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Friday was a beautiful day for a ribbon cutting ceremony at All Seasons Self Storage in Elkview, WV!
Thank you to everyone who came out to the grand opening!
A special thanks to Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy and Speaker of the House Tim Armstead.
The Charleston Area Alliance would like to thank JD Gandee, family and friends for allowing us to be involved in the special event.
Wednesday, June 10
11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Charleston Marriott Town Center
The Charleston Area Alliance presents the Elevations Professional Women’s Network Luncheon: Own It!, an in-depth look at entrepreneurship – exploring risks, challenges and rewards along the way.
The event opens at 11:30 a.m. with informal networking, followed by a seated luncheon and a panel discussion with women entrepreneurs at noon.
The panelists include:
- Claudette Hudson, owner of Tgraphics, a professional screen printing, embroidery and advertising company;
- Morgan Richards, owner/design of Morgan Rhea, a handmade leather goods and handbags company;
- Debra Rohrer, president of Geo-Rhea, a geospatial aerial data acquisition company;
- Jill Watkins, principal at Watkins Design Works, a commercial interior design and green building firm; and
- Sherri Wong, chef and owner of the Bridge Road Bistro, a multi-faceted food service and fine dining operation.
Reservations for this special event are $40 Alliance members/$50 future members until June 6 at 11:30 a.m. Prices increase to $50 Alliance members/$60 future members after that date.
The Elevations Professional Women’s Network is presented by the Charleston Area Alliance with sponsorship support from DOW Chemical Company.
The five-day event will be held Sept. 15-19 at various locations throughout the city.
Here’s the schedule of events:
Monday, Sept. 15
Generation Charleston Homebuyers Blueprint
Four Points by Sheraton
Are you planning to purchase a home? If so, you need the “Homebuyers Blueprint.”
The event from Generation Charleston will provide all of the necessary steps you will need when looking for the perfect place.
It will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton on Sept. 15 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Topics that will be discussed during the panel discussion include: lending and interest rates, home inspections, insurance and various programs that can assist you in the home buying process.
The event is FREE to attend, but RSVP is required.
Click HERE to RSVP.
Tuesday, Sept. 16
Join GC for the annual Loft Walk on Tuesday, Sept. 16.
During a guided tour through some of Charleston’s newly renovated and re-imagined lofts, guests will see firsthand why more and more people are choosing downtown living. Loft Walk starts at Recovery Sports Grill at 600 Kanawha Blvd. East.. From there, guests can walk or ride a trolley to the various properties.
The event is free to attend, but RSVP is required.
You can RSVP for the event by clicking HERE.
Wednesday, Sept. 17
Appalachian Power Park
Check out Charleston’s new business stars and vote on Wednesday, Sept. 17.
For burgeoning entrepreneurs, cash capital is the lifeblood of their business. With “Thrive,” the Charleston Area Alliance’s crowdfunding initiative, startups have a chance to receive an infusion of cash through fresh and innovative means.
Earlier this month, a blind panel selected eight Kanawha Valley-based entrepreneurs with five or fewer employees out of a pool of applicants. These entrepreneurs each produced pitch videos to promote their business and need for crowd funds.
On Sept. 17, an event will be held at Appalachian Power Park starting at 5:30 p.m. To attend and participate in the event, community members will pay $20 a ticket ($21.50 if you register online). In return, they will get to partake in beverages and food, but more importantly, they get to vote for the entrepreneur that they want to support.
At the end of the night, the entrepreneur with the most votes will receive $20 times the number of attendees as cash capital to invest in their business.
Project partners include Generation Charleston, Blue Creek Gas Company, Terrell Ellis & Associates, WV Jobs Investment Trust Board, BB&T and Industrial Bolting.
You cannot vote for a winner, unless you attend the event. To sign up and attend the event, please click HERE.
Tickets will also available at the door and cash is preferable. In the meantime, please check out the pitch videos below and cast your vote for a winner on Sept. 17.
Click HERE to view videos.
Thursday, Sept. 18
The “play” portion of Urban Living 2014 begins with Downtown ArtWalk, the monthly Charleston Area Alliance event. It is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. and features local galleries and talented artists.
