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Monthly Archive for December 2012

Plant your seeds for the future with SAGE

SAGE_617 OhioApplications to participate in the inaugural class of the Charleston Area Alliance’s SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) initiative are now available.

SAGE is an economic development initiative to teach people how to grow food and how to use it as an economic opportunity.

Participants will take part in 12 agriculture courses and six entrepreneur courses. They will finish the year long curriculum with an agriculture business license and the skills necessary to cultivate agriculture products.

SAGE requires a $100 participation fee, but $50 will be reinvested into the SAGE graduate’s business upon successful completion of the program.

Applications are due by January 9 and can be found online HERE.

Twelve agriculture classes will take place at the SAGE micro-farm located at 617 Ohio St on the West Side of Charleston, while the entrepreneur classes will take place at the Charleston Area Alliance.

For more information, please contact Cullen Naumoff at 304-340-4253 or by e-mail HERE.

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admin in Announcements,In the News on December 21 2012 » 0 comments

NGK announces expansion at final Alliance board meeting of 2012

On Tuesday, the Charleston Area Alliance was honored to have NGK Spark Plugs representatives announce the newest expansion of their Sissonville location during the final Alliance board meeting of 2012.

“NGK is a pillar in our manufacturing community and its expansion is another testament to the business climate, access to markets and workforce in West Virginia,” said Matt Ballard, Alliance president and CEO.

“We congratulate the entire NGK team in Sissonville and in Japan. From the early days, working with Senator Rockefeller, Governor Caperton and the Kanawha County Commission, members of the Alliance staff have worked very closely with NGK through each phase of its growth. We are so very happy for them and this new phase of their operations in West Virginia.”

Please view the company’s press release below.

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admin in Announcements,In the News on December 18 2012 » 0 comments

Get your last minute gifts at ArtWalk this Thursday

ArtWalk_ColorOption2Downtown ArtWalk
Thursday, Dec. 20
5-8 p.m.

Add a little color to your holidays at the final ArtWalk of 2013 this Thursday night.

ArtWalk, a Charleston Area Alliance program, 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.

ArtWalk offers a great way to do some last minute holiday shopping, while supporting Charleston’s local artists and small businesses.

Check out what’s in store for this Thursday’s ArtWalk.

White Oak Photography
807 Quarrier Street

What is that lurking in the back of your closet?  Why it’s an ugly Christmas sweater. It’s time to break it out, put it on, and join us under the Oak as we celebrate the season. New works by owner Michelle Krompecher will be on display and select fine art prints will be available for purchase. It’s sure to make a great last minute gift.

Art Emporium
823 Quarrier Street

For the December ArtWalk, the Art Emporium presents Kathy Boland’s “People and Parlors: An Afternoon at the Greenbrier.” Boland will discuss techniques and share stories of her experiences while at the Greenbrier. The exhibit will run Dec. 17- Jan. 30.

Gallery Eleven
1033 Quarrier Street

Gallery Eleven is featuring all its member artists with one or two paintings in their featured artist area for December.

The Purple Moon
906 Quarrier Street

The Purple Moon will feature vintage holiday decor, mid-century furnishings and accessories, with art by Glen Brogan, Chuck Hamsher and Sharon Stackpole. With a plethora of vintage holiday gift ideas, The Purple Moon will be happy to assist you in choosing that perfect gift for your friend, loved one or maybe even just for yourself.

Romano & Associates
230 Capitol Street, Suite 200

Romano & Associates will be featuring a selection of this years participating artists.  Revisit some of works new and old from your favorite local artists. Many items will be cash and carry, just in time for last minute holiday shopping.

House of Luxe
817 Quarrier Street

House of Luxe will feature the award winning jewelry designs of Alexis Bittar. Bittar’s jewelry is hand-crafted in his own studio in Brooklyn, NY. There are three distinct lines within his collection: The Lucite, Elements, and Miss Havasham. Each collection is collectable and is highly coveted among his many fans.

Delfine’s Jewelry
245 Capitol Street

Delfine’s Jewelry will be displaying an assortment of chocolate diamonds.

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admin in Announcements,Downtown ArtWalk on December 18 2012 » 0 comments

Travel with the Alliance on its 2013 trade mission and cultural tour

Lake ComoI am very pleased to invite you to join the Charleston Area Alliance on its fourth international trade mission and cultural tour.

Our 2013 destination is northern Italy, where visits include the city of Varese, the northern Italian lake region, Milan, Parma, Florence (with a touch of Tuscany) and Venice.

Click HERE for the trip brochure.

Whether you are interested in working with the Alliance staff to create a personalized business itinerary, or simply wish to learn more about these culturally rich regions, you will find this trip exceptional.

Please join fellow Charleston Area Alliance members and friends as we journey together to Italy next spring.

For questions, contact Jeri Adkins by e-mail HERE or by phone at 304-340-4253.

We look forward to seeing you in 2013!

Sincerely,

Matthew G. Ballard
President/CEO

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Member Market: Got a message? Consider an outdoor advertisement.

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.

Hicks Outdoor - Charleston Area Alliance

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admin in Announcements,Member Market on December 17 2012 » 0 comments

BAH-Humbug: Celebrate the final Business After Hours of 2012 this Thursday

Hampton Inn Southridge
Business After Hours
Thursday, Dec. 13
5 – 7 p.m.
Hampton Inn Southridge
1 Preferred Place

Join the Hampton Inn Southridge and the Charleston Area Alliance for the “Holidays at the Hampton” Business After Hours this Thursday.

