West Virginia State University Launches New Business Development Training Program

Contact: Jack Bailey
(304) 766-4109
November 26, 2018
West Virginia State University Launches New Business Development Training Program
INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University (WVSU) Extension Service is helping entrepreneurs launch their business idea with a new development training program entitled Opening Soon Inc. Open to both new and existing businesses, the program will be offered at the University’s Economic Development Center (EDC) on Charleston’s West Side beginning Dec. 1.

Opening Soon Inc. is a two-part series focusing on ideation and wellness. In the ideation phase, participants will define, market and plan their business launch. In the wellness phase, which focuses on both personal and business wellness, participants will learn, share and develop their personal idea with the ultimate goal of launch. 

“Opening Soon, Inc. is about launching the minimum viable product to the global market in 90 days,” said GO Journey Inc. CEO Melissa Hill, who will lead the sessions. “The results from the launch will result in data that will be used for the participant’s business plan and startup budget. We are removing all barriers and asking everyday people with a dream to open their heart to learning. We will help them document the product and connect to the global trade market. The workshops are hands-on and combined with individual coaching and mentoring to ensure success.”

Ideation workshops will be held Dec. 1 from 8 a.m. to noon and Dec. 4 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Participants need only attend one of the two sessions. Admission is free, with registration required. Registration information is available at wvsuedc.orgor by calling (304) 720-1401.

Hill will also offer open office hours at the EDC on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the second and fourth weeks of each month.

A WVSU graduate with a degree in business administration and marketing, Hill is an author, consultant, social entrepreneur and founder of the business development and consulting firm GO Journey Inc. 

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