2020 FASTER WV Entrepreneurship & B2B Event News

Submitted by marjorie on Fri, 06/26/2020 - 12:21
Matt Holbert

Entrepreneurial Development News

The Charleston Daily Mail ran several articles on entrepreneurship on June 26, 2020 related to the FASTER WV Entrepreneurship Program of Advantage Valley.  Thank you Jim Casto for getting some press out for us, as we seek to encourage and support entrepreneurs in various sectors with the start of a new grant funded program that will be in operation for the next three years.

Read one article here:  Kick-Starting Startups: Faster WV Aims to Help Entrepreneurs Launch Successful Businesses

Read another article here:  Online Training Can Turn Dreams into Reality


FASTER WV River & Outdoor Recreation Webinar

Join us for a free educational webinar to learn about starting, or growing, a business in the River & Outdoor Recreation sector in Advantage Valley.  Join an expert panel to learn about specific business opportunities in this 7 county region and regulatory issues.  Webinar content will include sector resources, contact information and links to free business coaching, links to FASTER WV entrepreneurship training, and access to financing options and loan funds.  You don't want to miss this!


Virtual B2B Supply Chain Expo News

Read here about the Expo.  Thanks to Herald Dispatch for the coverage.

Read article here:  VIRTUAL SUPPLY CHAIN EXPO to connect WV businesses to Steel of West Virginia 

The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, along with its partners at Advantage Valley, Huntington Area Development Council, Putnam County Economic Development Authority and Charleston Area Alliance, are hosting a virtual supply chain expo with Steel of West Virginia,Inc., a division of Steel Dynamics, one of the largest domestic steel producers and metal recyclers in the United States. The event will give local and regional suppliers an opportunity to learn more about doing businesses with the company.

This event will take place digitally over two separate dates. On July 14th, from 1-2 PM, staff from Steel of West Virginia will speak to attendees about their procurement processes and supplier opportunities. Staff from partner agencies will be on hand to guide this discussion. Then on July 23rd as many as 15 companies will be given the opportunity to meet one-on-one digitally with the purchasing staff of Steel of West Virginia. These meetings will be organized with the assistance of the partner agency organizers and will be based on suppliers' abilities to serve contract services and supplier requests from the company. Every attendee to the July 14th forum will be given the opportunity to submit a qualification of services to be considered for these one-on-one sessions. 

All types of businesses are encouraged to attend including those who may provide input to the manufacturing sector and those who provide metal machine shop or fabrication services, steel punching, tool and die services, repair and manufacturer of equipment, equipment inspection services, coatings, painting, heat treatment, inventory management services, recycling or disposal services, non-destructive testing services, to name a few.