Enjoy delicious catering in a festive atmosphere with holiday music.  Network with area businesses while enjoying the sights and sounds of the season.

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

Register here

Early bird rates are $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members. Early bird rates expire tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 11:59 p.m. 

After that, prices go up to $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 cancelation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.

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admin in Announcements,Events on December 11 2012 » 0 comments

Next inclusion luncheon to address WV image, impact on workforce development

“inclusion=innovation”:
MAGNET Project
Wednesday, Dec. 19
Noon-1:15 p.m.
Charleston Area Alliance
1116 Smith Street

Image and inertia are creating barriers to building a world-class, diverse professional workforce in the Kanawha Valley.

That’s among the key findings of a first-of-its-kind research project released by the Charleston Area Alliance.

The study, called MAGNET:  Managing, Attracting and Growing New and Existing Talent, was undertaken to identify issues that impact recruitment and retentions of minority professionals in our region.

Research findings and recommendations for the future will be the focus of the Alliance’s next “inclusion=innovation” luncheon program on Dec. 19.

Speakers will include:

  • Jeff James, Mythology Marketing CEO and lead researcher on the project
  • Crystal Good, director of brand experience at  Mythology
  • John Gianola, Ernst & Young
  • Ned Rugeley, Spilman, Thomas & Battle, a lead partner on the research initiative

Register to attend the event HERE.

Registration is $15 per person.

“Business today is driven by innovation, which depends on attracting and retaining top talent,” said Alliance Senior Vice President JoEllen Zacks.

“Companies and our communities lose out if real or perceived barriers prevent them from recruiting the best and the brightest to the Kanawha Valley. Our region competes globally for jobs, capital and people, and the welcome mat must be out to all if we are to be successful.”

The MAGNET study also found that:

  • The image of the Kanawha Valley presents challenges in recruiting. Perceptions of West Virginia among those outside the state are negative or neutral. “We heard directly from      corporate recruiters that it is more difficult to ‘sell’ the Valley within the context of West Virginia’s image,” said Zacks.
  • A significant lack of minority professional and business “infrastructure” (social activities, personal care items and services, etc.) creates a chicken-and-egg problem.
  • The same issues that negatively impact retention of young professionals, such as a lack of quality housing and limited cultural, social and entertainment amenities, impact minority talent.
  • The Kanawha Valley has solid historical and current assets to build upon that could attract minority professionals (including the legacy of Leon Sullivan, West Virginia State University and      a strong network of diverse houses of worship).

The MAGNET project is part of the Alliance’s ‘inclusion=innovation’ initiative sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services that is dedicated to leveraging diverse and inclusive ways of thinking to continue delivering high quality work for clients around the world.

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How does your garden grow?

How does your garden grow? Your downtown thrive? Your city blossom?

With business, government and individuals coming together through the Charleston Area Alliance to plant the seeds for a brighter and more prosperous future. We invite you to support our efforts to cultivate jobs and opportunity for our region with a tax-deductible contribution to the CADCO Foundation.

The Foundation provides much-needed financial support for a wide range of programs and services that help individuals, businesses and our neighborhoods reach their potential, including:

  • SAGE, our new sustainable urban agricultural initiative on Charleston’s West Side, which gives local residents the opportunity to become “agri-preneurs” and generate a new source of income – and healthy food.
  • The  Alliance Small Business Incubator, which provides a professional and supportive environment for start-ups during those challenging first years of business.
  • GROW,  an eight-month “boot camp” for new businesses during which they receive one-on-one coaching, mentoring from successful entrepreneurs, educational sessions with faculty from the University of Charleston MBA Program and networking opportunities.
  • The monthly ArtWalk, which brings hundreds to downtown Charleston to experience art and cultural amenities and support local businesses.
  • Advancing “Imagine Charleston,” the city’s comprehensive plan and blueprint for downtown revitalization.

These are just a few of the visionary CADCO Foundation-supported programs that promote quality of life and quality of place to attract jobs and opportunity for our families and businesses. Less than 15 percent of the Alliance’s annual budget is supported by government sources. It is up to the private sector, both businesses and individuals, to carry the torch forward.

Your contribution will help sustain the tremendous progress the Alliance has made in the past year and ensure that we realize the promises of a brighter tomorrow.

Donations will be acknowledged in our Annual Celebration program and in reports to our Board of Directors and community at large.

Please direct your check, payable to “CADCO Foundation,” to:  Charleston Area Alliance, 1116 Smith Street, Charleston, WV, 25301.  For more information, contact Alliance CFO Debbie James at DJames@charlestonareaalliance.org

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It’s a merry Business After Hours at the Hampton Inn on Dec. 13

Hampton Inn Southridge
Business After Hours
Thursday, Dec. 13
5 – 7 p.m. Hampton Inn Southridge
1 Preferred Place

Join the Hampton Inn Southridge and the Charleston Area Alliance for the “Holidays at the Hampton” Business After Hours on Thursday, Dec. 13th.

Enjoy delicious catering in a festive atmosphere with holiday music.  Network with area businesses while enjoying the sights and sounds of the season.

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

Register here

Early bird rates are $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members. Early bird rates expire on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 11:59 p.m. 

After that, prices go up to $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 cancelation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.

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admin in Announcements,Events on December 05 2012 » 0 comments

Exciting new economic development initative to be announced Dec. 10

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