WV businesses to be represented at SBA event in Pittsburgh - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

WV businesses to be represented at SBA event in Pittsburgh

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Officials confirm "inappropriate behavior " at Shady Spring football game

    Officials confirm "inappropriate behavior " at Shady Spring football game

    Officials confirm "inappropriate behavior " at Shady Spring football game

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:21:17 GMT
    Shady Spring High school's season opener versus Princeton High school had what students call a disturbance.Director of People Services, Jeff McClung, did confirm that some students were acting out."Shady Spring High School administration has notified the county office of inappropriate behavior at the game. I'm proud of the diligence they've had at the game enforcing the school policies," McClung Said.Students told me they witnessed over 10 of their fellow students sneaking alcohol into the ga...
    Shady Spring High school's season opener versus Princeton High school had what students call a disturbance.Director of People Services, Jeff McClung, did confirm that some students were acting out."Shady Spring High School administration has notified the county office of inappropriate behavior at the game. I'm proud of the diligence they've had at the game enforcing the school policies," McClung Said.Students told me they witnessed over 10 of their fellow students sneaking alcohol into the ga...
  • Mercer County man sentenced on child porn charges

    Mercer County man sentenced on child porn charges

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:03 PM EDT2014-09-02 20:03:45 GMT
    A child pornography case out of Mercer County lead to the sentencing of a Bluefield, WV man on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. David A. Punturi, 54, will serve nine years in federal prison and 20 years of supervised release, after being sentenced in front of Judge David A. Faber.
    A child pornography case out of Mercer County lead to the sentencing of a Bluefield, WV man on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. David A. Punturi, 54, will serve nine years in federal prison and 20 years of supervised release, after being sentenced in front of Judge David A. Faber.
  • Victim identified in fatal accident near Cyclone, WV

    Victim identified in fatal accident near Cyclone, WV

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:11:16 GMT
    According to officials in Wyoming County, the driver was thrown from the vehicle.
    According to officials in Wyoming County, the driver was thrown from the vehicle.

Three business leaders whose companies have a footprint in West Virginia will represent the state at the U.S. Small Business Administration's National Small Business Week event in Pittsburgh.

The June 20 event is geared toward area entrepreneurs who are looking to start or grow their small businesses. They'll learn international trade strategies, tips on obtaining certification and best practices for successful local business leaders, including Scott Rotruck, vice president of Chesapeake Energy, who will deliver the keynote speech; Judy Sheppard, CEO of Professional Services of America, who will sit in on the panel "Certifications Benefits Small Businesses"; and Kim Mack, president of Cyclops Industries, Inc., who will sit in on the panel titled "Growing and Going Global."

The informational sessions and workshops will be held at the Pittsburgh Technical Institute in Oakdale, Pa.

SBA Administrator Karen Mills will lead an armchair discussion with leaders from Pittsburgh's nationally-acclaimed startup accelerator, AlphaLab.  Mills, Jim Jen, executive director of AlphaLab and Ilana Diamond, managing director of AlphaLab Gear will discuss early stage business development for small companies and give advice on what small businesses need to succeed and grow.

"This event is a great opportunity for small business owners, or those who want to start and grow a business, to learn from those who have gone before them and succeeded," remarked SBA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho.  "AlphaLab and accelerators like it are instrumental in teaming with the SBA to kick-start small businesses into engines for our economy."

Breakout sessions on certifications for small businesses, crowdfunding and speed mentoring sessions will also be featured.  Other highlights include an economic overview address by the chief economist for PNC Bank, a luncheon address by Chesapeake Energy's vice president and executives from 84 Lumber, Innovation 21 and staff from local universities will also be on hand to dispense advice.

A discussion on the "Pittsburgh Entrepreneurial Ecosystem" will be led by local business leaders and moderated by Seton Hill University's E-Magnify Director Jayne Huston, an SBA Women's Business Center.