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SBA-Guaranteed Loan Keeps Resort Zipping Along

Historically, when Ernie Kincaid and Jerry Cook take on a project at ACE Adventure Resort in Minden, W.Va., they approach it a little differently than other business owners might. The owners of the 1,500 plus acres of wilderness nestled along the banks of the New River usually start the project then try to figure out how they are going to finance it.

The adventurous duo, who have owned the multi-faceted resort since 1987, were in the midst of constructing a new welcome center to replace the old dilapidated trailer/garage structure guests see on their initial arrival to the Fayette County resort, when they realized they probably would need some financial assistance.

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” said Cook when asked why about the decision to build the large log cabin-style structure at the entrance of the resort, behind which is a large lake that incorporates numerous water activities and a zip line. 

After approaching several... Read More

Martinsburg-based Firm Receives First Government Contract

Strategic Resolution Experts, Inc. (SRE), a 100 percent woman/veteran-owned small disadvantaged business, signed their first federal contract with the Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service. SRE, owned by Jeannette King and headquartered in Martinsburg, W.Va., is a participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program.

The signing recognition ceremony took place at the Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum held at The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Shepherdstown on Thursday, Nov. 3. SRE Business Development Director Elizabeth Sager, SBA’s West Virginia District Director Judy K. McCauley and Melissa Loder, SBA business opportunity specialist in West Virginia, participated in the recognition ceremony.

The $167 thousand dollar sole-source contract was awarded for Business Modernization Office (BMO) Customer Account Data Engine (CADE) Project Strategic Planning and Transition Management Support.

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Woman-Owned Small Business Lands First Government Contract

A-Zone Environmental Service, LLC (A-Zone), a small woman-owned disadvantaged company, signed their first federal contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District. A-Zone, based in Charles Town, W.Va., is a participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program. The company is owned by Adrienne Flores Morgan, a first generation born Hispanic American whose parents were raised in rural Venezuela and Argentina.

A signing recognition ceremony took place at the Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum held at The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Shepherdstown on Thursday, Nov. 3., A-Zone President and CEO Adrienne Morgan, SBA’s West Virginia District Director Judy K. McCauley and Melissa Loder, business opportunity specialist for SBA in West Virginia, participated in the recognition ceremony.

The $4 million dollar sole-source contract was awarded for Environmental Remediation Services within the Norfolk District area... Read More

Small Business Owner Receives 7(a) Loan, Access to Credit Line

It has been said by small business owners many times and in various ways, but Richard Kerns, Chief Operating Officer for Troy, LLC in Harrisville, W.Va. is quite sincere when he stated, “In all honesty, we wouldn’t be here today without West Union Bank and the U.S. Small Business Administration.”

Troy is a manufacturer of non-woven needle punch textiles of which 85 percent of their business relies on the automotive industry. The company’s roots can be traced back to 1865 when they manufactured horse blankets, the prevalent mode of transportation at that time, which eventually shifted to automobiles in the 1920’s.

With their corporate headquarters based in Troy, NH, the company decided to build an 85,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Harrisville in 1974 to enhance their growing automotive production line. Once the facility was completed, business remained steady for Troy until the latter 1990’s. That is when the automotive industry started to... Read More

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