For a list of all the venues participating in ArtWalk, please visit: www.CharlestonArtWalk.org. Friday, Sept. 19
Friday Sept. 19
Capitol City Shuffle
Haddad Riverfront Park
Join Generation Charleston for serial socializing at some of downtown’s favorite spots at the annual Capitol City Shuffle
The event begins at 7 p.m. at Haddad Riverfront Park. From there, guests will walk to various establishments including Bar 101, Timothy’s and many others.
Click HERE to RSVP for the event.
Friday Sept. 19
Brown Bag Concert
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Grab your lunch and head to Davis Park for free live music at the Brown Bag Concert.
It’s football season and team spirit is in the air. The Charleston Area Alliance is striking up the band for a community tailgate and pep rally.
The community event is free and participants are encouraged to wear their favorite team colors, whether high school, college or professional attire.
Attendees may purchase food from local vendors or bring their own lunch.
For more information and for updates of the lunchtime food specials, click HERE.
The Brown Bag Concert is a program of the Charleston Area Alliance
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.
A CALL TO RECONSIDER CUTS TO ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
A joint column by Governor Tomblin and Adjutant General James Hoyer
(May 06, 2014) – We have asked the National Guard to fight our wars and respond to natural disasters and emergencies. West Virginia’s citizen soldiers have done so with extraordinary honor and courage. Now, the federal government has proposed a series of significant cuts to the Army National Guard, which will have far-reaching consequences for our hometowns and our ability to respond to local emergencies and disasters. The connection between these communities and our military services, which many military leaders correctly insist, is essential to success during times of war.
If we continue down this road of significant budget reductions, we are essentially throwing away a significant portion of an investment that has yielded what is now the most well-trained National Guard we have seen in our Nation’s history. We also stand to lose a cost-effective operational force, critical to national security and our ability to respond to domestic emergencies. In fact, the Army National Guard provides 39 percent of the Army’s operating forces for 13 percent of the Army budget. Preserving this force structure will save billions of taxpayer dollars, preserve additional military capability and facilitate the retention of highly trained soldiers who would otherwise leave military service.
The proposed cuts to Army National Guard personnel and equipment also challenge key principles established by our Founding Fathers. Our forefathers established a Constitutional framework for the militia to ensure balance in our nation – that militia is the modern day National Guard. In Federalist Paper 41, Hamilton warns of “liberty everywhere crushed between standing armies and perpetual taxes.” George Washington’s “Sentiments on a Peace Establishment” raises similar concerns. Eisenhower also cautioned against military expansion and the military industrial complex.
Many of our nation’s leaders, both civilian and military, have recognized the value of a well-regulated and capable militia with strong ties to our communities. Unfortunately, it seems some leaders in Washington have lost sight of this sage advice and have proposed to pay the Sequestration bill by significantly reducing the Army National Guard to maintain a larger active Army.
This February, governors from across the nation called for a more realistic proposal that leverages the investment we have made throughout the past 13-plus years in a highly capable, multi-mission National Guard. Despite the strong opposition of our states’ commanders-in-chief, some in Washington continue to move forward with the proposed cuts. They should follow a similar path laid out by a congressionally mandated Commission that explored similar issues in the Air Force and ultimately recommended moving more capability and missions to the National Guard and Air Force Reserve.
As West Virginia’s Commander-In-Chief and Adjutant General, we stand together with West Virginia’s citizens and elected officials, at all levels, and continue to staunchly defend and support our National Guard because it has demonstrated time and again the highest levels of patriotism and professionalism. It is time for all West Virginians to join us and show support for the men and women of the Army National Guard and their families.
We call for a Commission on the future of the Army to provide Congress an independent, unbiased review on the appropriate balance of forces, essential to our Nation’s future security needs.
The Guard is a cost-effective operational force, vital to national security and our ability to respond to domestic emergencies. It provides the same protection and service as the active military at a fraction of the cost. We must have the right balance.
Let Congress know you support a proposal that recognizes the National Guard as a vital component of the Nation’s armed forces and the best value for America. The safety and security of West Virginia and our Nation depend upon it.
