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WVU takes its Land Grant mission very seriously, and as a result, the University has a number of resources to help individual members of the communities start and grow businesses, as well as assist communities with future development.  

The WVU BrickStreet Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Provides assistance to selected small businesses and communities to offer feasibility studies, business plans, market studies, process re-engineering and operational efficiency analysis. 

Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center

Promotes economic development and environmental & public health protection through the innovative redevelopment of brownfield sites.

The Governor's School for Entrepreneurship

For high school students currently in the ninth through eleventh grades. These young innovators will learn how to create a scalable business model based on market feedback and then have the opportunity to pitch and start their business.

WVU College of Law Entrepreneurship and Innovation Clinic 

Provides transactional assistance for West Virginia small businesses and nonprofits.

WVU Extension Services 

Offer a number of services for entrepreneurship such as:  

WVU Small Farms Center -strives to help farmers increase their bottom line. The Center hosts conferences and provides expert assistance to farmers. 

Annie’s Project - is a localized approach to empowering women in agriculture through training, resources and networking.

West Virginia Agritourism Initiative- provides training for aspiring and beginning agritourism operators.

The WVU LaunchLab

Provides resources and assistance for faculty interested in teaching entrepreneurship as well as faculty members with business ideas not related to their academic research.

WVU Libraries Foundation Center Grant- Writing Collection

Offers free public access to grant maker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and online research tools to located grants and funding opportunities.  

WVU Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Help WV businesses improve competitiveness in local and global markets through operational support, innovation and growth, sustainability and organizational assistance. 

WVU Patents and Trademark Resource Center

Offers Patent & Trademark across the state.  Primarily assist in learning how to conduct a patent or trademark search.

The WVU Women’s Business Center

Provides training and business coaching specifically designed for women. The WBC is open to students, faculty and staff and members of the community.