RCBI, SBDC partner to provide direct business assistance

March 12, 2018

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) has teamed with the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to deliver nearly $50,000 in direct assistance to businesses in coal-impacted communities across southern West Virginia.

RCBI, SBDC partner to provide direct business assistance

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) has teamed with the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to deliver nearly $50,000 in direct assistance to businesses in coal-impacted communities across southern West Virginia.

RCBI provided technical assistance, technical training and quality assessments to nearly a dozen manufacturers in Fayette, Logan and Raleigh counties. The work included customized training to help manufacturers meet industry-specific standards, which often are required to bid on private sector and government contracts or become part of the larger supply chain. The assistance will enable the companies to become more competitive.

RCBI’s Accelerate Forward outreach team visited companies across southern West Virginia to assess their needs and concerns. Funding was provided through an SBDC grant specially designated for coal-affected communities.

Businesses benefitting from the services include Advanced Urethane Engineering of Stanaford, American Electric LLC of Logan, American Hydraulic & Rebuilding of West Logan, Bucane Inc. of Chapmanville, Custom Machine & Plastics of Oak Hill, Mine Lifeline of Chapmanville, MRS Manufacturing of Holden, Prime Contracting of Holden, Reese Machine of Logan and Vandalia Composites Inc. of Beaver.

“We’re proud to deliver on our commitment to help transform the economy of southern West Virginia by providing direct assistance to businesses and startups, empowering them to expand markets, pursue new opportunities and become an integral link in the broader supply chain,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director & CEO. “These efforts to diversify the region’s economy were made possible through the generous support of the SBDC, which has a long and successful history of assisting small businesses at every step of the development process.”

RCBI and the SBDC have partnered regularly to offer business development training and refer state businesses to each other for assistance, Weber said.

Erika Bailey, state director of the SBDC, praised the partnership.

“Because we each are acutely aware of what the other offers, we’re able to work effectively in tandem to provide the specific types of assistance businesses need to succeed. Together, we’re making a difference.”

RCBI’s Accelerate Forward, West Virginia’s EDA University Center at Marshall University, delivers high-skills job training, business assistance (including technical expertise) and access to leading-edge technologies to build a regional economic ecosystem. Funding is provided by the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

To learn how Accelerate Forward can assist you or your business, contact Director Jane Bostic at 304.781.1681 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.