draws 90 participants
from 24 West Virginia Counties!
Advantage Valley and its partners at the WV Department of Agriculture and at WV State University Extension Service hosted a FASTER WV sector-based webinar focused on the food and beverage industry. The webinar was designed to encourage and teach participants the basics about how to start a cottage food business and where to turn for help.  We were pleased to have 90 participants from 24 WV counties join us for the first of many FASTER WV sector-based workshops!  

* Faster WV Program services only apply to residents or business owners in Boone, Cabell, Clay, Kanawha, Putnam, Lincoln and Wayne Counties, but many resources below, including WV SBDC coaching, will be helpful to residents in all WV Counties.

In case you missed it, click HERE to watch a free recording of the Cottage Food hour long webinar!
~ FASTER WV Resources ~ 
Contact Business Coach Robbie Parker at the WV Small Business Development Center 
(304) 553-9692 (text) or (for coaching in Boone, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam Counties ~ or he can connect you to SBDC coaches for other counties.)  

Contact Business Coach Jules Bills at Unlimited Future, Inc. 
(304) 697-3007 or (for coaching in Cabell and Wayne Counties)
Click HERE to access Advantage Valley’s Food & Beverage Production Playbook

BridgeValley Community and Technical College’s Kauffman FAST TRAC 8-week online entrepreneurship class:  Next class starts August 13:  Contact Robbie Parker to register!
Unlimited Future, Inc. Planning Profit 8-week online entrepreneurship class:  Next classes start June 23 and July 9:  Register by clicking HERE!
Click HERE for more information about FASTER WV Program
~ FREE Resources related to Cottage Foods ~ 
Click HERE for WV Farmer’s Market Vendor Guide

Click HERE for A Guide to Start a Cottage Food Business in WV 

Click HERE for WV Cottage Food Bill
Click HERE for Cottage Food Label Review Request Form
Click HERE for a WV Farmer’s Market List
Click HERE for a Link to Farmer’s Market Vendor Permit

Click HERE for a Link to County Health Department (Food Establishment Permit) 
Click HERE for District Sanitarian Food Manufacturing Permit
Click HERE to reach Panelist Lacy Davidson Ferguson at the WV Department of Agriculture

Click HERE for Panelist Greg Christian and Toms Creek Family Farm on Facebook
Scholarships available for some entrepreneurship classes.
Click here to register for June 23 or July 9!




Advantage Valley represents the following WV Counties: Boone, Cabell, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, Putnam, Wayne, Jackson, Mason; the following KY Counties: Boyd, Greenup; and the following OH County: Lawrence. This combined metropolitan statistical area represents:

30% of the state’s population
25% of the state’s employed workforce
$25 billion GDP
615,570 population 

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