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Vision 2030: Innovation/R&D

Vision: By 2030, the Kanawha Valley is a national hub of innovation supporting the intersection of chemical, energy, and environmental sciences supported by a culture of visionary entrepreneurism.


The Charleston Area Alliance is now accepting applications for its upcoming co-hort of GROW. GROW is the Alliance’s six-month entrepreneurial “boot camp” that connects local small business owners to the people and resources they need to grow their businesses.

The Charleston Area Alliance’s GROW program is an initiative designed to foster entrepreneurship in the Kanawha Valley.  Participants commit up to four-hours per month for in-person activities, offering entrepreneurial education, support and network building through:

GROW includes:
  • Six monthly seminars co-led by a University of Charleston and West Virginia State University business professors as well as a local, seasoned entrepreneur.
  • One-on-one business coaching sessions with a GROW business coach
  • Entrepreneur peer group meetings with GROW classmates.
Additional value-add benefits of GROW include:
  • A one-year Alliance membership ($365 value), which Includes access to Alliance networking events (Business After Hours, First Friday)
  • Access to room “415 at the Alliance,” a collaborative office-space in the Alliance’s incubator, which can be used for work, meetings, and everything in between.
  • Get pro-bono advising from Charleston professionals on a variety of topics including: marketing, legal, creative, insurance, banking, and more.
Entrepreneurs must meet eligibility requirements, submit a completed application and commit to six months of engaged participation.

To learn more, visit our website at http://www.charlestonareaalliance.org/programs/grow/ or view this informational slideshow.

Deadline for applications is January 7, 2015.

Click HERE for the application.

GROW members will also receive access to free consulting from business professionals in an array of fields including legal, accounting, banking, graphic design, and human resources, in addition to being connected to a professional mentor. Tuition for the program is $250, with $100 being reimbursed at the conclusion of the program. The program fee also includes a complimentary one-year membership to the Alliance ($365 value).

Questions regarding GROW should be directed to Cody Schuler at CSchuler@CharlestonAreaAlliance.org or at 304-340-4253.

Previous GROW class members have included:
  • Acorn Technologies
  • Advanced Physical Therapy
  • Amy Williams Wellness
  • April's Kitchen
  • Boomer Solutions
  • Caribbean Kitchen
  • Crayon Lacing
  • Dennis Wealth Management
  • Innovative Events Consultation
  • J Q Dickinson Salt Works
  • Kanawha Individual Development Solutions
  • Simmons Family Chiropractic
  • Sunflower Herbals