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Get your fresh SAGE produce this Saturday

1255_599304736771154_1556762205_nMembers of the Charleston Area Alliance’s SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) program will be selling produce this Saturday at the East End Bazaar from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

SAGE is a multipronged economic development initiative with the goal of training and developing prospective urban agriculture entrepreneurs, or “agripreneurs.” Participants in the program receive education and training in farming and business practices that are both economically and environmentally sustainable.

Produce that will be available this Saturday include:

  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Kale (Red & Curly)
  • Rainbow swiss chard
  • Nasturtiums
  • Hungarian wax peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Chives
  • Mint
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Bee balm

The East End Bazaar is located at the corner of Washington Street East and Ruffner Avenue.

The crops were cultivated at a micro-farm located on the West Side. The micro-farm, which was constructed by SAGE participants and volunteers, is where training for the program takes place.

SAGE aims to create economic opportunities and jobs for participants, while minimizing impact to the environment through sustainable agriculture practices and improving access to healthier food options.

SAGE is a program of Vision 2030, the Alliance’s 20-year economic development initiative.

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GROW registration ends this Monday

GROW3wtagTime is running out to come and GROW with the Charleston Area Alliance.

GROW, an initiative designed to foster entrepreneurship in the Kanawha Valley, is now accepting applications for its Summer/Fall 2013 session. Registration ends this Monday.

The program offers educational training, individual coaching and peer feedback to Kanawha Valley entrepreneurs, who have been in business for less than three years, have less than five employees and who seek to expand their network and gain insight from experienced and successful area business people.

The six month program will offer entrepreneurial education, support and network building through:

  • Educational courses led by  regional higher education professors and successful regional entrepreneurs
  • One-on-one meetings with WV SBDC business coaches
  • Entrepreneur peer group meetings facilitated by a business coach.

Entrepreneurs must meet eligibility requirements, submit a completed application and commit to six months of engaged participation. Deadline for applications is Monday.

Click HERE for the application.

To view an informational Prezi on GROW, please click HERE.

The program will kick off on July 17 and thereafter require a one time per week GROW commitment. Tuition for the program is $250, which includes a complimentary one-year membership to the Alliance ($365 value).

The Alliance membership includes access to a year’s worth of professional and business development programming, networking opportunities and Alliance conference room space and other amenities.

“The GROW program has truly transformed the way I manage my business,” said Julie Wirts, owner of The Dressmaker’s Closet, a custom sewing and alterations boutique.

Wirts was part of GROW’s inaugural class in 2012.

“GROW and the Alliance have introduced me to people and organizations that I would not have met otherwise,” said Stephanie Casey of WV Miners Basketball.

Casey, a member of the 2012 class, was the recent winner of a GROW crowdfunding event. The prize netted her business more than $1,000.

Upon successful completion of the program, entrepreneurs will receive $100 of this tuition back to strategically reinvest into their business.

GROW is a program of Vision 2030, the Alliance’s 20-year economic development initiative.

For more information, contact Steven Romano at SRomano@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org

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Spilman to help employers manage new business uncertainties with ‘SuperVision’

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Jon Stricker Golf Tournament teams up with Walking Miracles

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Learn about the Affordable Healthcare Act on July 2

SuccessStrategiesNoDHGSUCCESStrategies: Navigating the Affordable Healthcare Act
Tuesday, July 2
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Charleston Area Alliance
1116 Smith Street

Learn the ins and outs of healthcare reform at the next SUCCESStrategies luncheon presented by the Charleston Area Alliance.

The event will focus on the Affordable Care Act and how it will effect small businesses. At the luncheon, a panel of local experts will discuss the new healthcare act, which is slated to begin in 2014.

Sally Smith of Bowles Rice will moderate the discussion.

Panelists include:

  • Renate Pore, Director of  Health Policy, West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare
  • Jeremiah Samples, Insurance Program Manager, WV Office of Insurance Commissioner
  • Matt Coleman, Founder &  CEO, Office & Commercial Cleaning
  • Steve Dexter, CEO, Thomas Hospital Systems

Registration is $15 for members and $25 for future members. The panel discussion will occur from noon-1 p.m. and Q&A will be held afterwards until 1:15 p.m..

