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Business briefs: S.C. to celebrate three new businesses

South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens will participate in three more ribbon-cutting ceremonies over the next week, said Bob Anderson, the city's business recruiter.

There will be a ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday at the 7th Avenue Diner. Kelly Clendenin owns the restaurant, which will feature home-cooked American food. The restaurant is at 228 7th Ave.

Two ceremonies are scheduled next Thursday. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at Big Al's Barbershop, which is in the Jefferson Road Plaza, behind Blue's Barbeque.

Another ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. at OnPointe Dancewear, which is at 702 Jefferson Road, across from the State Police headquarters.

Late last month Mullens participated in four ribbon-cutting ceremonies: At Brenda Thompson's This and That Shop, 209 D St.; at the Appalachian Coin Shop, 616 D St.; at Yen Nguyen's Vietnamese sandwich shop, Yen's Sandwiches, 606 D St.; and at Rising Goddess Goods, a variety store at 310 7th Ave.

"These are among 10 new businesses in South Charleston," Anderson said. "We're having ribbon-cutting ceremonies as fast as we can."

AT&T plans to invest, expand its networks

AT&T announced it would invest $14 billion over the next three years to expand its wireless and wire-line broadband networks.

Spokeswoman Gayle Kansagor said, "At this point it is too early for us to be able to discuss the investment on a state-by-state basis. At the moment, I can just say that a portion of the investment will be made in West Virginia."

In August AT&T said it had invested $23 million in West Virginia in the first half of 2012 to activate new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage, to deploy faster connections to enable 4G speeds, and to add spectrum capacity to support additional traffic.

Business card exchange to be held

The Greenhouse of Teays Valley, 3554 Teays Valley Road., Hurricane, will host the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce's Tuesday "business after hours" business card exchange.

The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. It is open to chamber members and their guests. Cost is $15. For reservations, which are required, call 304 757-6510 or go to the chamber's website, www.putnamchamber.org.

Main Street urges small business support

Main Street West Virginia is urging consumers to observe "Small Business Saturday" on Nov. 24, by shopping at hometown stores.

Marsha Humphrey, state coordinator of Main Street West Virginia, said, "A vibrant commercial district can bolster small businesses, strengthen communities and revitalize the local economy. Now, with communities throughout our state recovering from the recent storms, it is more important than ever that we support our small businesses."

Main Street West Virginia is a unit of the West Virginia Development Office. The unit focuses on economic revitalization of historic commercial districts by providing technical assistance and training.

COMPILED BY GEORGE HOHMANN


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