It was April 2019. There was a lot of change occurring in the state of West Virginia and in my professional life.
I needed a new project to keep me focused when school let out that summer. I had been working with the WV Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition Oversight Committee and made a lot of progress that year. I started thinking about how to connect that committee into what I knew other entrepreneurial resource providers were doing around the state. I began talking to some key players across the state like TechConnect WV, Start Up WV, and National Center for Resource Development. These partners pulled together a working group. Shortly after our first meeting, I received an email from someone I had never heard of before, Joe Kapp. Little did I know that the message from Joe would change my world forever.