Best Small Business Resources in the Charleston Area

Starting a business is a life-changing experience. West Virginia has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Charleston area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in West Virginia.

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University of Charleston Wehrle Innovation Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Product Development

Offers Free Service

Description

University of Charleston Wehrle Innovation Center hosts a variety of events and great resources for aspiring entrepreneurs. This includes access to a variety of maker spaces, 3D printing, access to mentors, and great events to train one's business and entrepreneurial skills.

Restrictions

Open to the University of Charleston Affiliates only.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

University of Charleston , 2300 MacCorkle Ave. SE
Charleston, WV 25304
304-357-4757
davidramsburg@ucwv.edu


Charleston SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


Putnam SBDC

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1116 Smith Street
Charleston, WV 25301


The Charleston Area Alliance Small Business Incubator

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

The Charleston Area Alliance Small Business Incubator is a newly established entity with plentiful of office space in a great area; the incubator offers office space for below market rate price, as well as low-cost rentals of office spaces. Being part of the incubator program opens entrepreneurs to a wide network of mentors and other entrepreneurs. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1116 Smith St.
Charleston, WV 25301
304-340-4253
ryoung@charlestonareaalliance.org