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Energizing Entrepreneurship Across West Virginia


Nearly all job growth in America comes from new and young businesses. That’s why entrepreneurship is so vital to West Virginia and why I’ve become associated with two entities that can be pivotal to catapulting West Virginia to national leadership in new business growth. The entities are Marshall University, already a national leader in commitment to design thinking, and Right to Start, the national nonprofit organization championing entrepreneurship as a civic priority.

Marshall University’s leadership in entrepreneurship moved to new heights with the appointment in 2022 of former Intuit CEO and Marshall alumnus Brad D. Smith as president of the public research university in Huntington. A core part of his strategy for the university is prioritizing design thinking – Silicon Valley’s methodology for innovation – and championing it across the state and the nation.

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