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Salon Indigo to Host Ribbon Cutting Tuesday

Another unique, eclectic business has opened on Charleston’s East End.

East End Main Street and the Charleston Area Alliance are joining Salon Indigo – which offers massages, pedicures, manicures and haircuts – to host a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. Aug. 31.

Mayor Danny Jones is scheduled to attend the event, which will showcase the remodeled and renovated facility at 1587 Washington St. East.

“I have always envisioned having my own business and wanted a location that was both diverse and artsy,” said Salon Indigo owner Stephanie Reese. “I would drive up and down Washington Street looking for potential locations, and I chose this one because I love that it’s an old, historic home. It has charm.

“I designed the salon with a modern edge, but this house is more than 100 years old,” Reese continued. “I wanted to add spice with modern fixtures within a historic space.”

Salon Indigo is a “neighborhood business that offers the amenities of an urban city,” Reese said. It offers quality products and focuses on plant-based ingredients for hair and skin care.

Reese said the salon is perfect for lunch-hour visits.

“We live in a busy world, and it’s important for my customers to save time,” she said. “I want to offer specialized services for Capitol workers. That’s the convenience of running a business on the East End. We are fortunate to have so much in one neighborhood.”

Salon Indigo will provide wine and hors d’oeuvres for the ribbon cutting.

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Be Part of the Statewide Food Drive

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Children’s Fun Run Scheduled for Sept. 3

The Children’s Fun Run is scheduled for Sept. 3, the day before the Charleston Distance Run.

Registration for the Fun Run starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Capital. The free race begins at 6:15 p.m.

Ages 4 to 6 run a quarter mile. Ages 7 to 12 run 0.6 miles.

Click here to download a registration form.

Call (304) 348-6860 for more information.

The Charleston Distance Run starts the next morning at 7:30 a.m.

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Generation Charleston Wants ‘Paws for a Cause’ Volunteers

Generation Charleston, the Charleston Area Alliance’s emerging leaders group, is partnering with the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association for an event benefiting our furry friends.

Paws for a Cause is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Humane Association, 1248 Greenbrier St. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.

The event is designed to help draw attention to the importance of spaying and neutering animals, responsible pet adoption and educating the community on the importance of Humane Association efforts in the community. The Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association was forced to euthanize 80 percent of the 10,000 dogs and cats that entered their doors in 2009 – largely because many pet owners do not spay or neuter their pets.
Volunteers from Generation Charleston will be installing a much-needed French drain system to improve the shelter’s dog runs, bathing dogs to make them adopt-ready and cleaning and rebuilding the walking trails. Volunteers also will have the opportunity to attend the shelter’s brief volunteer orientation so they can return to the shelter to help out in the future.
For more information about the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association, visit wvanimalshelter.com. To volunteer for Generation Charleston’s Paws for a Cause event, e-mail Laura Barry at lbarry@theclaycenter.org.

Pre-volunteer registration is mandatory.

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admin in Events,Generation Charleston,Uncategorized on August 27 2010 » Comments are closed

Maximize Your Membership

If you join the Charleston Area Alliance, what’s in it for you?

Join us from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11 at the Alliance, 1116 Smith St., for “Insider’s Guide to the Alliance: Maximizing Your Membership Dollar.” 

Starting at less than a dollar per day, you can be part of a network of 600 businesses and their 40,000 employees who are making smart investment in their bottom line future – and the future of our community – through their membership in the Charleston Area Alliance.

To help you get the biggest bang for your membership buck, the Alliance is presenting a FREE “Insider’s Guide to the Alliance” luncheon on Monday, October 11. Reservations are limited and an RSVP will be required for admittance.

Don’t miss out on the many benefits of Alliance membership … contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org or (304) 340.4253 today to register.

Not a new Alliance member? You don’t have to be to attend this orientation!  Maybe you’re just curious about Alliance membership or maybe you’re already a proud Alliance member—either way, we’re happy to host you as we help you maximize your membership. 