Advance registration is required. To register for the event, click HERE.

SUCCESStrategies is the Alliance’s premier professional development series.

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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FestivALL meets ArtWalk this Thursday

ArtwalkDowntown ArtWalk
Thursday, June 27
5-8 p.m.

Downtown ArtWalk, the showcase of downtown Charleston’s thriving art scene, celebrates FestivALL for its June edition this Thursday.

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.

This month, ArtWalk welcomes the City of Charleston and WV Department of Environmental Protection’s 2013 Rain Barrel Tour. It features 24 local artists that designed and painted rain barrels, which will be on display along Capitol, Hale and Quarrier Streets.

FestivALL street performers will also be out entertaining ArtWalk patrons.

Check out what’s also in store for this Thursday’s special FestivALL ArtWalk:

Art Emporium
823 Quarrier Street

The oil paintings of Belmont artist Karen Chamblin will be featured in the “Inspired By the Old Masters,” at the Art Emporium. Chamblin has been an associate member of Oil Painters of America for five years and has been juried as an artisan at Tamarack.

Tony the Tailor
107 Hale Street

Tony the Tailor is featuring artist Kelly Bryant for the June ArtWalk. Tony will also showcase Oxxford Clothes with a “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” sale.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
900 Lee Street, Suite 1600

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation will feature photography by Deborah Herndon. Also featured will be artists Faye Johnson, Betty Rivard, Jurgen Lorenzen and Anna “Tookie” Nibert.

Charleston Ballet
100 Capitol Street

FestivALL art walkers are invited to join the Charleston Ballet from 5-8 p.m. for a drink and a snack for our “Dancing and Drinks” series. View the inside world of ballet dancers at work in class and rehearsal settings. This time, dancers are going to create their own piece of art while executing barre exercises. New artwork will be exhibited in the studio from Allied Artists.

Good News Mountaineer Garage
222 Hale Street

Good News Mountaineer Garage joins Mountain Stage as it celebrates 30 years of live performance radio. The exhibit will feature unique show memorabilia, an inside glimpse of backstage moments, as well as artwork created by West Virginia artists in celebration of the 30th anniversary.

Delfine’s Jewelry
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45 Capitol Street

Delfine’s will be showcasing its brand new, state-of-the-art engraving machine. This machine is the finest computerized engraving system in the world. It allows
Delfine’s to do simple engraving like the inside of a ring or the outside of a bangle bracelet. It also makes cut-out name plates and even engraves wine bottles in minutes.

Stray Dog Antiques
219 Hale Street

Charleston resident Barbara Harris Walker’s creates pieces using drafting tools, found objects, leather, glass, wood and bone. Many of her objects on display in this exhibition are functioning rattles, specifically for the creation of sound. Each form is stitched and beaded meticulously using traditional methods, evoking the meditative and mathematical integrity of ancient art forms. In her artist statement, Walker pays homage to artists Genny Zebach and Diane White, whom she says have provided her with “valuable inspiration as teachers and mentors.”

Woomer, Nistendirk & Associates
231 Capitol Street

Celebrating food, fun and the pleasure of gathering to share both, Charleston artist Lynn Payne’s paintings grace many private collections and public spaces throughout the country. Fascinated with the simplicity of food, and especially with the organic beauty of fruits and vegetables, Lynn imparts personality to the humblest of produce. Whether it’s a still life featuring a solitary cantaloupe or a group of rowdy women cavorting in a stream, Lynn’s art invites the viewer into the picture to share the moment.

Hope Village Fair Trade Boutique at First Presbyterian Church
16 Leon Sullivan Way

Hope Village, a boutique shop that brings lovely and unique art from across the globe to our city, will offer fabulous baskets from throughout the African continent as this month’s featured ArtWalk item. These one-of-a-kind specimens of functional artwork are woven by local African craftspeople that are committed to providing a beautiful and quality product. Cash and checks will only be accepted.

