February 2, 2023

6 -7:30 pm

Montgomery City Hall

A group of resource professionals are excited to come talk to the community about how people interested in starting a business can receive free business coaching, business classes, and access to capital through grants or loans. We plan to lead a conversation about what businesses are needed in the Upper Kanawha Valley region, as well as what barriers exist currently to starting up new businesses.  A presentation will follow with some people to meet and some resources to tap into – for those who might be interested.  Bring a friend!  The more, the merrier – and the better our discussion!

This is the first of many workshops…


Tentative Agenda:


Welcome & Introductions

Icebreaker/Brainstorm Activity

                        What are examples of small business opportunities for the UKV?

                        What are barriers to starting a business in the UKV?

Overview of Small Business Start Up Resources

                        FASTER WV Program – Bryan Shaw & Tyler Brandstetter

                        Charleston Area Alliance – Susie Salisbury

                        UKAN Program – representative from Kanawha County Commission

Hear from a Successful Entrepreneur

Questions & Answers