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Community Business

In collaboration with the West Virginia Small Business Development Center and similar organizations, the Encova Center serves small business through direct coaching, targeted trainings, and workshops to support small business growth. The Center also helps to facilitate mutually beneficial partnerships between the College and WV business owners through Strategic Business Consulting. 

COVID-19 BUSINESS HELP

The WVU Chambers College of Business and Economics Encova Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation has created a Small Business Assistance program for small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus. The Encova Center is partnering with Chambers College Subject Matter Experts to create this program, which will assist nonprofits and small businesses in the region. It will offer free services such as assistance with loan applications, marketing, finances, business planning and more. Services will be provided remotely to ensure social distancing practices. Small business must fill out the following intake form:

COVID-19 HELP 


Business Coaching

Whether you are a new business owner seeking to take your business to the next level or a seasoned expert who is ready to grow and expand your business, we offer a host of services and resources to help support your overall goals. We provide entrepreneurs with the technical and marketing assistance, coaching, mentorship, and strategic partnership opportunities.

Workshops

Workshop Calendar

The Encova Center hosts frequent workshops to help West Virginia businesses succeed. For the most up-to-date schedule of upcoming workshops or to watch past webinars, click the links below.

Workshop Calendar  Watch Past Workshops

Grow with Google

The WVU Encova Center Community Business Program has partnered with Grow With Google to host workshops that will teach people the digital skills that will grow their careers and businesses. Upcoming "Grow With Google" workshops will be available on our Workshop Calendar, and resources can be found on our "Watch Past Workshops" page (links above).



Strategic Business Consulting

The Encova Center facilitates mutually beneficial partnerships between WVU students in various undergraduate and graduate programs and West Virginia businesses through student experiential projects.

Strategic Business Consulting

GROW WITH GOOGLE WEBINARS

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

West Virginia Universitys John Chambers College of Business and Economics is offering the next series of Grow with Google webinars to the state business community from September through December 2020.

Hosted by the Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which is part of the Chambers College, the webinars are a key initiative of their Small Business Assistance Program, designed to help businesses in West Virginia through direct coaching, targeted trainings, and informing policymakers to support small business growth. The Center also helps to facilitate mutually beneficial partnerships between the College and West Virginia business owners through strategic business consulting.

Anna Carrier, Community Business Program lead for the Encova Center, has spearheaded the efforts to support small businesses as part of the mission of the Encova Center to lock arms with businesses to ensure West Virginia has a robust, united, and well-resourced business community.

“Supporting our state businesses is always an important facet of our land-grant mission, but it’s even more important now that small businesses are facing increased strains due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Carrier. “We hope businesses will take advantage of these free resources that will be led by Google and state experts.”

Topics and dates for the webinars are detailed below. 

SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 @ 2:45pm - Attract More Customers Online Using Digital Tools and the Black-Owned Business Attribute

Join the US Black Chambers, Inc. and Grow with Google to learn how customers can find your business online. Find out about USBC’s ByBlack initiative, a directory to find & support Black entrepreneurs and Google’s Black-owned Business profile attribute. You’ll also learn how Google Search works and how you can improve a website's visibility with Search Engine Optimization (SEO), as well as explore digital tools such as Google My Business, Google Trends, Google Analytics and more.

Led by: Hosted by the US Black Chambers, Inc. and Grow with Google (Presented by Anna Carrier - Community Business Program Lead for the WVU Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Chambers College of Business & Economics DICE Committee & WVU Vantage Ventures)

Zoom Link: Register in advance for this meeting:

https://wvu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItcu-qrDkpHtcYjkbuPq2l4Q9nFE_CtpGU

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

OCTOBER 14, 2020 @ 11:45am - Sell Online This Holiday Season with E-Commerce Tools

Learn how to sell online to customers as they kick off their holiday shopping this season. We’ll walk through the benefits of setting up an online store with Shopify and how to list your products on Google Shopping so that you can sell from anywhere. Plus, learn more helpful tools to stand out online, such as Local Opportunity Finder and Grow My Store.

Led by: Hosted by Anna Carrier - Community Business Program Lead for the WVU Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Grow with Google 

Zoom Link: Register in advance for this meeting:

https://wvu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJckd-uvqjgrGdMDfHhO-tW3H1OZr6bkccsp

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Nov GWG

NOVEMBER 19, 2020 @ 11:00 am - Get productive with Google’s digital tools

Participants will learn how Google’s office productivity tools—including Gmail, Calendar, Drive and other apps—can boost productivity, tips and tricks for how to use them most efficiently, and creative ways to accomplish a variety of tasks for your professional and personal projects. 

Led by: Anna Carrier - Community Business Program Lead for the WVU Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Zoom Link: Register in advance for this meeting:

https://wvu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAtd-ihqD8pHNRnsgPY8mHmh3w9LqYUxkcG

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dec GWG

Gain best practices for creating a YouTube Channel and compelling video content that promotes your products and services and drives engagement with your brand.

Led by: Anna Carrier - Community Business Program Lead for the WVU Encova Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Zoom Link: Register in advance for this meeting:

https://wvu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMudeqvqjovGNK4KXJLSQ4ImDo7EHGgw195

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

All webinars will be accessible on the Encova Center website for those unable to join the sessions live. Anyone in the region is eligible to participate. For more information, please contact Anna Carrier at amccart1@mail.wvu.edu.

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CONTACT: Heather Richardson
Assistant Dean of Communications
John Chambers College of Business and Economics
304-293-9625; hrichard@mail.wvu.edu

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