W.Va. businesses honored for innovative products
HUNTINGTON -- An Ona company is among five West Virginia businesses honored Wednesday with INNOVATE WV Awards during a ceremony at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing in downtown Huntington.
The INNOVATE WV program is sponsored by RCBI along with Marshall and Concord universities to help entrepreneurs, small businesses and manufacturers in southern West Virginia develop and promote new products. It's awarded through a federal grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, shepherded to businesses in this state through a collaboration of several people and organizations. Many were at RCBI Wednesday to celebrate, including U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va.; along with Anne Cavalier, West Virginia's representative for the EDA; state Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette; RCBI Director Charlotte Weber; and Marshall University's president, Stephen Kopp, and vice president for research, John Maher.
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