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Build Your Business Workshop

Advantage Valley

May 15, 2024

FASTER WV Presents: Build Your Business Workshop in the Heart of Elk River Trail Region

Charleston, WV. May 10, 2024 – Advantage Valley, Inc. proudly announces its upcoming

FASTER WV Build Your Business Workshop, scheduled for Tuesday, May 21, 2024, at 6 pm. The

workshop will take place at the Town Hall Community Building, located on the 2nd Floor of 416

Elk Street in Gassaway, WV. Business coaches from the FASTER WV Entrepreneurship Program

will be present to discuss free business coaching, business basics classes, and access to capital

for the start-up or growth of small businesses in the region. They will provide information to

anyone wanting to open or expand a business and learn about the many services of the FASTER

WV Entrepreneurship Program. Businesses are encouraged to register here: or by contacting Bryan Shaw

at 304-352-1165 or at

Advantage Valley is offering this workshop to build upon the recreation and tourism

investments that have centered around the establishment of the Elk River Trail System, which

runs through portions of Kanawha, Clay, and Braxton Counties. Paralleling the Elk River, the Elk

River Trail System provides recreation opportunities for anglers, boaters, cyclists, hikers, and

equestrians living in or visiting the state. The Trail System is a potential game changer for the

communities of Sutton, Gassaway, Clay, and Clendenin.

Advantage Valley’s FASTER WV Program, designed to identify, encourage, and support small

business start-up growth, offers coaching, entrepreneurship classes, and access to capital

through mini grants and loans. Since its inception, the FASTER WV program has positively

impacted over 700 clients, providing more than 6,360 hours of coaching. Notably, it has

contributed to the creation of 149 new businesses and 200 jobs, and improved over 100

existing businesses. Learn more at

Advantage Valley, Inc. is a regional economic development organization with a mission to grow

economic opportunity in the Charleston-Huntington Metro Area by increasing investment in the

region, leveraging resources, and building collaboration among community stakeholders.


Marjorie Cooke, Director of Marketing & Communications (304) 541-9657 or (304) 352-1165

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