Supplier Diversity Mini-Grants

Advantage Valley Offering Support for Certification

Funded by Truist


 ***COMING SOON:  Webinar on July 21, 2022 at 6pm about how to obtain certification!  Register HERE!


Purpose:  The purpose of this mini-grant program is to increase the number of certified Woman-owned (WBE), Minority (MBE), and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) in the state of West Virginia by defraying the costs associated with the certification process. A limited number of grants are available on a first come basis.


Eligible Applicant:  qualified women, minority or disadvantaged businesses with annual revenues under $1 million or that meet the SBA size test for their industry NAICS code.


Grant Amount: up to $500 in costs will be reimbursed upon successful completion of the grant requirements


For Business Coaching and Technical Assistance Contact:


Tyler Brandstetter, FASTER WV Business Coach at WV Small Business Development Center: or (304) 553-9692

In the counties of Boone, Braxton, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, Putnam


Jules Bills, FASTER WV Business Coach at Unlimited Future, Inc. or (304) 697-3007

In the counties of Cabell and Wayne


Nora Myers, Director of WV Women’s Business Center or (304) 825-5000



  1. Review the requirements for certification with the appropriate certifying agency:


Women’s Business Enterprise Council Ohio River Valley (WBEC ORV) – Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) certification –


Tri-State Minority Supplier Diversity Council (TSMSDC) – Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification –


Small Business Administration Contracting Assistance Programs Program for Disadvantaged Businesses –


  1. If you need assistance, call one of the business coaches at the agencies listed above.


  1. Fill out the mini-grant application for pre-approval: Mini-Grant applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until funding has been exhausted. Fill out the grant application and Advantage Valley will pre-approve your application. The applicant will then have 6 months to obtain certification in order to be eligible for reimbursement. Submit application to:


Terrell Ellis, Executive Director

Advantage Valley, Inc.

(304) 352-1165


  1. Attend a Financing Growth Training– Once pre-approved, attend a 1-hour virtual “Growing Your Business” seminar hosted by BB&T, now Truist with a Q&A session on financing contracts and growth. Register for one of the following sessions by contacting Marlo Long, SVP, CRA & Community Development BB&T, Now Truist Office: (304) 353-1682 Mobile: (304) 549-1570 Email:


  1. Final Approval & Reimbursement –Submit application for certification to the appropriate certifying agency, and provide Advantage Valley with the receipts for all expenses related to the certifying process up to $500. Also, provide the date of attendance at the Growing Your Business workshop.  Send information to the address below and allow 4-6 weeks for reimbursement upon final approval. Submit all documentation to:


Terrell Ellis, Executive Director

Advantage Valley, Inc.

(304) 352-1165




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