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.
A flurry of programs and resources has been enacted to provide small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the closures intended to halt the spread.
While we cannot control everything during a global pandemic, there are important areas where we can take action. One is preparing our business to survive and recover from the coronavirus outbreak.
To halt the rapid spread of the coronavirus, communities everywhere are locking down, closing up and staying in. The unfortunate side effect is economic disruption, felt from the corner offices of global giants to the small shop around the corner in your neighborhood.
Erin Wells loved growing up in the Mid-Ohio Valley. She left to expand her horizons, pursue her education and build a career as a doctor of audiology.
She came back to open her own business, Mountain Ears Hearing Clinic LLC, in Parkersburg.
The clinic offers audiology services for pediatrics to adults in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Services include audiologic evaluations, hearing aids, cochlear implants, assistive devices, aural rehabilitation and tinnitus evaluations.
JCDC Woodworks is a natural fit for Craig Greening.
He inherited a love of woodcraft from his woodworker grandfather. He learned compassionate respect for people with disabilities from his sister who had Downs Syndrome.
Greening has been working with individuals with disabilities for 37 years. He now serves as the executive director for the not-for-profit Jackson County Developmental Center (JCDC), headquartered in Millwood. JCDC’s mission is to support and employ people with disabilities.
With Small Business Saturday quickly approaching, WV SBDC business coach Sharon Stratton is determined to make the 10th annual Small Business Saturday a success. Since 2010, Americans have celebrated Small Business Saturday and an estimated 108 million consumers have shopped on Small Business Saturday, making it one of the most impactful days of the year for small business owners.
Small Business Saturday falls on Nov. 30 this year. The event was created to raise awareness of how important it is to support small businesses not only during the holiday season but year-round.
Did you know, small business enterprises employ a whopping 49.2% of the private workforce in West Virginia?
Our small businesses count on you, especially during the upcoming holiday season. The tenth annual Shop Small Saturday on Nov. 30 is your chance to show your local community support. Here’s how:
Morgantown was Josh Bennett’s home while he attended West Virginia University in 2006, but the distance between the college town and the farm he grew up on in Highland County, Virginia stretched further than the 150 miles of country roads separating the two locations. As far as Bennett was concerned, city living, and farm life were a world apart.
Bennett had a genuine passion for agriculture and couldn’t wait to get back to his roots once he finished studying horticulture at WVU.
“All I knew was that when I got out of college, I wanted work with agricultural products,” he said. “I wanted the agrarian lifestyle.”
Bennett only needed to find a way to make it all work.
Psychopath Escape Room opens in Raleigh County
What started as a whim for escapist fun grew into a business adventure.
Philip and Paul Akers are member managers and Nikki and Belinda Akers are members of Psychopath Escape Room LLC in Mount Hope.