Community Economic Development
I'm not sure if you consider this a resource but I offer functional movement training at my Pilates Studio in Oak Hill. I am a for-profit business but I try to keep my prices low and competitive so as not to exclude people. I am a nationally trained Pilates teacher and I specialize in helping people regain their physical abilities so they can continue to do the things they love to do. I also run wellness programs to help people make positive health changes in their lives. This comes with some nutrition coaching as well as other wellness components that affect someone's health - sleep, stress, exercise, hormones, etc...
We currently have five fellows in our program who are in various stages of publication acquisition or are starting their own publication. Their goal is to ensure that rural community journalism is available across West Virginia and beyond.
I'm currently working with a start-up called Worthy Ambition. The vision is to provide opportunities for disenfranchised people in the community where they live. The ultimate goal is to help these people be able to provide for themselves in the short and long term
The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Development, Inc., (CESD), was created in 1981. We are a nonprofit organization affiliated with West Virginia University (WVU). The nonprofit exempt purpose of CESD is to promote advancement of education, research, and economic development including reducing the burden of government. When we began, our projects focused primarily on improving productivity in manufacturing organizations and providing managerial and technical support to new businesses in West Virginia. Since then, our focus has broadened to include bordering states, and we have expanded our support to virtually every type of organization in the region. The types of projects we support have also become more diverse as CESD continually adds to our available tools. By focusing on real problems faced by employers in the state and the region, we are making tangible improvements to businesses that contribute to West Virginia's economy and our people.
One of our earliest clients came to us in the ideation stage. Through multiple partner resources we were able to work this client through many phases - and eliminating many obstacles. Through these collective efforts, the client is now getting their product in front of customers for actual real-world consumer feedback. Sometimes it takes a village and connecting resources was critical to the success of this client.
A comprehensive program curriculum as part of the university -- how to apply that will take planning -- this includes comprehensive delivery capacity using online and in-person faculty - it also includes free resources such as www.seed-scale.org
Healthcare and nursing specifically. Our institution had a great idea and the human resources to complete the task, but not the financial resources. We were connected with a small-scale funder who provided a relatively small grant that acted as seed money for the program. We ere then able to access larger private funding sources and federal grants and now have a robust regional program that targets non-timber forest product producers, but also provides connections between people and other resources!
Groups: In Jackson County WV -- Ripley Rotary, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Pilot Club, Jackson County Development Authority, Jackson County Resource Network Systems -- WVU/Jackson General, JCDC -- Employment and other supports for people with disabilities
I have been volunteering with Active Southern West Virginia because I feel I have some good skills to offer the organization. I used to work for a non-profit that had a physical activity component so I have experience with the type of work. Plus my business is focused around physical activity so it's a good fit. I will continue to help out where I can.
The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program provides coaching and leadership development of new and existing groups throughout West Virginia. The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program focuses on outdoor recreation as a system of public health, economic development, and conservation. We focus on the intersection between these and the many other pieces of community development.
The WV Food and Farm Coalition foodshed development program includes five community-based coordinators that cover seventeen counties in WV. These foodshed coordinators work to bring resources and make connections within the communities they serve that increase access to local food and build the WV agriculture food system. These connections create thriving communities and support food-based entrepreneurs. One example is the Route 219 project which will place mini-markets or "local food kiosks" in existing business along this route in Pocahontas and Randolph counties. This projects is being developed by a network of partners and community members and has required many connections to be made to move this project forward.
Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association (YLA) A non-profit organization providing youth leadership programs, conferences, and camps, preparing the next generation of civic leaders in the areas of leadership, character, service, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. Mission Statement: We believe that helping youth achieve their full potential is our primary mission. We seek to help youth develop leadership and citizenship skills for a lifelong commitment to service through character-building programs for all that strengthen spirit, mind, and body.
One Foundation: The One Foundation seeks partners with a commitment to the values that we, too, hold - like sustainability, equity, inclusion and service to others. In partnership we seek first light and common understanding, before we engage in support. The One Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. However, we do seek connection with those who feel resonance with our principles.
House to Home Day Shelter;
The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation makes charitable grants in a ten county area of WV. We place priority on communities that are not already served by another community foundation. Marian Clowes, Associate Director of Community Leadership is our key contact for Grant inquiries.
