women

January 30, 2017

Procter & Gamble will offer an employment information session, "Women in Manufacturing Careers", so local women can learn about career opportunities in manufacturing at the P&G Tabler Station Plant in Martinsburg, W.Va. This information session will be Thurs., Feb. 16, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Technology Center.

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Legal Issues to Consider When Starting Your Business

January 24, 2017

When it comes to starting a business, you will want to think about several legal issues before you begin operations. You can learn about some of these legal matters at the upcoming Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum (EPEF) on Thurs., Feb. 2, at the Inn at Charles Town.

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Shepherd University Hosts Economy Summit

December 29, 2016

Shepherd University will host a summit on March 18 that will explore how to improve West Virginia's economy. "Reinventing West Virginia: Respecting the Heritage and Realizing the Future" will address ways different sectors can work together on how jobs, education, technology, energy, and tourism impact the economy.

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2016 WV Small Business Profile Available from U.S. Small Business Administration

December 07, 2016

Small Business Profiles are produced by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy, an independent office that compiles government data to present an annual analysis of each state's small business activities. The West Virginia profile shows the important role that the state's small businesses play in the state's economy as well as their communities.

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U.S. Export Assistance Center Encourages WV Businesses to Export Goods and Services

November 29, 2016

The majority of U.S. exporters are small businesses, and those small businesses that export tend to grow faster, pay higher wages, and hire more quickly, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Diego Gattesco, a senior international trade specialist and director for the U.S. Commercial Service, International Trade Administration, encourages West Virginia businesses to become a part of the positive economic growth by expanding exports.

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WVU Bureau of Business and Economic Research Presents  Economic Forecast for Eastern Panhandle

November 28, 2016

The Eastern Panhandle region of West Virginia remains one of the state's strongest economic regions, according to officials with the West Virginia University (WVU) College of Business and Economics Bureau of Business and Economic Research. WVU economists presented their economic forecast for Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan counties to community leaders and business officials at the annual Eastern Panhandle Economic Outlook Conference on November 16.

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Public Service Commission of WV Approves Mountaineer Gas Eastern Panhandle Expansion Plan

November 21, 2016

The Eastern Panhandle will see natural gas service expanded to unserved and underserved areas as a result of the Mountaineer Gas Infrastructure Replacement and Expansion Plan (IREP) recently approved by the Public Service Commission (PSC) of West Virginia. The IREP provides for projects to replace, upgrade, and expand natural gas distribution service throughout the State that are deemed just and reasonable and in the public's interest.

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