Startups pitch business ideas during Demo Day at RCBI

Jan. 31, 2018

Entrepreneurs in TEN50 – West Virginia’s Business Accelerator – pitched their new ventures to prospective investors and community supporters January 23 during Demo Day at RCBI Huntington. The event followed three months of intense mentoring to assist the startups as they turned their ideas and plans into solid business operations. “Small businesses are the backbone of West Virginia’s economy,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director & CEO. “RCBI’s TEN50 Business Accelerator gives entrepreneurs the guidance and resources they need to launch small businesses quickly.”


RCBI invests in equipment, training to serve southern WV

Jan. 30, 2018

The Robert C. Byrd Institute’s (RCBI) Appalachian Hatchery program, which is funded by POWER (Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization), has begun installing nearly a quarter million dollars’ worth of new machining equipment at Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College’s Williamson campus. New training, national certification and associate degree programs will be launched in the near future.


Clay student earns top award in state agriculture challenge

Jan. 29, 2018

Clay County High School senior Clarissa Keiffer combined her love of agriculture with a passion for science to capture the 2017 West Virginia Agriculture Student Innovation Challenge championship sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College and the state departments of Education and Agriculture.


RCBI secures national support for STEM maker camps

Jan. 22, 2018

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) has received financial support for its popular series of maker camps from a national foundation.


AEP award helps RCBI diversify economy

December 21, 2017

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Southern West Virginia will benefit from a new award that will assist the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) in its efforts to expand the region’s aerospace industry.


RCBI contest to reward agricultural innovation

December 20, 2017

A contest sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) will help one lucky winner grow a successful agricultural product by providing more than $10,000 in business assistance.


Coordinator named for women-in-manufacturing program

Lakiesha Hines has been selected as program coordinator of the Step Up for Women Pre-Apprenticeship Program, a training effort at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) that will address industry needs across North Central West Virginia.


Marshall president hosts Chinese delegation at RCBI

 December 18, 2017

A delegation from the Embassy of China toured Marshall University’s South Charleston Campus and the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) Thursday as part of a four day relationship-building mission to West Virginia.


WELD group selects RCBI official as co-chair of new chapter

December 1, 2017

Jane Bostic, Director of the Accelerate Forward WV program at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), has been selected as Co-Chair of the Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD) chapter in Charleston. 


Apprenticeship Works expanding in West Virginia

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) will honor West Virginia manufacturers that have launched apprenticeship programs with the assistance of Apprenticeship Works at RCBI.