Contact: For immediate release 2/1/13
T. William (Bill) Signorelli, CPP
Security America CEO & President
HQ: Charleston, WV: 304-925-4747 Ext. 102
Toll Free: 888-832-6732
SECURITY AMERICA ANOUNCES STAFF ADVANCEMENTS & ACCREDITATIONS
Firm with HQ in Charleston, W.Va. and additional offices throughout state and Ohio offers security services and personnel regionally / nationally.
(Charleston, W. Va.) January 31, 2013 – Security America is a leading loss-prevention company serving the security and safety needs of various types of industry and businesses in a multi-state area. The company was founded in Charleston, W.Va. in 1982 by CEO/President T. William Signorelli who is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP). Recently, the company moved its headquarters into its new building at 3412 Chesterfield Avenue in Charleston, W. Va. Now in its 31st year of operation, Security America continues to grow, add staff and promote existing staff.
• Christopher Signorelli has been appointed Division Field Manager in Charleston. He provides service to clients by scheduling security officers and handling all operational matters at assigned sites. Chris brings a range of expertise to his current position, both from prior experience with Security America and from outside the firm. Earlier in his career with Security America, he served as an account supervisor (overseeing a construction site), personnel assistant (hiring and training security officers) and marketing executive, a position that required market research, sales calls and business presentations. As the Group Sales Director for the Carolina Mudcats Baseball team, he oversaw all activities and personnel in the group sales department. (C. Signorelli photo attached)
• Nathan Smith, Security America’s Human Resources Coordinator, worked his way up in the company and recently became accredited as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR). This certification reflects his mastery of core HR areas, including business management and strategy, workforce planning and employment, human resource and development, compensation and benefits, employee and labor relations, and risk management. The PHR certification depends on strict requirements of education, work experience and a commitment to continued learning of current issues facing HR professionals. He is responsible for the company’s recruiting, hiring and training. His previous positions with Security America include division field manager, recruiting coordinator, marketing assistant and security officer. (Nathan Smith photo attached)
• Ray Householder has been named Security America’s Division Field Manager in the company’s Steubenville, Ohio office. He supervises all client and site activity in his region, including recruiting and scheduling security officers assigned to his territory. Householder knows site security inside and out; he has more than a decade’s worth of experience as a security officer, site inspector and recruiting and staffing coordinator. His work with Security America encompasses all three areas including random site inspections and drug testing of field personnel. (R. Householder photo attached)
“I founded this company on a standard of excellence and a commitment to quality,” said T. William (Bill) Signorelli, Security America CEO and President. “We provide the training, the goals and the supervision for each employee to perform to the highest standard in every respect. I’m extremely proud of my staff and the service they provide to our clients,” he said.
Security America supplies uniformed security officers and specially trained personnel for access control, emergency response, fire prevention and theft deterrence to a variety of industrial and specific-use sites, including drilling operations, coal mines, chemical plants, manufacturing facilities and hospitals. The company’s security officers are thoroughly screened and tested for drugs and alcohol; professionally trained and closely supervised. Security America also provides electronic security / monitoring systems. For more information, visit www.SecurityAmerica.com.
Elevations: Professional Women’s Luncheon
Wednesday, Feb. 6
Noon- 1:15 p.m. Check-in begins at 11:45 a.m.
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites at the Charleston Conference Center
400 Second Ave.
Education in West Virginia will loom large over the Capitol this year as policy makers consider measures to address issues raised in a recent “education audit” of the state’s public school system commissioned by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.
Education Alliance President/CEO Patricia S. Kusimo, Ph.D., one of the state’s foremost independent voices on the state of our schools will discuss the audit and ways to enhance education for West Virginia children at the next Elevations Professional Women’s Network luncheon, to be held Wednesday, February 6, at the Holiday Inn at the Charleston Conference Center in South Charleston.
The event opens with check-in and informal networking at 11:45 a.m. followed by lunch at noon.
Elevations is presented by the Charleston Area Alliance and Title Sponsor DOW.
Reservations are $30 Alliance members/$40 future members through Jan. 31. Prices increase to $40 Alliance members/$50 future members after that date.
Click HERE to register.
