Into the blue
Stony Creek Colors
founder Sarah Bellos
transformed a former
facility into the
headquarters for her
A TECHNOLOGY EMPLOYER FOR ALL
Richmond’s Maxx Potential is a five-year-old tech company whose workers are paid
(starting at $12 an hour) to learn on the
job. With little technical experience, they
work alongside more-seasoned colleagues
to build websites and apps for Fortune
500 companies and local nonprofits alike.
Some stay for years, developing nuanced
skills and training newcomers.
A SECOND CHANCE FOR FOOD WAS TE
A Redmond-based biotech startup is
giving leftover food back to the earth.
WISErg installs its Harvester machines
outside grocery stores and restaurants
to collect and preserve food scraps until
they can be transported to a nearby
WISErg facility. There, they are processed into an organic, nutrient-dense
liquid fertilizer and shipped to farms.
A GRASSROOTS CURE FOR PTSD
The Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture Program helps vets, who account
for an estimated 9% of West Virginia’s
population, transition into civilian life
and contribute to the state’s growing
farming economy. With new funding
from the statehouse, the program plans
to offer veterans training, employment,
and even help securing land.
A MAP OF THE NATURAL WORLD
Founded by twins Brandon and Brian
Reavis, the Cody-based Natural Atlas
is an interactive mapping system that
encourages outdoor enthusiasts to contribute on-the-ground info and photos
of the state’s trails. The founders are
expanding the platform to trails nationwide and are looking for users to add