Timothy’s/Quarrier Diner
1022 Quarrier Street

Timothy’s will feature Allied Artists in the main Quarrier Diner space for Festivall.

Uncork & Create
1031 Quarrier Street

Uncork & Create will hold “My Heart is in WV,” painting event beginning at 6 p.m. In addition, Dr. Sketchy’s live models will be posing in the windows of Uncork & Create. The main gallery will also feature the work of various local artists.

House of Luxe
817 Quarrier Street

House of Luxe will showcase Alexis Bittars’ full summer collection of jewelry in all three lines: Lucite, Elements and Miss Havisham. The store will offer 30 percent off the entire collection.

Chet Lowther Studio
223 Hale Street

Chet Lowther Studio will feature new works in encaustic, oil, and acrylic.

Capitol Conference Center
815 Lee Street

The Capitol Conference Center will host a special Family Fun Night and the art work of Rebecca Recco Burch during ArtWalk on Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

The Purple Moon
906 Quarrier Street

New items are in at The Purple Moon and at Modern by Design in advance of its growth and store owners hope you will stop by and check things out. In addition, The Purple Moon will be conducting one of the largest estate sales in Kanawha County ever in July – a 20,000 sq. foot warehouse chock full of antiques, glass and collectibles – and will be providing information on this sale during ArtWalk, including preview photos of this remarkable collection.

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Member Market: iFitt24 to open new downtown Charleston location

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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iFitt24, Charleston’s own 24 hour fitness facility, is thrilled to announce the opening of our second location in downtown Charleston at the former Impulse Nightclub location. This development was recently covered by WCHS-TV.

In addition to state of the art fitness equipment and personal training, our downtown location will also feature tanning, massage and a smoothie bar. All members will have access not only to our downtown facility, but also our original location at the Ashton Place Shopping Center.

Our newest facility is scheduled to open Sept. 1 and we are happy to announce the launch of pre-opening specials for new members to this one of a kind club. In fact, the first 100 people to join will receive FREE and immediate access to our Ashton Place facility along with many other special discounts and perks.

If you would like more information about membership to the newest club in downtown Charleston, please visit our Facebook page. Let us know your interest and our team will make sure that you receive all of the information that you need about joining our club.

We look forward to helping you “Find Your Fitness” in downtown Charleston!

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Lineup finalized for Thursday’s ‘Women with Energy’ luncheon

Elevations‘Women with Energy’
Elevations Professional Women’s Network Luncheon
Thursday, June 20
11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
Charleston Marriott Town Center

The lineup has been finalized for Thursday’s third annual Elevations “Women with Energy” luncheon, the region’s premier forum on energy policy, economics and employment opportunities for women executives.

The event will be held at the Charleston Marriott Town Center Ballroom. Elevations is presented by the Charleston Area Alliance and Title Sponsor DOW.

Sharon O. Flanery, a petroleum engineer and attorney who leads the Steptoe & Johnson Energy Team, will moderate the third annual “Women with Energy,” a roundtable discussion with women business executives, lawyers, engineers and other professionals from the electric, natural gas, coal and renewable energy sectors.

The panel line-up includes:

  • Mary Shaffer Gill, vice president , ARiES Energy, LLC, a renewable energy contractor
  • Carrie Hightman, executive vice president and chief legal officer, NiSource
  • Miranda Jones, vice president, ESR, Crestwood Midstream Partners, Dallas
  • Jeanne Sherry, director  of transmission reliability compliance, American Electric Power
  • Joanne Swogger, CNX Gas -Consol Energy, Inc.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with informal networking (optional), followed by a luncheon and program at noon. An invitation-only VIP reception for sponsors and dignitaries is scheduled for 11 a.m.

Click here to register 

Registration is $55 Alliance members and $65 future members.

This event is presented by Steptoe & Johnson. Co-sponsors to date are Appalachian Power and Columbia Pipeline Group.

