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WVU’s Encova Center to provide community businesses support through Google and Small Business Administration workshops

West Virginia University is continuing to support West Virginia small businesses through uncertain times by offering critical resources to help them navigate the sharp economic challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Encova Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, housed in the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, will host three upcoming digital workshops in partnership with Google and the Small Business Administration.

The dates/times/topics of the workshops are as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 14, 1 p.m. - Keeping the Lights On (Grow with Google)
  • Thursday, April 16, 11 a.m. – Paycheck Protection Program Information Session (SBA)
  • Wednesday, May 6, noon – Manage Your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty (Grow with Google) 

“The WVU Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship has formed partnerships with Grow With Google and the SBA, as well as business consulting firms, authors, and other informative resources to create webinars and virtual workshops for small businesses in West Virginia,” said Anna Carrier, Community Business Program Lead for the Encova Center. “These webinars and virtual workshops are important to offer to small businesses so they get the information necessary to make it through challenging times.”

“Keeping the Lights On” — Tuesday, April 14, 1 p.m. (Grow with Google)

This webinar includes information to guide small business owners as they prepare to respond quickly and recover from disruptions. Webinar participants will receive the 'Business Resiliency Guide' and a 'Business Resiliency Plan' template that they can customize to meet the specific needs of their business. This is a special livestream for small businesses, virtually hosted by America’s Small Business Development Centers and Grow with Google. You can RSVP here.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program Info Session with Phil Compton ­— Thursday, April 16, 11 a.m.

Phil Compton, chief financial officer of SingleSource Property Solutions in Pittsburgh, will be hosting an information session on the SBA Paycheck Protection Program via Zoom. During this virtual info session, Compton will review program basics and address questions about the process. You can join the meeting here (No RSVP is required).

“Manage Your Business Remotely in Times of Uncertainty” — Wednesday, May 6, noon (Grow with Google)

Attendees will discover tools, tips and resources to help manage a business remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. They will learn how to update critical business information online to keep customers informed, host virtual meetings and events, and access documents from anywhere.

Anyone interested in learning about tools like Google My Business, Google Ads, G-Suite, Hangouts, Google Docs and more can RSVP here or contact Anna Carrier at for more information.



CONTACT: Brittany Murray
Senior Writer, Office of Strategic Communications
John Chambers College of Business and Economics

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