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RCBI welding facility to anchor redevelopment
---RCBI's Welding Technology Program soon will have a permanent home. RCBI will open an advanced Welding & Robotics Training Center on the former site of ACF Industries, becoming the anchor tenant of the H-BIZ Green Manufacturing Hub in Huntington.
---The welding facility and hub projects are part of a larger $62.8 million U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Build Back Better award to Coalfield Development Corporation and a broad coalition of partners.
Cyclops achieves ISO quality certification

---From a small manufacturing facility in South Charleston, Cyclops Industries produces its patented industrial sight glasses for customers spanning the globe. The quality of the company's products has kept clients coming back for more than 60 years. Now, with the assistance of RCBI's Quality Implementation team, Cyclops has earned the coveted ISO 9001: 2015 certification, an international standard often required to export, secure military contracts and become a supplier to major manufacturers.
There's still time to join us in Morgantown

--If you are an inventor, have an idea for an invention or are just curious, then join us Oct. 11 on the campus of West Virginia University for a meeting of the minds.
  • Hear inspiring stories from other inventors
  • Network with like-minded folks
  • Learn about inventor support services
  • Tour Reynolds Hall, the new home of WVU's College of Business & Economics

---Registration is free at www.rcbi.org/wvinventorsoct2022.
Aerospace company turns to RCBI for solution

---When Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, one of the premier aerospace companies in West Virginia, had difficulty finding replacement parts for a popular type of regional jet it refurbishes, the company turned to RCBI for technical assistant. RCBI Design Engineer Morgan Smith scanned the parts then create three-dimensional computer designs of the hard-to-find components. RCBI then connect Mitsubishi with a small manufacturer capable of producing the molds required to manufacture the components in-house.
Show us what you make, West Virginia!

---Calling all makers! Join us Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the West Virginia Makes Festival, RCBI's annual celebration of creativity and ingenuity. The event will take place on the Huntington campus of Marshall University.
---The centerpiece of the festival will be a Design Challenge that provides makers of all ages the opportunity to demonstrate their ideas and skills to earn rewards including cash prizes for creativity. Festivities also will include special exhibits, demonstrations by artisans, innovative technologies, live music and hands-on activities for all ages. Learn how you can participate by visiting www.rcbi.org/wvmf2022.
Conference to focus on W.Va. solutions

--fThe fifth-annual Small Communities, BIG Solutions Conference kicks off Nov. 15 at the University of Charleston. The event will showcase West Virginia successes and highlight projects that advance the state’s health, economy and communities.
---A diverse group of experts and leaders will share their insights, including Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin and Alys Smith, co-founder of the Wing to Wing Foundation. Each day will include a different focus: Nov. 15 – Our Health; Nov. 16 – Our Communities; and Nov. 17 – Our Economy. Tickets are $35 per day or $75 for an all-access pass. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.wvsolutions.net. 
RCBI is hiring to fill several key positions

---Become an integral part of our dynamic team. We deliver manufacturing and entrepreneurial support, career skills and customized training, as well as STEM education outreach across West Virginia and beyond. We’re looking for motivated individuals for the following positions: Advanced Manufacturing Instructor/Technician, Machinist Technology Instructor/Technician, Machinist/CAD Instructor, Maker Space/STEM Coordinator, and Assistant Director of Finance & Administration.
U P C O M I N G-- E V E N T S
Oct. 4: Resources for Small Businesses
noon to 12:30 p.m. online
Explore services offered by the SBA and its resource partners – at no cost! Learn about SBA loans, consulting services, federal contracting, disaster assistance and much more. This webinar is open to all interested in starting or growing a business.
Oct. 4: Appalachian Social Enterprise Summit
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., campus of Marshall University, Huntington
The summit is geared toward entrepreneurs interested in the model of social entrepreneurship, as well as current practitioners and investors who are looking to network and expand. This is a great chance to engage and support some of the region’s most creative and compassionate leaders. More information

Oct. 5: Small Business Banking & Loan Solutions
10 a.m. to 11 a.m., online
The Small Biz Series: Ask an Expert invites entrepreneurs to learn fundamentals of entrepreneurship and small business ownership through local subject matter experts. More information

Oct. 11: West Virginia Inventors Society Fall Gathering
2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., WVU's Reynolds Hall in Morgantown
Calling all inventors, entrepreneurs and innovators! The West Virginia Inventors Society is hitting the road! Join us Oct. 11 on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown for a chance to network with like-minded folks and connect with service providers that could help develop your inventions or ideas. More information
Oct. 11: WV Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Meeting
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. online
Join the monthly meeting to connect and identify opportunities for improvement in aiding entrepreneurs across the state. The workshop brings together key state providers to share best practices and inspire collaborations. More information

Oct. 12: West Virginia Economic Outlook Conference
8 a.m. to noon, Embassy Suites, Charleston
Business and community leaders come together to share up-to-date economic data and insightful perspectives to educate and inform decision-makers working to advance state and regional economies.

Oct. 13: Webinar: Friction Stir Welding
10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., online
Learn what friction stir welding is, what challenges it presents, what the benefits are and how we can help your team. Presented as part of the AIM Higher Consortium's AIM2LEARN series.

Oct. 25-26: Governor's Energy Summit
times vary, Stonewall Resort, Roanoke
The two-day event will focus on Building West Virginia’s Energy Future and will feature engaging sessions that highlight exciting developments on the energy front. More information

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