Sponsorships, which include admission to a VIP pre-event, Meet & Greet with speakers and state leaders along with other benefits, start at $750. For more information, contact Leigh Anne Strickland HERE.

Click HERE for sponsorship details.

The mission of the 1,700-member Elevations Professional Women’s Network is to “enrich, empower and elevate women to achieve success.”  Through luncheons and other events featuring high-profile speakers, Elevations provides an affirmative network that connects professional women with the information, resources and contacts that helps them, their businesses and their communities succeed

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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GEOCACHING, CHARLESTON THEATRE WORKSHOP CLASSES, UC SWIMMING LESSONS ALL PART OF ‘BEST. SUMMER. EVER.

GEOCACHING, CHARLESTON THEATRE WORKSHOP CLASSES, mmsjpegUC SWIMMING LESSONS ALL PART OF ‘BEST. SUMMER. EVER.

The “Best. Summer. Ever.,” a six week series of unique experiential learning and camp sessions for children ages 3-12 offered by the Mountaineer Montessori School, kicks off next week with a high-tech treasure hunting program at the  Kanawha State Forest.

The series features specialty and theme-week programs, including geocaching, drama classes with the Charleston Theatre Arts Workshop and “Amiguitos” Spanish activities, offered in two separate, but complementary camp programs.   Faculty and camp leaders are subject matter experts and highly experienced in both classrooml and camp settings for children.

MMS Summer Program 2013, featuring focused exploration activities each week, will be held June 17-Aug. 2.  Full (9 a.m.- 3 p.m.) and half-day (9 a.m.-noon) sessions and after camp (3-5:30 p.m.) programs will be offered.  Learn to Swim classes at the University of Charleston are included for full-day campers.   Registration is open to all children and is not limited to MMS students.

Children may register for one or all of the following sessions:

June 17-21:  “Geocaching, Maps and Wilderness Exploration,” for children ages 3-12 with Jessica Rodecker.  Transportation will be provided from the school to the Kanawha State Forest.

June 24-28:  “Amiguitos” Spanish Camp for children 3-6 with Ana Wentz.

July 8-12:  “Around the World Magic Carpet Ride” for children ages 3-6 with Samantha Van Den Berghe.

July 15-Aug. 2:  Drama with Charleston Theatre Arts Workshop with Jessica Rodecker.

With the exception of week one, weekly registration is $215 for full day and $120 for half-day sessions;  the after camp plus program is $45 per week.  A sibling discount is available.  Registration for the geocaching session is $225.  To register, go to www.MountaineerMontessori.org or call 304/342-7870.

A second complementary program, “Summer Fun Camp with Nancy and Sophia,” is scheduled for June 24-July 26.  Registration is open to rising first graders and older.  Activities include:  storytelling; swimming at UC; bike riding; cooking classes; natural arts and crafts; and Friday in the Kanawha State Forest.  Leaders are Nancy Johnston, an MMS physical education and art instructor with more than 16 years experience, and MMS alumna Sophia Kaufman, a certified life guard and former counselor at Camp Glenburn in New Brunswick, Canada.

“Summer Fun Camp” will run 9 a.m,.-3 p.m., with early drop-off available for an additional fee.   Registration is $200 per week, with a sibling discount offered.  To register, contact Johnston at 304/344-0666, or email johnstonnr@gmail.com.

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Explore the Alliance from the palm of your hand

chamberappNow you can easily access information on Charleston Area Alliance events and hundreds of area businesses through MyChamberApp, a new free mobile directory now available from the Alliance.

The app can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store, the Android Market or BlackBerry World today.

Equipped with location based mobile technology, the information is instantly geographically relevant, making it a great way to find local discounts and hot deals from Alliance member businesses.

You can also use this app when traveling to access hot deals and discounts offered by other chamber member-businesses across the globe.

If you’re interested in offering discounts and hot deals on the MyChamber App, please contact Leigh Anne Strickland at LStrickland@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org.

Download the app today and support local Alliance/Chamber members who are supporting the Charleston Area Alliance’s job creation and community enhancement efforts.

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