The Education Alliance is West Virginia’s premier statewide, nonprofit research and K-12 public education fund. It advocates for policies and practices to continually improve public school achievement in West Virginia.
The mission of the 1,700-member Elevations group is to “enrich, empower and elevate women to achieve success.” Through luncheons, educational programs and other events, Elevations connects women with the contacts, resources and information to help them, their businesses and their community succeed.
Partnering for Success: Bringing Small Business Services to the Next Level
August 20, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. Registration
Charleston Conference Hotel Center – Holiday Inn and Suites
400 Second Ave, Charleston, West Virginia 25303
Keynote Speaker: FDIC Acting Chairman Martin Gruenberg
The West Virginia Small and Micro Business Alliance for Economic Inclusion, in partnership with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Appalachian Regional Commission, will host a one-day forum addressing issues relevant to small and micro business service providers. This forum will provide information relating to the provision of services to existing and prospective small and micro business owners, including providing capital, education and technical assistance. The morning will include an introduction to the West Virginia Small and Micro Business Alliance for Economic Inclusion, a panel addressing economic sectors that offer significant opportunities for small business formation and growth, and a panel that will address the present state of small business service provision in West Virginia.
The luncheon keynote speaker will be FDIC Acting Chairman Martin Gruenberg. The afternoon will include a moderated “open mike” session during which attendees will talk about what gaps exists in West Virginias small business servicing networks and what is needed to bring the provision of small business services to the next level. Organizations involved in providing services that further the development of small and micro businesses in West Virginia, including financial institutions, regulators, community development professionals, community development financial institutions, intermediaries, non-profits, and government agencies should plan to attend.
There is no cost to attend and parking is free. http://wwwdev/news/conferences/other_events/2012-08-20.html For more information: John Meeks at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-787-8727 x4915 (cell: 919-986-0915)
If you’re curious what a green screen, “The Colbert Report” and Vision 2030 all have in common, the next SUCCESStrategies event is right up your alley.
Economic development and Vision 2030 updates are on tap for this multimedia-themed SUCCESStrategies luncheon, which will be held Wednesday, April 25.
The luncheon will take place at DigiSo, a new digital arts production studio located on Charleston’s West Side. The studio was recently featured in a Charleston Gazette story, which you can read HERE.
Playing on the digital theme of the location, guests will learn how Vision 2030 intersects with digital media, past and present.
The event’s speakers will be some of the key senior business executives and community leaders who are leading the Vision 2030 task force working groups.
Speakers for the SUCCESStrategies session include:
• Steve Dexter (CEO, Thomas Health Systems)
• Steve Hedrick (Site Leader, Bayer CropScience)
• Tania Hotmer (External Affairs, AEP)
• Kevin DiGregorio (Executive Director, Chemical Alliance Zone)
• Patrick Crane (Policy Specialist, Higher Education Policy Commission)
• Matt Ballard, Drew Dunlap and Cullen Naumoff (Charleston Area Alliance)
Individual registrations are $25 Alliance members/$35 future members. Prices go up $10 each after April 20 at 5 p.m..
To register for the event, click HERE.
SUCCESStrategies is a professional development initiative of the Alliance and Dixon Hughes Goodman.
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.
In 2012, the Downtown Charleston ArtWalk will be celebrating 10 years as the Capitol City’s premiere art event. This season promises to be even bigger, better and more exciting than before.
The April 19th edition ArtWalk will add two new venues: Delfine’s Jewelry and the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.
Check out what’s in store for Thursday’s ArtWalk.
The Purple Moon 9
06 Quarrier Street
The Purple Moon is pleased to host members of the West Virginia Allied Artists for a group show. In addition to the Allied Artists, also featured will be works by other national, regional and local artists and, of course, a plethora of mid-20th Century design.
823 Quarrier Street
Art Emporium will be featuring “Friends Among the Hills,” a showing of paintings by Emily Roles and wire jewelry by Sue Chase. Sue and Emily are long time friends and always West Virginians.
Emily’s acrylic paintings on paper feature a variety of colorful West Virginia landscapes, and Sue combines beads with wire in her designs to make one of a kind rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces.
