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Generation Charleston holds “Meet & Greet” with First Lady Joanne Tomblin



First Lady Joanne Tomblin meets with GC;
Encourages young professionals to come home to West Virginia

Members of Generation Charleston met with West Virginia First Lady Joanne Tomblin at a special “Meet & Greet” held this morning, Friday Sept. 30, at the law firm of Jackson Kelly PLLC.

Tomblin praised Generation Charleston for its work in trying to attract and retain young professionals in the state.

The group, which launched five years ago and boasts more than 1,000 members, regularly invites public officials to speak about issues important to the region’s young workforce, including education, health care and the economy.

“We need young people in this state to be engaged civically, politically and through business,” Tomblin said.”It’s very refreshing to see young people doing what this group is doing because I know it will be successful. Don’t give up on it.”

A long-time education advocate, Tomblin is president of the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

She is married to Earl Ray Tomblin, the Acting Governor/President of the West Virginia Senate. They have one son, Brent.

Tomblin said she’s eager to see more young professionals call West Virginia home.

“Come back and be an entrepreneur or come back here and start your business – I tell people that all the time,“ Tomblin said. “It’s beautiful here and we have one of the lowest crime rates. I could give them all kinds of positives. We have so much to offer here.”

Tomblin also serves on many state and local committees and organizations including the Education Alliance Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Forward Southern West Virginia Executive Board, the West Virginia Regional Contracting Assistance Center Board and Executive Committee, the Rural Access Corporation and the West Virginia Workforce Investment Council.

“This event is a great example of continued collaborative efforts between state government and Generation Charleston,” said Julie Cyphers, Generation Charleston co-chair. “We are excited First Lady Tomblin looks to us as partners in the growth of West Virginia and a voice for young professionals”

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Who’s In, Who’s Who: Speed Networking with the Stars Line-Up

Speed Networking with the Stars
Thursday, Oct. 13
Charleston Marriott Town Center

Dozens of West Virginia’s brightest stars from the business, government, political, arts and non-profit sectors are coming together for one of Charleston’s most anticipated events: Speed Networking with the Stars.

(See line-up below)

Individual ticket early bird prices end Friday, Sept. 30. Registration is strictly limited to 100 tickets and few remain available after pre-sale to sponsors. Individual tickets (if available) are $50 for Alliance members, $75 future members through Friday, and increase by $25 per person after that date.

Tickets include admission to networking sessions followed by an All-Star Reception featuring beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

Click here to register

Don’t miss this chance to get a year’s worth of networking in two hours and connect with some of the state’s most influential people from the business, government, non-profit, education and arts sectors. This year’s event, presented by the Charleston Area Alliance and Suddenlink Business, will feature a galaxy of new and returning stars.

Below is the growing list of leaders who will bring star power to this year’s event.  More stars are being added each day, so don’t miss you your chance to connect with those who are opening doors and making things happen for West Virginia:

