West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Forestry products artisans encouraged to attend Tamarack small-business summit

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Tamarack Foundation will host a free Small Business Resource Summit from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Tamarack Conference Center in Beckley.

The summit will bring together more than 30 small and micro business service providers, including providers of loans, grants and technical and educational services, to assist entrepreneurs in starting and operating a successful small business.

Information will be provided in four targeted areas – artisan industry, agribusiness, tourism and service industry.

State Forester West Virginia Division of Forestry Forest Product Utilization and Marketing Specialist Matt Borror said he planned to attend the summit and encourages others in the forest products industry to do so as well.

“There are many small businesses in the forest products industry that sell items at Tamarack and a few more that would like to. These are some good business training and workshop items that would be beneficial to them,” Borror said.

In addition to the vendors fair, there will be five breakout sessions: 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., “The Nuts and Bolts of Starting Your Business”; 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., “Market Opportunities in Southern West Virginia”; 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., “Marketing Your Business Through Social Media”; and 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., “Understanding Cash Flow”; and 1:15 to 2 p.m., “Doing Business With Boy Scouts of America.”

Immediately following the summit, an “Entrepreneurs’ Café” will allow up to eight businesses 10 minutes each to pitch their business to the crowd, which will vote on their favorite pitch. The entrepreneur with the most votes will win a minimum of $400 in business services. Café admission is $10, with all proceeds going toward the prize. Contact Laura Harvey at 304-253-3145 regarding presenting at the café.

Registration is not required for the summit, which is free. For more information, contact John Meeks, FDIC, at 919-787-8727, ext. 4915, or jmeeks@fdic.gov; Sally Barton, Tamarack Foundation, at 304-926-3770 or sbarton@tamarackwv.com; or Marlo Long, BB&T, at 304-353-1682 or marlo.long@bbandt.com

For more information about the forest products industry, visit www.hardwoodswv.com.

Contact Information

Leslie Fitzwater, Public Information Specialist or Matt Borror, Forest Product Utilization and Marketing Specialist, WVDOF
304-957-9342; 304-541-8102 or 304-558-2788
Leslie.C.Fitzwater@wv.gov or Matthew.K.Borror@wv.gov