Entrepreneurship Tour 2013
April 25, 2013
Landes Art Center, Petersburg, WV
10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Theater
11:45 a.m., Networking and pizza, Gallery
Wesley Davis, WVU student and Entrepreneur
Wesley is a first generation farmer. Turkey Creek Poultry Farms is located on Davis’s two-acre property, but the business is all Wesley’s. It started when he was in the seventh grade and he-without really asking his mother—brought home a chicken from the county fair. Now his operation consists of 250 free-range laying hens that produce about 20-dozen eggs a day. He chose chickens that are especially efficient egg producers. He sells eggs to local households and to nine schools in the Mason County school system.
Wesley received a grant from the U. S. Department of Agriculture—Natural Resource Conservation Service’s (USDA-NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) that paid the entire cost of his concrete-floored litter shed. He received a $5,000 in operating capital through a seven-year, low interest loan from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency (USDA-FSA). Wesley is a freshman student at West Virginia University studying Agribusiness Management with a minor in Communications.
Ashley Brosh-Anderson, Owner/Manager Kaposy’s
Ashley and her husband purchased a store in July of 2010 from their good friends Carla & Jason Kaposy. They strive to "specialize" in special occasion events helping couples plan their weddings, finding the "perfect" dress for prom, or helping pick out a great WVU t-shirt for game day! They specialize in formalwear for men and women, gourmet food items, WVU gifts and apparel, and so much more. Kaposy’s has a large banquet facility that is perfect for wedding receptions, birthday parties, or business meetings. Ashley has also started planning and coordinating weddings, with some large success. This past year she planned the wedding and reception for the "Seneca Rocks" wedding couple, who were globally recognized for their marriage ceremony on top of Seneca Rocks. Their photos were in almost every major newspaper, they were interviewed for Good Morning America, and more. Here in WV they were chosen as a feature wedding for the WV Weddings Magazine.
Ashley is an adjunct Business Instructor at Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College and the Event Coordinator and Media Specialist for Hardy County Tour and Craft Association.
Ashley is a Petersburg native and graduated from Petersburg High School in 2005. She attended West Virginia Wesleyan College and completed their 5 year undergraduate/graduate program in only 4 years, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, and a Masters of Business Administration in 2009. Ashley and her husband, Avery, who is the principal of Moorefield High School, reside in Petersburg and are committed to the growth and development of small businesses in our area.
Chris Wood, Chief Operating Officer, Behavioral Business & President, LGBT Technology Partnership & Lifelong Student
Chris's drive, leadership, fundraising and entrepreneurial passion blossomed in 2002 as he assumed the position of Battalion Commander in his high school Junior ROTC unit. Through his leadership, the unit grew into the largest, most decorated and well-funded Junior ROTC unit in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
In 2006, at the age of 21, Chris opened a marketing consulting firm serving non-profits and local businesses to streamline the connection with their consumers. After taking on the Washington Blade newspaper as a client, Chris was asked to become the full-time Marketing Director. After serving several successful years with the Blade, Chris was hired away by Discovery Communications. During his tenure, he was responsible for the successful marketing and social media campaigns for several hit TV shows, including Say Yes to the Dress, 19 Kids & Counting, Toddlers & Tiaras and Honey Boo Boo.
In 2010, Chris entered the lobby of Discovery Communications to find himself staring down the barrel of a gun in the hands of a derange suicide bomber. In what the FBI would later determine is the first time a suicide bomber took hostages, Chris contemplated his life as it hung on the edge as one of those hostages. That experience lead Chris to realize that life is short and you don't know how long you are here for.
As a result, last year, Chris left Discovery Communications to once again follow his entrepreneurial passions and launched a consulting business called Behavioral Business and a nonprofit called the LGBT Technology Partnership. Behavioral Business Associates is a multifaceted firm designed to deliver fully customized solutions to corporate, non-profit and government entities. The firm takes a simple, proven, refined and flexible approach to each project designed to provide the research, resources, tools, skills and advice to produce the most effective solution or product delivery. The LGBT Technology Partnership is a non-profit organization with a diverse group of LGBT and allied non-profits and cutting-edge technology and communications companies, working to support an environment which encourages investment and innovation in the dynamic technology sector. The mission of the organization is to help inform and educate the public and key decision makers in business and government on the broad range of technology issues that impact LGBT communities across the country.
Luke Kesner, Business Development Officer, Pendleton Community Bank
Luke is a 2009 Business Administration cum laude graduate from West Virginia University focusing on finance studies. His salesmanship skills developed as a sales representative at Sage Software developing customer relationships in regards to structural technological developments for fortune 500 companies. Luke transitioned to Summit Financial Group, Inc. as a Credit Analyst. As a credit analyst, he developed a solid foundation in commercial lending. He developed analytical skills for underwriting complex business loans with aggregate exposures exceeding $2 million dollars. He recently accepted a position at Pendleton Community Bank to assist local businesses. He currently strives to facilitate economic growth within the local community through the funding of small business loans along with personal loans. He continues to foster quality business relationships, and looks out for the good of his customers. His banking finance experience provides entrepreneurs information needed to be seriously considered for a business loan.