Business

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Small Business Development Center will offer a free Business Fundamentals workshop 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Upshur County. The session will be held in the Upshur County Development Authority, 30 East Main St., Buckhannon. Business Coach Susannah Higgins will lead the session.

The business fundamentals workshops are free July 1 – Sept. 30. The sponsorship of the Regional Development Funding Corporation (RDFC) enables the WV SBDC to offer the in-person and online workshops without the standard $35 fee.

To register, visit www.wvsbdc.com and click the Training Calendar or contact Business Coach Susie Higgins, 304-472-1757, email Susannah.V.Higgins@wv.gov.

The course covers what entrepreneurs need to know to start a business in West Virginia. That includes practical basics such as getting a business license, identifying the market and writing a business plan that can build credibility with potential lenders.

The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC) training and business coaching program to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time. Attending a business fundamentals workshop equips entrepreneurs with the information and tools to get started. The business owner can then schedule a meeting with a WV SBDC business coach.

The meetings are one-on-one between the entrepreneur and the WV SBDC business coach. The statewide network of WV SBDC coaches are skilled individuals with professional certifications. They provide assistance with exporting, innovation, technology and economic development, finance, management, cybersecurity and marketing.

WV SBDC has remained the premier resource for small business creation and expansion in the Mountain State for more than 35 years. As a key economic driver, the WV SBDC offers a variety of services to entrepreneurs and small businesses to increase their profitability and customer base, enabling continued growth and prosperity for West Virginia’s diversifying economy.