GSC Student Speaks at One Stop Business Center Grand Opening

On January 30, Governor Jim Justice and Secretary of State Mac Warner announced the grand opening of the West Virginia One Stop Business Center in Charleston.

Evan Merical, who is studying accounting, marketing, management, and music performance at Glenville State College, was invited to speak at the grand opening. “It was both an honor and privilege to be able to speak at this event.  Four years ago I would have never even thought about voluntarily speaking in public, but throughout my time in college I have grown to enjoy the prospect of public speaking,” he said.

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West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner and
Glenville State College students Evan Merical and Jessica Digennaro

West Virginia Secretary of State’s One Stop Business Center Director Matthew Gallagher said, “Evan is an energetic young entrepreneur with a lot of great ideas. We met Evan during a presentation that the Secretary of State’s Office made at Glenville State and we were impressed by his drive and vision. So, when Secretary Warner asked me to get a young entrepreneur to participate in the historic opening of the One Stop Business Center, one who has actually started their own business, Evan was the first person I thought of.”

His business, J&E Liquidation and Wholesale, was created in November of 2017.

“West Virginia had the fastest growing economy of any state in the nation in 2017, so now is a good time for possible business owners. Additionally, the Young Entrepreneurs Act offers great benefits to those who are under the age of 30 and looking to open a business in the state,” said Merical.

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Business One Stop Executive Director Matt Gallagher and Evan Merical

“This is a great example of how multitalented Glenville State students are, and it also illustrates the importance of networking. Evan was able to take full advantage of his time with Mr. Gallagher and Secretary Warner when they visited our campus last semester. Their discussions helped Evan turn his idea for a small business into a reality. I think I speak for his professors when I say that it is no surprise that he made a positive impression and was invited to speak at the grand opening of the One Stop Business Center,” said Dr. Gary Morris, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The open house and ribbon cutting included, Secretary Warner along with representatives from the Governor’s Office, State Tax Department, Division of Labor, Workforce West Virginia, and the West Virginia Legislature.

The Business One Stop was created for a citizen to take care of their business registration, licensing, tax issues, and unemployment compensation all in one stop. It is made up of a seven-member call center, providing more responsiveness to customer inquiries.

Would it be possible for our new college president to involve Mr. Gallagher and student Evan Merical to attempt a revival of the defunct GSC Main Street Small Business Center? 

The community sure could benefit from it.  New management might just be what it needs?

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