You’ll meet face-to-face with Board members, Alliance staff and fellow members and learn about the many Alliance programs and services that can help your business today, such as: 

  • Business referrals:  As a member, your name is added to our industry-specific roster of businesses and service providers and posted on our Web site.  The hundreds of inquiries we receive each year for recommendations are directed to the businesses that have demonstrated their professionalism and commitment to our community through their Alliance membership.
  • Free technical assistance and business solutions:  Our economic development and technical professionals can provide guidance on a wide range of issues, from land development, to selling your products internationally to recruiting specialized personnel.  If we don’t have the answer, we know who will.  Help is just a phone call away.
  • Networking and business contacts:  Our popular Business After Hours, Charleston Business Showcase, Generation Charleston and Elevations Professional Women’s Network are just a few of the low-cost forums available for connecting with others and raising the visibility of your business.
  • Expertise:  Our Food for Thought series, Digi-Tools and other educational programs provide very affordable ways for you and your employees to hear from the experts and stay abreast of industry trends.
  • Marketing:  Through our “Member Market” program, you can promote your business to the 3,000+ business people, young professionals and community leaders on the Alliance’s exclusive email list for only $150 ($100 non-profits).   Members may also submit information for inclusion on our blog and calendar of events at no charge.
  • Special events:  Our popular special events, such as the Annual Celebration, Issues & Eggs breakfast, Speed Networkingand Golf Outing, provide members with cost-effective and highly visible opportunities for showcasing their businesses to decision-makers and business and community leaders in a professional setting (more…)
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admin in Community Development,Economic Development,Events on August 26 2010 » Comments are closed

Enroll in College Planning 101

Join us for our next Food for Thought Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8 at the Charleston Area Alliance. This session, led by Jon Duffy, will focus on:

  • What colleges are looking for in students
  • College planning timelines
  • College success factors including individual emotional intelligence
  • And more…

Cost to attend this Food for Thought Luncheon is $20 for current Alliance members/$30 for future members.  Seating is limited and an RSVP is required to attend.   Lunch will be provided. 

Click here to register.

For more information, contact Lesley Hager at LHager@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org or (304) 340.4253.

About the speaker:
Jon earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Virginia University in 1991 and a master’s degree in school counseling from Marshall University Graduate College in 1998. His professional experience includes coordination of a school-to-work program in Kanawha County, nominated as Youth Service Provider of the Year by the Bureau of Employment Programs.

Jon has also coordinated professional health science student rotations in Kanawha County, served as a school counselor and has spent the past seven years serving as an educational consultant to colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

Notably in 2005, Jon co-authored research published in The Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition—investigating factors contributing to college freshmen achievement. Jon most recently served as co-chairman for the 2008 Higher Education Symposium on Emotional Intelligence at Georgetown University.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. Contact Deb Coffman at DCoffman@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org for more information.

The Alliance cannot issue cancellation refunds within 48 hours before the event. Thank you.

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admin in Economic Development,Events on August 25 2010 » Comments are closed

Attracting, Retaining & Motivating Employees of All Ages

Unlike previous generations, when workers were often segregated by age and promoted on the basis of seniority, today’s new hire could find herself working with a peer that could be a grandparent’s age. This shift has had a dramatic impact on corporate culture and company performance, since priorities, attitudes and workstyles can vary with each generation. 

For example, “My way or the highway” managers tend to drive Baby Boomers crazy, while “flashy” or “schmoozy” bosses turn off Gen X’ers.  Both the oldest and youngest employees — World War II generation and Millennials — are motivated by awards and certificates. But they differ considerably on preferred methods of communication.

How to attract, retain and motivate employees of all ages and maximize their contributions will be the focus of the next “Inclusion=Innovation” program presented by the Charleston Area Alliance and Ernst & Young from noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25 at the Alliance offices.

Click here to register.

Pat Kelly of Steptoe & Johnson will moderate a discussion by “Effective Immediately” co-authors Emily Bennington and Skip Lineberg, and Linda Bunn, associate state director for AARP, on how to maximize the contributions of people of different ages in the workplace to achieve success. 

Business managers, demographers and others have observed generational differences in approaches to employee loyalty, work/life balance and communication styles, among other issues. Panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by a multi-generational workforce and identify practices that will help individuals and managers work effectively with people of all ages.

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admin in Economic Development,Inclusion=Innovation on August 24 2010 » Comments are closed

Study Confirms Need, Desire for East End Grocery Store

Charleston’s East End would support a new grocery store, according to an East End Main Street feasibility study.

The East End, the market analysis says, is missing out on between $7 million and $10 million in revenue – a conservative estimate – by not having a full-service grocery store. A 20,000- to 25,000-square-foot store would be successful in the area.

“The grocery store idea has been a part of our outlook for quite some time,” said Ric Cavender, EEMS program director. “This analysis has confirmed residents’ desire to have a store on the East End, and now we can explore ways to make that happen.”

