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Tom Crabtree founded The WV Great Barrel Company in 2017 to create meaningful change and create great jobs in his local community of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The WV Great Barrel Company manufactures top-quality bourbon and whiskey barrels in the most advanced cooperage on the planet. A cooperage is a place that makes barrels and casks.…
 
Austin’s Homemade Ice Cream is a family-owned, homemade ice cream shop in Ceredo, West Virginia. Austin’s at The Market is their second location owned by Taylor Strickland and Tim Ruff, the grandchildren of Joyce Snyder, who ran the original Austin’s for 35 years. Austin’s originated in 1947, and Joyce took it over in 1983. Taylor and Tim have owne…
 
Jonathan Gladysz is the owner of Koin Coffee, a coffee shop and roastery in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Since 2019, Koin Coffee has been passionate about showing its customers what coffee can be. It’s not just something to wake you up; it’s something that can be very special. Their primary focus is to bring the best specialty coffees worldwide to Br…
 
Karen Ford is a Master Financial Coach, Public Speaker, Entrepreneur and Author who has coached people with various money issues: from just $500 in debt to $800,000 in debt. She has coached folks with up to 86 credit cards and taught them how to pay down and pay off those cards in record time. Karen’s mission is to inspire others to rid themselves …
 
Mark Oliverio is the owner of Oliverio Peppers in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Oliverio Peppers was founded in 1972 by Mark’s father, Frank Oliverio. For the first four years, Frank ran the business from his mother’s basement. Eventually, he realized that if he wanted to expand his business, he would need more space. So, in 1976, he purchased an old …
 
Since 1927, Gritt’s Farm has been a working farm in Buffalo, West Virginia. Beginning as a homestead farm with the first generation being Veto and Nally Gritt, The Farm has seen many different faces over the years. Their focus has always been providing high quality, locally grown products to the community through all of the years and changes. Gritt…
 
Adam and Beth Bedway are the co-owners of East Wheeling Clayworks. East Wheeling Clayworks is a working ceramic studio that offers wholesale and retail sales of their products. They also sell non-ceramic household items that they use and love and provide a platform for local artists to display their work. Every item Adam and Beth sell has their sta…
 
Amy McLaughlin is the managing partner of Lafayette Flats Boutique Vacation Rentals in West Virginia. In 2013, Amy and her husband, Shawn Means, lovingly remodeled the historic building that now houses Lafayette Flats. It sits directly across from the courthouse in downtown Fayetteville, WV. Together they created four modern vacation rentals inside…
 
Donald Hitchcock and Paul Yandura are transplants from a very busy Washington, DC life. Donald has a background in public health policy, and Paul has a background in political science. They have been life partners for the past 23 years and built a vacation cabin in Lost River, WV, in 2008. Since then, they have fallen in love with West Virginia, be…
 
Terri Giles grew up in Hinton, West Virginia, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Concord University in Athens. She worked in economic development for U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller in Charleston and Washington, D.C. She was tapped to represent the Senator in Japan in high-level meetings with Toyota Manufacturing, which ultimately located one of th…
 
Carly Baker is the owner of Baker Cheese Company in Morgantown, West Virginia. She started her business in late 2019. Baker Cheese Company is a gourmet grazing company that provides custom cheese and charcuterie boxes, boards and tables for any event. Whether it be a date night at home or a wedding, they have you covered. Baker Cheese Company provi…
 
James Carnes is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Iconic Air in Morgantown, WV. James started Iconic Air in December of 2018. Iconic Air is a West Virginia startup company pioneering a new way of leak detection monitoring and data reporting for the oil and gas industry. Iconic Air’s platform focuses on a transparent and automated proce…
 
Steve Finn is the Founder and Executive Director of Chestnut Mountain Ranch, located in Morgantown, West Virginia. Chestnut Mountain Ranch is a Christ-centered safe haven for families and boys in crisis. It is also a place for family restoration, where boys can enjoy school again and experience positive family values. Before opening Chestnut Mounta…
 
Nick Lambie, the owner of Ziebart of Morgantown, opened Ziebart in 2019. Ziebart provides premium automotive appearance and protection services to extend the life of the vehicle you love so you can keep it like new for as long as you own it. Nick was born and raised in Morgantown. After graduating from high school, he decided to join the Airforce, …
 
Joanne Watson is the Co-Owner of The WOW! Factory, a creative studio offering pottery painting, mosaics, glass fusing, clay hand building, canvas painting and board art. Joanne and Dina Muttillo opened the studio 12 years ago after mulling over the idea on the playground where their kids attended school. The WOW! Factory customers can walk in any t…
 
Funkhouser & Smith, PLLC is located in Fairmont, West Virginia, and has been in business since April 1, 2019. John R. Funkhouser is one of the founding partners of the firm, along with Ashley Joseph Smith. Funkhouser & Smith, PLLC handles a wide range of legal matters, including family law, real estate transactions, estate planning, municipal law, …
 
