Micro-funding Events to Help WV Entrepreneurs

From the folks at the West Virginia Community Development Hub

Vision Shared will host a series of community based pilot programs throughout West Virginia called the Entrepreneurs' Cafe. The program aims to provide micro-funding awards to entrepreneurs at the local level. The program is designed to replicate a successful micro-funding program in Huntington, W.Va. called Cafe Huntington.

Vision Shared will co-host and support cafe launch events in Shepherdstown, Buckhannon, Clarksburg, Williamson and a location to be identified through a competitive application process.  Attendees pay for a meal, an opportunity to hear small business development ideas and then vote on their favorite project. The winning entrepreneur receives the proceeds from the purchase of meals and a special cash award provided by Vision Shared for the launch events.


The Entrepreneurs' Cafe program is part of a long-term plan to develop the entrepreneurial climate in West Virginia by Vision Shared. In May 2012 Vision Shared released a white paper outlining strategies for encouraging economic growth and development through entrepreneurial education and activity. 


To view the white paper or for more information about the Cafe Program visit www.revWV.com or call 304.522.3948.   

Cafe Shepherdstown
September 6, 2012, 6:00 PM
The Station at Shepherdstown
Audrey Egle Drive
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

Cafe Buckhannon
September 18, 2012, 6:00 PM
C.J. Maggies
16 East Main Street, 2nd Floor
Buckhannon, WV 26201

Cafe Clarksburg – Harrison County
September 19, 2012, 5:30 PM
Location To Be Announced
Clarksburg, WV

'Thrive' Launch Event
(A program of the Charleston Area Alliance)
September 19, 2012, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
1506 Kanwaha Blvd.
Charleston, WV 25302
Click here to learn more

Cafe Williamson
September 20, 2012, 5:30 PM
Righteous Brew Coffee House
180 East 2nd Avenue
Williamson, WV 25661