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Buzz for Your Biz: Doing Well by Doing Good on April 16

IMG_2507aBuzz for Your Biz: Doing Well by Doing Good
Wednesday, April 16
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Charleston Area Alliance
1116 Smith Street

Local businesses are often overwhelmed with requests to donate to charitable events or become involved in a fundraising activity.

To help retailers and other small businesses give back to the community while getting a return on their ROI, the Charleston Area Alliance GROW Small Business program and the West Virginia Symphony League are partnering to present “Buzz for Your Biz: Doing Well by Doing Good.”

The goal of the free workshop to help small businesses understand their target market, and how to leverage involvement in community activities and fundraisers to increase engagement with current and new customers.

The program will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, at the Charleston Area Alliance.

Speakers will share strategies on how to leverage involvement in fundraisers — such as the WVSL Fashion Show, fun runs and benefit galas — though social media and partnerships with non-profits. Alliance representatives will also share information on government and other resources, such as GROW, that are designed to help small businesses succeed.

Admission is FREE, but advance registration is required:

Click HERE to RSVP

admin in Announcements,Events on April 08 2014 » 0 comments

Business After Hours on April 24 at Four Points by Sheraton

fourpointsBusiness After Hours
Thursday, April 24
5-7 p.m.
600 Kanawha Blvd., East

Join the Charleston Area Alliance and Four Points by Sheraton for Business After Hours Thursday, April 24.

The event will be held at 600 Kanawha Blvd., East.

The cost is $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members who register online before the day of the scheduled event.

Prices the day of the event increase to $25 for Alliance members and $35 for future members.

Click HERE to register.

Business After Hours offer fantastic opportunities to meet the region’s leaders in a relaxed setting with food, drinks and entertainment.

admin in Announcements,Events on April 04 2014 » 0 comments

AlignHR shares its ‘Incubator Story’

2-3-10 004As the president of DeemHR, a company focused on human resources solutions for companies, Bernie Deem worked from an office in her home. It was specifically designed for the purpose of meeting her business needs.

But Deem wanted change in her professional life.

She merged her business with WesMar HR Consulting, owned and operated by Sharon Boyce Werdebaugh. They both partnered with Zach Abraham and formed a new company: AlignHR.

With a new company, the group needed some new digs.

Deem said that a home office wouldn’t accommodate the needs of a growing organization like AlignHR.

“When we started discussing AlignHR, I knew that my home office was woefully inadequate for the plans we had,” Deem said. “While my previous clients had been comfortable with the home office arrangement, new clients needed to have a completely different impression of the company.”

The team were very mindful of costs associated with office space. Deem said they needed a new office that would be attractive to clients, but easy on their wallets.

The Alliance’s small business incubator was the perfect fit.

Located at 1116 Smith Street, the incubator offers an affordable office and warehouse environment, along with the guidance and consulting necessary to make sure startups or expanding businesses succeed.

“While keeping our overhead reasonable was a prime motivator, the incubator provided other benefits that just can’t be met when working from home,” Deem said.

“The atmosphere itself gives the message that we are serious business people and having the mail room is enormously convenient for when we’re all on the road.  We don’t have to be on premise to receive packages and that too has been convenient.”

“I also love the free and easy parking,” Deem added. ”Because I work some weekends, I love the feeling of being safe because of all the security.”

Abraham said that AlignHR is very happy with its new office.

“We selected the Alliance business incubator space because of amenities like shared conference rooms and the ability to work with other small business professionals,” Abraham said. “The incubator is important in supporting small business growth.”

The operation of the small business incubator is just one of the Alliance’s many efforts in promoting entrepreneurship and creating jobs in the Kanawha Valley region of West Virginia.

Stay tuned for future e-blasts highlighting other successful businesses in our incubator.

admin in Announcements,In the News on April 03 2014 » 0 comments

Check out this WVAW brochure on the Elk River chemical spill

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Member Market: Library to host silent auction event this Saturday

Member Market:
By Alliance Members for Alliance Members

This “Member Market” is a paid announcement sent by the Alliance on behalf of a member to business and community leaders and young professionals.

