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Member Market: Start the season for a reason on Dec. 6

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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admin in Announcements,Events,Member Market on November 24 2014 » 0 comments

The lifeblood of a strong economy

Print“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”  – Theodore Roosevelt

Throughout Global Entrepreneurship Week, we’ve highlighted the efforts of three entrepreneurs working to make their dreams a reality in West Virginia.

After countless hours of hard work, these three – Jill Watkins, owner of Watkins Design Works; Nikki Bowman, owner of New South Media, and Alice Ruhnke, owner of The Grant Advantage, – took a leap of faith to launch a business that encompasses their passions and utilizes their skill set.

And it’s worked.

We understand that not all entrepreneurial endeavors will experience extreme success. The path of an entrepreneur is a tough one filled with risks and high costs. But that’s why we are here.

The Charleston Area Alliance is dedicated to serving the needs of businesses – both large and small – working in the Kanawha Valley region. Not only are we working to attract large employers to the area, but we’re also working to give our small businesses the tools they need to achieve a high level of success.

The Charleston Area Alliance’s small business programs include:

Small Business Incubator Program – This program is the perfect fit for start-ups and entrepreneurs in the Kanawha Valley region looking for affordable office or warehouse work space. Located on Smith Street in Charleston, the 70,000-square-foot-converted warehouse offers offices for rent in varying sizes as well as office amenities and business consulting.

To provide a one-stop shop for success in the incubator program, other helpful organizations located in the building include: the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, the Charleston chapter of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Office and the Regional Contracting Assistance Center.

GROW – Designed to enhance the skills of entrepreneurs while simultaneously building an entrepreneurial ecosystem, GROW takes up to 20 entrepreneurs through a six month program to grow their businesses and build their networks. GROW participants receive a structured, stimulating environment founded in entrepreneur education, coaching and peer feedback.

SAGE – Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs (SAGE) is a year-long program designed to teach participants how to grow sustainable produce in urban spaces and how to develop those growing efforts into household income. It takes growing to a new level by giving participants the knowledge and skills they need to make urban farming a viable entrepreneurial endeavor.

THRIVE – This crowd-funding initiative supports local entrepreneurs by giving them an infusion of seed capital in a fresh, inventive way. Held annually, THRIVE brings community members and business leaders together to act as investors for one night. Every attendee has the opportunity to hear the business pitch of the selected entrepreneurs who are chosen in a prior screening process. At the end of the night, one business will be chosen to receive the seed capital that will help them grow their business.

West Virginia Regional Technology Park – The Charleston Area Alliance continues its involvement at the “Tech Park” where unique equipment and facilities provide the type of entrepreneurial environment necessary for new start-up companies to commercialize their new technologies. Tenants  the park such as MATRIC, which also got its start at the Alliance, as well as the new “Chem-Ception” chemistry based incubator and the Advantage Valley Advanced Training Center, are pushing the Tech Park into the future.

Innovation is the driver of any strong economy and entrepreneurs are its lifeblood. At the Charleston Area Alliance, we are working to create an ecosystem that supports a community of innovative entrepreneurial pursuits through our programs, partners, and resources.

To learn more about these programs visit www.charlestonareaalliance.org or to speak with a representative contact us 304-340-4253.

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admin in Announcements,Events on November 21 2014 » 0 comments

Don’t miss Business After Hours on Nov. 20

ALLIANCE_color~verticalAppalachian Children’s Chorus
Business After Hours
Thursday, Nov. 20
5-7 p.m.
601 Morris Street, Suite 301

Don’t miss the next Business After Hours on Thursday, Nov. 20 from 5-7 p.m.

Appalachian Children’s Chorus will host the event, which will feature delicious catering and networking in a festive atmosphere.

The early bird rate is $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members.

Register here

Online advance registration ends at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Prices at the door are $25 for Alliance members and $35 for future members.

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

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. The Alliance cannot issue cancelation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.

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admin in Announcements,Events on November 13 2014 » 0 comments

2014 Minority Business Expo on Dec. 3 at Beni Kedem

HHenderson Minority Affairs Save the Date FLYER

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Early bird rates end this Monday for 2014 Elevations Academy

ElevationsElevations Academy 2014: Do the Right Thing – Ethics and Corporate Responsibility
Monday, Oct. 27
8 a.m.- Registration
8:45 a.m.- 1 p.m. – Program
Embassy Suites

Early bird rates end this Monday for the fifth annual Elevations Enrichment and Leadership Academy. The event will be held Monday, Oct. 27 at the Embassy Suites.