• Douglas Amos, West Virginia American Water Company
• John Ballengee, United Way of West Virginia
• Jill Bentz, Dinsmore & Shohl
• Mark Bias, BB&T
• Dennis Bloss, Frontier Communications
• Pat Bond, Mountaineer Capital
• Susan Brewer, Steptoe & Johnson
• Kathy Brown, Kathy Brown PLLC
• Mike Buxser, WV Radio Corporation
• Mayor Dick Calloway, St. Albans
• Jack Cavender, CURA
• Jon Cavendish, REALCORP
• Betty Chilton, Charleston Newspapers
• Nelle Chilton, Dickenson Fuels
• Fred Clark, IVS Hydro, Inc.
• Jane Cline, former WV Insurance Commissioner
• John Copenhaver, CHASE
• Charlie Counts, CROWNMAX
• Mary Jean Davis, Charleston City Council
• Kathleen DuBois, Progressity
• Terrell Ellis, Terrell Ellis & Associates
• Valerie Ellis, Gibbons & Kawash
• WV Senator Dan Foster
• Michelle Foster, KISRA
• Alex Franklin, Craik-Patton House
• John Gianola, Ernst & Young
• John Giroir, YMCA of Charleston
• Jay Goldman, Goldman Associates
• Larry Groce, FestivALL
• David Gross, WV Symphony Orchestra
• Jim Guidarini, DOW
• David Hardy, Kanawha County Commission
• Brenda Harper, WV Chamber of Commerce
• Dr. Jo Harris, Bridgemont CTC
• Steve Hedrick, Bayer
• Rudy Henley, WV Commercial Real Estate
• Tania Hotmer, AEP
• Karen Hughes, WV Manufacturers Association
• Jeff Imel, Air Robotics LLC
• Betty Ireland, business/management consultant
• Jeff James, Mythology Marketing
• Pat Kelly, WV Health Care Association
• Raye King , Commercial Insurance Services
• Virginia King, Kanawha Stone
• Dr.Pat Kusimo, Education Alliance
• Steve Lemmerman, Marriott
• Kevin Levine, Kay Casto Chaney
• Jeffrey Lusk, Hatfield-McCoy Trails
• Larry Malone, Malone Consulting Services
• WV Senator Brooks McCabe
• Bill McHale, Kanawha Scales
• Chris Morris, CityNet
• WV Delegate Eric Nelson
• Kristina Oliver, WV Small Business Development Center
• Keith Pauley, MATRIC
• Kenny Perdue, AFL-CIO
• Paul Phoenix, Lumos Networks
• WV Delegate Meshea Poore
• Tom Provost, Kureha
• Bill Raney, WV Coal Association
• Jack Rossi, Arnett & Foster
• Jennifer Sayre, Kanawha County Commission
• Chip Shaffer, Shaffer & Shaffer
• Trip Shumate, Charleston Newspapers
• Rick Slater, Dixon Hughes Goodman
• Sally Smith, Bowles Rice
• WV Senator Ron Stollings
• Diane Strong-Treister, Manpower
• Michael Tarrant, Suddenlink Business Services
• Susan Thompson, Girl Scouts of Black Diamond
• Samia Turner, MD, Turner Medical Spa
• Cheryl Vega, Charleston Ballet
• Bob Welty, Fifth Third Bank
• Steve White, Affiliated Building Trades
• Bob Whitler, CAMC
• Mark Wolfe, Mark Wolfe Design

This year’s sponsors of Speed Networking with the Stars include:

Title Sponsor:

Suddenlink Business

Insider Sponsors:

Capitol Conference Center

Frontier Communications

Kay, Casto & Chaney

Dixon Hughes Goodman

Kanawha Scales



Power Broker Sponsors:

Chapman Technical Group

Charleston Conference Center

Summit Community Bank

It’s a fun and profitable evening that’s unlike any other event in the West Virginia. Young professionals, Charleston newcomers and experienced businesspeople alike will walk away with priceless connections that will benefit them for years to come.

Event agenda:

4:45 p.m.  Registration opens

5 p.m. Informal networking and orientation

5:30-7:30 p.m. Speed networking

7:30-8:30 p.m. All Star Reception

Here’s just a sampling of the feedback from previous attendees:

“Great event, exceeded expectations.”

“I had such a good time and made so many new contacts. This event was very helpful to me and my organization.”

“You just can’t get that many players in one room in this state.”

“I came away feeling that each star had a genuine concern for my small business.”

” I’m already benefiting from the contacts I made. It was very well organized and impressive to see all the leaders participating.”

“This was the best function to date that I have attended for the Alliance. Excellent job!”

Check out success stories from previous Speed Networking with the Stars events. Click HERE and HERE.

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New manufacturing facility to open in the Charleston area creating 25 jobs

From left to right, Alliance Chairman Pat Bond, Siam President Tim Cheromcka and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin at the announcement this morning.

Precision Converting Solutions (PCS) LLC announced plans today to open a specialty converting factory in the Charleston area. The new facility will create 25 high-technology jobs and represent an investment of approximately $6 million. The project was announced by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin during a press conference at the Capitol this morning.

PCS is a subsidiary of Siam Precision Components, a Thailand-based manufacturer of precision laminated components. PCS aims to begin operations in January 2012 in a temporary employee training and business development center. It will be the company’s home until a new 20,000 square-foot clean room and manufacturing facility is built in Kanawha County.

