Eastern’s New Biz Launchpad Grows Up

The New Biz Launchpad has grown up and moved out on its own. 

Formerly located in Wardensville, the Institute for Rural Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College has moved to 108 South Fork Road, Suite 108 and has expanded to include a variety of programs and services.

“The New Business Launchpad came about as the result of a study, the Potomac Highlands Entrepreneurship Economic Feasibility Study, funded by the Claude Benedum Foundation and completed in 2016,” said Megan Webb, Ph.D. Dean of Advancement and Innovation at Eastern. “The economic strategies and action steps outlined in the study included a focus on agriculture, arts and tourism and manufacturing. At its new location, the IREED New Business Launchpad will provide services from the AIM Grant Coordinator, the Potomac Highlands Creative Economy and the Potomac Highlands Food Co-op.”

The Apprenticeships in Motion (AIM) is a federally funded program that focuses on students enrolled in information technology studies. 

“The apprenticeship coordinator connects Eastern students enrolled in IT training to apprenticeship opportunities,” Webb said. “While students receive tuition assistance and valuable work experience, the companies receive a 50-50 wage match. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

The apprenticeship coordinator also works with companies to customize instruction for existing workers to increase their skills and maintain a talented workforce.

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