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SB Wednesday: new series for business owners

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BLUEFIELD, W.Va (WVVA) - WVVA is helping answer questions about small business loans, unemployment, taxes, business reopening and more.

The Executive Director of the Mercer County Economic Development Authority, John O’Neal, is helping answer questions every Wednesda.

WVVA: Much of our small business segment for the last few months has been focused on the impact of COVID-19, including unemployment and government aid programs. This Wednesday we are going in a different direction.

O'Neal: That’s right. As it relates to small business, we have been “all COVID all the time” for several months now, but with the economy continuing its strong recovery from the COVID Recession, it is time to shift our focus to other issues of importance to small business owners and entrepreneurs in our region.

Prior to COVID and the government imposed lockdowns, the economy in our region, and the state, was doing very well. We had strong employment numbers, and strong economic growth. This economic vitality is due to a number of factors that we will explore in the next few weeks in a series that I will call “Advantage West Virginia.”

WVVA: That sounds encouraging. What are some of the topics you will explore in this series?

O'Neal: When considering whether to relocate a business, expand a business, or trying to start something from scratch, there are a number of factors that any business owner or entrepreneur must consider. Among these are affordability, location, business climate, quality of life, workforce, and education or training.

Over the next few weeks we will consider these important factors, and hopefully we can provide some useful information that might encourage our business owners and entrepreneurs in their efforts to grow their business and provide good jobs for the people in our region.

WVVA: This series sounds very interesting. Viewers should tune in each Wednesday for this new series, Advantage West Virginia.

Melinda Zosh

Evening Anchor and Producer

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