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West Virginians know that our home is brimming with tremendous resources and opportunities, but the time has come for West Virginia to think differently about innovation and job creation to move into a future fueled by start-ups and entrepreneurship.

Meet the Change Makers

Vantage Ventures

Backed by world-class technology leaders, fortune class companies, and venture investors, Vantage Ventures is an initiative to launch high impact, scalable businesses that tackle complex challenges.

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News from Vantage

  • West Virginia University applauds passage of FinTech Sandbox bill to support entrepreneurs

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News From Encova

  • WVU to hold entrepreneurial contest through new Seed WV program

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  • West Virginia University’s Encova Center announces fall 2020 Grow with Google webinars as a resource for state businesses

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  • Positioning West Virginia for a digital-first future

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Encova center

The Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship promotes entrepreneurial education, community engagement, and economic development for our community and state through K-12 programming, higher education initiatives and business partnerships.

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Launch Lab

The LaunchLab applied innovation center provides WVU students and faculty with a community-based center offering hands-on idea development support, education, mentorship, prototyping facilities, resources, and connections to innovative entrepreneurs across the State of West Virginia.

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News from LaunchLab

  • WVU Launch Lab competitions produce ideas to benefit local communities, state

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Research and outreach centers

Center for Executive Education

We support WVU’s outreach mission as a land-grant institution by offering professional development programs to improve organization's management practices and increase their economic viability. We do this through employee and executive-level training, limited consulting, professional education, and speaking engagements, and we accomplish our goals through seminars, workshops, and conferences. 

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Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship promotes entrepreneurial education, community engagement and economic development for our community and state through K-12 programming, higher education initiatives and business partnerships. 

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Bureau of Business and Economic Research

Since the 1940s, the BBER’s mission has been to serve the people of West Virginia by providing the state’s business and policymaking communities with reliable data and rigorous applied economic research and analysis that enables the state’s leaders to design better business practices and public policies.

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Center for Chinese Business

Fostering close relationships among academia, business, and government in the United States and China.

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Center for Free Enterprise

Our vision is for West Virginia students, citizens, policymakers, and the business community to understand the roles that the principles and institutions of a free society play in creating widely shared prosperity.

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Center for Financial Literacy and Education

The Center for Financial Literacy and Education was established in 2015 to promote financial literacy throughout the state. The CFLE created a central mechanism for the outreach, programmatic, and research specific initiatives involving financial literacy and education within the college. Our mission is to bring awareness, resources, programs, and support to constituents across the region that will initiate change agents to promote the economic health and prosperity of the citizens of the State of West Virginia.

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Forensic Business Studies

The College of Business and Economics, mostly through collaborations with the WVU Forensic Science Initiative in the Research Office, has created a range of programs that fill previously unmet needs in the forensic community. They fall under two broad concepts: The business of forensics and the forensics of business.

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Data Driven WV

The West Virginia University John Chambers College of Business and Economics is piloting Data Driven WV in partnership with WesBanco. Thanks to WesBanco and their generous donation, they’re supporting the technology infrastructure and resources to provide our students with the opportunity to apply their data analytic skills.

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The latest in innovation and outreach

  • Message from Dean Reyes: A new journey begins

    Chambers College alumni and friends:

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  • May Department Digest and Awards

    Professor of Management Ed Tomlinson and Associate Professor of Accounting Kip Holderness had their research paper, "Adding fuel to the fire: How non-contingent bonuses relate to entitlement and affect pursuit of worker self-interest” accepted for publication in the Journal of Forensic Accounting Research, which is an A-level journal on the Accounting department list. They partnered with Utah Valley Associate Professor of Accounting Kari Olsen on their paper.

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  • Accelerating our Graduate Programs into the future

    I hope that everyone is well and looking forward to a better 2021, with the hardships of the pandemic hopefully receding into the background for you and your families.

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  • Chambers College Graduates: a New Journey Awaits

    In Fall 2017, West Virginia University freshmen entered Milan Puskar Stadium for the traditional “Monday Night Lights” event during Welcome Week to form our state’s outline in the middle of the field.

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  • April Department Digest and Awards

    The Chambers College team is doing big things, and we want to know about them! Share through this form to see them in a future edition of Let’s Talk Business and/or our other communications vehicles. Want to recognize your colleagues for their accomplishments? Click here .

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  • Moving our Innovation and Outreach Mission Forward

    I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the Chambers College in my new role of Associate Dean for Outreach, Innovation and Engagement. This opportunity allows me to leverage my passions into one role that will create synergistic relationships across the Chambers College enterprise, while also enabling opportunities for growth among our programmatic and outreach efforts through strategic resource development. I am a mission-driven and student-centered academic who believes wholeheartedly in the value of enabling our faculty, staff and students to study, live, and innovate through activities that serve our state and community.

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  • The Brief: The Finish Line is Near

  • Persevering through the Pandemic

    While spring is the perfect season for a fresh start, we cannot move forward unless we appreciate where we came from. 

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