Small business is critical to West Virginia

WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) - This is National Small Business Week.

"Well, small business is critical to West Virginia," said U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. "Actually 95% of our businesses are small."

One of those, Warwood Tool, was recently named Exporter of the Year.

"It's really exciting to have that little validation that says we're really growing, we're expanding," said Phillip Carl, vice president of Warwood Tool. "The name is becoming a little more prevalent in the Valley and also above and beyond the Valley to other markets, other countries."

The senator said Congress has worked to help small business, and so has the State of West Virginia.

"Actually the State just created a funding mechanism for small businesses to be able to jump-start with good ideas, whether it's a tech idea or a manufacturing idea," she noted.

She is familiar with Warwood Tool, has visited there, and has high praise for how they found a way to market their product globally.

"There's no reason we can't either make a product or create a product or refine products in our state that could be sold all across the country and really around the globe," she said.

By:  D.K. Wright
Source: WTRF