Chet Lowther Studio
223 Hale Street
Chet Lowther will be showing new works in encaustic, oil, and acrylic for the April ArtWalk.
Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
900 Lee Street, Suite 1600 (A new addition to ArtWalk)
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation features 29 limited edition pieces of Deborah Herndon’s work ranging from photographs of French and Spanish architectural details and urban landscape (including “French Kiss Knocker,” finalist in the 67th Allied Artists Juried Competition) to one of Herndon’s more recent pieces, “Orchestra Hall, Violin Blue,” a metallic photography print/raised paint tracing on cardboard overlay.
Michelle Krompecher of White Oak Photography will showcase an exhibition of select images from her most recent travels, observations, and experiences. The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is a new venue for ArtWalk beginning in April. It’s located at the Huntington Bank Building.
1033 Quarrier Street
Gallery Eleven is pleased to feature artist Kathy Boland with her exhibit “Grand Dames of Charleston, WV” for the April ArtWalk. The exhibit will be open through April 30. Gallery Eleven is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Good News Mountaineer Garage
221 1/2 Hale Street
Good News Mountaineer Garage Gallery will feature art from students at Mountaineer Montessori School for this month’s ArtWalk. The fourth, fifth and six grade art students at the school have spent the last two months creating woodblock prints, drawings, mosaics, paintings and sculpture depicting the tragic deaths of miners at the historic Hawks Nest Tunnel.
The student’s work will be for sale and the proceeds will go to an educational component of the Hawks Nest Tunnel Project.
226 Capitol Street
Featured for the April ArtWalk at Taylor Books’ Annex Gallery are an assortment of assemblage and mixed media work from Robert Villamagna. Villamagna works in assemblage, lithographed tin, paper collage, and mixed-media.His work has been exhibited at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Andy Warhol Museum, the Mattress Factory, ARC Gallery (Chicago), Erie Art Museum, among others. Three of Villamagna’s works are in the State of West Virginia permanent collection.
Blacksmith artist Jeff Fetty will be appearing in the gallery with a collection of his work and celebrating the publication of a new book featuring his metal designs. Metal Design International 2012 gathers eight metal designers from around the world each year to participate in its publication. Fetty is only the second American to receive this great recognition.
Jon Salo of Charleston will have some new mixed media sculptures on display.
House of Luxe
817 Quarrier Street
House of Luxe will feature brightly colored resin and crystal rings and earrings by “Angelique de Paris.” Also featured is crystal jewelry by Deborah Grivas and Balinese jewelry designs by Anna Beck.
Romano and Associates
230 Capitol Street, Suite 200
Romano and Associates will feature a solo exhibition from Ian Bode. “The Passenger,” the simple figure you will see in nearly every piece of Ian Bode’s work, is a resident of the town of Chuckburgh, which is a nod to Charleston, WV, the town that Ian grew up in and currently resides.
Inspired by artists such as Charles Schultz, Sergio Aragones (Mad Magazine), Gary Larson, Keith Haring and Rene Magritte, Ian uses a “less is more” style for “The Passenger,” which allows the surroundings of each panel to convey the intended thoughts or feelings.
In his work, Ian examines the song lyrics, movies, and books that are part of our culture, along with overheard conversations and his own thoughts. More recently Ian has begun picking up the paint brush again, something he had not done outside of art class since the late 1990’s. Some of these paintings are collaborations with his friend and fellow “Chuckburgh” artist, Dave Thomas.
The Charleston Ballet
100 Capitol Street
Visit the Charleston Ballet Downtown Dance Studios during the April. Register for a free drawing for our SURPRISE GRAB BAG filled with various gift items valued at $175+. Watch dancers as they prepare for upcoming performances. Meet photographer KD Lett and view his new series of dancer portraits and videos.
Stray Dog Antiques
219 Hale Street
Kept. – an exhibition of portraits of people and their pets, curated by Stray Dog Antiques, will be featured during the April Artwalk.This exhibition features portraits of people and pets, by untrained and folk artists. Ranging from charming to cheesy, this collection will be on display through May. Join us for Artwalk and stroll through our three floors of unique treasures.