Charleston West Virginia Economic Development

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008


To launch the newly developed Young Entrepreneur Support (YES) Network, representatives of Vision Shared today announced they will be hosting simultaneous membership drives on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 in Charleston, Morgantown, Martinsburg and Fayetteville. The events will begin at 6 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m.

According to YESNetwork organizer Andrew White, the YESNetwork is a new
initiative that seeks to create a vibrant entrepreneurial environment in West Virginia by helping young people get the tools they need to grow their business and by creating an infrastructure for community among them. The group is looking to support young people, between the ages of 18-40, that are actively pursuing the start-up, development, maintenance, and/or growth of their business in West Virginia. “We are thrilled to kick off the YES Network with an event of this magnitude,” said White. “We feel that bringing young entrepreneurs together in this way is going to not only benefit the members individually, but the business climate throughout the state as well.”

With help from Vision Shared, a small group of organizers have been developing the concept over the last year. With the study of other entrepreneurship initiatives, and through a survey tool, they have identified programming in three key areas that will best serve the needs of young entrepreneurs through peer-to-peer forums, a mentor network and the identification of business opportunities.

“I think the potential for the YESNetwork is phenomenal,” said White. “In order for West Virginia to have a strong economy tomorrow, we must nurture and support our young entrepreneurs today. That’s what the YESNetwork is all about.”
Persons interested in finding out more about the YESNetwork are encouraged to attend one of the membership drives on Feb. 27 at one of the following locations:

Charleston: Summit Conference Center
Morgantown: Waterfront Hotel
Martinsburg: Steptoe & Johnson Law Offices
Fayetteville: White Horse Bed & Breakfast
For more information about the YESNetwork, visit


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