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.

 WVSBDC Announces 2011 State Star Awarded to Jamie Gaucher

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Jamie Gaucher was recently honored as a 2011 State Star during the national meeting of the Association of Small Business Development Centers, announced Kristina Oliver, state director of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC).

Gaucher is a business coach with the WVSBDC, part of the West Virginia Development Office.

“The State Star award recognizes Jamie for his dedication to serving entrepreneurs, assisting West Virginia’s technology sector and strengthening the economy of the state,” Oliver said. "He has expertly provided business coaching, with particular knowledge in technology-based development, to small businesses. His skills have resulted in West Virginia’s small businesses gaining greater access to capital and increasing job creation."

Each year during its national conference, the ASBDC recognizes an outstanding employee from each of the SBDC programs as a State Star. The 2011 meeting was held Sept. 6 in San Diego, Calif.

Gaucher has been with the West Virginia Development Office since 2000 and was manager of technology-based development. He joined WVSBDC in 2007. Currently he manages the West Virginia Small Business Innovation Research and the Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs. The federal SBIR/STTR programs provide a billion dollars each year in early-stage research and development awards and contracts to small technology companies.

He earned national Technology Counselor Certification from the ASBDC, making him among the nation’s few certified technology business coaches. The certification recognizes expertise in five core competency areas: technology transfer and commercialization, research and development funding, intellectual property issues, technology networking/resource identification and alternative financing (equity). The designation as a certified technology business coach is reserved for those who assist high technology businesses with commercialization and growth.

The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Kristina Oliver