Supporting local businesses is crucial to the U.S. economy. Not only do these entities account for 99% of all businesses in America, but they also support numerous families and communities across the country. Born and raised in small-city Kenova, West Virginia, Brad D. Smith has long been witness to the importance of small businesses and has spent a portion of his career supporting local entrepreneurs as a means to championing his home state’s development.
The Mountain State itself boasts 113,000 small businesses. These organizations represent 98% of the state’s businesses and employ 49.1% of West Virginian workers. With so much economic impact being driven by local businesses, it’s important that West Virginia entrepreneurs are uplifted in their ideas and dreams to drive the local and regional economy forward.