Invest in the future of WV small businesses.

You’ve got the vision. We’ve got the tools to make it happen.

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Start, Scale, Succeed Mentorship Program

The Start, Scale, Succeed Mentorship Program facilitates one-to-one mentoring relationships that connect mentees with mentors across West Virginia to learn how to become better business owners. Mentoring helps you expand your network, gain new knowledge and insights, and build new skills.


We can equip you with the skills and tools you need to take the next step—no matter where you are in your journey. All live trainings are currently free and virtual. Discover what live events are on the calendar by clicking the button below!

Can’t make a live event? Check out the select recorded events in our new on-demand library. You’ll find some of our most popular workshops here, with more topics being added soon. All on-demand trainings are free and instantly available upon registration.

1:1 Advising

Our advisors are here to guide you, whether you’re just starting your business, ready to scale up, or looking for advice on maintaining success.

Meet Our Advisors

Dawn Hylbert

Business Advisor


Dawn Hylbert has created multiple small businesses. She founded the direct mail marketing company AMS Direct in 1997; the bricks-and-mortar retail store Cicada Books & Coffee in 2018; and most recently the internet-based retailer WhimsiKid LLC.

She has supported development efforts in West Virginia from neighborhood revitalization and improvement to economic development. She has volunteered with civic organizations in the Huntington, WV, area and has served on the board of several nonprofits.

She has a bachelor’s degree from California State University and is studying for a Master of Science in Adult and Continuing Education at Marshall University. She has worked as a trainer and instructor, teaching literacy and basic skills to adults and teaching computer skills in the business world.

Having repeatedly navigated the business start-up process, she is interested in helping others do the same.

Kristen Beverage

Business Advisor


Kristen serves as a Business Advisor for the WV Women’s Business Center focusing her efforts toward 1:1 coaching for female owned and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs. Kristen began her career on the Monongahela National Forest as a Resource Assistant where she focused her efforts on building the groundwork around recreation tourism economy development and community engagement; one of her main projects being the regional marketing campaign Mon Forest Towns. Shortly thereafter Kristen joined Snowshoe Mountain Resort as the Community Liaison and Executive Director for the Snowshoe Foundation.

Kristen has a Finance degree from the West Virginia University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Applied Community Development from Future Generations University with plans to graduate in Spring 2022.

Funding & Financing

Schedule a meeting with one of our advisors or attend a training to figure out how to acquire the capital you need to take the next step. Advisors work with clients to help them develop business plans, financial projections, and other materials to obtain financing. We can also provide referrals to lenders at Partner Community Capital, banks, angel investors, venture capitalists, and more.

Take your next step – with a little help from a friend.FIND A MENTOR!