2016 JCDA Annual Report Available

April 28, 2017

Overall, 2016 was a good year for the Jefferson County Development Authority (JCDA). Several new businesses located in the Burr Business Park this past year, and other existing companies completed expansions or renovations. Throughout the year, we continued to advocate for infrastructure improvements and policy developments that support business growth in the county. With our strategic location, skilled and loyal workforce, and many community amenities, Jefferson County remains a great place to do business. 

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Local Entrepreneur Tells Success Story

April 27, 2017

Starting your own business may seem intimidating, but hearing how others have done just that may encourage you to become an entrepreneur. You can learn how one local business owner got started at the upcoming Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum (EPEF) on Thurs., May 4, at The Purple Iris.

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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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