Bill Woodrum named director of EDA University Center
March 28, 2019
Bill Woodrum, director of entrepreneurship at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), is taking on the additional role of director of Accelerate Forward, West Virginia EDA University Center. The mission of the center is to provide research and development tools along with technical assistance to increase business productivity, spur innovation and entrepreneurship, and increase economic diversification.
Women-Owned Businesses are Succeeding in the US Economy
By SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Michelle Christian
Women entrepreneurs make up a growing share of U.S. small business owners. The American Express 2018 State of Women-Owned Businesses report, which makes its projections based on data from the most recent U.S. Census Bureau Survey of Business Owners, estimates that they own 12.3 million companies in the U.S. – compare that to 1972 when there were only 402,000 women-owned businesses. Today, women employ more than 9.2 million people and generate $1.7 trillion in revenue. Last year, 1,821 women-owned businesses were launched every day.
Fourteen more women graduate from manufacturing program
March 26, 2019
Fourteen women have completed a one-of-a-kind program preparing them for careers in manufacturing, and many of them already have accepted jobs with local manufacturers.
RCBI event to connect manufacturers with aerospace industry
March 26, 2019
The Robert C. Byrd Institute’s RCBI AERO will sponsor a free seminar “Doing Business with the Aerospace Industry” on April 25 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at its Huntington Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center.
Workshop to focus on HUBZone advantages
March 12, 2019
The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) is joining with the West Virginia District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation to present a free HUBZone workshop March 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the White Sulphur Springs Civic Center.
RCBI receives ARC grant to expand craft beverage industry
February 26, 2019
The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University has been awarded a $79,270 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to study the economic impact of the emerging craft beverage industry in central and western West Virginia and develop a strategy for expansion.
Metal craftsman takes advantage of RCBI’s technology, expertise
Morgantown entrepreneur wins RCBI Vanguard Agriculture competition
Feb. 15, 2019
Charleston – Jordon Masters, owner of Morgantown-based MicroGenesis, a specialty produce greenhouse, is the winner of the 2019 West Virginia Vanguard Agriculture Competition. This is the fifth year for the competition, which is sponsored by the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI). Masters was honored at the annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference in Charleston Friday afternoon.
Expo to connect businesses to automotive manufacturers
Jan. 29, 2019
The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) and Advantage Valley will sponsor an expo March 7 in Hurricane to link businesses with major West Virginia automotive manufacturers.
RCBI, LIGHTS team to offer business, entrepreneur workshops
Jan. 29, 2018
One of the challenges business owners and entrepreneurs face is understanding customer needs and developing products and services to meet those needs.