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WVSBDC offers workshop in Cabell

HUNTINGTON - A workshop on business fundamentals is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, 1050 4th Ave. in Huntington.

The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center's training and business coaching program "Three-Step Jump Start" to help small business owners receive the right information at the right time.

There is a $35 fee for the workshop. Registration, required at least two days in advance, can be completed by calling Amber Wilson at 304-528-5616 or emailing

McDonald's of Tri-State donates nearly $40K

CHARLESTON - McDonald's of the Tri-State recently donated a total of $39,949 to local Ronald McDonald House Charities chapters as part of the "Lovin' for RMHC" program, according to a news release.

The donation was split evenly between RMHC of Southern West Virginia, located in Charleston, and RMHC of the Tri-State, located in Huntington.

The Lovin' for RMHC Fundraiser allowed customers to purchase paper hearts for $1, $3, or $5 to be displayed in the restaurant. Customers were also encouraged to use #forRMHC in any social media posts about donating to the cause. The fundraiser was a national initiative to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities across the country.

Goodwill to distribute NIP tax credits

HUNTINGTON - Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Area Inc. is offering a limited amount of Neighborhood Investment Program, or NIP, State of West Virginia Tax Credits, according to a news release.

Only $1,000 of tax credits remain. Individuals who are interested are urged to contact Alissa Stewart or Deron Runyon at 304-525-7034 at Goodwill.

The WV State Tax Credit can be received by donating a minimum monetary donation of $500. In turn, individuals who qualify will receive 50 percent of their donation, via the tax credit. The donation can be marked off as a deduction on a federal return.

The NIP Tax Credit is great for individuals who are interested in having their cash donation invested into services and programs that directly affect individuals in the local community.

Kroger is West Virginia's most popular grocer

CINCINNATI - Kroger has the largest concentration of locations in the Mountain State, reports Thrill List, a digital media company that asked AggData to study grocery stores to determine the most popular chains in each state.

Kroger has 37 stores in West Virginia employing nearly 5,000 associates. Kroger has invested approximately $35 million in capital improvements in the past three years in West Virginia, according to a news release.

For more information about the survey, visit

QuickBooks online workshop scheduled

HUNTINGTON - Unlimited Future Inc. is hosting a Quickbooks Online Workshop from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at its office at 1650 8th Ave. in Huntington, according to a press release.

The workshop will be taught by Quickbooks Certified ProAdvisor Sebrina Jeffers and will offer a comprehensive introduction to the online accounting software.

Cost of the workshop is $400. All skill levels are welcome. No prior knowledge or use of the program is required. Registration prior to the event is required and can be complete by calling 304-697-3007. Participants may bring a laptop or use one of the computers available in the classroom. If you have questions about the class content, contact Jeffers at 304-730-4527.

This workshop will introduce participants to the online edition of QuickBooks software to take the guesswork out of managing business finances.

Columbia Gas customers will see lower prices

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As the coldest weather of the season grips Ohio, Columbia Gas of Ohio customers are seeing the lowest January gas prices since 1996, according to a news release from Columbia Gas.

Overall, residential customers' bills in January 2016 are nearly 40 percent below the average bill in 2008; and 22 percent lower than in January 2015.

This month, the average residential natural gas bill is projected to be $98.73, a decrease of $27.87 from the average bill of $126.60 in January 2015. The lower bill is a result, in part, to a lower standard choice offer price in January 2016 than in January 2015 37 cents per 100 cubic feet compared to 46 cents.

Dress for Success has new operating hours

HUNTINGTON - Dress for Success River Cities has changed its hours of operations to better accommodate its clients and donors for the new year.

According to a news release, the boutique, at 1141 4th Ave. in Huntington, will be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays with donation hours from 10 a.m.4 p.m. Hours will be 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays with donation hours available all day. The boutique will also be open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Donations will be accepted all day on those Saturdays as well.

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