Through its FASTER WV Initiative, Advantage Valley and its partners (WV Small Business Development Center, Unlimited Future, Inc., BridgeValley Community and Technical College, and the Wyoming County Economic Development Authority) are building a stronger culture of entrepreneurship in the region, providing entrepreneurs and small business owners with access to informational webinars, free one-on-one business coaching with professionals, free basic business entrepreneurship classes, and access to capital.
Advantage Valley received a grant award of $930,000 from Appalachian Regional Commission and $362,00 from the Benedum Foundation for its FASTER WV Initiative (acronym stands for Fostering Advantages for StartUps & Entrepreneurial Resurgence in West Virginia.) Participants are strongly encouraged to take entrepreneurship training classes, work one-on-one with FASTER WV business coaches, and consider tapping into a $500,000 Revolving Loan Fund to start or grow a business in the region. Advantage Valley's goal is to facilitate start up or expansion of 50 businesses at the end of three years.
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