2014 Member Market Ad

admin in Announcements,Member Market on March 31 2014 » 0 comments

Arts summer internships available for FestivALL Charleston

image001FestivALL internships offer a glimpse into the field of arts administration with the excitement of a city-wide arts and family fun festival. Interns will have the opportunity to network with many individuals in the arts and planning field in Charleston, WV, and will be give hands-on learning experience. Applications open to high school juniors through college.

The FestivALL 2014 Internship Program is supported by the Bernard H. and Blanche E. Jacobsen Foundation. All completed internships will receive a $100 stipend.

Internships are available in the following areas: Administration, Dance Events, Marketing & Promotions, Music Production, Public Art, Theater Events, Visual Arts, Volunteer Coordination, West Side Main Street Events, and MORE!

To apply, applicants MUST be available the entire 10 days of FestivALL, June 20-29, and should plan to be work from the 1st week in May to the 1st week in July.

More information and the application are available at the following link:


 If you need further information, please feel free to contact Susie at 304-340-4253 or through email at SSalisbury@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org.

admin in Announcements on March 24 2014 » 0 comments

Member Market: If you run a business, you don’t want to miss this

Member Market:
By Alliance Members for Alliance Members

This “Member Market” is a paid announcement sent by the Alliance on behalf of a member to business and community leaders and young professionals.

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Business After Hours on March 27 at Marriott Brick Salt Bar & Kitchen

BrickSalt_logoBusiness After Hours
Thursday, March 27
5-7 p.m.
200 Lee Street East

Join the Charleston Area Alliance, the Charleston Marriott Town Center and its Brick Salt Bar & Kitchen for Business After Hours Thursday, March 27.

The event will be held at 200 Lee Street East.

The cost is $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members who register online before the day of the scheduled event.

Prices the day of the event increase to $25 for Alliance members and $35 for future members.

Click HERE to register.

Business After Hours offer fantastic opportunities to meet the region’s leaders in a relaxed setting with food, drinks and entertainment.

admin in Announcements,Events on March 20 2014 » 0 comments

Local energy experts needed for e4

E4 Logo Version 3The Charleston Area Alliance is seeking contracted expertise to assist with the second year of the Energy Efficiency in the East End (e4) competition.

e4 is a competition that pits East End blocks against each other to compete for the largest reduction in energy consumed (as a block) through Appalachian Power’s HomeSMART assessments and energy efficiency retrofits.

The goal of e4 is to create momentum and education around being a smart energy consumer thereby creating “a culture of energy conservation.”

The Alliance is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

e4 Energy Coach: A part-time energy efficiency expert who will become the trusted energy efficiency advisor to the East End.

This person will offer 1:1 assistance to East End residents to coach them through understanding HomeSMART energy assessment reports and assist residents in working through energy efficiency retrofits fits.

Click HERE for a full job description.

Applications due April 10 at 5 p.m. to Cullen at Cnaumoff@charlestonareaalliance.org.

e4 Specialists:  e4 specialists are contractors/service providers who have experience in one or more related areas of energy efficiency.

These contractors will become part of a “preferred e4 resource database” who will receive direct referrals from participating e4 residents ready to make energy efficiency retrofits.

Click HERE for the full description and Request for Sponsorship (RFS).

Responses to the RFS are due April 10 at 5 p.m. to Cullen at Cnaumoff@charlestonareaalliance.org.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Cullen at Cnaumoff@charlestonareaalliance.orgor 304.340.4253.

admin in Announcements,Job Postings on March 18 2014 » 0 comments

Spring into ArtWalk this Thursday

aw.logo.cmykDowntown ArtWalk
Thursday, March 20
5-8 p.m.

Downtown ArtWalk kicks off its 12th season this Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

With a new year, brings an updated look for ArtWalk. We have a fresh, new logo and some new locations for 2014.

To learn more, check out  this recent Charleston Gazette story on ArtWalk by clicking HERE.

ArtWalk, a Charleston Area Alliance program sponsored by Masters Law Firm, is a monthly event that draws hundreds of residents and visitors to downtown Charleston for a festive evening of culture and commerce.

The purpose of ArtWalk is to help revitalize downtown and to promote economic development through the arts.

