FASTER WV Initiative




Webinars are free, but pre-registration is necessary.  Click live links below to register.


FASTER WV Webinar:  Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Advantage Valley on July 22, 2021

FASTER WV Webinar:  How to Start a Small Manufacturing Business on September 2, 2021

FASTER WV Webinar:  How to Start a Construction Business on November 11, 2021

FASTER WV Webinar:  How to Start a Child Care Business on December 9, 2021




FASTER WV Kickoff Webinar from April 15, 2020

FASTER WV Webinar: Cottage Food Sales Webinar from June 10, 2020

FASTER WV Webinar: River & Outdoor Recreation Webinar from July 29, 2020

FASTER WV Webinar: Mastering the Basics of Hosting Airbnb from August 19, 2020

FASTER WV Webinar: Maker to Manufacturer from November 5, 2020

FASTER WV Webinar: Need Help Starting or Expanding Your Business from November 17, 2020

FASTER WV Webinar: How to Start a Child Care Business from December 9, 2020

FASTER WV Webinar: How to Start a Construction Company from January 7, 2021

FASTER WV Webinar: How to Start a Health Care or Wellness Business from February 11, 2021

FASTER WV Webinar:  River & Outdoor Recreation Business Opportunities from March 25, 2021

FASTER WV Webinar:  Steps to Scaling-Up Your Food or Beverage Business from May 13, 2021


Through its FASTER WV Initiative, Advantage Valley and its partners (WV Small Business Development Center, Unlimited Future, Inc., BridgeValley Community and Technical College, and the Wyoming County Economic Development Authority) are building a stronger culture of entrepreneurship in the region, providing entrepreneurs and small business owners with access to informational webinars, free one-on-one business coaching with professionals, free basic business entrepreneurship classes, and access to capital.  

Advantage Valley received a grant award of $930,000 from Appalachian Regional Commission and $362,00 from the Benedum Foundation for its FASTER WV Initiative (acronym stands for Fostering Advantages for StartUps & Entrepreneurial Resurgence in West Virginia.) Participants are strongly encouraged to take entrepreneurship training classes, work one-on-one with FASTER WV business coaches, and consider tapping into a $500,000 Revolving Loan Fund to start or grow a business in the region.  Advantage Valley's goal is to facilitate start up or expansion of 50 businesses at the end of three years.  

Leading this collaborative program, Advantage Valley will help boost entrepreneurial startups and expansions by offering regular webinars in the following targeted emerging sectors, among others:


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These targeted areas have high growth potential and higher wage prospects. This initiative builds upon research from 2018 outlined in the “Best Market Opportunities for Business Development,” a report and series of practical Playbooks identifying 20 key business sectors that are ripe for entrepreneurial business and job development. Feel free to open, download, and use the research and data available in these playbooks to help you as you consider starting a business.


GET STARTED TODAY by CALLING a FASTER WV Business Coach and REGISTERING for a free virtual business-basics-for-entrepreneurs course!


Contact Robbie Parker at WV Small Business Development Center (for Kanawha, Putnam, Lincoln, Boone, Braxton and Clay Counties) (304) 553-9692 or via email at


Contact Jules Bills at Unlimited Future, Inc. (for Cabell and Wayne Counties) (304) 697-3007 or via email at


Contact Sara Loftus at Unlimited Future, Inc. (for Cabell and Wayne Counties) (304) 697-3007 or via email at


*Link to other WV SBDC Business Coaches in counties beyond Advantage Valley


BridgeValley CTC’s Kauffman FAST TRAC 8 week entrepreneurship class:  Next Class starts August 19, 2021!  Contact Robbie Parker at WV SBDC to enroll in this class at or click HERE to register.


Unlimited Future, Inc.’s PLANNING FOR PROFIT 8 week entrepreneurship class:  Next class starts August 17, 2021!  Contact Jules Bills at UFI to enroll in this class at or click HERE for intake form.  


Click here to join our mailing list to receive ongoing information about the FASTER WV Program.


See the FASTER WV Program Brochure below.  


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Thanks also to recent additional funders Unlimited Future, Inc., and the USDA. 




Other Resources for Entrepreneurs:  Advantage Valley Innovation Centers


Brad D. Smith Business Center at Marshall University, Charleston Area Alliance Small Business IncubatorThe GRID, Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI), MidAtlantic Technology Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC), TechConnect WV, University of Charleston Innovation Center



Reactions to the FASTER WV Webinars...


“I listened to the webinar for developing the opportunities around flat water rivers in this region.  It was fantastic.  Very content rich, well organized and inspirational.  Thank you!”


“Thank you all so much. A ton of great information. Thanks for what you are doing.”


“Thanks!  Glad to learn about ALL these resources!”


"An outstanding class. After hearing what they offer, it sounded like exactly what I need. How soon should I reach out to them or will they be contacting me??  Thanks again!  You have taken a lot of worry off my battered brain."