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Sen. Capito joins MU President Smith
for RCBI tour, workforce roundtable
U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and Marshall President Brad Smith met with owners and employees of West Virginia manufacturing operations last week to learn more about how they benefit from the workforce development programs and technical assistance available at the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI).

During a roundtable at RCBI Huntington, Capito and Smith engaged with owners and employees of Brinker Machine of Mason County, Cyclops Industries of Kanawha County and Liberty Hill Machine of Cabell County to learn specifically how Apprenticeship Works, RCBI’s national advanced manufacturing apprentice partnership, assists companies in developing the skilled workforce they need while providing pathways for apprentices to earn industry-recognized credentials and college degrees.
Improve your manufacturing operations
RCBI and LEI will present two free workshops for those in the manufacturing industry. Designing the Future Remotely: A Lean Product Development Immersive Learning Experience, a virtual live event, will run May 9-13 from 8-11 a.m. daily. Aligning and Executing on Your Company Objectives: The Hoshin Kanri Method will run June 8-9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at RCBI Huntington. Check out the full article for details and to apply for either workshop.
W.Va. adds hundreds of manufacturing jobs

The Mountain State added 300 manufacturing jobs in March, according to the latest numbers from WorkForce West Virginia. The strong economic news comes on the heels of recent annoucements by several manufacturers including Nucor, GreenPower Motor Company, Omnis Building Technologies and others that they will expand operations or open new facilities in southern West Virginia, creating more than 1,500 initial jobs.
Manufacturing & Energy Summit is May 2-3
The West Virginia Manufacturers Association will host the Manufacturing Energy Growth Summit, formerly the Marcellus and Manufacturing Development Conference, May 2-3 at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling. This annual event brings together manufacturing and energy leaders, state and local officials, economic development professionals, and friends of industry and energy from West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Summit attendees will explore the broader intersections of manufacturing and energy. Follow the link for more information and to register.
Learn about our innovative training options

RCBI is joining with the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce to present an in-person Lunch & Learn May 17 that highlights the diverse array of training and professional development options offered by RCBI and our partner, Mountwest Community & Technical College. Lunch will be provided. Seating is limited, so contact the Chamber today to reserve your spot.
Cyclops wins family-owned business award

Cyclops Industries of South Charleston has been named West Virginia Family-Owned Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The long-time RCBI client and manufacturer of industrial sight glasses, which are sold around the world, will be honored May 6 in Fairmont along with the other 2022 state small business award winners.
Limited seats remain in RCBI maker camps

RCBI's in-person 3D printing and maker camps in June and July are filling up fast. The STEM-focused events will take place in Huntington, South Charleston and Bridgeport and will engage students in each step of the manufacturing process as they design and produce their very own creations. Register your middle or high schooler today.
Inventors gather for meeting of the minds

More than 65 inventors and service providers from across the state participated April 21 in the inaugural West Virginia Inventors Society gathering in South Charleston. The next meeting is scheduled for June 16. To better serve the needs of inventors, we ask anyone interested in the Society to complete our brief survey.
Join the growing team of RCBI professionals

Consider a rewarding career as part of our growing staff that supports manufacturers, entrepreneurs and small businesses across West Virginia and beyond. We're seeking dynamic candidates for the following positions: workforce development program manager, government contracting specialist, and assistant director of finance and administration. Visit our website for details.
U P C O M I N G-- E V E N T S
May 5: Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum
5 p.m. to 6 p.m. online
Tiffany Hine, director of Small Business Education and Training at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, will explain how to get help with your business plan. More information

May 2-3: WV Manufacturing Energy Growth Summit
Check schedule for daily times, Oglebay Resort in Wheeling
Manufacturing and energy leaders, state and local officials, economic development professionals, and friends of industry and energy from West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania will explore the broader intersections of manufacturing and energy. More information

May 5-6: SBA "Boots to Business Reboot" Entrepreneurship Training 
8 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily online
The U.S. Small Business Administration West Virginia District Office will present a virtual "Boots to Business Reboot" Entrepreneurship Training Program for veterans of all eras. Participants will gain access to the skills, knowledge and resources they need to launch a business, including steps for developing business concepts, how to develop a business plan, and information on SBA resources. More information

May 9: WV Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Meeting
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. online
Monthly meeting to connect and identify opportunities to improve services for entrepreneurs across the state. More information

May 9-13: Designing the Future Remotely: A Lean Product Development Immersive Learning Experience
8 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily online
Professionals at the U.S. Small Business Administration will explain funding options available for your business, from different SBA Loan Guarantees and Microloans to other sources of funding. More information
May 12: Expansion of Youth Entrepreneurship Opportunities (Strategic Planning Meeting)
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Marshall University Memorial Student Center
These in-person strategic planning meetings across West Virginia are part of an Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) POWER Technical Assistance grant aimed at expanding entrepreneurship opportunities for rural and low-income youth. More information

May 18: Reentry & Recovery Works Conference
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Charleston
This conference will connect job seekers to reentry and recovery employment opportunities and inform business owners and hiring managers to resources and incentives of second-chance hiring through federal tax credits, free bonding programs, on-the-job training funding and other resources. More information

May 19: West Virginia Bioscience Summit
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Marshall University
Biotech companies, academic researchers, service providers, policy makers, economic developers, funders and others will engage in a day of education and inspiration focused on showcasing the value the bioscience industries bring to the state and nation. More information

May 24: 2022 Environmental & Energy Conference
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Embassy Suites, Charleston
The West Virginia Chamber’s 2022 Environmental and Energy Conference is an opportunity to make sure your company is up-to-date and in compliance with the latest regulations and policies in the field of environmental management. More information

If you have upcoming events that you'd like us to share, please email the information to Mike Friel at mfriel@rcbi.org.