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SBA Officials Learn about Cutting Edge Microclimate Research created by a West Virginia Small Business

Did you know that the eighth longest cave in the United States, which is also the home to almost half of the world’s population of Virginia big-eared bats, is located in West Virginia? Located in Germany Valley, the cave is aptly named Hellhole. The only known entrance to the cave is a funnel-shaped pit opening on the lower slopes of the North Fork Mountain with a sign that reads “Make Peace with God.”

 

For nearly 10 years, Extreme Endeavors has performed microclimate research for a West Virginia company to monitor the cave and assure that nearby mining does not change the environment for hibernation.  Every two years Extreme Endeavors enters Hellhole to replace environmental monitoring sensors.

 

This year the Owner and President of the company, Mike Masterman, invited SBA Regional Administrator Natalia Olson and District Director Judy McCauley, to accompany the Extreme Endeavors team while they changed a sensor in a nearby cave, called Schoolhouse... Read More

“Country Roads, take me Home” to Capon Springs & Farms

“Country roads, take me home, to the place I belong,” John Denver sings of the solace found amongst the majestic mountains and whirling rivers of West Virginia.  One of these hidden sanctuaries, a place many people consider home, is buried within 4,700 acres of green forested mountains in Hampshire County. 

Capon Springs & Farms, a camp-like getaway is managed by the third generation of the Austin family and for more than 80 years has provided a home away from home for its circle of friends.  “We create a home-like atmosphere where annually friends and family can immerse in traditions forgotten by many,” states Jonathan Bellingham, Marketing Manager and third generation family member.

The West Virginia District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration has been privileged to work with this small business, Capon Springs & Farms, for over 25 years through our resource partner, the West Virginia Small Business Development Center. 

Capon’s first... Read More

Small businesses, new and established, can benefit from doing business with the federal government. Purchasing approximately $600 billion a year, the federal government buys goods and services ranging from space engines to janitorial work.  The U.S. Small Business Administration works closely with federal agencies to ensure small businesses obtain their fair share of government contracts and subcontracts.  In 2012, $128.5 million was awarded to West Virginia small businesses.

Judy Sheppard, President and CEO of Professional Services of America Inc., was in business for more than 15 years before she entered the government contracting realm.  Sheppard’s Parkersburg office sits next to the Bureau of the Public Debt, and she couldn’t comprehend why she wasn’t able to do business with them.  Sheppard spoke to the local small business specialist who directed her to the SBA to learn more about the Small Business Set-Aside Program.  Through a congress mandated act, federal agencies... Read More

SBA provides WV Company the "Opportunity" in Popular Saying "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity"

Diane Lewis epitomizes the popular saying, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity,” and she credits the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for providing her the “opportunity” to succeed.  Over the past decade Lewis has utilized the programs and resources offered by the SBA, including participation in the 8(a) Business Development program.

Lewis started Action Facilities Management in the basement of her home in 2001 as a sole proprietor, and incorporated the business in 2003.  Initially the business was a two person operation, Lewis in the lead and her son Donald Hill, who was 17 at the time, as the secretary.  The company received assistance from the SBA in developing a business plan and Lewis began taking advantage of educational workshops on government contracting.  However, Lewis had greater plans of involvement with the SBA in mind; she was familiar with the SBA 8(a) Business Development program and knew it was the right direction for her... Read More

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