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Autism center moving to former BB&T building

September 6, 2018

Fred PACE

HUNTINGTON — Last week, I said the old BB&T building on 1st Street in Huntington has a sign that says, “Future home of West Virginia Autism Services,” but I was wrong. The sign actually says “Future Office Location of Autism Services Center,” which has been in Huntington for nearly four decades.

According to its website, Autism Services Center (ASC) is a nonprofit, licensed behavioral health center that was founded in 1979 by Ruth C. Sullivan, Ph.D. to provide services in Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Mason and Putnam counties in the state of West Virginia. Though specializing in autism, ASC provides comprehensive, community-integrated services to all individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

I received an email from Kelly Runyon, chief financial officer with Autism Services Center, informing me of my mistake in the column last week.

“We will celebrate our 40th anniversary next year. We are just moving locations from the Keith-Albee building, where we have been located for over 15 years. I hope this clears up any confusion,” she wrote in the email.

I appreciate the clarification and apologize for the confusion. I didn’t want to imply it is a new business coming to that location. Runyon didn’t give any specific date for the move at this time, but I look forward to doing a feature story about them and all the great work they do, and have done over the past 40 years.

For more information, visit the website at www.autismservicescenter.org.

VAN MAN DISCS: Andy Harshbarger is opening his new store in Gallaher Village, called Van Man Discs. The business provides the disc golf needs for all. He has a line of professional discs, and Van Man Discs also sponsors and participates a bunch of regional tournaments.

A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8. For more information, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vanmandiscs.

WAFFLE HOUSE: It appears a new Waffle House is coming to Barboursville. According to a Cabell County online map from the Cabell County Assessor’s Office, Waffle House Inc. is the owner of a .498-acre parcel of land at 3458 U.S. 60. It’s between King Cut Rate Tobacco and Liquor and Taco Bell.

RCBI: The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI), in partnership with the Appalachian Transportation Institute at Marshall University, offers a free HUB-Zone workshop Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Huntington.

The workshop explains how to apply the requirements of the HUBZone Program to help small businesses receive their fair share of contracting opportunities. A HUBZone is an SBA program for small companies that operate and employ people in Historically Underutilized Business Zones.

The morning session will provide an overview of HUB-Zones: what they are, where they are and how to become certified. The afternoon session will focus on where to find HUBZone contracting opportunities and how to navigate the application process. Lunch will be provided.

Registration deadline is 3 p.m. Sept 17. For more information, contact Jane Bostic at 304-781-1681 or jbostic@rcbi.org.

WORKSHOP: The West Virginia Small Business Development Center will offer a Business Fundamentals workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Cabell County. The workshop will be held in the Chase Building, 1000 5th Ave. in Huntington. Business coach Amber Wilson will lead the session.

The business fundamentals workshops are free from July 1 to Sept. 30. The sponsorship of the Regional Development Funding Corporation (RDFC) enables the WVSBDC to offer the in-person and online workshops without the standard $35 fee. The course covers what entrepreneurs need to know to start a business in West Virginia. That includes practical basics such as getting a business license, identifying the market and writing a business plan that can build credibility with potential lenders.

To register, visit www.wvsbdc.com and click the training calendar or contact business coach Amber Wilson at 304-528-5616 or email amber.c.wilson@wv.gov.

Fred Pace is the business reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Send your business news and photos to fpace@herald-dispatch.com. You can also call 304-526-2729. Follow him at Facebook.com/FredPaceHD and via Twitter @FredPaceHD.

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