Business

Parkersburg residents seek enhancements for Market Street

PARKERSBURG — A group of citizens has petitioned the city to extend streetscape improvements made more than a decade ago further up Market Street. In 2003, the City of Parkersburg added period lighting and benches and made sidewalk improvements along Market from Fourth to Ninth streets. ...

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act offers job training

MARIETTA — A federal program that few people have heard about provides funding for 35 to 40 percent of the adult technical trainees at the Washington County Career Center and offers people in poverty a route to a better job. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act has been around for ...

Belmont Community Hospital to close after 105 years

BELLAIRE — Belmont Community Hospital, which has served the area for 105 years, will be closed permanently as of April 5. The 99-bed acute care hospital was acquired by Wheeling Hospital in 1996. Belmont Community Hospital employs 93 people and Wheeling Hospital will offer positions to those ...

Glenwood Community earns national recognition

MARIETTA — Glenwood Community, a United Church Homes community, has been recognized by Holleran, the nation’s leading research firm specializing in senior living and community engagement. Glenwood was one of two communities nationwide to receive the Choice Community Award for both their ...

Fanta named chair for insurance committee

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg agent has been selected as a chairman of a committee of the Independent Insurance Agents of West Virginia. John Fanta of the Waters Insurance Agency has been named chairman of the Young Agent Committee. The association has announced its slate of officers and ...

Marathon Petroleum Corp. turns to students

MARIETTA — Marathon Petroleum Corp. turned to a team of Marietta College students to provide a fresh perspective on attracting new talent to the Findlay, Ohio-based company. The company’s goal is to get noticed by students in a variety of business fields such as marketing, accounting and ...

Mid-Ohio Valley business leaders meet with lawmakers in Charleston

CHARLESTON — Local business leaders met with state elected officials in Charleston this week. The Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley held its annual MOV Chamber Day at the West Virginia Capitol in Charleston with around 25 Chamber members traveling to Charleston and interacting with ...

Great American Home Show enjoys success in Vienna

VIENNA — The 2019 Great American Home Show ended its three-day run on Sunday with organizers again pleased with the turnout. “It’s been great,” said Steven D. Bailey, an officer of the sponsoring Home Builders Association of the Mid-Ohio Valley and an exhibitor at the event held ...

Memorial Health System establishes breast milk bank in Marietta

MARIETTA — A program that provides breast milk for infants who need it now has a connection with the Memorial Health System in Marietta. Memorial established itself as part of the OhioHealth Mothers’ Milk Bank network late last year, and several nursing mothers have begun contributing to ...

Putnam Commons welcomes new stores

MARIETTA — Putnam Commons at 121 Putnam St. is the home to a few new businesses. The facilities also offers newly remodeled spaces for people hoping to branch out on their own. “We are a small business for other small businesses,” said Levi Holbert, property manager of Putnam ...

Comfort Keepers of the Mid-Ohio Valley receives award

MARIETTA — Local Comfort Keepers owner Joanie Yeomans recently accepted the Operational Excellence Award at the 2018 Comfort Keepers Leadership Conference in San Antonio. The local Comfort Keepers of the Mid-Ohio Valley has received the award for a sixth consecutive year from CK Franchising ...

Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce plans multiple events for February

MARIETTA — The Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce will hold several programs this month. Boost Your Business workshop will be held 8:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Huntington Bank, 226 Third St. The topic is “Understanding Cash Flow vs. Profitability” with featured speaker John Voorhies of ...

Manchin talks natural gas at Legislative Breakfast

CHARLESTON — West Virginia’s senior U.S. senator has a lot to say about coal and natural gas, and his new committee position will give him a platform to have his voice heard. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., spoke to attendees by video chat at the West Virginia Press Association’s annual ...

Great American Home Show coming to Vienna this weekend

VIENNA — It will be a Do-It-Yourselfers paradise during the 2019 Great American Home Show. Area homeowners planning a variety of projects in the coming year will have the chance to examine a wide range of products and services available locally during the annual show that will be held ...

McMahon Truck Center in Marietta works on Ohio State University truck

MARIETTA — When The Ohio State University football team heads to away games, the truck and trailer hauling their gear has a custom paint job done right in Marietta. When Steve Coe and Neil Fritsche of McMahon Truck Center in Marietta received a call from Ken Blair, president of Circle ...

Opportunity zones created by federal legislation explained

PARKERSBURG — Opportunity zones were created as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017, but potential investors and advisers are still learning how they might best be utilized. “The idea behind an opportunity zone is to incentivize individuals who own an asset ... to sell ...

Horticulture innovation comes from West Virginia University graduate

MORGANTOWN — Just across the Monongahela River from Morgantown sits a small greenhouse with a picturesque view of Woodburn Hall. During the winter months, you might notice its soft pinkish purple glow, but if you weren’t looking for it, you’d probably never notice the unassuming ...

United Bankshares announces record earnings

PARKERSBURG — United Bankshares has reported earnings for the fourth quarter and year of 2018. Earnings for the fourth quarter of 2018 were $64 million or 62 cents per diluted share as compared to earnings of $18 million or 17 cents per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2017. ...

2019 Great American Home Show coming to Vienna on Feb. 8-10

VIENNA — It will be a Do-It-Yourselfers paradise during the 2019 Great American Home Show. Area homeowners planning a variety of projects in the coming year will have the chance to examine a wide range of products and services available locally during the annual show that will be held ...

Small businesses in Marietta come with learning curve

MARIETTA — Starting a business in Marietta can be daunting. “You start a business because you want to help people,” said new business owner Erin Stevens, as she cut hair in her salon, The Modest Peacock, on Wednesday. “And people in the different agencies and organizations are ...