The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

February 18, 2013

Activities planned at New River

GHENT — The New River Community and Technical College Advanced Technology Center in Ghent will be buzzing with activity on Thursday, Feb. 21, as three free public events will take place simultaneously.

New River’s Business Opportunity Center will host the second annual Small Business Summit from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. According to Jill Holliday, instructional specialist for entrepreneurship and tourism, the Business Summit will feature a trade show-style format with presenters speaking on a variety of topics.

Leading off the program at 10 a.m. will be an overview of the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve and 2013 National Scout Jamboree from David Kopsa, assistant manager of programs for the Reserve. Kopsa works with the Boy Scout volunteers responsible for the program at the 2013 Jamboree.  As part of his duties, he is working with the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia to identify service projects in nine West Virginia counties as part of the Jamboree Messengers of Peace Day of Service.  Kopsa also directs the Summit’s High Adventure Program which will begin in 2014.

Other presentations will include the Small Business Development Center offering tips for understanding the basics of financial statements; the Robert C. Byrd Institute with an update on the new Third District Accelerator that will provide a wide range of new opportunities for business growth in tourism and advanced manufacturing; and Tamarack artisan Stephanie Danz, owner of Mountain Art Glass, discussing how she got started and the process involved in having work accepted by Tamarack.

For more, contact Holliday at 304-929-3305. For a schedule of presentations, go to and click on the link from the announcement on the home page.

Running concurrently with the Small Business Summit will be a Green-Up Job Fair sponsored by Region 1 WorkForce West Virginia and New River. Anyone interested in learning about career opportunities in green businesses and industries is invited to attend. Among the companies scheduled to participate are HSC Industrial; Adventure Communications Inc.; Appalachian Heating; WV Division of Rehabilitation Services of Princeton, Beckley, and Oak Hill; United Bank; Lowe’s of Princeton; Mabscott Supply and Enterprise Rental Cars. New River also will have representatives from its Office of Career Services and the Office of Enrollment Services on hand to answer questions and assist visitors.

If your business or organization would like to participate, a table and chairs will be provided for you to display information. Set-up will begin at 8 a.m. A vendor lunch will be provided upon request at a cost of $10 per person. For more information about the Green-Up Job Fair, contact Johnathon Mathena at 304-929-3307.

Finally, the day’s events will include a Community Fair during which New River students and visitors from the community will also have the opportunity to learn about area business and nonprofit agencies that provide goods and services that could be beneficial to them. Exhibitors will include the Beckley Fire Department, the UMWA Career Center, the New River Community and Technical College Foundation, Raleigh County DHHR, American Red Cross and Raleigh General Hospital.

The Advanced Technology Center is located at 527 Odd Road in Ghent, just off the I-77 Ghent exit.  For further information, call 304-929-3300.