The Appalachian Social Enterprise Summit, a collaboration by Coalfield Development and other regional partners will be the area’s largest gathering of social entrepreneurs this year! This amazing event will attract entrepreneurs who are interested in the model of social entrepreneurship, as well as current practitioners and investors who are looking to network and expand. This is a great chance to engage and support some of the most creative and compassionate leaders our hills and hollers have to offer.

Farm to Table Dinner and Social Enterprise Training INFO

You don’t want to miss our Farm to Table Dinner and Social Enterprise Training at West Edge on Monday October 3rd.

Farm to table dinner starts at 5:00pm.

We will host community training from 6-8pm. Participants can choose one of the following social enterprise topics for their experiential learning:

  • Woodworking
  • Screen printing
  • Composting and reuse

WHAT:  Farm to Table Dinner and Social Enterprise Training 

WHEN: Monday, October 3, 2022 | Farm to table dinner starts at 5:00 pm | We will host community training from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

WHERE: West Edge Factory 1040 Vernon Street Huntington, WV 25704

Keynote speaker

Gayle Conelly Manchin

Federal Co-Chair
Appalachian Regional Commission

Gayle Conelly Manchin was sworn in as the Appalachian Regional Commission’s thirteenth federal co-chair on May 6, 2021, becoming the first ARC federal co-chair from West Virginia. Nominated by President Biden, Manchin works directly with ARC’s 13 member governors, their state alternates and program managers, and a network of local development districts to continue to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth throughout Appalachia.

An alumna of West Virginia University, Manchin worked as an educator in Marion County Schools, served on the faculty of Fairmont State University, and was the director of the university’s first Community Service Learning Program. She directed the AmeriCorps Promise Fellows in West Virginia between 2000-2004 and implemented a statewide initiative, WV Partnerships to Assure Student Success. Manchin previously served as West Virginia’s First Lady between 2005-2010 and was appointed to serve as a member of the State Board of Education, serving her last two years as president. She was the chair of the Board for Reconnecting McDowell, Inc., an AFT initiative serving rural West Virginia, is a past president of the Vandalia Rotary Club of Charleston, and was an emeritus member of The Education Alliance. She also served as cabinet secretary for the West Virginia Office of Education and the Arts.

Manchin’s top priorities as ARC federal co-chair are to support the creation of economic opportunities in the Appalachian Region, improve broadband access and critical infrastructure in Appalachian communities, and address the Region’s opioid crisis.

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Appalachian Social Enterprise Summit Pitch Competition

Idea Pitch and Business Pitch Contests

Win up to $10,000 for your Social Enterprise!

APPALCHIAN SOCIAL ENTERPRISE SUMMIT INFO

WHAT: Appalachian Social Enterprise Summit

WHEN: Tuesday, October 4, 2022 | 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

WHERE: Marshall University Don Morris Room

SUMMIT AGENDA

"This is a chance to engage and support some of the most creative and compassionate leaders our hills and hollers have to offer. The rise of social entrepreneurship in our region has led to several innovative business initiatives and entrepreneurs who want to run their business with the efficiency of a for-profit and the compassion of a non-profit. To diversify the Appalachian economy, we believe the social enterprise model is essential for reaching the underserved communities scattered throughout Appalachia.”

Brandon Dennison, CEO of Coalfield Development

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Is Social Enterprise Critical for Appalachian Flourishing?

Description: Welcoming and Framing

Brandon Dennison, Coalfield Development CEO

9:50 am – 11:00 am

Keynote Discussion

Brad Smith, Former CEO of Intuit
John Kinzer, Former CFO of Hubspot
Dan Conant, Solar Holler Founder and CEO

Morning Break | 10:35 am – 10:45 am

10:45 am – 11:15 am

Round 1 – Idea Pitch and Virtual Voting

11:20 am – 12:10 pm

Morning Breakout Sessions: Opportunity Sectors

Description: An individual or group of individuals that are subject matter experts in specific fields with on the ground experience in the outlined sectors that can lead discussions.

 

Brad D. Smith

President of Marshall University

Brad D. Smith, president of Marshall University, is recognized worldwide for his philanthropy and leadership roles. Smith served for 11 years as the chief executive officer of Intuit, and most recently served as the executive chairman of the board. He also is chairman of the Nordstrom board and served on the boards of Momentive (formerly Survey Monkey) and Yahoo.

In addition, he co-founded the Wing 2 Wing Foundation with his wife Alys. The foundation provides increased access and support for education, entrepreneurship mentoring and investment and works to position West Virginia “as a showcase for the nation.” One of Wing 2 Wing’s signature initiatives is Ascend West Virginia, the nation’s premier remote workforce recruitment program.

Originally from Kenova, West Virginia, Smith received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marshall University and a master’s degree in management from Aquinas College in Michigan. He has two daughters, Devon and Payton.

