“Co-Starter” programs graduates inaugural class


An effort to crank up economic motors in the area’s economy graduated its first class at River City Ale Works.

Co-starters, a project of Wheeling Heritage and Regional Economic Development Partnership, seeks to give motivated people the entrepreneurial skills needed to launch small businesses.  

One of the graduates described what she gained most from the program.

“The advice from everybody, from the people that have owned businesses for a long time, to those the people that just started a few years ago, and them saying, ‘You know, you’re going to fail. It’s inevitable, but you’re going to get up and try again.’  And it — that was really nice to hear that, ‘It’s okay to fail’  and it’s okay to keep doing it as long as you stick with it,” said Cosmetologist and budding entrepreneur, Sarah Fultz.

Fultz plans to acquire and run the hair salon at which she works later this year.  

Organizers of the CO-starters program will run another class soon.

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