Food and Beverage

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 (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, business coaching, classes, grants, loans, and other helpful resources.

Advantage Valley is investing heavily in the food and beverage production sector as we help plan and develop Charleston’s future Food Enterprise Incubator. We are equally invested in helping develop the food and beverage producers in the region who can benefit from technical assistance services including, but not limited to, marketing strategies, production planning, distribution and fulfillment strategies, recipe and process assistance, nutrition panel and label development, and more.  

Advantage Valley has procured the professional services of Russ Bailey, of Evergreen Creative Group, to assist with helping clients tell their stories, sell more of their product, and scale their businesses. Our goal is to strengthen our small food manufacturing sector so that we have a robust pipeline of small businesses using the facility once it opens. Advantage Valley would like to thank Truist Foundation for providing $25,000 in the form of a grant for this Technical Assistance funding.

Advantage Valley has been hosting quarterly gatherings of food and beverage producers that are interested in gaining insider information about the development of the new LIFT Center, as well as learning about resources that can help them scale and grow their businesses.  Click HERE if you would like to learn about these quarterly gatherings and join our mailing list.


On the Horizon!

Charleston’s Future

Food Enterprise Incubator


Charleston Food Manufacturing Hub

Click here to register your interest in using Charleston’s future Food Enterprise Incubator.

As part of the recently announced ACT Now Coalition package of grant awards totaling $62.8 million for eight economic development projects in southern West Virginia, the LIFT (Learning Innovative Food & Technology) Center, will be developed in the Kanawha Manufacturing building in downtown Charleston. Food and beverage manufacturers in the region will benefit greatly from access to this new food hub facility with co-packing capabilities and equipment.

The 17,000 sq. ft. Charleston Food Manufacturing Hub will include a shared kitchen rental space with wraparound entrepreneurial services, co-packing food production and aggregation, cold storage, and docking space to meet growing needs for access to healthy local foods and to boost small business entrepreneurial food endeavors and resiliency in the region. The Food Hub will also be able to process and distribute agribusiness produced from repurposed former mine lands, supported by the WVU Sustainable Mine Lands component project. The Food Hub will be managed by Coalfield’s affiliate enterprise ReFresh Appalachia, and include partners the Charleston Capital Market, the Charleston Food & Farm Collaborative, and other food entrepreneurs who are backed by Advantage Valley through the GROW Now component project.  

Read more here about the Charleston Area Alliance’s redevelopment progress of the Kanawha Manufacturing Building.

Charleston Food Manufacturing Hub

Advantage Valley

Bryan Shaw

Director of Entrepreneurial Development

(304) 352-1165
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Advantage Valley

Barbie Wood

FASTER WV Business Coach

(304) 633-4829
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Unlimited Future

Jules Bills

FASTER WV Business Coach

(304) 697-3007
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Archive of Recorded Webinars
Watch Now:


How to Start orScale Up Your Food or Beverage Business

April 28, 2022


Steps to Scaling Your Food and Beverage Business

May 13, 2021


Cottage Food Sales

June 10, 2020



Other Resources for Food & Beverage Manufacturers and Producers

West Virginia Department of Agriculture

Lacy Davidson Ferguson, Business Development & Marketing Division  /  (304) 546-7930

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