When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Well, when life gives you an ancient ocean trapped below the Appalachian Mountains of Kanawha Valley in West Virginia, you start a salt works business. That’s exactly what brother and sister, Nancy Bruns and Lewis Payne, seventh generation salt-makers, did.
J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works salt is naturally derived and completely organic. Bruns was a guest on the Positively West Virginia Podcast and shared a few pieces of advice she’s lived by since starting the business with her brother.read more
How do you keep your customers coming back? This is the ultimate question every business owner should be asking themselves. River Riders Family Adventure Resort owner, Matthew Knott, a guest on the Positively West Virginia Podcast, talks about focusing on improving the guest experience all around.read more
Don’t be afraid to open your women-owned West Virginia business. Elizabeth Yeager discusses her positive and negatives for her own business.read more
Ten year old business owner, Zeb Helmick, and his father, Steven, talked with us about their business advice they would give young entrepreneurs.read more
How do you know when a business opportunity is good or bad? Stephen Woerner, a senior at West Virginia University and co-founder 3WM software, tells us how to decide.read more
When you work in the craft beer industry, listening to your customers and knowing the importance of customer engagement is key. Learn two other business tips from the Parkersburg Brewing Co. team.read more
When you own a company, there are many hard things you have to do including firing employees.
Brandon Dennison, owner of Coalfield Development, a community-based non-profit that gives individuals the ability to learn and grow while improving their communities (even during economic decline), talked with Positively West Virginia host, Jim Matuga, about the decisions an owner has to make for the sake of the business. Learn a few tips on how to run a small business below.read more
Lisa Allen, president and CEO of Ziegenfelder Company in Wheeling, West Virginia, has made a career of making people smile and helping them find their happy place.
Ziegenfelder Company manufactures and sells Budget $aver® twin pops and other frozen treats worldwide.
Allen talked with Jim Matuga, host of Positively West Virginia, about her company and why she is so proud of the vision, value and culture behind it.read more
For young entrepreneurs, it can be difficult to know where to focus your energy. You have three or four projects you’re working on, a friend has a business idea, and you just heard about this cool new trend you want to try out. We know how that feels.
Beau Robinson, owner of Catch Cam Nets, sat down with Positively West Virginia podcast host, Jim Matuga, and talked with him about his tips for young West Virginia entrepreneurs.read more
Through trials and triumphs, Ray Sickles, owner of Gurkee’s Rope Sandals, brought the company to West Virginia and has continued to succeed in this industry.
Through his experience, Sickles has four pieces of advice that he thinks will help entrepreneurs who want to learn how to do business in West Virginia.read more