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Create WV Conference to be this month

Oct. 07, 2012 @ 07:29 AM

Create WV conference planned for Oct. 26-27

The Create WV Conference is set for Oct. 26-27 at the Charleston House Ramada Inn Hotel and the Charleston Civic Center.

The Create WV Conference is a statewide training conference and celebration of creative, entrepreneurial communities and individuals that develop innovative economic opportunities for all West Virginia citizens.

"Create WV is different. It's a unique opportunity to engage West Virginia's thought leaders and the most innovative people in the business, arts, education, government and nonprofit communities," Skip Lineberg of Spilman Thomas and Battle PLLC, said in a press release.

New in 2012 is an opportunity to pitch an idea and win seed money in a statewide "crowd funding" contest. Also for the first time, several sessions are available on Saturday to enable more West Virginia entrepreneurs, educators and students to attend. Guests can attend part of Create WV at lower attendance prices.

Visit createwv.com for details about the conference.

Barnes Agency wins Best Agency awards

HURRICANE -- The Barnes Agency, a West Virginia-based, full-service advertising, marketing and public relations firm, has recently been recognized by the West Virginia Press Association as winner of both first and second place in the Best Agency category for ads designed in 2011 and placed in both The Times Record and Roane County Reporter on behalf of Roane General Hospital.

Both awards were in the Division 3 newspaper category. First place reflected an ad promoting Roane General Hospital's urgent care services, while the second place ad communicated a New Year's holiday message on behalf of the hospital.

The firm's president and CEO are Jeffrey M. Barnes. For more information about Barnes Agency or to view samples of its work, visit www.thebarnesagency.com.

Vision Shared launches initiative to support crowdfunding

The Vision Shared Entrepreneurship Committee is launching a new initiative to help entrepreneurs succeed in crowdfunding efforts through programs such as KickStarter. Crowdfunding is a collective effort of individuals who network and pool their resources, usually via the Internet, to support causes. Vision Shared has partnered with The Wild Ramp, a locally sourced food market in Huntington, to pilot the program. As part of the pilot project, Vision Shared provided a small grant to The Wild Ramp to assist with the development of the video presentation and is building a statewide network to share information about various crowdfunding efforts. The Wild Ramp will document experiences and lessons learned so that Vision Shared can provide that information to others.

To join the Vision Shared Crowdfunding Network, email Rebecca Randolph at president@visionshared.com.