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Getting Started

Is Entrepreneurship for you? 

If you are considering starting a new business, there are many areas that you will need to make decisions about. Our doors are open to help guide you in the right directions. Please feel free to call and set up an appointment if you would like to talk about the possibilities. 

Just to get you started in West Virginia, we have compiled some information to assist in making basic business decisions.. You may need to seek legal advice to help you determine what form of business to have... Sole proprietorship, Partnership or a Corporation. 

Once you decide the type of business you want to start, your Business Plan will define your business, identify your goals, and serve as your firm's resume. The basic components include a balance sheet, an income statement, and a cash flow analysis. You may need to select an accountant to help you in this area, as you will to provide this information to secure financing. 

You will need state and local licenses and permits. Once you choose your location, contact the city in which you plan to do business for local information: 

Hancock County 
Chester - Newell
304-387-2820

New Cumberland
304-564-3383

Weirton
304-797-8500 

Brooke County
Beech Bottom
304-394-5545

Bethany
304-829-4217

Follansbee
304-527-1330

Weirton
304-797-8500

Wellsburg
304-737-2104

Windsor Heights
304-394-5882 

The WV State Tax Department offers state forms online. 

As a new business owner you also need to know your federal tax responsibilities

There are several links below to also help you in your venture, and if this office can be of assistance, please feel free to call or e-mail. 


Below are some links to help you begin. 

Development 
Small Business Development Center
West Virginia Secretary of State 
West Virginia Development Office 
Innova 

Financing 
The Hopewell Fund 
The Progress Fund
National Community Investment Fund
First Micro Loan of WV


Technology 
Verizon
Comcast 

Utilities/Energy 
Electric - Allegheny Power 
Gas - Mountaineer Gas 

Water:

Chester
Newell
New Cumberland
New Manchester
Weirton
Colliers
Follansbee
Wellsburg
Bethany
Beech Bottom/Windsor Heights 
304-387-0114
N/A
304-564-3384
304-564-9587
304-797-8591
N/A
304-527-1330
304-737-2143
304-547-5133
N/A

Resources 
National Association of the Self Employed

Incentives 
Doing Business in West Virginia