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WV SBDC business coach Sharon Stratton is determined to make Small Business Saturday a success

With Small Business Saturday quickly approaching, WV SBDC business coach Sharon Stratton is determined to make the 10th annual Small Business Saturday a success.

With Small Business Saturday quickly approaching, WV SBDC business coach Sharon Stratton is determined to make the 10th annual Small Business Saturday a success.

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.

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4 big ways you can support small businesses this year: Drink, Eat, Play, Shop Local!

4 big ways you can support small businesses this year: Drink, Eat, Play, Shop Local!

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:

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Hawk Knob owner turns lifelong passion into successful agribusiness

Hawk Knob owner turns lifelong passion into successful agribusiness

Hawk Knob owner turns lifelong passion into successful agribusiness

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.

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Be your own boss. This millennial did it and so can you.

Be your own boss. This millennial did it and so can you.

Be your own boss. This millennial did it and so can you.

Bluefield café owner transitions from employee to entrepreneur with help from WV SBDC.

Nicole Coeburn had a respectable career working in a community she loved. But like many millennials she yearned for more.

Having grown up in a family of entrepreneurs, Coeburn wanted to own a small business like her grandmother, father and uncles before her. But starting a business is easier said than done. And like many young professionals looking to take the leap, she still had a day job. How would she make a clean break and pursue her dream? And where would she even start?

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Ziebart Ribbon Cutting

Ziebart Ribbon Cutting

Ziebart Ribbon Cutting

A new automotive service store, Ziebart, opened its doors last Friday, August 9th in Morgantown. The store offers automotive services including undercoating, rust protection, rhino-lining, detailing, window tint, ceramic paint protection. The franchise is owned by twin brothers Mark and Nick Lambie. The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC) assisted with:

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Starting or expanding a business? Here’s 4 tips for success from a WV entrepreneur.

Starting or expanding a business? Here’s 4 tips for success from a WV entrepreneur.

Starting or expanding a business? Here’s 4 tips for success from a WV entrepreneur.

Imagine how confident you would feel knowing that your business is positioned to be successful for years to come. With profits rolling in, you could focus on strategically growing your company. Whatever plans you have for taking your business to the next level, the West Virginia Small Business Development Center can help you come up with a  plan, get results and make more money in the process.

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Iconic community bowling alley blends retro charm and tech advances under new owners

Iconic community bowling alley blends retro charm and tech advances under new owners

Iconic community bowling alley blends retro charm and tech advances under new owners

Buckhannon Lanes had been a recreational fixture in Upshur County for 56 years. Now teens, friends and family can continue to have a ball in the same spot, updated under new owners as Woody’s Bowling Center.

Opened in 1962 by the Archer family, the bowling business was purchased by the Archer sisters and their husbands in 1974. Upshur County natives Cemantha and her husband Ron Woody purchased the second-generation family-owned bowling alley in 2018.

The couple had a vision of what they wanted to achieve. They’re getting it done, with a little coaching from the West Virginia Small Business Development Center and investment from BCBank.

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Fish Hawk Acres wins SBA Rural Owned Business of the Year

Buckhannon market and catering service specializes in chef-prepared meals made fresh daily with regional foods

Fish Hawk Acres wins SBA Rural Owned Business of the Year

Fish Hawk Acres wins SBA Rural Owned Business of the Year

Longtime friends Dale Hawkins and Teresa Lipps opened Fish Hawk Acres in 2007, operating their farm-fresh catering business out of the back of an IGA in Rock Cave, Upshur County. 

As their customer base expanded, so did they, and now you can find Fish Hawk Acres at its own storefront in Buckhannon. The catering business has grown to include a restaurant, café and market where customers can enjoy fresh-prepared daily specials, salads and desserts or shop for West Virginia-made food products and handcrafted wares.

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