The West Virginia Small Business Development Center will offer a Business Fundamentals workshop 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, Mercer County. The workshop will be held at the Training Center of Bluefield Area Transit located at 3208 John Nash Blvd, Bluefield, WV 24701 (Exit 1 off I-77).

Business Coach Harold Patterson will lead the session.

WVSBDC is waiving the standard $35 registration fee in recognition of National Small Business Week, April 30 through May 6. Every year since it was first proclaimed in 1963, National Small Business Week highlights the big contributions made by small businesses and entrepreneurs around the country.

To register, visit and click “Training Calendar” or contact Business Coach Harold Patterson, 304-767-0532, email

The course covers what entrepreneurs need to know to start a business in West Virginia. That includes practical basics such as getting a business license, identifying the market and writing a business plan that can build credibility with potential lenders.

The workshop is part of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) training and business coaching program Three Step Jump Start. The program helps small business owners receive the right information at the right time.

The three steps of the program are 1) watching the Three Step Jump Start video online at that explains the services provided by WVSBDC; 2) attending a Business Fundamentals workshop where entrepreneurs get information and tools to get started and 3) scheduling a meeting with a WVSBDC business coach.

The meetings are one-on-one between the entrepreneur and the WVSBDC business coach. The statewide network of WVSBDC coaches are skilled individuals with professional certifications that include exporting, innovation, technology and economic development, finance, management and marketing.

The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The WVSBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA and is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.