Jefferson County Development Authority Announces Two Former NFL All Stars Will Headline Small Business Conference in Jefferson County, WV

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First-Time conference designed to teach and motivate small business owners to grow their business and increase profitability and exposure in the marketplace.

Conference in Jefferson County West Virginia, only WV county in Washington, D.C. MSA

Former Washington Redskins Ken Harvey and Mark Moseley headline business conference in Jefferson County, West Virginia

Small businesses are a vital part of the economy. We are always looking for ways to support area entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Former Washington Redskins football stars Mark Moseley and Ken Harvey, now both successful businessmen and motivational speakers, will headline “Go Pro: Turn Your Passion into Action and Success in 2014,” a one-day business conference to be held Fri., March 7, 2014, at American Public University System’s (APUS) Administration Building. The program is designed to teach and motivate small business owners to grow their business and increase profitability and exposure in the marketplace.

Moseley and Harvey have donated their time to participate in this first-ever event organized by the Jefferson County Development Authority (JCDA) and Melanie Miller, CEO of Sonic Promotions in Ranson, with meeting space donated by APUS. The program will run from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and the cost to attend is $10. Seating is limited and advanced registration and payment are required. For complete details or to register, visit or call 304-728-3255.

“Small businesses are a vital part of the economy,” said John Reisenweber, executive director of the JCDA. “We are always looking for ways to support area entrepreneurs and small business owners, and we are tremendously grateful that Mark Moseley and Ken Harvey have agreed to share their success stories with us. Participants will come away with practical, hands-on ideas they can implement immediately.”

Moseley, who in 1982 was voted the National Football League’s Most Valuable Player, is Director of Franchise Development of Five Guys Famous Burgers and Fries. He owns several Five Guys franchises, including one in Ranson, and will inspire participants to succeed in business by applying the same rules that served him so well on the playing field – hard work, commitment, team work and perseverance.

“Of the many franchises I own, the one in Ranson is my top performer,” said Moseley. “Jefferson County is an awesome playing field for business, and I’m proud that I have the opportunity to share my business experience with others in the region.”

Harvey, business development manager for ETS Credit and Debit Card Processing and the author of several children’s books, will tackle the three things every business owner needs to know to succeed. He became the first Redskin to lead the National Football Conference (NFC) in “sacks” and only the fourth linebacker in NFC history to lead the conference in sacks.

Melanie Miller, CEO of Sonic Promotions, will discuss practical, cost-effective marketing and publicity strategies for small business owners. Miller currently serves as promotional manager to Harvey, Moseley and NFL Hall of Famer and Former Washington Redskin, Darrell Green.

Other conference sessions will examine financial concerns and solutions of interest to small business owners and introduce the business coaching process. The JCDA’s new business coach will be on hand to discuss the free consulting services that will be available to small businesses in the area through collaboration with the Small Business Development Center and several private sector partners.

Sponsorship and display table opportunities are available. Please contact Amy Ruth Allen for information, 304-728-3255, amy(at)jcda(dot)net.

Located in the Burr Business Park in Kearneysville, the JCDA provides an increased and diverse tax base for Jefferson County. The organization advances economic development, supports existing businesses and stimulates and promotes industrial, commercial and agricultural expansion.


Ken Harvey
Ken Harvey played professional football for 11 years, concluding his career with the Washington Redskins. As a four-time Pro Bowler, Ken became the first Redskin to lead the NFC in sacks and only the fourth linebacker in NFC history to lead the conference in sacks, joining the legendary Lawrence “L.T.” Taylor. He set a Redskins record for most sacks in a season by a linebacker, which broke Monte Coleman’s record set in 1984, and had 89 career sacks–an average of 8.6 sacks per year--during his career.

Ken Harvey was selected in the 1st round of 1988 draft (12th overall) by Arizona. The Redskins acquired him in 1994 as an unrestricted free agent, playing the position of linebacker. Ken led the NFC and finished second in the NFL with a career-high 13.5 sacks. He produced nine sacks in the final 10 games of the season and led the Redskins with 20 quarterback hurries.

He is the author of several children’s books. He and his wife Janice have two sons. He currently is the business development manager for ETS Credit and Debit Card Processing.

Mark Moseley
Mark Moseley has enjoyed a brilliant football career. In 1982, he was voted the National Football League’s Most Valuable Player – the first time in the NFL’s 75-year history that a kicker has ever been nominated or elected to such a prestigious position. The holder of numerous NFL kicking records, he has recently become eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame.

Mark began his football career in 1970, when he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. He played for the Eagles for one year before returning to his home state of Texas, where he played for the Houston Oilers for nearly two years.

Mark Moseley came to the Washington Redskins in 1974, where he became an All-Pro and was so honored four times. In 1983, he set a single season scoring record of 161 points. He led the NFL in scoring four separate seasons, which placed him sixth on the all-time scoring list at that time. Mark also kicked 300 field goals in his career, placing him fifth on the NFL’s ALL-TIME scoring list.

After leaving Washington in 1985, Mark Moseley finished his career in Cleveland, where he helped the Cleveland Browns win the AFC Central Division Title. Mark retired from professional football in 1987 and became a full-time businessman. After gaining a great deal of experience in commercial real estate, he used his marketing and selling skills to launch his own business enterprises – Mark Moseley’s Travel, Mark Moseley’s Famous Fries and Extra Point Productions. He also holds summer kicking camps for young people, and during the NFL season he co-hosts “Redskins Wrapp,” for News Channel 8, and does “The Redskins Reports,” three times a week for WRCY-FM 94.3.

Mark strongly believes in helping people, as evidenced by his many civic awards, including the International Association of Lions Club Humanitarian Award, Sales and Marketing Executive of Washington Award, the Marine Corps Scholarship Association Sportsman of the Year Award, and in 1982 he was named Washingtonian of the Year.

Additionally, Mark Moseley has been associated with MADD and SADD, Boy Scouts of America, Cerebral Palsy, United Way, the American Heart Association, and many other organizations that help people. He has devoted a great deal of time and energy towards fund-raising activities for the Washington D.C. Ronald McDonald House, a home away from home for seriously ill children.

Melanie Miller
Dynamic, Passionate, knowledgeable and fun are all the words used to describe Melanie Miller, owner of Sonic Promotions. Her real life stories and common sense approach to corporate marketing culture, built on the use of successful athletes, provides listeners with ideas and strategies that can be implemented starting now!

Over twelve years ago, Melanie began her company Sonic Promotions which focuses on increasing overall brand appearances by connecting, creating experiences and building relationships which gain customers for her clients. She has served as the marketing director of the Washington Redskin NFL Alumni, personally booked over a thousand Washington Redskin appearances and currently serves as promotional manager to NFL Hall of Famer and Former Washington Redskin, Darrell Green, NFL All Pro and Former Washington Redskin, Ken Harvey and 1982 NFL MVP, Mark Moseley.

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Jefferson County Development Authority
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