Check out what’s in store for the March ArtWalk:

Tony the Tailor
822 Virginia Street East  

Tony the Tailor will feature work from Sarah Frydrych, a student at Hurricane High School. Frydrych’s main focus is painting portraiture, but she is interested in a variety of concentrations and mediums.  Frydrych is influenced by the works of the late Andy Warhol and the street artist Banksy.

In addition, Tony the Tailor will feature featuring two of the best hand-made American products available: Oxxford Clothes and Allen Edmonds shoes. Allen Edmonds will be 15 percent of each pair of shoes during this event; with an additional 5 percent off if you purchase multiple pairs. Oxxford Clothes will have on hand several end bolts at 50 percent off and the new spring fabrics will be 25 percent off.

Art Emporium
823 Quarrier Street

Art Emporium will feature new works by Ian Bode in a show titled, “The Passenger Side of Modern Life.” Bode’s art takes a decontextualized look at many of the things on the surface of our modern culture and how they relate emotionally to the individual or group. Bode will be on hand present for his opening reception during ArtWalk.

Gallery Eleven
1025 Quarrier Street

Arthur Evans is the featured artist at Gallery Eleven for March. With his outstanding talent, Evans has put together an exhibit that will be a must see.

Uncork & Create
1031 Quarrier Street

Uncork & Create will host “Uncork & Create for a Cause,” during ArtWalk. A local artist will take participants step by step in the creation of their own 16 x 20 inch masterpiece on canvas. No experience is necessary and all materials will be provided. Guests are welcome to bring their own adult beverages and snacks. The cost is $45 per person and $10 from every ticket sold will be donated to Dollar Energy Fund (DEF). DEF is a non-profit dedicated to providing utility assistance to limited-income West Virginia households.

The Purple Moon
906 Quarrier Street

The Purple Moon will be featuring vintage art from our collection as well as historic documents from the Pat and Helen Hamilton Collection.

Delfine’s Jewelry
245 Capitol Street

Delfine’s Jewelry will be showcasing artwork by Leah Towler.

Good News Mountaineer Garage
222 Hale Street

Come celebrate the spring equinox with the “Art of Dance: The Dance of Universal Peace,” which will be performed with participatory rhythmic percussion to follow. Handheld percussion instruments will be used, but you can bring your own, although some instruments will be available. As seating is limited, movement is required. Dr. Paula Bickham will facilitate both circles. Eclectic art honoring spring and the human spirit will be on display.

Romano & Associates
230 Capitol Street

Artist Josh Martin and his show “Highbrow Lowbrow,” will be the featured attractions for March ArtWalk.

West Virginia Executive
8 Capitol Street

West Virginia Executive will showcase the work of photographer Tracy Toler at ArtWalk. Toler has been a feature photographer for several local magazines.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
900 Lee Street, Suite 1600

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will feature artists Deborah Herndon, Jeanne K Cochran, Adrienne Galloway and Mary Blake.

Christina De Filippo at Zando’s Catering Unlimited 241 Capitol Street

Joe Zando with Catering Unlimited Inc. and Christina Di Filippo with Real Estate Central will feature T.C Torre of Tower Creations. She will offer hand crafted beaded and hand woven, colorful, fun jewelry.

Annex Gallery and Taylor Books
226 Capitol Street

“Drawn Together,” is an exhibit comprised of artwork produced by area and regional artists that have an affinity for drawing. Each artist has an individual approach with his or her art practice that promotes drawing as a primary mode of expression. The conceptual, intellectual, and creative endeavors are key aspects that bring the group together collectively.

Charleston Ballet
100 Capitol Street

Art walkers are invited to visit the Charleston Ballet and observe dancers in class and rehearsals preparing new works for upcoming performances that include a variety of balletic variations and contemporary disco pieces.

There will also be West Virginia photographs by Penny Johnson on display. Make sure to check out the Ballet’s three April Fool’s packages that include cash, weekend hotel packages, dinner and restaurant packages, performance tickets and much, much more.

Raffle ticket chances are limited to 400 and are $20 each. You could be the winner of one of these great packages.

Other participating venues include:

Capitol Conference Center

Ivor’s Trunk

Mission Savvy

Stray Dog Antiques

Timothy’s/Quarrier Diner

Visions Day Spa

admin in Downtown ArtWalk on March 18 2014 » 0 comments
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