The academy is a half-day workshop featuring inspiring speakers and informative sessions to help professional women realize their potential and take their career to the next level.

The focus of this year’s academy is ethics and corporate responsibility.

The event will begin with registration at 8 a.m. The program starts at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.

The event’s keynote speaker will be Karen Bryant of DOW. Bryant is a supply chain director for the company. She is based in Saginaw, Mich.

Other confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Ellen Cappellanti, Jackson Kelly
  • Jane Cline, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
  • Sally Cline, WV Division of Financial Institutions
  • Valerie Ellis, Gibbons and Kawash
  • Betty Ireland, WV Ethics Commission
  • Kimberley Knuckles, CVS Caremark Corporation
  • Dr. Cynthia Persily, Highland Hospital
  • Terri McCormick, Brickstreet Insurance
  • Joanna Tabit, Steptoe & Johnson

Last year’s Elevations event attracted more than 300 attendees.

The Elevations Enrichment and Leadership Academy also features an expo where local businesses, products and services are featured.

Early bird registration is $85 for Alliance members and $95 for future members.

The cost for each goes up after this Monday, Oct. 20 to $95 for Alliance members and $105 for future members.

Click HERE to register.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Erica Boles for more details.

Historically, some or all of the Elevations Academy has been approved for continuing education credit. This year’s agenda will be submitted for approval by the WV State Bar and WV Board of Accountancy.

Elevations is presented in partnership with Title Sponsor DOW Chemical Company.

The mission of the 1,700-member network is to “enrich, empower and elevate women to achieve success.”

Through luncheons and other events, Elevations provides an affirmative network that connects professional women with the information, resources and contacts that help them, their businesses and their communities succeed.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. The Alliance cannot issue cancelation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.

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admin in Announcements,Elevations,Events on October 17 2014 » 0 comments

Business After Hours meets Oktoberfest on Oct. 28

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Business After Hours
Tuesday, Oct. 28
5-7 p.m.
Embassy Suites
300 Court Street

Don’t miss Business After Hours at the Embassy Suites on Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 5-7 p.m.

The hotel will host an Oktoberfest celebration with traditional German food and entertainment.

The early bird rate is $15 for Alliance members and $25 for future members.

Register here

Online advance registration ends at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27. Prices at the door are $25 for Alliance members and $35 for future members.

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

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. The Alliance cannot issue cancelation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.

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admin in Announcements,Events on October 14 2014 » 0 comments

Fall into ArtWalk this Thursday

aw.logo.cmykDowntown ArtWalk
Thursday, Oct. 16
5-8 p.m.

Downtown ArtWalk continues its twelfth season with the October edition this Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

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.

Check out what’s also in store for the October ArtWalk:

Art Emporium
823 Quarrier Street

Art Emporium will present “Sandra King: A Retrospective,” during the October ArtWalk. The paintings in the retrospective show span work from over 40 years. The works in the retrospective are a part of a series titled “Full Circle,” which feature large abstract paintings based on earth elements.

Uncork & Create
1031 Quarrier Street

Cheryl Thaxton will take you step-by-step in the creation of your own work of art on canvas at Downtown ArtWalk. No experience is necessary and all materials will be provided. Guests are welcome to bring adult beverages and snacks. Doors open 30 minutes before scheduled start time. Seating preference is on a first come first serve basis. The demonstration will begin at 6 p.m. The event begins promptly at scheduled start time.

The Art Store
233 Hale Street

More than 40 artists will be on exhibit at The Art Store’s new location at 233 Hale Street during ArtWalk. The exhibition will include prints, paintings, sculpture, furniture and drawings.

Only One Look
110 Capitol Street

Only One Look will feature 25 percent off all of its West Virginia glass (Blenko, Fenton, Ron Hinkle) and 35 percent off all Citizen Watches. Also, a signed and numbered Randy Rider Blenko decanter, limited to 54 only, will be available.

Tony the Tailor
822 Virginia Street

Tony the Tailor will feature the art work of Judy Foxx.

