Zac Phillips reminds us that your insurance may not cover you for AirBnB or VRBO rentals. Check with you insurance agent to make sure you don't get any bad surprises.

Carol Cain Bush reminds us that January 31 is the last day to sign up/make changes for the Health Insurance Marketplace. She will be at the Cottrill's Opera House this Friday to meet with anyone who needs help.

BUY IT NOW! Timberline AWESOME Pass

I would like to share with you some exciting news from Timberline Four Seasons Resort, located in Davis, WV (only 2.5 hours from DC via Corridor H). This is our 30th Anniversary season, and we are making lots of improvements and upgrades at the resort. To celebrate, we are also offering "The Awesome Pass," an unprecedented value for our customers. Please see the attached press release. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kendra Curran, Timberline's Director of Sales and Marketing, at 304-690-4818 or You can find us on the web at


Three Events coming up! Small Farms are big business in WV!

Ok Friends and Farmers,

There are THREE BIG EVENTS coming up regarding agriculture. Don't get confused and don't miss out.

This Friday/Saturday will be the AGRICULTURAL INNOVATION SHOWCASE held in Moorfield. This is first statewide Ag Tech Symposium scheduled for October 16-17, 2015, in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. (I have attached an agenda)…

On the 23-24 is the Second Annual WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE held at Canaan Valley. (also attaching an file for this).

Finally, on November 1, 5-7 there will be a FARM TO TABLE MIXER in Thomas, WV.…

We will put all of these events on the

2015 InnovateHER Business Challenge


President has announced a second and expanded version of InnovateHER

Here is the link:

Building on the success of the SBA’s inaugural 2015 InnovateHER Business Challenge, which we piloted in early 2015, Administrator Contreras-Sweet and the Office of Women’s Business Ownership are pleased to announce the launch of the SBA’s InnovateHER 2016: Innovating for Women Business Challenge in partnership with Microsoft.  The InnovateHER Challenge is a national prize competition aimed at unearthing products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families through local business competitions that culminate in a live pitch Final Round.  Through this Challenge, the SBA is looking for entrepreneurs to create a product or service that (1) has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, (2) has the potential for commercialization, and (3) fills a need in the marketplace. 

Background: The first InnovateHER Challenge ran on a short timeline, from February through May, 2015, with the InnovateHER Finals held in Washington, D.C. on May 8, 2015.  Despite the compressed schedule, we successfully engaged over 100 local host organizations and reached over 1,000 entrepreneurs across the nation during year one, awarding $30,000 in prize money provided by Microsoft to the Top Three Winners.  We heard from participants and stakeholders that with more lead time, we could engage even more local organizations and entrepreneurs and spur greater conversation, collaboration, and cooperation at all levels to support women, families, and entrepreneurs.

By launching much earlier this year, we’re giving host organizations a full four months (vs. one month) to host local InnovateHER competitions.  We’re also excited to announce that this year’s Challenge more than doubles the prize money -- offering up to $70,000 in cash prizes provided by Microsoft-- and will combine the national Finals with a larger Women’s Summit to be held in the Washington, D.C. metro area on March 16-17, 2016. 

how to do business with Lockheed Martin

Learn how to do business with Lockheed Martin on Aug. 27 at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in Fairmont!
This Lunch & Learn is your opportunity to learn how small businesses can share a new technology or invention with Lockheed Martin
[Register Here for Lockheed Martin Event](

West Virginia Makes Festival Set for Friday, Oct. 2

Calling all makers: the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) and a group of statewide partners will present the 2015 West Virginia Makes Festival, a celebration of ingenuity and creativity, on Oct. 2 at Heritage Farm Museum and Village in Huntington.

The festival is open to everyone and will feature 3D Printing, special exhibits and attractions, local food vendors and tours. A Design Challenge at the festival will provide makers the opportunity to demonstrate their new ideas and skills, and will reward their creative inspirations. Hobbyists, inventors, enthusiasts, artists and students of all ages who enter the Design Challenge are eligible for one of five awards — including a $1,000 "Best of Show" grand prize. Challengers who earn recognition will be introduced during an afternoon presentation.

Sponsored by RCBI, Advantage Valley, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Education Alliance, City of Huntington, Heritage Farm Museum and Village, i-79 Development Council, Huntington Museum of Art, Marshall University, Superintendent of Cabell County Schools, the W.Va. Department of Education & the Arts, and the W.Va. Small Business Development Center, the annual event serves to inspire artists, inventors, makers and students of all ages.

"Our festival celebrates makers," said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director & CEO. "It taps into the inventive community of entrepreneurs and innovators so they can interact with likeminded makers."

By staging the 2015 festival at Heritage Farm, today’s makers will experience a time in Appalachian history when making was a necessity, Weber said.

Registration for Design Challengers and Exhibitors is required. Signing up is free and easy at

Up to $100,000 will be awarded to public to educate about sustainable food

Food and Farm Communications Fund Accepting LOIs for Public Media Campaigns for Sustainable Agriculture - DEADLINE: July 1, 2015 (Letters of Intent)

Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to public education and media projects designed to help educate the public about the sustainable food and agriculture field....


Creating Opportunity and Prosperity through Strengthening Rural-Urban Connections

Creating Opportunity and Prosperity through Strengthening Rural-Urban Connections
From the National Association of Development Organizations

Metropolitan and rural America are highly connected and interdependent. To succeed, metropolitan America needs a healthy and sustainable rural economy and culture, and in turn rural America needs vibrant, well-functioning cities and suburbs to thrive and flourish. Yet, the prevailing national narrative pits urban versus rural for investments and public resources. A new issue brief from the NADO Research Foundation describes some ways in which regional development organizations and other regional entities are recognizing the importance of connecting rural regions and urban centers