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  • Mountaineer Mall Area Robotics Hosts First FRC Competition in West Virginia

    Mountaineer Mall Area Robotics Hosts First FRC Competition in West Virginia

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:27:41 GMT
    It was the first of it's kind. The state of West Virginia has never hosted a First Robotics Competition until now. Twenty four teams, from 13 states and 2 countries, competed for the top spot at the WVU Recreation Center."The practice matches we did were the first FRC matches ever done in West Virginia," said Autumn Baker, a Mountaineer Area RoboticS team member. "That feels really good that we can sort of pioneer this type of event."Mountaineer Area Robotics (MARS) put together the event tha...
    It was the first of it's kind. The state of West Virginia has never hosted a First Robotics Competition until now. Twenty four teams, from 13 states and 2 countries, competed for the top spot at the WVU Recreation Center."The practice matches we did were the first FRC matches ever done in West Virginia," said Autumn Baker, a Mountaineer Area RoboticS team member. "That feels really good that we can sort of pioneer this type of event."Mountaineer Area Robotics (MARS) put together the event tha...
  • OMEGA, Make-A-Wish Launch Statewide Campaign

    OMEGA, Make-A-Wish Launch Statewide Campaign

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:24:49 GMT
    The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association, also known as OMEGA, has launched a statewide campaign to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish foundation, and it's making dreams come true $1 at a time.
    The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association, also known as OMEGA, has launched a statewide campaign to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish foundation, and it's making dreams come true $1 at a time.
  • West Virginia University Opens Second Urgent Care Facility

    West Virginia University Opens Second Urgent Care Facility

    Friday, August 1 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-08-01 22:16:18 GMT
    West Virginia University Urgent Care's second location started up today.
    West Virginia University Urgent Care's second location started up today.
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  • Successful privatization should inspire more reform

    Successful privatization should inspire more reform

    Friday, August 1 2014 1:48 PM EDT2014-08-01 17:48:52 GMT
    It’s not a stretch to say West Virginia once had the dubious distinction of having the worst workers’ compensation system in the nation.
    It’s not a stretch to say West Virginia once had the dubious distinction of having the worst workers’ compensation system in the nation.
  • Wider lens necessary for effective education

    Wider lens necessary for effective education

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:00 AM EDT2014-07-25 10:00:24 GMT
    We say it often, but if West Virginia is going to reach its enormous potential, we will need a dynamic, robust educational system that challenges and prepares our people for the rigors of life in the 21st century.
    We say it often, but if West Virginia is going to reach its enormous potential, we will need a dynamic, robust educational system that challenges and prepares our people for the rigors of life in the 21st century.
  • Can we be realistic on roads?

    Can we be realistic on roads?

    Friday, July 18 2014 7:00 AM EDT2014-07-18 11:00:54 GMT
    Building and maintaining roads should not be a political issue. In fact, it should be pretty straightforward. Potholes need filled, drainage ditches need cleaned, the highways need striped — while it might be painstaking and expensive, the overall concept is pretty simple.
    Building and maintaining roads should not be a political issue. In fact, it should be pretty straightforward. Potholes need filled, drainage ditches need cleaned, the highways need striped — while it might be painstaking and expensive, the overall concept is pretty simple.

Small businesses are the backbone of not only our financial system, but also our communities.

Small business leaders offer employment opportunities and sustainable, bona fide local investment. They support community efforts in countless ways — from sponsoring the local little league team to generous donations many of us might not ever learn about, these men and women contribute. Small businesses also represent an unshakable tenant of our nation’s promise: hard work, determination and an entrepreneurial spirit can help anyone build a better life. It’s this promise that leads a worker to leave a job to become his own boss, propels a basement inventor to take her product to the marketplace or inspires an amateur chef to open a restaurant.

Starting a business anywhere is certainly not easy, but in West Virginia, this is an especially challenging task. In so many other parts of the country, working hard, being innovative and finding new and exciting ways to separate yourself from the competition often brings success. You have to wonder how true that is in West Virginia. Long hours, sacrifices both big and small and an eye toward tomorrow are no guarantee of anything. But in our state, even those much-needed and necessary qualities often mean little.

In the face of all that, there are those who press on, determined to carve out their pieces of the American dream right here in the Mountain State. This week, we join the U.S. Small Business Administration in honoring the brave ones, the risk takers, the dreamers — those who saw an opportunity and had the courage to take it. We honor their resolve, their spirit and their willingness to do something more. They put aside their fears and trepidations and, quite simply, went for it.

Our hope is that our elected leaders will be inspired by these men and women and see to it that others not only have the same chance, but also when the next generation of visionaries summons the fortitude to pursue their dream, they’ll do so in a state that has a tax code that encourages growth and investment, ensures that fairness, not politics, takes precedence in its courts and offers a world-class education that prepares students of every age for life in the 21st Century. This state has more potential that we could ever imagine, and we salute those who may see what others may not. We salute those small business owners who are truly working every day for a better West Virginia.