West Virginia Small Businesses Receive Loans, May Prove Promising for Panhandle’s Economy

A sign that lending institutions may be loosening up their purse strings a bit, two Eastern Panhandle small businesses secured commercial loans this quarter to open or expand, officials said. Two businesses located in the downtown Martinsburg area had commercial loans approved by the U.S Department of Agriculture, said Matt Coffey, business coach with the Small Business Development Center of the Eastern Panhandle, who gave a quarterly small business update to the Berkeley County Development Authority Wednesday. Read more.

Colorado SBDC Launches New Team to Run West Central Office

The Colorado Small Business Development Center launches a new team to run the West Central SBDC office. There are currently 22 small business consultants available through the West Central SBDC. In 2017, they served 290 companies with over 1,200 hours of free consulting. The demand for business support in our dynamic valley is expected to increase each year. Read more.

Illinois Metro East SBDC at SIUE Elevating Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs and new business startups are invited to compete in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s fifth annual regional business plan competition — the 2018 Metro East Start-Up Challenge. The challenge is organized by the Illinois Metro East Small Business Development Center at SIUE and facilitated with the help of the SIUE School of Business. The purpose is to identify, encourage and support entrepreneurs and business startups across the SBDC’s service area, including Calhoun, Jersey, Madison, Bond, Clinton, St. Clair, Washington, Monroe and Randolph counties. Read more.

Fledgling Bakersfield, California home-based business is ‘Rising Star’

With years of experience and a commitment to providing improved IT service to Bakersfield businesses, Josh and Stephanie Lowrey launched TRIS Technology Solutions (www.trisbak.com) as a home-based business in 2014. After two years of rapid growth, state economic development officials had recognized the company as a “Rising Star in the IT Industry” and a “Business to Watch.” Nominating TRIS for the “Rising Star” award, small business development consultant Jay Thompson noted that the couple’s “greatest entrepreneurial achievement, besides surviving the first year, would be achieving a 100 percent customer satisfaction rating. The goal of the Small Business Development Center at California State University, Bakersfield, is to help new businesses, such as TRIS Technology Solutions, not only survive, but to prosper. Read more.

Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern West Virginia to host national SBIR tour

The Alliance for the Economic Development of Southern West Virginia (Alliance) is partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Marshall University’s Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), the West Virginia Small Business Development Center and others to welcome the National SBIR Road Tour to Huntington on June 21, giving small business owners and researchers the opportunity to learn firsthand about America’s largest federal seed fund, which awards more than $2.5 billion annually. Read more.

West Virginia SBDC Client, Screech Owl Brewing, Highlighted in SBA Tour

A Preston County, West Virginia brewery is symbolic of how small businesses can benefit with a helping hand from the Small Business Administration, one of its administrators said Thursday. “I’m out to spread the word about everything the SBA has to offer,” said Michelle Christian, the White House-appointed mid-Atlantic regional administrator, as she toured several West Virginia businesses to promote rural entrepreneurial growth and expansion. The first stop on the tour was Screech Owl Brewing, owned by Roger and Crista Johnson. After receiving a micro-loan from one of the SBA programs, the Johnsons were placed with a business coach, Lindsey Teets, through the Small Business Development Center. Teets has helped the small business owners in several capacities, including their expansion plans. Read more.

Arkansas SBTDC Client and Former College Athlete Empowers Others to be Entrepreneurs

Former Henderson State women’s basketball player and Arkansas SBTDC client Krystan Beachum published her first book, For the Other 98%: The Ultimate Guide for Student-Athletes To Go Pro in Entrepreneurship. The how-to manual provides practical startup advice for former student-athletes, which includes reaching out to your local SBDC. Read more.

Lewis Blakeney named 2018 Washington state small business ‘Star Performer’

Lewis Blakeney, a certified business advisor with the Washington Small Business Development Center, was named the network’s 2018 Star Performer for his work with small business owners in North Central Washington. Read more.

East Central Indiana-Based Business Wins SBDC Impact Award

Equis Medical Consulting of Union City was recently honored with a Small Business Impact Award from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). Equis was one of 10 Indiana small businesses given an Impact Award for success in business using the services of the Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Read more.

