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Troy Rutherford, owner of Dave’s Famous T&L Hotdog in Shinnston and Weston, looks forward to Spring each year as it is the company’s busy season. Unfortunately, this Spring brought a once in a lifetime pandemic instead of the annual surge of customers. 

COVID-19 significantly impacted the sales for Dave’s Famous T&L Hotdog. Like other small restaurants in West Virginia, Rutherford was forced to close the dining room. He adapted to this new reality by adding additional services including free delivery and pivoting his marketing plan to increase his online budget. Sales continued to decrease, requiring a cut back in employee hours as the lower profits made it difficult to cover payroll.

Rutherford turned to the Small Business Administration-approved lender Premier Bank to secure a Paycheck Protection Program loan for $55,000, which helped him keep his employees on payroll at the same hours and pay rate as before the pandemic and helped cover rent and utilities... Read More

The Alonso Group, a West Virginia construction company started in 2010, was deemed essential during the COVID-19 health pandemic. However, revenue took a hit as government contracts projects were altered to abide by social distancing guidelines.  

Managing member Tony Alonso is no stranger to the Small Business Administration, as the business is in the 8(a) Business Development program and was recently named the 2020 SBA West Virginia Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year. During this tough time, Tony checked in with SBA West Virginia District Office Senior Area Business Development Specialist, Melissa Loder, who provided guidance on how the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) would benefit the company and its employees.

Tony reached out to a couple financial institutions during the first round of the PPP but was unable to find a bank to process the loan. When the second round of PPP funding was released Tony contacted SBA-approved lender Harrison County Bank, where... Read More

Roya Maher of A3L Federal Works utilizes the Economic Injury Disaster Loan(EIDL) Advance and Payroll Protection Program (PPP) to help her through the current uncertainty of the economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maher attended one of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Office COVID-19 Relief for Small Business trainings and equipped herself with the knowledge she needed to apply for the EIDL Advance and the PPP.

Following the training Maher worked with her accountant and lender, Clear Mountain Bank, and was able to get the PPP in eight business days. “The process was easy and straightforward because I knew what I was doing from the training,” noted Maher. “I can’t rave enough about the assistance I receive from SBA’s West Virginia District Office, they are always there to assist me when I need it.”

Because of the EIDL Advance and PPP Maher is confident she can navigate the storm and keep her 14 employees on payroll during the... Read More

Matt Welsch is the owner of Vagabond Kitchen located in the heart of beautiful, downtown Wheeling. Welsch opened Vagabond Kitchen in 2014 and has experienced great success with his business including being a $20k winner of “Guy’s Grocery Games” on the Food Network. Welsch is also no stranger to SBA, he has worked with an SBDC coach since 2014, utilized an SBA microloan through the First Microloan of West Virginia, and is a 2019 graduate of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders program.  However, nothing could have prepared him for the challenges his small business would face due to the current health crisis.

 Vagabond Kitchen has experienced a 70 percent loss in business due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The small business has gone from being open seven days a week with a staff of 18 to being open four days a week with a staff of six. Welsch, with the help of his West Virginia Small Business Development Center coach, was able to apply for and receive the SBA... Read More

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