I am the main point of contact to assist with these things. Most of our contacts are already overburdened, so I didn't attach it. It seems when you have someone good in the community, a lot of people take advantage, and they are usually too kind-hearted to say no. As for connecting, I have lots of stories for just talking to people who have or know others that can help. Its the importance of getting the word out and communicating what you need, so others see the opportunity to help.
Preservation Alliance of West Virginia offers assistance to historic organizations and municipalities in WV. Appalachian Forest National Heritage Area often sponsors Americorps members at sites and in communities in 16 counties of WV and 2 counties in western MD.
Public Relations and Marketing Consultant. We volunteered our resources to a group that raised over $30,000 at the onset of the pandemic. We assisted them in creating a website with intakes where needs were addressed and dollar amounts requested. This site has donation capabilities so that it could also be used for fundraising. We have connected entrepreneurs with the resources they need but were unable to get on their own. One specific case is a recycled batter that is eco-friendly and will go to a worldwide market. We developed a color palette and logo (no cost to them) and connected them to venture capitalists to raise funds to achieve their goals.
The WV One Stop Business Center is managed by the WV Secretary of State. The WV One Stop is the only 5-agency single-location business and licensing center in the nation. A new business or entrepreneur can access representatives from the WVSOS Business & Licensing Division, the WV Tax Department, the WV Dept. of Labor, WorkForce WV and the WV Small Business Development Center.
The City of Parsons joined together with PRO OnTrac and Parsons Blueprint Community joined together to address the needs of a vacant space to create a pocket park. The Mills Group is assisting, and this project will move together more quickly and cohesively!
The United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development provides funding for a multitude of rural activities. The Webster County Community Fund provides grants to Webster County Entities and Programs. The Cowen Area Community Fund is under the Webster County Community Fund and provides annual grants to Cowen area projects.
The NewStart program at West Virginia University is a master's degree program in Media Solutions and Innovation. Our goal is to help media outlets not just survive but thrive in an ever-changing landscape by matching up entrepreneurs with rural community media outlets looking to sell. We are training the next generation of media entrepreneurs not just on what it takes to run a successful newsroom, but on what it takes to transition legacy media outlets into long-term, sustainable businesses using new business models and diversifying revenue sources.
Woodlands Development Group provides business coaching and resource development in the counties participating in the Mon Forest Towns Partnership program. The HIVE of the New River Gorge Regional Development Authority assists businesses and entrepreneurs with every stage of business development
West Virginia Community and Technical College System, support from 9 community and technical colleges and 2 advanced technology centers (one in South Charleston and another in Fairmont; apprenticeship programs and customized training for employees.
The WVDA Business Development team work to grow West Virginia agribusiness and economy. Their goal is to reach out with tools and partnerships to make potential businesses aware of the services and support the West Virginia Department of Agriculture and its partners can provide.
I manage the Clean Water Act's section 319 funding for West Virginia. These funds are for the restoration and protection of waterways impaired or threatened by nonpoint sources of pollution. Email: Timothy.D.Craddock@gmail.com
The WV Food & Farm Coalition (WVFFC) works to build the local food and agriculture system in West Virginia in a way that provides viable incomes for farmers and local foods businesses and ensures all residents have access to locally produced food. Their vision is that West Virginia will be a place where farmers and local foods and agriculture businesses can make a living working within a robust network to grow, process, distribute, and market their products, and that provides healthy locally produced food to communities.
YLA works to strengthen the base of ethical civic leadership working to renew family, school, business, organizational, and community life across our states, region, and nation. An example of this is the YLA Teen Entrepreneurship Summit held each year at Camp Horseshoe in Tucker County. County chambers and service clubs sponsor teens from across WV to attend this week-long summit, who practice developing business ideas to meet needs in their communities. These teens then go on to initiate service projects in their home communities.
Funding - 3steps2startup.com - a teamwork initiative between TechConnect, WVJIT & INNOVA early stage resource and funding, network of agencies helping with commercialization of technology. Assistance with support from concept to commercialization phase.
The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program is called upon in a variety of situation from trails to promoting outdoor recreation for youth. There is not project too small or too big for the program. One project that comes to mind involves a county attempting to highlight their outdoor recreation opportunities along their river front. They wanted to work with neighboring counties to coordinate their efforts, organize community feedback across multiple counties, and build on existing opportunities. RTCA helped them build stronger relationships with multiple organizations in the area, designed the community feedback tools, and brought new ideas to age-old challenges. All of these outcomes focused on community priorities and goals. RTCA simply provides an extra hand, an extra head, and a lot of energy to get projects done.