Inventors to gather at University of Charleston

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University invites all Mountain State inventors, aspiring inventors and those who are just curious –  as well as service providers – to gather June 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the University of Charleston Innovation Center for the next meeting of the West Virginia Inventors Society.

The Society provides a forum for inventors at all stages of the development process to network, evaluate each other’s ideas, connect to entrepreneurial resources and potentially secure investors.

Dave Ramsburg, director of Innovation at the University of Charleston, will talk about exciting new entrepreneurial efforts by the University. Steve Johnson, deputy director of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (SBDC), will provide an overview of SBDC services to assist inventors, entrepreneurs and established small businesses.

Mark McClung of CBS ArcSafe in Big Chimney will share the story of how his company developed innovative electrical safety devices from an initial concept – all the way through the design and prototyping phases – to manufacturing and commercialization. Hear firsthand how McClung transformed a Kanawha County startup from a local garage into a manufacturer of  life-saving industrial equipment that Fortune 500 companies, as well as small businesses, have come to rely on worldwide!

The event will be hosted by RCBI, West Virginia Executive magazine and the University of Charleston.

Register at www.mfg.marshall.edu/WVISJune2022. For more information, contact RCBI’s Mike Friel at  or 304.781.1686.

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