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Each week, we feature in-depth, positive stories of companies that are doing great things for the communities they serve in West Virginia, are leading West Virginia in a positive direction and are committed to making our state a powerful force in America.

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Each week, we feature in-depth, positive stories of companies that are doing great things for the communities they serve in West Virginia, are leading West Virginia in a positive direction and are committed to making our state a powerful force in America.

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Great positive stories about West Virginia

By Gu4 - Sep 27 2019
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Jim has done a great job at finding and promoting people in West Virginia that are doing good things. This series has introduced me to several companies here that are creating products and services and are unique and uplifting. Good to hear West Virginians making a positive impact.

Great Podcast

By bstewart3 - Sep 12 2019
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Positively WV interviews some inspiring and influential business owners around the state of WV. It's interesting to hear their stories and lean of their successes. Great podcast to tune into!

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13 Ratings
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Great positive stories about West Virginia

By Gu4 - Sep 27 2019
Read more
Jim has done a great job at finding and promoting people in West Virginia that are doing good things. This series has introduced me to several companies here that are creating products and services and are unique and uplifting. Good to hear West Virginians making a positive impact.

Great Podcast

By bstewart3 - Sep 12 2019
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Positively WV interviews some inspiring and influential business owners around the state of WV. It's interesting to hear their stories and lean of their successes. Great podcast to tune into!

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Positively West Virginia

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Each week, we feature in-depth, positive stories of companies that are doing great things for the communities they serve in West Virginia, are leading West Virginia in a positive direction and are committed to making our state a powerful force in America.

Rank #1: Episode 98 – Katy Orr-Dove – Orr’s Farm Market

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Katy Orr-Dove is a third generation farmer and entrepreneur at George Orr & Sons, Inc. also doing business as Orr’s Farm Market. This 550 acre farm is located in Martinsburg, WV and has been in operation since 1954.  Katy’s grandfather, George S. Orr, Jr. was the founder of the business and started a legacy of innovation, hard work, and perseverance in the Orr family. 

Katy attended Shepherd College and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. After teaching for 5 years she decided to return to the farm to manage the retail market.  She has been back at the farm for the past 14 years and brought new ideas for tourism, entertainment, school tours, and expansion of the retail market business.  The market now employs 68 local citizens, with a large number of high school and college students. Katy hopes to spread a passion for agriculture and motivate young people to appreciate the different seasons on the farm.

SHOW NOTES:

  • 3:01 Katy take a minute, fill in some gaps from that brief intro and give us a little behind the curtain look into your company.
  • 3:48 How did you get started in this line of work?
  • 5:50 What is your 30 second pitch?
  • 6:53 Give us some background on your farming experience.
  • 9:21 What is the thing you’re most excited about for your organization – right now?
  • 11:42 What is the geographic market you serve?
  • 13:13 What would you say is the best thing about being in business in West Virginia?
  • 15:22 Katy What is your worst business moment?
  • 17:13 In one sentence – tell us the one take-away from that experience
  • 18:02 Positively West Virginia Commercial Break
  • 18:42 What’s the vision for your company – long term?
  • 19:43 How do you attract new customers?
  • 21:06 What’s one of the biggest challenges you face?
  • 21:59 What is one piece of advice you would give to young business owners and entrepreneurs in West Virginia?
  • 23:33 What is the one thing you do every day that contributes to your success?
  • 24:11 What’s one resource you use in your business that you can’t live without?

https://www.humanity.com/

https://www.clover.com

  • 25:00 What is one book you would recommend for aspiring entrepreneurs?

https://www.audible.com/

  • 25:48 What is your philosophy on leadership?
  • 27:11 What traits make an effective follower?
  • 30:45 How can our listeners learn more about your company and contact you?

https://orrsfarmmarket.com/

304-263-1168

https://www.facebook.com/Orrs-Farm-Market-90677659474/

Nov 28 2019

32mins

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Rank #2: Episode #97 – Adam Stephens and Rich Ireland – Arrowhead Bike Farms

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Adam Stephens and Rich Ireland are the Owners of Arrowhead Bike Farm located in Fayetteville, West Virginia – in Fayette County. Arrowhead Bike Farm is a A New River Gorge gathering point for adventurers of all kinds. At Arrowhead Bike Farm, you can rent a bike, camp and enjoy Outdoor dining on their deck or in their Biergarten with a variety of fresh local and national craft beer for after your paddling, biking, hiking or climbing adventure In the New River Gorge area.  Their mission is to give people an approachable way into biking and inspire them to ride through education and encouragement.

SHOW NOTES:

  • 3:23 Take a minute, fill in some gaps from that brief intro and give us a little behind the curtain look into your company.
  • 4:53 Tell us about the Arrowhead Bike Farm property.
  • 6:30 How did you get started in this line of work?
  • 9:28 What is your 30 second pitch for Arrowhead Bike Farm?
  • 10:44 Talk about how you brought all of your services together?
  • 11:45 What is the thing you’re most excited about for your organization – right now?
  • 14:04 What is the geographic market you serve?
  • 16:32 Talk about the camping opportunities at Arrowhead Bike Farm.
  • 17:45 How many employees do you have?
  • 18:19 What would you say is the best thing about being in business in West Virginia?
  • 19:09 Positively West Virginia Commercial Break
  • 20:24 What is your worst business moment?
  • 22:39 What’s the vision for your company – long term?
  • 24:26 How do you attract new customers?
  • 26:01 What’s one of the biggest challenges you face?
  • 26:56 What is one piece of advice you would give to young business owners and entrepreneurs in West Virginia?
  • 28:37 What is the one thing you do every day that contributes to your success?
  • 29:42 What is one book you would recommend for aspiring entrepreneurs?

