Best Small Business Resources in the Morgantown 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 Morgantown 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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Upshur County Development Authority Innovation Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Research

Description

The Upshur County Development Authority Innovation Center provides resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses; the innovation center provides services in funding, business planning, and other research assistance.  Meanwhile, the center also offers one-on-one coaching for non-tech oriented entrepreneurs as well. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

30 E Main St.
Buckhannon, WV 26201
304-472-1757 x 1
info@upshurda.com


Alan B. Mollohan Innovation Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Coworking

Description

The Alan B. Mollohan Innovation Center is an affiliate service to West Virginia's premier tech focus group, High Technology Foundation. The foundation itself is well known to be resource rich for tech-oriented companies and fostering entrepreneurship. The center itself operates as an incubator, with workshops, classes, and office spaces. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

High Technology Foundation, 1000 Technology Drive
Fairmont, WV 26554
304-333-6842
mmcdonald@wvhtf.org


Morgantown 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.


The Fairmont Community Development Partnership Excelerator

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking

Description

The Excelerator hosted by the Fairmont Community Development Partnership is a great resource near the Morgantown area for entrepreneurs looking for a low-cost office space, offered with great amenities such as conference rooms, kitchenette, and camera monitoring. This space is open to start-up and early-stage entrepreneurs. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1543 Fairmont Ave., #102
Fairmont, WV 26554
304-366-7600
info@fcdpartnership.org

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


The West Virginia Wood Technology Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Coworking

Description

The West Virginia Wood Technology Center provides an incubator space for aspiring entrepreneurs, offering office spaces as well as various useful amenities at reduced costs.  Entrepreneurs can also request various training programs the center provides, whether technical or business development and planning.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

The West Virginia Wood Technology Center , 10 Eleventh Street
Elkins , WV 26241
304-637-7500
info@wvwoodtech.com


West Virginia University 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:

886 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Chestnut Ridge Bldg
Morgantown, WV 26505