Starting a Business

WE'RE HERE TO HELP YOU SUCCEED.

Whether you are starting or growing your business, you should be aware of the services that are available to help you succeed. From creating a business plan to securing funding for your venuture, the development authority can help guide you to the appropriate resources.

Small business is the backbone of our economy. Small businesses provide essential services and products for our people in our communities, and entrepreneurship has the potential to boost local economies. Of all West Virginia’s employers, 87 percent have fewer than 20 employees.

 

STEP ONE: LOCATE YOUR LOCAL SBDC

The West Virginia SBDC plays a vital role in West Virginia‚Äôs economic development by assisting small businesses and entrepreneurs in every stage of the business life cycle. They don’t provide grants or loans, but they can help connect serious business owners and entrepreneurs with capital opportunities and resources. With support and a wealth of expertise and experience, the WV SBDC is there – every step of the way.

UTILIZE THE SCORE PROGRAM

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Their mission is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. Because their work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to their network of 10,000 volunteers, they are able to deliver their services at no charge or at very low cost.

Services offered:

  • Mentoring, in person via email or by video
  • Free online business tools, tips and templates
  • Local workshops and webinars