FASTER WV Initiative

Through our FASTER WV Initiative, Advantage Valley and its partners are building a stronger culture of entrepreneurship, providing small business owners with access to markets, financing, and education.


Advantage Valley was awarded $930,000 by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for its “FASTER WV” Initiative ~ Fostering Advantages for StartUps & Entrepreneurial Resurgence in West Virginia. This funding will help boost entrepreneurial startups and expansions in the following emerging sectors:



These targeted areas have high growth potential and higher wage prospects. This initiative builds upon research from 2018 outlined in the Best Market Opportunities for Business Development,” a report and series of practical Playbooks identifying 20 key business sectors that are ripe for entrepreneurial business and job development.



Advantage Valley Innovation Centers:

Brad D. Smith Business Center at Marshall University, Charleston Area Alliance Small Business Incubator, Chemception, The GRID, Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, MidAtlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC), TechConnect WV, University of Charleston Innovation Center