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Manufacturing Extension Partnership to Host Growth Training Programs for Businesses in Appalachian Region

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The West Virginia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WVMEP), in cooperation with the U.S. Commerce Department's MEP office, will offer training sessions in Charleston and Morgantown, W.Va., for local business owners and economic development partners throughout the Appalachian Region who are interested in learning more about 21st-century profit opportunities in several fields, including renewable energy and energy efficiency.

"Profit 101 Growth Training" teaches the best practices for transforming innovative ideas into new products. Instead of a classroom learning session, the training provides hands-on interactive simulation exercises.

In the training, participants will learn:

  • how to sharpen their marketing messages to improve their selling effectiveness;
  • how to collaborate with suppliers and innovators to decrease time to market; and
  • how to improve their company's innovation abilities and attract new domestic and international customers.

Profit 101 Growth Training – Charleston
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009
7:30 a.m. to noon
Charleston Marriott Town Center
Charleston, W.Va.

Profit 101 Growth Training – Morgantown
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009
7:30 a.m. to noon
Lakeview Golf Resort
Morgantown, W.Va.

To register, visit and click on the link for the Charleston and/or Morgantown events. There is no charge for the training. Business owners and economic development partners need not be affiliated with MEP in order to attend. Attendance is open to all interested parties, but registration is required.

For further information on the training programs, contact Jaclyn Gardner with MEP at (301) 975-4753 or jaclyn.gardner [at] (jaclyn[dot]gardner[at]nist[dot]gov).

About the Manufacturing Extension Partnership

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a Department of Commerce program with federal representatives located at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md. The NIST MEP program regularly holds business development sessions, including enhancing profitable growth, improving productivity and expanding capacity, throughout the country via its network of state MEP centers, which provide outreach services for their clients.

The West Virginia MEP Center (WVMEP) is located in Morgantown, W.Va. Visit for more information.

For more information on NIST MEP, visit

Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

Released October 21, 2009, Updated January 19, 2023