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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 (the acronym stands for Fostering Advantages for Start-Ups & Entrepreneurial Resurgence in WV) initiative is here to identify, encourage, and support businesses like yours through one-on-one business coaching, a series of information-packed workshops, basic business entrepreneurship courses, technical assistance, mini-grants, and loans from a revolving loan fund.

Let us help you as you navigate the challenges of starting or scaling a small business in Advantage Valley.

Through its FASTER WV Initiative, Advantage Valley and its partners (Unlimited Future, Inc., and the Wyoming County Economic Development Authority) are building a stronger culture of entrepreneurship in the region, which is comprised of Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Putnam, Mason and Wayne Counties.

Participants have access to free one-on-one business coaching with a FASTER WV coach, access to free entrepreneurship classes, and access to capital through a dedicated FASTER WV Loan Fund to start or grow a business in the region.

Advantage Valley

Bryan Shaw

Director of Entrepreneurial Development

(304) 352-1165
Send Bryan an Email!

Advantage Valley

Barbie Wood

FASTER WV Business Coach

(304) 633-4829
Send Barbie an Email!

Unlimited Future

Jules Bills

FASTER WV Business Coach

(304) 697-3007
Send Jules an Email!

What’s Next?

Take a Basic Business Entrepreneurship Class

Upcoming FREE Entrepreneurship Classes

Advantage Valley’s Kauffman FAST TRAC classes:
Thursdays 5:30 – 8 pm, 3 week class

NEW * VIRTUAL CLASS BEING OFFERED ~ June 13 – June 27 (ZOOM)

Upper Kanawha Valley (in person)
September 19 – October 3 (TBD)

Town of Wayne
October 10 – October 24

 

Unlimited Future, Inc. Business Basics: Jules’ Bills Instructor
Tuesdays 6-8 pm, 8 week classes (in-person and Zoom class) 

June 25 – August 13
September 3 – October 22
November 12 – December 17

*In-person classes offered at Unlimited Future, Inc., 1650 8th Avenue, Huntington, WV

Sector Specific Resources for Business Owners

Click on your industry for more information!

Childcare

Construction Trades

Food and Beverage

Healthcare

River & Outdoor Recreation

Small Manufacturing

Archive of Recorded FASTER WV Webinars

Watch Now!

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

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

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 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

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