Small business and entrepreneurship listening tour to stop at Marshall University on Feb. 17

Updated 8 years ago Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University next week will host the second stop of the "Seeking Solutions | Celebrating Successes" listening tour sponsored by the West Virginia House of Delegates Committee on Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.

The town hall-type meeting is open to the public and will be held on Monday, Feb. 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Shawkey Dining Room of the university's Memorial Student Center, 1652 Fifth Ave., Huntington. The session is intended to solicit input from area business owners and entrepreneurs at all experience levels from someone thinking about starting a company to the owner of a third-generation family business.

House Speaker Tim Miley initiated the listening tour to allow delegates on the 25-member committee to hear directly from state citizens about both the benefits and obstacles of doing business in West Virginia. He said the goal is to determine what hurdles small businesses face that state legislators could remove to allow them to flourish.

Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp said he is pleased the tour will stop on the university's campus.

"We are delighted and honored to welcome members of the committee and the greater Huntington community to our campus for this important public meeting," he said. "Marshall University undeniably plays a vital role in educating tomorrow's business leaders and is actively supporting regional entrepreneurship through initiatives across all our colleges, as well as at the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing and the Marshall Institute for Interdisciplinary Research.

"I encourage our students and faculty, local alumni and members of the community to come out Monday evening and provide feedback to the committee. It is by sharing information about our common goals and vision that we can further economic development and improve the quality of life for everyone in our communities."

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The first meeting on the statewide tour will be held this evening in Clarksburg.