Entrepreneurship

The rise of entrepreneurship in West Virginia is one of the top 5 trends shaping our state in 2018.  

Governor's School of Entrepreneurship
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It’s the inaugural year of the Governor’s Entrepreneurial Academy at Marshall University. The hope is to influence high school students to be entrepreneurs. Irene Jonathan will be a 10th grader at Charleston Catholic in the fall.

"We were put into groups and we’re each supposed to be designing a product, so my group is making all-natural sunglasses from repurposed wood and the company is called montes and it’s Latin for Mountains because we wanted to keep our roots in West Virginia," Jonathan said.

Judy Sheppard, a dynamic West Virginia entrepreneur
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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear from women who overcame a lot of challenges to succeed as students, musicians, entrepreneurs and educators.

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This week on Inside Appalachia, we’ll hear stories of Christmas past, Christmas present and even hope for Christmases in the future.

Roxy Todd

On a sultry summer evening, three women are killing harlequin beetles in an effort to save the greens at the SAGE micro-farm on Rebecca Street that they landscaped themselves.

Last year, Kathy Moore, Jenny Totten and Meg Reishman completed 18 agriculture and business classes through SAGE, which stands for Sustainable Agricultural Entrepreneurs. Kathy says she loves getting to take home an unlimited supply of fresh vegetables each week.

Concord University students are reaching out into the community to inspire young entrepreneurs. Earlier this week students from Melrose Elementary in Mercer County set up a lemonade stand on Concord’s campus.

The children sold fresh lemonade to University faculty, staff and students after months of marketing and preparing. The event is part of a nationwide effort sponsored by Google Entrepreneurs that started in 2007 to inspire youngsters by assisting with stands across the country.