Partners In Progress
The Mid-Ohio Valley is fortunate to have not one, but two small business coaches. One coach is located in the City of Parkersburg’s Development Office, while the other is located at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. These outstanding business coaches, with real world experience, can connect you to valuable resources, including SBA’s many small business loan opportunities.
For more information on the WV Small Business Development Center, please click here.
- If you are thinking about starting a new business and don’t know where to begin, please contact Marsa Myers at West Virginia University at Parkersburg at 304-424-8213 or email C.Myers@wv.gov.
The WCDA is the Economic Development arm for Wood County, West Virginia. The Wood County Development Authority (public entity) and the Parkersburg-Wood County Area Development Corporation (private entity). This organization is dedicated to recruiting new businesses to the Wood County area as well as working with existing businesses to ensure that West Virginia remains their home base. Find out more here.
Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce
A valuable business institution in Parkersburg, the primary focus of the MOV Chamber of Commerce is to assist business growth in an increasingly global and interconnected environment. They provide a variety of services that build social/business networks, promote professional development, and increase a business’s visibility through varied marketing efforts. For more information about the Chamber of Commerce, please click here.
Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council
The MOVRC has established several revolving loan funds designed to assist small businesses with a variety of issues, including cash flow, capital investments, etc. Loans can vary in size, depending on the program and the business's capacity to repay the debt. To learn more about MOVRC’s loan programs and view an application, please click here.
Downtown PKB is a catalyst to bring together like-minded, passionate people who are invested in the improvement of downtown. Downtown PKB is the place for you and your family to get involved, celebrate community, get inspired, savor the flavors, and live an active life. Downtown PKB is supported by private donations, grants, and event sponsorship revenue. For more information on this dynamic organization, or how you can help create a more vibrant downtown Parkersburg community, please click here.
WV Department of Commerce
This organization oversees a variety of programs and initiatives, including the WV Housing Development Fund (link here), Office of Economic Opportunity (link here) and commercial/industrial development sites. For more information on the organization itself, click here.