Advantage Valley is fertile soil for growth-minded entrepreneurs

Advantage Valley has always been a great place to start or grow a small business, and our team provides a wealth of resources to small business owners and entrepreneurs alike. Our FASTER WV (acronym stands for Fostering Advantages for Start Ups & Entrepreneurial Resurgence in WV) initiative is here to identify, encourage, and support businesses like yours through a series of information-packed webinars and other helpful resources.

Through its FASTER WV Initiative, Advantage Valley and its partners (WV Small Business Development Center, Unlimited Future, Inc., Bridge Valley Community and Technical College, and the Wyoming County Economic Development Authority) are building a stronger culture of entrepreneurship in the region, providing entrepreneurs and small business owners with:

  • Informational webinars
  • One-on-one business coaching
  • Basic business entrepreneurship classes
  • Access to capital through a dedicated loan fund 

Participants are strongly encouraged to take entrepreneurship training classes, work one-on-one with FASTER WV business coaches, and consider tapping into a $500,000 Revolving Loan Fund to start or grow a business in the region. Advantage Valley’s goal is to facilitate start up or expansion of 50 businesses at the end of three years.  

FASTER WV funding provided by:
Appalachian Regional Commission
Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
Unlimited Future, Inc., Truist, and USDA Rural Development

Class Information

Kauffman FAST TRAC

BridgeValley CTC

Next Class Starts October 21, 2021

Contact Robbie Parker
robert.parker@bridgevalley.edu or
click HERE to register.

PLANNING FOR PROFIT

Unlimited Future, Inc.

Next Class Starts October 26, 2021

Contact Jules Bills at UFI to enroll in this class
at jules@unlimitedfuture.org or
click HERE for the intake form.

UPCOMING WEBINARS:  REGISTER NOW!

Webinars are free, but pre-registration is necessary.  Click live links below to register.

FASTER WV Webinar

How to Start a Small Manufacturing Business

September 2, 2021

FASTER WV Webinar

How to Start a Construction Business

November 11, 2021

FASTER WV Webinar

How to Start a Child Care Business

December 9, 2021

ARCHIVE OF RECORDED WEBINARS:  WATCH NOW!

FASTER WV Kickoff Webinar

April 15, 2020

FASTER WV Webinar

Cottage Food Sales

June 10, 2020

FASTER WV Webinar

River & Outdoor Recreation

July 29, 2020

FASTER WV Webinar

Mastering the Basics of Hosting AirBNB

August 19, 2020

FASTER WV Webinar

Maker to Manufacturer

November 5, 2020

FASTER WV Webinar

Help Starting or Expanding Your Business

November 17, 2020

FASTER WV Webinar

Start a Child Care Business

December 9, 2020

FASTER WV Webinar

Start a Construction Company

January 7, 2021

FASTER WV Webinar

Start a Health Care or Wellness Business

February 11, 2021

FASTER WV Webinar

River & Outdoor Recreation Business Opportunities

March 25, 2021

FASTER WV Webinar

Steps to Scaling Your Food and Beverage Business

May 13, 2021

FASTER WV Webinar

Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Advantage Valley

July 22, 2021

Resources for Business Owners

 

To learn more about the specific resources we offer to small business owners and entrepreneurs, click on your industry for more information.

Childcare

Construction Trades

Food and Beverage

Healthcare

River & Outdoor Recreation

Small Manufacturing

To learn more about FASTER WV, or to start business coaching, please contact any one of the the FASTER WV coaches below.

Advantage Valley
Terrell Ellis

(304) 546-7323
terrell@advantagevalley.com

WV Small Business Development Center
Tyler Brandstetter

Kanawha, Putnam, Lincoln, Boone, Braxton and Clay Counties

(304) 553-9692 
Tyler.L.Brandstetter@wv.gov

Unlimited Future
Jules Bills

Cabell and Wayne Counties

(304) 697-3007
jules@unlimitedfuture.org

Unlimited Future
Sara Loftus

Cabell and Wayne Counties

(304) 697-3007
sloftus@unlimitedfuture.org

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