The new facility is Siam’s first manufacturing and research and development facility in North America. PCS plans to begin the hiring process in the fourth quarter of 2011 for key management and technical personnel. Applications are being accepted through Workforce West Virginia.

The Charleston Area Alliance staff and its board members are pleased to have assisted Siam with its location election. We are thrilled with the company’s decision to invest in the Kanawha Valley.

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A Message from the President & CEO Matt Ballard: ‘Advancing’ Our Community

Starting this month, we are pleased to bring you an electronic version of the “advance sheet,” the Charleston Area Alliance newsletter that runs each month in the Charleston Gazette and Daily Mail. The “advance sheet” brings you news and updates on the businesses and people who are creating jobs, enhancing our community and investing in people through their participation in the Charleston Area Alliance.

This issue appeared earlier this month, but there is such good content, that we wanted to share it with you. We are grateful for the generous support of the Gazette and Daily Mail and their advertisers, which allows this news to reach thousands of readers throughout West Virginia. And starting now, you will receive an electronic version as well. We encourage you to learn more about what’s great about our community, its people and its businesses, and forward it to your friends and colleagues.

Click here for newsletter.

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Charleston Area Alliance Congratulates Kureha on its Grand Opening

On Monday, Kureha PGA LLC opened the doors on its new specialty plastics facility in Belle. It was an event that attracted West Virginia dignitaries such as Sen. Joe Manchin, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. The grand opening was the culimation of a three year journey for the company.

In 2008, Kureha announced its plans for construction inside the DuPont plant’s fence line in Belle. Also that year, the leadership team and engineering staff of Kureha, who were responsible for designing, constructing and operating the $100 million facility, made their professional home in the Charleston Area Alliance’s business incubator at 1116 Smith Street.

The Alliance partnered with the West Virginia Development Office and then-Gov. Joe Manchin to help recruit Kureha to the Kanawha Valley. Kureha is just one example of how the Alliance works to attract new jobs and investments, helps businesses accelerate profitability, launches visionary community and cultural enhancements and develops the talent and resources that promote success and opportunity for all.

The Alliance is proud to have Kureha call the Kanawha Valley home.  We congratulate the company on its grand opening.


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Member Market: Tickets on sale now for 2011-2012 Community Music Association performance season.

TSG Consulting presents this year’s Community Music Association’s performance season. Season tickets are on sale now!!

Call 304-744-1400 to purchase tickets or get more information.

2011-2012 This Magic Moment Performance Season


October 9, 2011 – Jay & the Americans
Elected into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002, Jay and the Americans will highlight their twelve Top 10 recordings including “This Magic Moment,” “Cara Mia,” “Only  in America,” “Come a Little Closer,” and many others.

November 6, 2011 – Simply Sinatra starring Steve Lippa and his Big Band
Steve Lippia has toured the world singing in the Sinatra mold. Audiences and critics alike are amazed when they hear him and unanimous in their praise. You, too, will be amazed and delighted when you hear Steve sing the classics of Ol’ Blue Eyes.

January 29. 2012 – Southern Fried Jazz Band
The Southern Fried Jazz Band returns after too long of an absence with a superb array of Dixieland and blues, played the way they are meant to be played.  For kids and grown-ups alike, each performance of the Southern Fried Jazz Band evolves into an experience to be remembered long after it has left the stage.

March 4, 2012 – Elisabeth von Trapp
The Boston Globe states, “Before the concert is over, she will have the audience gasping with the sheer beauty of her voice.” Von Trapp is the granddaughter of legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music. Elisabeth is carrying on the von Trapp legend with her own artistic style that is ethereal and earthy, delicate and powerful.  No one leaves a von Trapp performance unchanged; audiences of all ages are awed by the beauty of her voice and musical arrangements.

April 14, 2012 – The Duttons
Direct from Branson, Missouri, the Duttons provide a true family show, performing a wide variety of music from classics to country, pops to rock and much more. The Duttons were top ten finalists on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” and have been their own theater show in Branson.

All performances are at the Municipal Auditorium at 3 p.m.  Free parking is available at the CASCI lot on a first-come-first-served basis.  Call 304-744-1400 for tickets.

