One of the primary goals of the Business Development Division is to work with and develop agritourism and agribusinesses. Assistance available to these companies includes: development of business and marketing plans, product label development and approval, product packaging development, and sourcing/promotional assistance. Several training opportunities are available through a cooperative arrangement with West Virginia University, West Virginia State University, and Virginia Tech. For specific training opportunities, refer to the Grants and Training Opportunities section.
The West Virginia Department of Agriculture works in conjunction with West Virginia University and West Virginia State University in presenting hands on business development training courses throughout the state. For further information concerning these classes contact Marketing Specialist, Cindy Martel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some West Virginia agribusinesses have expanded their sales internationally. Marketing Specialist Cindy Martel is available to assist interested companies in this area. WVDA works with the West Virginia Development Office and SUSTA (Southern United States Trade Association) to help companies expand beyond the United States. Contact Cindy Martel at email@example.com.
Agritourism ventures are very popular in West Virginia. In addition to many great fairs and festivals, there are pumpkin patches, wine trails, corn mazes, pick-your-own opportunities, fly fishing, fee fishing, and petting zoos, to name a few. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture works closely with the West Virginia Division of Tourism and the West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals. For assistance in starting or developing an agritourism business, contact the Agriculture Business Development Division at 304-558-2210.
West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals