Monthly Archive for December 2009
Streetscape work continues along Washington Street East and around the corner towards Leon Sullivan Way. The sidewalk area is now prepared and ready for cement and brick installation.
Photos and comments by Susie Salisbury
WVU grad and Elkins native Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD, immediate past president of the American Medical Association, will be the keynote speaker at the 2010 Charleston Area Alliance Annual Celebration, to be held Thursday, June 3, at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences.
“We are proud to bring another nationally prominent Mountaineer home to West Virginia to share insights on the critical issues of the day,” said Alliance President/CEO Matt Ballard. “At the height of the U.S. economic crisis last year, we featured entrepreneur Ray Lane, who said innovation was the key to recovery. Now, with health care front and center of the national agenda, we can think of few speakers whose appearance could be more timely than Dr. Nielsen.”
CISCO CEO John Chambers and Intuit president Brad Smith are among other West Virginians who have addressed the Alliance at its major fundraiser of the year.
“Health care expenses now constitute one-sixth of the U.S economy and present a growing burden to businesses and state governments,” said Alliance Senior Vice President JoEllen Zacks. “Dr. Nielsen’s perspective on costs and access to care will be particularly relevant to our members and anyone concerned about the future of our businesses and West Virginia.
“I am also pleased that Dr. Nielsen will be our first female keynote speaker,” she added.
Dr. Nielsen entered medical school at age 29 after having five children. She recently was named a Distinguished Alumni of West Virginia University, from which she received her undergraduate degree. She holds a doctorate in microbiology and received her medical degree from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo School of Medicine, where she is a clinical professor of medicine and senior associate dean for medical education.
For sponsorship or other information, contact JoEllen Zacks at (304) 340-4253, jzacks@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 18, the Architect of the Capitol will be hosting an event for small business owners at the new Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) on doing business with the AOC and the CVC.
The AOC is responsible for the maintenance, operation, development, and preservation of 16.5 million square feet of buildings and more than 450 acres of land throughout the U.S. Capitol complex in Washington, DC. Opened on December 2, 2008, the CVC is the largest expansion to the Capitol, and it is the new visitor entrance to the Capitol — its facilities include a 16,500 Exhibition Hall, a 530-seat Restaurant, two Gift Shops, and two orientation theaters where visitors watch a 13-minute welcome film before touring the U.S. Capitol.
The Small Business Industry Day sponsored by the Architect of the Capitol at the U.S. Capitol is free and open to any small business owner; however, advance reservation is required and attendance will be limited to 400.
Details on how to register and specific products and services sought will be available in early January.
Generally, the CVC is looking for products to be sold in its two Gift Shops that are made in the U.S. A. and manufactured with U.S.-made materials such as educational toys, jewelry, and souvenir apparel whose product themes are focused on the Capitol. The AOC is looking for goods and services required to maintain its buildings such as elevators, escalators, air handling units and electrical systems as well as products and services needed to maintain the landscaping around the Capitol complex and conserve and repair historical objects and artwork.
Join us this evening for the December ArtWalk, which has become a holiday tradition in Charleston with the participating galleries featuring great art and gifts.
Free trolley service will be avialable to transport guests from venue to venue, and members of the West Virginia Youth Symphony Orchestra will be performing throughout the galleries.
Enjoy music, art, wine and all the holiday cheer to go with it.
Bring your friends and families downtown to experience the best of what Charleston has to offer during the holiday season!
Visit www.charlestonartwalk.com for more information on gallery features for the evening.
For more information about ArtWalk, call (304) 340-4253.
Order’s Construction continues to work on the Washington Street East streetscape portion of the project, including sidewalks, granite curbing and brick accents. The contractor is also installing top soil this week along back areas of the stepped walls.
Comments and photos by Susie Salisbury
Jack Rossi, managing partner of Arnett & Foster, today was reelected chairman of the Charleston Area Alliance. The Alliance Board of Directors also elected the following officers: Pat Bond, Mountaineer Capital, vice chair; Mike Basile, Spilman Thomas & Battle, secretary; and Virginia King, Kanawha Stone, treasurer.
In other actions, the Alliance board also approved the organization’s 2010 operating budget.
“We are planning a break-even budget,” said Alliance President/CEO Matt Ballard.
More than 80 percent of anticipated revenues are generated by private support, including member dues and contributions, grants, special event sponsorships and fees and other activities.
While Chambers of Commerce across the country are coping with dramatic reductions in membership, the Alliance is projecting level numbers in 2010.
“Despite the economic downturn, Alliance membership has remained fairly constant, and we may even end the year with a net increase,” JoEllen Zacks, senior vice president, reported. “Just staying even is a major victory at time when other chambers and professional organizations are facing dramatic drops in membership.
“In the past year, we have expanded programs and services, offered special sessions on business tips in tough times and strengthened outreach to individual members. We’ve also focused on communicating the value that the Alliance is bringing to businesses and community. All that is paying off,” she said.
“It has been a challenging but exciting year at the Alliance,” Ballard said. “We are honored by the vote of confidence that 600 businesses and their 40,000 members have placed in the Alliance through their membership.