East End Main Street and its parent organization, the Charleston Area Alliance, today released the results of the feasibility study, conducted by the CLUE group out of Washington, DC and Urban Development Services out of San Antonio, Texas. EEMS hosted a public presentation Monday evening to announce the findings.

The EEMS Grocery Store Task Force this year hired Scott Day of Urban Development Services and Josh Bloom of CLUE to conduct neighborhood surveys and study buying patterns. The methodology included competitive analysis of existing food stores, analysis of sales potential, focus groups, assessment of potential sites, research on potential recruitment and consumer surveys. More than 800 people participated in surveys.

“We received an overwhelming response to the surveys, which were conducted both online and door-to-door,” Cavender said. “The consultants evaluated price points across the Charleston Metro region, buying power of the East End residents and shopping habits. This is a well-rounded, extensive study, and we are confident in the conclusions.”

At one time, the East End was home to two grocery stores, but both had closed by 2001. Foodland on Bigley Avenue and Capitol Market now are the nearest options.

“We’ve heard the demand for years,” said Alliance President and CEO Matt Ballard. “We hear about the need every day. This new data confirms it. A grocery store would be a boon for the East End economy and could spur growth in the area.”

According to the analysis, about 75 percent of grocery shopping trips made by East End residents are to stores outside of the East End area. It concludes many residents would opt to shop at East End stores, meaning current buying power justifies pursuing at least one grocery store for the region.

Several parcels in the area would be optimal sites for a store that serves the whole East End neighborhood and is walk-able for most East End residents and area employees, the study says. It suggests recruiting a “niche chain” grocery store and/or a business focused on organic foods.

“Because these two grocery stores concepts would be addressing different audiences, the two stores could be pursued separately or simultaneously,” the study says. (more…)

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admin in Announcements,Economic Development on August 23 2010 » Comments are closed

KVCTC to Host Open House

Kanawha Valley Community & Technical College’s Workforce and Economic Development Division has moved to a new location at the corner of Patrick Street and 5th Avenue on Charleston’s West Side. 

To celebrate, the school is holding an Open House from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25. It features series of free seminars for entrepreneurs, business leaders and the general public. 

Topics include:  (see full list of topics and times below) 

  • Adults returning to college & Financial Aid opportunities
  • Online training
  • Healthcare Careers & Training
  • Handling Ticklish Interview Questions
  • Social Media for Companies, Causes, & Kin
  • Many more – 21 in all!

Visit www.KVCTC.edu for more information.

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admin in Uncategorized on August 23 2010 » Comments are closed

Free Seminar to Focus on ‘Top 10 Leadership Mistakes’

Express Employment Professionals and Charleston Area Alliance are presenting a free seminar for clients and friends from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 30.


“Leading Organizational Excellence by Avoiding the Top 10 Leadership Mistakes” will be at the Clay Center. Go to the Walker Theater entrance at the back of the building. 

To reach new heights of organizational success, comprehensive leadership strategies must be an integral element of the company’s vision. Leadership is critical to the success of this vision becoming the organization’s mission.  This interactive session details the Top 10 leadership mistakes that can cause irreparable damage to leadership’s credibility and integrity thus quickly derailing any career and the organization’s strategic initiatives.

Through true life experiences, we will discuss the consequences of questionable leadership mistakes such as:

  • The failure to embrace diverse thinkers and mavericks.
  • Too much talking and not enough walking.
  • Failing at communication.

Leadership is having the passion and ability to influence others to reach new heights.  Critical decisions must be addressed impacting corporate restructures, acquisitions, joint ventures and mergers. Unfortunately, mistakes can be made along the path that can damage the credibility of any leader resulting in failure of the organization’s mission, vision, goals and strategies thus tarnishing its culture.  By embracing proven behaviors and competencies outlined in this session and avoiding the Top 10 Leadership Mistakes, we are better prepared to lead the next generation of global talent to unlimited opportunities.

Continental breakfast served 7:30 a.m.

Please RSVP by Sept. 24 to Express Employment Professionals at (304) 746-8888 or e-mail amanda.newcomb@expresspros.com.  

About the Speaker:
For the last three decades, Jack Smalley has devoted his career to the field of human resources. His experience includes executive-level management in a number of different industries such as oil, chemical, and packaging. Jack serves as a senior human resources consultant for Express Employment Professionals.  He provides human resource training and consulting for nearly 600 Express offices and clients in the U.S. and Canada. Jack is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and holds the designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). In 2008, Jack had over 100 speaking engagements and was also a featured speaker at the 2008 National Society of Human Resource Management Conference.

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