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Agriculture

Moderator: Adam Hudson, Director of Refresh Appalachia

Panelists:

  • Vincent DeGeorge – Grow Ohio Valley
  • Kathlyn Terry Baker – ASD
  • Adam Kody – ACEnet

Ecological Restoration

Moderator: Paul Patton, Chief Innovation Officer at Rural Action

Panelists:

  • Jacob Hannah – Coalfield Development
  • Gary Conley – Rural Action
  • Paul Patton – Rural Action

Clean Energy

Moderator: Sarah Conley-Ballew, Director of Sustainable Energy Solutions at Rural Action

Panelists:

  • Dan Conant – Solar Holler
  • Auggie Chico – Parthian Battery Solutions

Downtown and Community Revitalization

Moderators: Casey McCann, Director of Revitalize Appalachia – Coalfield Development and Nick Guertin with Coalfield Development

Panelists:

  • Lauren Kemp – Executive Director – RenewAll, Inc
  • Stephanie Tyree – Executive Director WV Community Development Hub
  • Kenzie New Walker – (Coalfield Development Board Chair, Matewan Mine Wars Museum Executive Director)
  • Downtown Appalachia Working Group

Light Manufacturing

Moderator: Deacon Stone, Director of Innovation, The Center for Innovation at RCBI

Tourism and Hospitality

Moderator: Chelsea Ruby, Secretary of the West Virginia Department of Tourism

Panelist:

  • Terry Sammons – Canebrake Cabins, Vickers Rental

12:10 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch and Panel: Why is Appalachia Fertile Ground for Social Enterprise?

Description: Practitioners that have enabled successful social enterprise or subject matter experts/investors/community leaders that have helped facilitate the growth of social
enterprise in Appalachia and other places in the United States.

Moderator: Faith Knutsen, Director of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service, Ohio University

1:10 pm – 2:00 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Paths to Success

Description: An individual or group of individuals that are subject matter experts in the specific topic and have on the ground experience in the outlined sectors that can lead discussions.

Supporting Employees in Social Enterprise Moderator: Kelli Crabtree, Chief Human Development Officer at Coalfield Development

Panelists:

  • Jason Tartt – Owner/Operator of T&T Organics,
    LLC and Co-Founder of EDGE
  • Kurt Kargou – REDF Manager, Growth Portfolio
  • Melissa Roberts – Executive Director,
    Bristol’s Promise
  • Cheryl Laws – Founder/CEO, Pollen8 (Cafe’ Appalachia, Cafe’ Appalachia Catering,
    Cultiv8, Appalachian Behavioral HealthCare)


Access to Capital – Structures and Strategies

Moderator: Debbie Phillips, CEO of Rural Action

Panelists:

  • Baylen Campbell – Director of Community Impact, Invest Appalachia 
  • Kerry Pigman – Executive Director, Athens County Foundation
  • Peter Hille – President and CEO of Mountain Association
  • Peyton Ballard – Managing Director of Country Roads Angel Network


Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition

Moderator: Chris Yura, Strategic Partners
Manager at Coalfield Development

Panelists:

  • Max Knapp – Whitewater Fund
  • Marilyn Wrenn – Coalfield Development

Afternoon Break | 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm

2:20 pm – 3:20 pm

Business Pitch Competition

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Idea Pitch Finals

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Business and Pitch Winners Announced and Conclusion of Conference

Core Organizers and Panelists

Carrie J. White, J.D., Ed.D.

Executive Director

WVU Morris L. Hayhurst LaunchLab

Faith Knutsen

Director of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service

Ben Eng, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Marshall University iCenter & Brad D. Smith Student Incubator

Diane S. Childers

Director of Operations

Virginia Tech Apex Center for Entrepreneurs

Stephanie Tyree

Executive Director

WV Community Development Hub
(the Hub)

Derick Maggard

Executive Director

Virginia Tech Apex Center for Entrepreneurs

Dan Conant

Founder and Ceo

Solar Holler

Nick Guertin

Associate Director of Revitalize Appalachia

Coalfield Development

Jacob Hannah

Director of Conservation

Coalfield Development

Adam Hudson

Director of Refresh Appalachia

Coalfield Development

Kelli Crabtree

Chief Human Development Officer

Coalfield Development

Casey McCann

Director of Revitalize Appalachia

Coalfield Development

Kenzie New Walker

Board President

Coalfield Development

Chris Yura

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Coalfield Development

Marilyn Wrenn

Chief Development Officer

Coalfield Development

Sarah Conley-Ballew

Director of Sustainable Energy Solutions

Rural Action

Ben Lachman

Entrepreneur and Co-Editor of The Orbital Index

Kerry Pigman

Executive Director

Athens County Foundation

Trey Yates

Founder

Greenbrier Diary LLC

Adam Kody

Food Enterprise Coordinator

ACEnet

John Kinzer

Operating Partner

Stripes Group

Chelsea Ruby

Secretary

West Virginia Department of Tourism

Vincent DeGeorge, Ph.D.

Operations Director and Wheeling Food Hub Project Lead

Grow Ohio Valley

Paige Leonard

Assistant Director

Marshall University iCenter

Blake Salyer

Appalachian Entrepreneur and Innovation + Ecosystem Manager

University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Kathlyn Terry Baker

CEO

Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD)

Paul Patton

Chief Innovation Officer

Rural Action

Debbie Phillips

Chief Executive Officer

Rural Action

Kurt Kargou

Manager, Growth Portfolio

REDF

Tres Ross

Executive Director

The Ross Foundation

Melissa Roberts

Executive Director

Bristol’s Promise

Peter Hille

President

Mountain Association

Peyton Ballard

Director of Entrepreneurship Initiatives (NRGRDA) and Managing Director (CRAN)

Jason Tartt, Sr.

Co-Founder of EDGE and Operates T&T Organics, LLC

Melissa Roberts

Executive Director

Bristol’s Promise

Peter Hille

President

Mountain Association

Sponsors

SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS

Dutch Miller Automotive Virginia Tech Invest Appalachia Ohio University REDF AutoDesk Foundation West Virginia University UVA Wise AssuredPartners Encova Insurance Country Roads Angel Network WV Hive New River Gorge Regional Development Authority Rural Action Ramond James Financial River City Subaru Netranom