WVSBDC Innovation and Technology Program helps level the playing field for small and growing tech-centric businesses applying for federal tech awards

WVSBDC Innovation and Technology Program helps level the playing field for small and growing tech-centric businesses applying for federal tech awards 

WVSBDC Innovation and Technology Program helps level the playing field for small and growing tech-centric businesses applying for federal tech awards 

For years, West Virginia’s small technology businesses have competed for the big league of federal grants: The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR). The SBIR/STTR is the nation’s largest source of early stage research and development funding for small businesses. 

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Jewelry crafter works around pandemic by relocating business from storefront to online

Jewelry crafter works around pandemic by relocating business from storefront to online

Jewelry crafter works around pandemic by relocating business from storefront to online

For more than 10 years, Cori Berlin worked to achieve her dreams of selling her jewelry creations in her own shop in Shepherdstown.

She opened The Humble Honey in November 2019, an ideal time for retailers to catch the wave of Black Friday holiday sales.

Four months later, Berlin felt the nightmare of COVID-19 had taken her dream away.

“Like many in the country, I felt paralyzed, worried – and ate too much ice cream and pizza,” she said. “Then I pulled myself out of that hole.”

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It’s more important than ever to support WV’s small businesses. Here’s how.

It’s more important than ever to support WV’s small businesses. Here’s how.

With the ongoing pandemic, communities and small businesses throughout the United States – and the world – are experiencing a unique holiday season. Businesses, specifically, are taking many precautions to protect the health of their staff and customers and help stop the spread of COVID-19 in their communities.

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