UGA SBDC uncorks North Georgia’s ripening wine industry

Georgia’s wine industry is growing, bolstering the North Georgia economy by increasing the number of tourists to the area as well as attracting side businesses attracted by the wineries…. Christina Ernst, who owns VIP Southern Tours, launched a North Georgia Wine Tour in 2013, with assistance from the SBDC. Read more.

“Why Facebook?” Offered by the New York State SBDC

Offered by the NYS Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the workshop is intended for small-business owners and nonprofit organizations. Many small businesses and organizations understand the importance and benefit of the Facebook marketing platform but may not understand how to use it to its fullest potential. Read more.

West Virginia SBDC Among Hosts of SBIR Road Tour

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) National SBIR Road Tour, hosted by the West Virginia SBDC and others, is going to Huntington on June 21, giving small business owners and researchers the opportunity to learn firsthand about America’s largest federal seed fund that awards more than $2.5 billion annually. Read more.

W. Va. Small Business Administration honors award winners

Winners of the 2018 West Virginia Small Business Administration (WV SBA) Small Business Week Award were honored during an event Wednesday in the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center, Fairmont. Many of the honorees recognized by the WV SBA are clients of the West Virginia Small Business Center (WV SBDC). “The WV SBDC team had phenomenal nominations again this year,” said District Director Karen Friel, West Virginia District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration. “The SBDC business coaches work hard to help our West Virginia small businesses and entrepreneurs and it shows in the successes they’ve achieved.” Read more.

SBA Awards Illinois Entrepreneur as 2018 National Small Business Person of the Year; Entrepreneur from West Virginia Named 1st Runner-up

Linda McMahon, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration today recognized and awarded this year’s Small Business Person of the Year at a ceremony and reception in Washington, D.C. “It is my pleasure to announce that Rebecca Fyffe, the owner and Director of Research of Landmark Pest Management from Schaumburg, Illinois is this year’s national Small Business Person of the Year,” Administrator McMahon said. In addition to the national Small Business Person of the Year, a West Virginia company was recognized and awarded as First Runner Up: Douglas Tate President & CEO Alpha Technologies, Inc. Hurricane, West Virginia. Read more.

Florida SBDC at UCF Client Named 2018 SBA National Exporter of the Year

The Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of business assistance, is pleased to announce that SeaDek Marine Products, a Rockledge-based marine products manufacturer and client of the Florida SBDC at UCF, has been named the 2018 National Exporter of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of National Small Business Week. Read more.

West Virginia Leaders Named to State 40 Under 40 List

Christy Laxton, executive director of the Wyoming County Economic Development Agency, has been named to the State Journal’s 2018 Generation Next: 40 Under 40 list. Laxton serves as the vice chair of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center Advisory Board. She is joined on the 40 Under 40 List by Lindsey Teets, who is a member of the WV SBDC statewide network of business coaches. The annual list honors successful people younger than 40 who are making a difference in their business and communities. Read more.

Great advice will be easy to get on Small Business Week

America loves small business, and next week, April 29 to May 5, America observes “Small Business Week,” dedicated to recognizing the best small business owners and entrepreneurs. I also want to recognize the best small business support in the country: The consultants of America’s SBDC — Small Business Development Center — network. So I’m hosting a Facebook Live event in conjunction with the SBDC network to kick off Small Business Week. Read more.

Congressman Trent Kelly of Mississippi Acknowledges SBDC Network at Small Business Committee Hearing

At a Congressional hearing by the House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations, Congressman Trent Kelly spoke about the important role of SBDCs in helping Americans to start and grow small businesses. Read more.

Josh Nadeau wins statewide award for work at Northern Maine Development Commission SBDC

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently awarded Josh Nadeau, 32, of Connor Township, a Maine Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award. Nadeau, who has spearheaded the Small Business Development Center program at the Northern Maine Development Commission in Caribou, said on Wednesday that he was honored to receive the award. Each day, Nadeau helps people who are trying to start their own business, expand their current business, or sell or buy a business. Read more.

Local Businesswoman Wins West Virginia Small Business Award

Kim Baker is the owner of River and Rail Bakery, a bakery and café in Heritage Station in downtown Huntington. As of March 28, she is now also the proud recipient of the 2018 West Virginia Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year Award. The West Virginia Small Business Development Center awards female business owners with the award on an annual basis to women who have made deep impacts personally and financially within their community. Read more.