Season Ticket Prices Are:
$90 for adults
$10 for youths under 18
$30 for full-time college students

Individual Show Ticket Prices Are:
$35 for adults
$5 for youths under 18
$10 for full-time college students

This “Member Market” is a paid announcement sent by the Alliance on behalf of a member to business and community leaders and young professionals. To promote your business or service through Member Market, email mthompson@charlestonareaalliance.org.

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Expand your knowledge of Microsoft Office software. Sign up for DigiTools Training.

Wednesday, Oct. 5 and 12
Charleston Area Alliance
1116 Smith St.
Sign up today for DigiTools: Microsoft Access training.

DigiTools is a partnership between the Charleston Area Alliance and Bridgemont Community and Technical College to offer training on Microsoft Software including Access, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, and Word.

If you’re a business professional or an individual interested in sharpening your computer skills, sign up and take a two-week session on specific software.

The classes will be held on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Charleston Area Alliance offices on 1116 Smith Street. The first session is Oct. 5 and 12 and it’s on Microsoft Access. Access is a database management system that is used in a variety of job fields.

Register Here

Tools that will be learned include:

• reviewing basic database concepts
• creating and manage tables
• quering the database
• designing simple forms
• creating and modifing simple report

And much more!

The classes are only open to the first 13 individuials who sign up. The cost is $60 for Alliance members and $90 for future Alliance members.

Future sessions in PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, and Word will be available for registration in the coming weeks.

For more information, contact Matthew Thompson at mthompson@charlestonareaalliance.org or at 304-340-4253.

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Kanawha Valley Sustainability Fair this Saturday

Celebrate your home on Planet Earth at the 3rd Annual Sustainability Fair.

Kanawha Valley Connections is pleased to announce that the fair will occur on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Columbia Gas Building in Kanawha City. This year’s fair will have something for everyone!

Bring the family for food, fun, active exhibits, vendors and live entertainment… everything related to the local agriculture, ecology, businesses, transportation, energy, health, arts, music, family and community resources that sustain us!

Some of the key features this year are: live demonstrations, shopping (don’t forget to bring your reusable bag for all your purchased goodies), and of course “green” education for both your business and home.

Admission and parking to this event are FREE! So mark your calendars and we will see you at the Fair!

For more information, visit http://www.kvsfair.org/

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Business After Hours this Thursday at Ferguson Enterprises. Sign up today.

Business After Hours
Thursday, Sept. 22
5 – 7 p.m.
Ferguson Enterprises
160 Spring St.

Sign up today for the next Business After Hours, which will be tomorrow at Ferguson Enterprises.

At the event, guests will have a chance for a free dinner cooked in their own home by local well-known chef April Hamilton.

The winner will be given a range of choices in food and wine from Hamilton, once the date is set by the winner.

Business After Hours offer fantastic opportunities to meet the region’s leaders in a relaxed setting, all while enjoying food, drinks and entertainment. Live music will be performed by The Pennington Project.

Register here

The event is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22. at 160 Spring St. It’s a great opportunity to network and meet new people in the community.

The cost is $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members.

Online advance registration ends tomorrow at noon. Prices at the door are $25 for Alliance members and $35 for future members.

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 of the event. Thank you.

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Wanted: Business Coach to work with entrepreneurs and small biz owners in Charleston regional area

The Charleston Area Alliance (CAA), in conjunction with WV Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC), is seeking to procure a business coach to work directly with entrepreneurs and small business owners in the Charleston regional area.

As an independent contractor to CAA, the business coach will provide in depth business consultative services to start-ups, recently formed companies, and established businesses seeking to expand, diversify, or attract new capital investment.  The contractor will work with CAA and WVSBDC on expanding small business opportunities in the region.

The ideal candidate must have a proven track record as an entrepreneur and consultant to small business.  He or she must have an in-depth understanding of finance and financial management, business planning, capital formation, workforce development, and other elements essential to growing a successful business across a variety of industries.

Funding for the position provided under a key provision of the Small Business Job Act of 2010 through the SBA, which provided grants to SBDCs across the country to support the consulting, coaching and training services provided to small businesses.  These funds are one time funds intended to meet the critical need for business expansion and job creation.

Resumes accepted at info@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org, subject line Business Coach, until 10/1/11.

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