Welcome to WVEDC.org

The West Virginia Economic Development Council was created to bring the various economic development professionals and organizations from around the state together to share and collaborate on common programs and issues. WVEDC promotes activities to retain and expand current business and industry in West Virginia and to attract new business and industry to West Virginia. WVEDC is the only professional organization in the State with the sole functions of promoting economic development and serving economic development professionals across West Virginia. Please browse our site to find out more about our commitment to the communities, businesses, and economy of West Virginia. Thank you, and enjoy your visit.

June 27, 2016

WVEDC Board Meeting

The WVEDC Board of Directors will be Monday, June 27 at 11 a.m. at the offices of Spilman, Thomas and Battle, 300 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston, WV.

July 25, 2015

WVEDC Board Meeting

The WVEDC Board of Directors will meet Monday, July 25 at 11 a.m. at the offices of Spilman, Thomas and Battle, 300 Kanawha Blvd., Charleston, WV.

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July 14 2016

There’s still time to register for the SBIR Road Tour.  Sign up today! Small businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers are invited to the SBIR Road Tour on July 19 to learn about opportunities available through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Register here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=bde56vcab&oeidk=a07ecfrxkka700c7c82 The SBIR/STTR program is a highly competitive program that encourages small businesses to engage in scientific research and development that has the potential for commercialization. For those that qualify, grant awards can be substantial and help the company get to market quicker. July 19 Road Tour Agenda: 8:00-8:30 AM:  Registration Check in 8:30-9:00 AM:  Welcome & Remarks 8:30 AM-Noon:  One-on-One Meetings with Agencies & Agency Presentations Noon-1:00 PM:  Lunch & Informal Networking 1:00-1:30 PM:  Lessons Learned & Common Mistakes Panel 1:30-2:00 PM:  Local Resources Panel 2:00-2:30 PM:  Intellectual Property Rights-Monica Jaensson, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP 2:30-3:00 PM:  Making the Decision to Apply Panel 3:00-3:30 PM:  Achieving SBIR Success-Brian Joseph, CEO of Touchstone Research Laboratory, Ltd. This national event is being facilitated in West Virginia by a group of local co-sponsors, including: SBA’s West Virginia District Office, TechConnect West Virginia, the WV High Technology Foundation/INNOVA, WV Small Business Development Center, WV SCORE, WV Regional Technology Park, Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, Chemical Alliance Zone, Marshall University, West Virginia University, and Charleston Area Alliance. Cosponsorship Authorization 16-0390-155: SBA’s participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

July 14 2016

Help to share with WV businesses impacted by the floods:  FEMA/FRIDAY JULY 15TH IS DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR FEMA ASSISTANCE. As recommended by the U.S. Small Business Administration, we encourage everyone impacted by the flooding to register with FEMA. Adding your information to the FEMA database will enable other government agencies to provide assistance as well. Visit disasterassistance.gov for more information and to register online, or call 1-800-621-FEMA (open 7 am – 11 pm, 7 days a week). Homeowners Freddie Mac is committed to providing assistance to homeowners – especially when their homes and /or business were impacted by disaster-related events.  Please refer to the recent Press Release concerning the powerful storms that swept through our state and options that are targeted to borrowers with homes and or their place of business in presidentially declared Major Disaster Areas. If a homeowner is unsure as to if they have a Freddie Mac backed loan, please have them contact Freddie Mac to verify by: 1. Calling our Borrower Contact Unit via phone at 800-FREDDIE (800-373-3343) Option 2 for homeowner assistance; 2. Searching on online at https://ww3.freddiemac.com/loanlookup/ Small Business Administration Funding The Small Business Administration will be offering disaster assistance to flood victims in the disaster declaration counties. The disaster declaration covers the counties of Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Monroe, Nicholas, Roane, and Summers, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private nonprofit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Boone, Braxton, Jackson, Lincoln, Pocahontas, Putnam, Raleigh, Roane, and Webster.* Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800‐659‐2955 (800‐877‐8339 for the deaf and hard‐of‐hearing) or by sending an email to The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Aug. 24, 2016. The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 27, 2017. Advice through Legal Aid of WV Legal Aid of West Virginia has established a Flood Recovery Legal Help Line at 1-877-331-4259 to help victims of the recent flooding with legal needs. Legal Aid is offering free legal information, advice and assistance for flood victims. Disaster survivors may experience a variety of legal problems: problems with landlords, insurance, contractor scams, consumer problems, and difficulty with government benefits. For questions and more information, please contact: Kate White, Access to Services Manager, Legal Aid of West Virginia 304-343-3013, ext. 2167 or Tamarack Foundation for the Arts Emergency Relief Funding - http://tamarackfoundation.org/flood-relief-funding/ The foundation is devoting $15,000 in direct funding to artist businesses impacted by the recent historic flooding through the nonprofit’s Emergency Relief Funding program. The foundation offers grants and bridge loans of up to $5,000 through the program. Visit the Flood Relief Funding page on our website for an application, eligibility information, and details. Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+) - http://www.craftemergency.org/ CERF+ provides direct assistance to artists working in craft disciplines, including: •Grants up to $6,000; •No-interest loans up to $9,000; •Booth fee waivers at craft shows; •Discounts on materials and equipment from suppliers and manufacturers; •Assistance with business development through referrals to consultants and other low or no-cost resources For eligibility requirements and more detailed information, please visit the Emergency Relief section of the CERF+ website or contact the organization at 802-229-2306 or   Join the CERF+ mailing list to receive notices and other CERF+ information aimed at safeguarding and sustaining the careers of craft artists and providing emergency resources that benefit all artists. CERF+ Studio Protector Resource Website - http://www.studioprotector.org/ The CERF+ Studio Protector website has extensive information and resources designed to help artists and those helping them in the disaster recovery and post-disaster cleanup efforts, as well as disaster planning resources. CERF+ recommends the following pages on the Studio Protector website: •Emergency Funding & Resources from the Arts Sector •Getting Help from FEMA & Other Major Relief Providers •Disaster Cleanup for Artists •Disaster Salvage for Artists NYFA National Artists’ Emergency Funding & Resources - http://source.nyfa.org/content/content/disasterresources/disasterresources.aspx Through the NYFASource Emergency Resources website, the New York Foundation for the Arts provides links to disaster resources, emergency grants, health and insurance resources, and more available from service providers across the nation.    ***If you are seeking additional resources or looking to assist, the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster has established the official website wvflood.com. This site houses a compilation of drop-off sites for supplies, shelter locations, online fundraising efforts, and a comprehensive list of the items needed in flood-impacted communities. The West Virginia Attorney General’s office is verifying all resources posted to this website to ensure they are legitimate. ***If you hear of additional resources for businesses, please let us know