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RICHWOOD, WV -

Leaders in the areas of entrepreneurship, technology, education and other fields have converged this week in this small town with the same goal: Creating better opportunities for towns and the people of West Virginia.

Oct. 25 marked the second day of the 2013 Create West Virginia conference, which began Oct. 24 with an opening ceremony featuring the Richwood Middle School show choir and Richwood High School Marching Band along with comments from event organizers, event director Rebecca Kimmons and Richwood Mayor Robert Johnson.

Breakout sessions, workshops and pre-conference sessions also set the stage for the three day event.

Richwood, nestled in the mountains of Nicholas County, is a much smaller town that previous sites for the annual conference for Create West Virginia.

"It would have been a lot easier to take the event to a conference center, but if we had done that, we might never have had the opportunity to watch a town actively seeking to reinvent itself," Kimmons said.

 DUBVEE.com founder Shane Richardson spoke in one Thursday morning session about "Internet Based Crowd-Funding: What It Is and How to Succeed at it."

"There are other sources for crowd-funding at the national level, like Kickstarter," he explained. "But DUBVEE focuses on West Virginia campaigns. It's more local.

"Someone in California may not care about revitalizing a coffee shop in Richwood, WV."

Keynote speakers scheduled for Saturday, the final day of the conference, include Naomi Stanford, a teacher, consultant and writer who lost her job in her native England and recreated herself to remain viable and launch her current career. Stanford will speak on "Get a Job or Make a Job?" at 9 a.m. at the Richwood High School Auditorium.

Also on tap Saturday is Jon Gensler, who will speak on "Reprogramming Appalachia Through a Different Approach to Leadership" at the RHS auditorium beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Gensler, a Huntington native, is a consultant with the Cambridge Leadership Associates in New York City.

Other programs scheduled for Saturday are "Hot Data, Hot Opportunities," "West Virginia's Energy Play in the New Economy" and "Meet WV's 21st Century Job Makers."

A Farmer's Market will also be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sculpture Garden at 33 E. Main Street.

For more information, visit www.createwv.org