Taylor County leads West Virginia in business growth


TAYLOR COUNTY—Taylor County recently topped a list, and it was for a positive change in the community.

Recently, Secretary of State Mac Warner announced that Taylor County saw the biggest percentage of growth of new businesses throughout the state during the month of February.

“West Virginia is experiencing a steady growth of business start-ups. That growth is a very important and significant objective for a strong economy,” Warner expressed.

The county welcomed a total of 13 new businesses to the area, which is a 2.40 percent growth for Taylor County.

The list contains three business established in Flemington including a mining, quarrying, oil and gas extradition activities support business, a trucking business and a business aimed at helping with your lawncare and landscaping needs.

Thornton saw the addition of one new business, while Grafton contained the bulk of the new establishments.

“These businesses range from home business to consulting businesses and sales. There is even one local non-profit on the list,” shared Taylor County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Patricia Henderson.

She noted that even though some of the businesses aren’t immediately visible to the residents of the county, the money they bring in will benefit the area.

“Small businesses certainly contribute to the tax base in Taylor County,” Henderson expressed. “The Taylor County Development Authority is happy to see economic growth in Taylor County.”

The Taylor County Development Authority (TCDA) is an entity designed to help foster business growth in Taylor County, while supporting business currently operating in the county.

Henderson said she is encouraged by the news of growth in Taylor County, and she hopes that the county continues to top the list in the future.

The Secretary of State’s Business & Licensing Division reported Upshur County saw a 1.82 percent in business growth.  Wyoming, Clay and Jefferson counties also had notable growth in the month of February.

Overall all, the state saw a 10.69 percent growth in business registrations over the last year, according to Warner. The top growing county for that time was Summers with 15.92 percent.

To review the county-by-county growth visit the Secretary of State’s Business Statistics Database at apps.sos.wv.gov/business/BSD/Reports/CountySummary.

Additionally, to view the list of businesses that moved into Taylor County during the month of February, please log on to apps.sos.wv.gov/business/corporations/searchadvanced.aspx.

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