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October 29, 2012

WV Capital Access Program Making Great Strides

The West Virginia Capital Access Program (WVCAP) received $13.1 million through State Small Business Credit Initiative funding.  The funds provide a new source of capital to West Virginia businesses.  The program rolled out in January 2012 and has already approved over $6.4 million to West Virginia businesses!  The average amount invested or lent to these […]

October 29, 2012

Women In Tech Conference A Big Success!

Keynote Speaker, NASA Astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger Leaders from around the state and region attended TechConnect West Virginia’s first Women In Technology: A Formula for Success conference, held October 18-19 at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling.  The event highlighted the challenges and opportunities for women in the STEM fields and featured the stories of […]

October 9, 2012

West Virginia Chemicals and Materials (CAM) Commercialization Fund RFP

PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT AND REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL West Virginia Chemicals and Materials (CAM) Commercialization Fund The Chemical Alliance Zone, Inc. (CAZ), a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and expanding the chemical industry and technology economy in WV, has developed a new, CAM Commercialization Fund to assist researchers, entrepreneurs, start-ups and small-to-medium firms in their innovation and […]

October 8, 2012

Ingredients for STEM Success

Dr. Claudia Rankins, Program Officer with the National Science Foundation, recently delivered remarks on the campus of West Virginia State University, urging students to consider STEM fields as a major.  Citing a 2010 Urban Institute study, she discussed what is needed for STEM success: Students—must have research opportunities, academic support, mentors, and bridge programs Faculty—need […]

October 1, 2012

TransTech Energy Conference Slated for Nov. 14-16 in Morgantown

Make plans to attend the first TransTech Energy Business Development Conference, which will be held Nov. 14-16, 2012 at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown. The conference is dedicated to identifying and promoting investment in start-up TransTech Energy (TTE) companies and commercializable projects that hold promise to create jobs, to provide opportunities for advanced manufacturing, […]

October 1, 2012

Get Your Business Online For Free With Google!

Ninety-seven percent of internet users look online for local products and services, yet 58% of small businesses don’t have a website — and as a small business yourself, you probably know a few. If you know a business who isn’t online, invite them to the web today — it only takes 30 seconds using our […]

October 1, 2012

StartUp WV Venture Program Offering Commercialization Services

Several companies from throughout West Virginia are getting business planning and start-up assistance thanks to TechConnect West Virginia’s new StartUp West Virginia Venture program.  The assistance is being provided by The INNOVA Commercialization Group, which is providing its suite of commercialization services to selected small businesses and entrepreneurs.  “The StartUp West Virginia Venture program is […]

October 1, 2012

NASA Astronaut to Keynote Women In Technology Conference

“Astronaut Dorthy Metcalf-Lindenburger has a fascinating and inspirational story to tell,” said Anne Barth, Executive Director of TechConnectWV.  “A geologist and educator by trade, her passion to become an astronaut led to her selection as a NASA Mission Specialist in 2004.  After years of extensive technical and physical training, she accompanied the STS-131 Discovery Space […]

September 7, 2012

Bringing Brownfields and Technology Innovation Together

TechConnect’s mission to promote innovation-based economic development and redevelopment of the state’s brownfields go hand-in-glove, Anne Barth noted in an address to the annual West Virginia Brownfields Conference.  Excerpts of her remarks follow. Technology innovation and brownfields redevelopment are both part of the redevelopment puzzle in West Virginia.  In many ways, both address the legacy […]

September 6, 2012

StartUp West Virginia Manufacturing Program – Participant Spotlight

TechConnectWV and RCBI announced the first class of StartUp WV Manufacturing on March 5, 2012.  Below is a spotlight on another of these innovative and entrepreneurial businesses – Craft Totes by Bell. Based in Dunbar, West Virginia, Craft-Totes by Bell designs and produces a specialized line of industry-specific tool carriers. The company is working to […]