“Charleston area businesses understand that we are working hard on their behalf to attract jobs and investments to our region and deliver programs, services and public policy leadership that will help them achieve success,” he noted. “We look forward to serving growing numbers of businesses as we strive to build a more vibrant community and prosperous economy in the year ahead.”
The Alliance is offering you a once-in-a-lifetime experience at a once-in-in-a-lifetime price. But the deadline to register for the nine-day, all-inclusive business mission and cultural tour of China is today.
The trip is designed to assist local businesses in identifying new markets and increase exports from West Virginia around the world. A cultural tour track also is available for spouses or for those who want to experience the wonders of China.
We will be offering a series of expert-led seminars for participants of the business mission & cultural tour of China. These seminars will focus on:
- Chinese culture
- Chinese business practices
- Basic Chinese language skills
- Traveling in China: What You Need to Know
To join the Alliance on this nine-day, all-inclusive trip to Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou, which will expose participants to the global economy and to the historic and cultural highlights of China, contact Jeri Adkins by email or by phone at (304) 340-4253.
The ideal candidate will have:
- A solid knowledge of computer/network usage in a small business environment.
- Familiarity with common office software packages and usage
- Minimum 3 years experience administering Windows-based servers in a business environment
- Minimum 3 years experience providing computer technical support to end users
- An ability to diagnose and resolve hardware/software/networking problems
- An ability to consult with small business owners to make computing recommendations
- A proven reputation of dependability and personal integrity
- Personal organization and self-motivation skills
- A strong work ethic appropriate for a small business environment
- An entrepreneurial spirit toward cultivating and growing a business
- Dependable transportation
Typical work hours are 9-5, M-F in a business-casual atmosphere with service provided to clients mostly in the Kanawha Valley area. Salary and benefits are negotiable, but should be commensurate with skill level and experience.
Interested parties should contact Warren Hairston
The Clay Center is looking for a temporary full-time Marketing Assistant to contribute in the implementation and execution of marketing objectives, including performances and museum-related activities, and coordinating PR initiatives.
Length of Job Assignment: Anticipating January 4-April 9.
If interested please contact Shane Kimble at SKimble@TheClayCenter.org.
The Charleston Area Alliance today announced Spilman Thomas and Battle, PLLC will be the title sponsor of the organization’s trade mission to China in April 2010. The sponsorship is one component of the firm’s major contribution to the Alliance’s “Return on Investment” campaign to sustain and expand the Alliance’s efforts to attract and retain jobs, invest in people and enhance our community.
Spilman Thomas & Battle, one of the region’s largest law firms with 125 attorneys in four states, will present four expert-led seminars for participants of the business mission and cultural tour of China and a number of firm representatives will join the 10-day trip. Upcoming seminars will focus on:
- Chinese culture
- Chinese business practices
- Basic Chinese language skill
- Traveling in China: What You Need to Know
The registration deadline for the trip is Dec. 15.
“Spilman Thomas & Battle understands Charleston and West Virginia must join the worldwide marketplace to have successful economies in the 21st century,” said Alliance President and CEO Matt Ballard. “The trade mission to China is designed to connect local business people with business leaders halfway across the globe, identify new markets and increase exports from West Virginia. We applaud Spilman for supporting these efforts.”
“Spilman Thomas & Battle has represented the interests of a wide-array of international clients with legal issues in the mid-Atlantic region encompassing West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. By sponsoring and participating in the Alliance’s upcoming trade mission to China, we are taking this ‘world is flat ‘ approach to the next level and assisting like-minded businesses toward exploring and connecting to opportunities in the world’s most aggressive economy,” said Managing Partner Mike Basile.
The nine-day, all-inclusive trip runs from April 16 to 24. The cost is $2,299 per person for Alliance members and $2,699 per person for future members. The deadline to register is Dec. 15. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience at a once-in-in-a-lifetime price,” Ballard said. “A cultural tour track also is available for spouses or for those who want to experience the wonders of China.”
For more details about the China trade mission, contact Jeri Adkins at JAdkins@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org or (304) 340-4253.
About Return on Investment
The Return on Investment campaign engages visionary business and community leaders in propelling the Alliance’s progress in building a more vibrant community and prosperous economy. Major investors include: Chairman’s Circle: AEP, BB&T, BrickStreet Insurance; City of Charleston, Kanawha County and State of West Virginia; President’s Circle: Chesapeake Energy and Monarch Holdings; Cornerstone Partners: Chase, DOW, United Bank and Verizon; Executive Partners: Arnett & Foster; Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love, PLLC, Charleston Newspapers, Dickinson Properties, Jackson Kelly PLLC, Masters Law Firm, Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC, Thomas Hospital and West Virginia American Water; Vision Builders: CAMC, Charleston Marriott Town Center, EL Robinson Company, Ernst & Young, Huntington Banks, Kanawha Stone, Maier Foundation, NGK, Smith Company Motor Cars, Steptoe & Johnson. Tri-State Racetrack & Gaming Center and Walker Machinery.