America’s SBDCs help make the dream of small business ownership a reality for more Americans — creating jobs and opportunities that build communities throughout the nation.

See how the West Virginia SBDC has served its communities.


Greenbrier Dairy, LLC owner builds a diverse food production company in West Virginia

Trey Yates began his entrepreneurial journey while still in high school when he purchased his first heifer for a 4-H project. Greenbrier Dairy has now grown far beyond the creamery that produces butter and cheese for the local market. Through acquisition and expansion, his business now comprises Almost Heaven Specialties, Up The Creek Mustard, Blue Smoke Specialties and Mix In Magic. Trey uses strong relationships he's built with organizations such as SBDC to help successfully grow his business.


Iconic Air Wins Air Force SBIR Contract

Iconic Air, a spin-out of the Vantage Ventures entrepreneur assistance program at West Virginia University, is now one of the world's fastest growing startups in the energy sector. The assistance they received from the WV SBDC's Innovation-Technology Program and TechConnect WV's FAST Grant Program was instrumental in helping land an Air Force SBIR contract to keep Air Force personnel safe and healthy as they work to protect and defend America.


Knight Counseling and Consultation Solutions LLC experiences renewal as Mosaic Wellness

When successful millennial entrepreneur Stephanie Knight Clarke wanted to rebrand and expand her behavioral health practice, she turned to the SBDC for assistance. With the guidance she received in reviewing her business model, hiring employees, and training in social media marketing and accounting software, Mosaic Wellness now exemplifies Stephanie's holistic view of mental health and mindfulness while allowing her to maintain the consultation aspect of her practice.


Your institution has opened doors for us that we never knew existed. You helped take the vision for our company to a whole new level. Thank you for always being encouraging, and helping us every step of the way, from the beginning to project fruition.

Dr. Ali Oliashirazi, President, Tri-State Orthopaedics II, LLC


Café owners dish up new customer services in response to pandemic

Charlotte's Café opened its doors on Dec. 30, 2019. With the help of the SBDC and a supportive community, they've not only survived the challenges of 2020, but have been able to quickly and successfully adapt their business model.


Jewelry crafter works around pandemic by relocating business from storefront to online

For more than 10 years, Cori Berlin worked to achieve her dreams of selling her jewelry creations in her own shop. When COVID-19 closed the doors of her store, Berlin turned to the SBDC for help to enhance and expand her online presence.


Hawk Knob owner turns lifelong passion into successful agribusiness

As West Virginia's first hard cidery, Hawk Knob is dedicated to producing a locally farmed and produced beverage. By focusing on tradition and craft quality, they've found their niche with dry aged meads and traditional dry ciders.


Erin Wells hears the call of home, returns to open audiology clinic

Erin Wells loved growing up in the Mid-Ohio Valley. She left to expand her horizons, pursue her education and build a career as a doctor of audiology. She came back to open her own business, Mountain Ears Hearing Clinic LLC, in Parkersburg, WV.


JCDC Woodworks: A passion for woodcraft creates jobs for people with disabilities

Operating as the for-profit arm of a not-for-profit agency, JCDC Woodworks demonstrates that people with disabilities can and do make a worthwhile contribution to their community. Here, they do it by making high end furniture.

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