Mountain Man Axe Throwing, located in Star City, is owned by Chris Atkins. Mountain Man Axe Throwing is Morgantown’s first axe throwing venue and tavern. Chris describes his business as “A bowling alley, but with axes… and of course a lot more instruction.” He first discovered axe throwing in the summer of 2018, and by August of that same year, he …
 
Michael Lipton is the Director of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, located in Charleston, WV. In addition to being an entrepreneur, Michael is also an accomplished electric guitar player. The WV Music Hall of Fame was founded in 2005 as a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting and preserving the rich and lasting contributions West Vi…
 
Almost Heaven Desserts (AHD) is a family-owned bakery and coffee shop located in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Patti and Jim Simon own the business alongside their daughter Victoria. Victoria Simon worked at AHD during high school. Shortly after graduating from college with a degree in Business Management, she decided to take the family business to th…
 
Rocket Chassis builds late model, dirt track race cars. They take pride in providing their customers with everything they need to be successful, including access to an expansive network of over 30 dealers across the US and Australia, a large inventory of parts and components, vast in-house technical knowledge and superb service. Steve Baker, co-own…
 
Growing up in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, Mike’s love for construction began at a young age. One summer, Mike helped his dad build a deck on the back of their house, and his passion for building structures grew. The aspiring engineer was active with construction mission trips throughout high school and worked with a residential contractor during su…
 
Small Business Exporter of the Year Lawrence Michael McCown Industrial Bolting Technologies, Inc. Mike@industrialbolting.com 304-744-9489 Industrial Bolting Technologies, Inc. started in 2003 in Tyler Mountain, West Virginia by Mike McCrown. McCown created The Torsion X brand and hydraulic tools. These high-quality tools are sold domestically and i…
 
Small Business Person of the Year Kim Eastman & Brenda Sheldon Hospitality Cleaning Solutions, LLC kim@hcs-wv.com; brenda@hcs-wv.com 304-757-9392 Hospitality Cleaning Solutions, LLC, is a woman-owned, small business facilities management company with broad operations related to capabilities and over 18 years of experience providing constructive sol…
 
Lisa Biafore grew up in Cape May County, New Jersey, and moved to Morgantown with her husband, Michael, in 1996. She has a BS from Glassboro State (now Rowan University) and an MBA from Drexel University. Lisa spent over 30 years in the corporate world with her last position as a Sr. Program Manager for a consulting firm providing support to a larg…
 
Gino Degregori is the President and CEO of Bravo Consulting Group, LLC, which is based in Leesburg, VA, but they also have an office in Morgantown, WV. He is a graduate of WVU with a Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems and a Master’s in Software Engineering. Since 2007, Degregori and his team have consistently and reliably worked with fede…
 
In 2018, Ascent Consulting and Engineering started in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Ascent has a diverse staff who brings expertise in nearly every facet of civil engineering. They’re committed to providing quality services, building long-lasting relationships and supporting and encouraging their employees. Zach Assaro, a member at Ascent Consulting a…
 
FD Kitchen and Bath, owned by Ken and Floann Downey, is a full-service design, sales and installation company. They specialize in the design of kitchens, baths and closets in the greater Morgantown area. FD Kitchen and Bath has been in the residential construction business since 1995. The company works on a variety of projects ranging from small re…
 
SHOW NOTES: 3:06 Gina and Victoria, take a minute, fill in some gaps from that brief intro and give us a little behind the curtain look into your company. 3:56 How/ when did you get started in this business? 7:54 What is your 30 sec. pitch for The Soft Cloth Shop? 9:17 What draws people to The Soft Cloth Shop? What are your best selling products? 1…
 
John Obrist is the Owner of WineJug in Weirton, West Virginia. John received his BS from Ithaca College and his MBA from Penn State University. John has been married for 29 years to Ledea Obrist with four kids (ages 20, 19, 19, and 16) – yes, 3 in college! WineJug is a wine specialty retail store and online company designed to offer incredible wine…
 
Travis Foster is the President of Bacteria Busters, located in Buckhannon, WV. Centered on professionalism and backed by science, Bacteria Busters of West Virginia is the state’s premier provider of interior and exterior disinfection for homes, businesses and more. Their cornerstone service is their interior dry mist fogging, which produces a dropl…
 
Tony Watson is an accomplished multifaceted sales leader with a proven track record in the field of Medical Equipment and supplies. Tony is the VP of Sales at Destiny Consultants, which is Woman Owned and a 100% Service Disabled Veteran Small Business that provides Medical equipment and services to the Federal Government. Their mission is simple – …
 
Leah Heimbach, is President and Owner of H M S, LLC in Fairmont, West Virginia. HMS protects vulnerable populations and veterans. HMS blends their unique healthcare and technology expertise to create bold yet cost-effective solutions that federal and state agencies and their private-sector partners need to make sure your loved ones get the best pos…
 
