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Warm up for winter holiday shopping with Shop Small in July

By Erika Bailey, State Director of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center

Get a head start on your holiday shopping—and support local businesses—with Shop Small in July!

An extension of the nationwide movement Shop Small Saturday that traditionally falls on the first Saturday after Black Friday, Shop Small West Virginia was launched by the West Virginia Small Business Development Center and the Small Business Administration West Virginia District to inspire retailers to reach out to the estimated 40 percent of consumers who start their holiday shopping before Halloween.

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From blank canvas to masterpiece: How to build your business plan with nine blocks

By: Terry Cyfers, Business Coach

So, you have an idea for a business—now what do you do?

Write a business plan, of course. But most people’s idea of a business plan is a 40+ page document, and the dread of undertaking such a daunting task scares them away from fulfilling their dreams. Yet without a business plan, you can’t clear your path to success.

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Your Business Has A Credit Score Too!

By: Mary Hott, WV SBDC Business Coach

Most people know they need to track their personal credit score, but did you know your business also has a credit score that should be tracked? A recent Manta survey revealed that 72 percent of business owners didn’t realize they have a business credit score. And small business owners who understand their business credit are 41 percent more likely to be approved for a business loan.

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4 Resolutions for Your Small Business in 2018

By Erika Bailey, State Director of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center

Each New Year is the traditional start of good intentions to diet right, get organized and, for entrepreneurs, improve business. Resolutions can be good for long-established businesses as well as those just starting out.

We asked our business coaches to identify the top four resolutions to help business owners move up to the next level in 2018. Here’s what they had to say.
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WV SBDC: Big Advantage for Small Businesses

By Erika Bailey, State Director, West Virginia Small Business Development Center

Even when you love what you do, running a business is hard work. It helps to have an extra edge.

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC) is that edge for hundreds of West Virginia companies each year. Our mission is to help businesses sharpen their skills, grow strong and sustain success in West Virginia.

The WV SBDC helps generate businesses, successes and jobs for West Virginia’s economy. In the first six months of 2017, WV SBDC business coaches provided counseling to 733 clients, helped start 41 businesses and connected clients with more than $11,794,500 in loans or equity. Their efforts led to the creation or retention of 375 jobs in the Mountain State.

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