Thomas L. Friedman

  • 31:40 How can our listeners learn more about your company and contact you?

https://arrowheadbikefarm.com/

304-900-5501

https://www.facebook.com/arrowheadbikefarm/

Nov 21 2019

33mins

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Rank #3: Episode 96 – Julie Bryan – Spark! Imagination and Science Center

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Julie Bryan is the Executive Director of SPARK! Imagination and Science Center located in Morgantown, West Virginia – in Monongalia County. SPARK! Imagination and Science Center is a non-profit hands-on children’s museum and science center that inspires people of all ages to explore science and the arts through hands-on exhibits and programs that spark a lifelong love of learning. Spark’s museum has exhibits that encourage visitors to explore nanoscience, engineering, dinosaurs, outerspace, health and their own imaginations.

 Julie Bryan has been with the museum since 2011. She fell in love with museum work while working at the Arizona State Museum in Tucson, Arizona. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Classics, she worked at the Tucson Children’s Museum. In 2015, she received the Small Museum Association – Hunter-Burley award which recognizes an individual’s outstanding contributions to the advancement of public access and professional growth for an individual institution.

SHOW NOTES:

  • 3:11 Julie take a minute, fill in some gaps from that brief intro and give us a little behind the curtain look into your company.
  • 3:59 How did you get started in this line of work?
  • 5:12 Are there any other children’s museums in WV?
  • 8:18 What’s your 30 second pitch for Hoot and Howl?
  • 9:04 What is the thing you’re most excited about for your organization – right now?
  • 15:28 How are you funded and how many employees do you have?
  • 17:48 What geographic area are you serving?
  • 19:08 Positively West Virginia Commercial Break
  • 19:40 What’s the vision for your company – long term?
  • 21:44 Where are you located right now?
  • 22:30 How do you attract new customers?
  • 23:26 What is the biggest challenge you face right now?
  • 24:24 What would you say to potential donors?
  • 25:08 What is the one thing you do every day that contributes to your success?
  • 26:28 What is one resource you use that you can’t live without?

https://wvnpa.org/

  • 27:49 What does it take to be an effective leader?
  • 28:54 What does it take to be an effective follower?
  • 29:50 How can our listeners learn more about your company and contact you?

https://sparkwv.org/

(304) 292-4646

operations@sparkwv.org

https://www.facebook.com/sparksciencewv

Nov 14 2019

33mins

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Rank #4: Episode 95 – Anna Carrier – The Cupcakerie

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Anna Carrier is the Owner of The Cupcakerie located in Morgantown, West Virginia – in Monongalia County.

The Cupcakerie is the first and ONLY exclusively cupcake bakery in Morgantown. The Cupcakerie provides their customers with the best cupcakes made with the finest ingredients. As they say – it’s not just a cupcake – it’s a Cupcakerie cupcake! 

Anna Carrier is one of the founders of The Cupcakerie.  Anna grew up in Morgantown and graduated from University High School. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree from WVU in Exercise Physiology and graduated a few years later with an MBA and a JD. While at WVU, she was on the Student Government Association Board of Governors, a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, and very active as a volunteer in the Morgantown community. She is married to Dan Carrier, who is the Dentist at the Monongalia County Health Department, and they have two children (Daniel and Lena).

SHOW NOTES:

  • 3:33 Anna take a minute, fill in some gaps from that brief intro and give us a little behind the curtain look into your company.
  • 5:05 How did you get started in this line of work?
  • 6:05 What is your 30 second pitch for The Cupcakerie?
  • 6:50 How many flavors do you offer?
  • 10:10 What is the thing you’re most excited about for your organization – right now?
  • 11:45 What is the geographic market you serve?
  • 13:43 What would you say is the best thing about being in business in West Virginia?
  • 17:06 Positively West Virginia Commercial Break
  • 17:57 Anna What is your worst business moment?
  • 20:32 In one sentence – tell us the one take-away from that experience.
  • 21:08 What’s the vision for your company – long term?
  • 22:15 What else has been a part of the Downtown Morgantown revitalization?
  • 23:20 How do you attract new customers?
  • 24:13 What’s one of the biggest challenges you face?
  • 25:55 What is one piece of advice you would give to young business owners and entrepreneurs in West Virginia?
  • 27:35 What is the one thing you do every day that contributes to your success?
  • 29:00 What’s one resource you use in your business that you can’t live without?
  • 29:30 What is one book you would recommend for aspiring entrepreneurs?

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do about It

  • 30:27 What is your philosophy on leadership?
  • 31:09 What traits make an effective follower?
  • 32:04 How can our listeners learn more about your company and contact you?

https://thecupcakerie.com/

304.212.5464

https://www.facebook.com/thecupcakeriewv/

Nov 07 2019

35mins

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