Timothy’s at the Quarrier Diner
1022 Quarrier Street

Timothy’s will feature guest artist Wes Eary and his 3D black light art. Also, original music composed by area musicians will also be featured.

Woomer Nistendirk & Associates
231 Capitol Street

Woomer Nistendirk & Associates will feature oil paintings by Joseph Pettit.

Capitol Conference Center
815 Lee Street

The Capitol Conference Center will feature artists Newman Jackson, Deborah Herndon, and Mary Grassell. FOOTMAD will also be showcasing their talents.

Delfine’s Jewelry
245 Capitol Street

Gregg Oxley will be showcasing art at Delfine’s Jewelry for the October ArtWalk.

Charleston Ballet
100 Capitol Street

Art walkers are invited to visit the Charleston Ballet studios from 5- 8 p.m. for a drink and a snack. The Ballet will showcase the artworks of Rob Cleland, along with photos from its extensive library of ballets. Watch dancers from the Charleston Ballet in class and rehearsing for upcoming performances of “Romeo and Juliet.” Studios are located on the Mezzanine Floor at 100 Capitol Street in the Security Building.

Gallery Eleven
1025 Quarrier Street

Randy Selbe is the Gallery Eleven featured artist for ArtWalk.

Other participating venues include:

The Boutique by B.Belle Events
Chet Lowther Studio
Ivor’s Trunk
Mission Savvy
Modern by Design
The Purple Moon
Romano & Associates
Stray Dog Antiques
Taylor Books and Annex Gallery
West Virginia Executive

For more information, visit www.CharlestonArtWalk.org.

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Join the Alliance for a special ribbon cutting this Saturday

0224-GSN_ColorConnectedTwoThe Art Store Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
Saturday, Oct. 11
6:00-7:30 p.m.
233 Hale Street

Join The Art Store for a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration this Saturday, Oct. 11 at its new location at 233 Hale Street.

The ribbon cutting will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a meet and greet with many of the exhibiting artists and a reception to formally christen the new space.

The exhibition will feature more than 40 artists who specifically created new work to celebrate the opening of the new location. Classic works from local artists will also be on view.

For more information, visit www.theartstorewv.com.

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admin in Announcements,Events on October 09 2014 » 0 comments

Save the date for the fifth annual Elevations Academy

ElevationsElevations Academy 2014:
Ethics and Corporate Responsibility

Monday, Oct. 27
8 a.m.- Registration
8:45 a.m.- 1 p.m. – Program
Embassy Suites

Save the date for the fifth annual Elevations Enrichment and Leadership Academy on Monday, Oct. 27 at the Embassy Suites.

The academy is a half-day workshop featuring inspiring speakers and informative sessions to help professional women realize their potential and take their career to the next level.

The focus of this year’s academy is ethics and corporate responsibility.

The event will begin with registration at 8 a.m. The program starts at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.

Last year’s Elevations event attracted more than 300 attendees.

The event’s keynote speaker will be Karen Bryant of DOW. Bryant is a supply chain director for the company. She is based in Saginaw, Mich.

Other confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Ellen Cappellanti, Jackson Kelly
  • Jane Cline, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC
  • Sally Cline, WV Division of Financial Institutions
  • Betty Ireland, WV Ethics Commission
  • Kimberley Knuckles, CVS Caremark Corporation
  • Terri McCormick, Brickstreet Insurance
  • Cindy McGee,  A&F Financial Advisors

The Elevations Enrichment and Leadership Academy also features an expo where local businesses, products and services are featured.

Early bird registration is $85 for Alliance members and $95 for future members.

The cost for each goes up after Oct. 20 to $95 for Alliance members and $105 for future members.

Click HERE to register.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Erica Boles for more details.

Elevations is presented in partnership with Title Sponsor DOW Chemical Company.

The mission of the 1,700-member network is to “enrich, empower and elevate women to achieve success.”

Through luncheons and other events, Elevations provides an affirmative network that connects professional women with the information, resources and contacts that help them, their businesses and their communities succeed.

The Alliance will be able to invoice only for groups of 10 or more. The Alliance cannot issue cancelation refunds within 48 hours of the event. Thank you.

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admin in Announcements,Elevations,Events on October 06 2014 » 0 comments

Member Market: Great bargains on thousands of books, music, movies and more!

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.

KCPL Used Book Sale Oct. 6

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