Traci Phillips is the CEO and Owner of Fun Fitness Kids Club. Traci’s spouse Justin Phillips is COO. Fun Fitness Kids Club was recently named Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year by the West Virginia Small Business Administration. Fun Fitness Kids Club provides rental fitness equipment for ages Birth to 5 years old. They are focused on fitness…
 
Mike Emerson was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1978 and sold life insurance for Northwestern Mutual for two years before going to work for IBM in 1980. Emerson was a marketing representative and systems engineer with IBM for seven years befo…
 
Robert A. Alonso II (Tony) served in the United States Air Force from Jan. 85-Apr 98. After he separated from the USAF he relocated back home to WV. He began working with his father (Bob), his brother (Todd), and his sister (Tish) in the construction business as a Project Manager and Estimator. Robert received his service connected disability from …
 
ITrend Technology was founded by Edward Green, a federally contracted IT professional turned businessman, who has a mission to simplify the world of Information Technology for individuals and businesses. Having worked in the Information Technology field since 1998, Edward decided to form ITrend Technology, a local IT management business that focuse…
 
Andrew Cutright is a managing member of Cutright Law located in the Suncrest Towne Centre in Morgantown, WV. His father Roger Cutright is also a member of Cutright Law, and combined they have over 30 years of experience. Andrew is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA and also a graduate from WVU Law School. Cutright Law specializes in co…
 
Andrea Bourdelais graduated from the University of Vermont in 1985 and Washington State University in 1991. She has one daughter Olivia who recently graduated from the University of Vermont. She moved from Wilmington NC to the Tristate area in 2017 to help run the family business, Level 1 Fasteners with her brother Ted Bourdelais who is the shop ma…
 
For more than two years, Positively West Virginia has brought you compelling stories about West Virginia businesses. Our mission is to educate, inspire and motivate people. Now, we have gathered together some of our most influential guests to create an ongoing panel discussion focused on encouraging WV small businesses in their effort to thrive in …
 
Mike McCown is a 1987 graduate of West Virginia University in Industrial Engineering. He and his wife, Tera, of twenty-five years have two daughters. Elizabeth, recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University; Emily, currently attending Wake Forest University. Mike started Industrial Bolting Technologies, Inc. (IBT) in January of 2003. IBT was …
 
For more than two years, Positively West Virginia has brought you compelling stories about West Virginia businesses. Our mission is to educate, inspire and motivate people. Now, we have gathered together some of our most influential guests to create an ongoing panel discussion focused on encouraging WV small businesses in their effort to thrive in …
 
Eric Watkins is the owner of The Fighter Store in, Morgantown, West Virginia – in Monongalia County. Eric was raised in Morgantown since the age of 4 years old. At the age of 24 he decided to go to college at West Virginia University as an untraditional freshman, exactly 5 years late. At the time Eric was training to be a professional fighter and h…
 
For more than two years, Positively West Virginia has brought you compelling stories about West Virginia businesses. Our mission is to educate, inspire and motivate people. Now, we have gathered together some of our most influential guests to create an ongoing panel discussion focused on encouraging WV small businesses in their effort to thrive in …
 
Originally from Elkins, West Virginia, Bill Heckle moved to Greenbrier County in 2018 to take the helm at GVBC. Bill has breathed new life into GVBC, launching a series of successful expansions that have seen both production and distribution increase by several orders of magnitude. Brewery mission statement: Our mission at Greenbrier Valley Brewing…
 
For more than two years, Positively West Virginia has brought you compelling stories about West Virginia businesses. Our mission is to educate, inspire and motivate people. Now, we have gathered together some of our most influential guests to create an ongoing panel discussion focused on encouraging WV small businesses in their effort to thrive in …
 
A journey that began four decades ago as a roadside fruit tree stand in Kingwood has continued to evolve and grow as one of Preston County’s oldest family-owned and operated businesses. Lucas Tatham, second-generation and Trellis Smith, are at the helm of Modern Homestead, affectionately known as Tathams by the locals. Founded in 1980, Modern Homes…
 
For more than two years, Positively West Virginia has brought you compelling stories about West Virginia businesses. Our mission is to educate, inspire and motivate people. Now, we have gathered together some of our most influential guests to create an ongoing panel discussion focused on encouraging WV small businesses in their effort to thrive in …
 
Show notes: Normally each week, on this podcast, we interview West Virginia business leaders and share their success stories. For the next few days – who knows how long that will be – we’re going to bring you daily special edition broadcasts specifically and intentionally around this basic question: What can West Virginia businesses do – right now …
 
Show notes: Normally each week, on this podcast, we interview West Virginia business leaders and share their success stories. For the next few days – who knows how long that will be – we’re going to bring you daily special edition broadcasts specifically and intentionally around this basic question: What can West Virginia businesses do – right now …
 
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