The West Virginia Good Jobs Conference was created to bring together entrepreneurs, funders, accelerators, local community leaders and government agencies to trade ideas, recognize leading entrepreneurs, provide mentorship and support to entrepreneurs in southern West Virginia. Our focus was on bringing everyone to the table to create sustainable economic development throughout Appalachia. The Business Plan Competition provided an opportunity for local entrepreneurs who were interested in starting, growing or saving their business to ‘pitch’ their best idea and be eligible to receive cash awards. As part of the conference, participation in round table workshops strengthened business plans and provided networking opportunities to obtain funding.
Finalists competed on November 7, 2017 at Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia. Start-up capital in amounts of $2,000, $5,000 and $10,000 were awarded to each of the winners on the last day of the conference, November 8, 2017.