Monthly Archives: July 2018

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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