National Mentoring Month Is a Good Time to Measure the Health of Your Small Business

Posted on January 17, 2018
SBA Success Story

By Karen Friel, U.S. Small Business Administration West Virginia District Director @ www.wvnews.com Making New Year’s resolutions is a common practice for most Americans this time of year. While many resolutions typically revolve around health and fitness goals, it is equally beneficial to measure the health of your small business. January is National Mentoring Month and a good time to reap the benefits of counseling and mentoring ...

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Holiday Message 2017

Posted on December 21, 2017

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, shine, shine! Another year is almost over, can you believe it? And what a year it has been: In January, we moved the office from up Joplin Park in South Charleston to the Charleston Area Alliance downtown. We traveled to a German chamber, representing the Kanawha Valley in the Rhein-Ruhr region. And we ushered the brand of an industry leader into the 21st century, redefining ...

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DC Elevator Brand Launch

Posted on July 5, 2017

Last weekend, we launched the re-brand of Kentucky's prevailing independent elevator company. In 2016, DC Elevator asked us to match their visual identity to the company they had become in the course of the last 40 years. (more…)

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Businessman Hopes to Share Economic Lessons from Native Germany

Posted on June 11, 2017

by JIM WORKMAN For The State Journal · July 10th, 2017 Although Jens Kiel himself was made in Germany, as the name of his business proudly states, he also has a passion for his adopted home of West Virginia. Made in Germany, Kiel’s Charleston marketing and creative strategy firm, has become involved with the Charleston Area Alliance for the past several years. The most recent effort may draw upon similar economic experiences in Kiel’s ...

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Small Business Workshops Look to Be Part of West Virginia’s Solution

Posted on April 30, 2017

Jens Kiel sits at his desk in his marketing and design consulting firm, Made in Germany. Kiel said the West Virginia Small Business Development Center helped place the Charleston-based firm on a path to profitability when he started it in 2013. The WVSBDC is offering free classes Monday and Tuesday in multiple locations for startups and businesses less than one year in operation. (more…)

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Laying a Foundation

Posted on March 3, 2017

As foreshadowed in Together, we'll go FAR, we were invited to provider leadership on soft business skills and host our workshop on Email Etiquette for the Veteran's Health Administration. The workshop, good for 1 CLP, was well attended, and we received the following testimonial yesterday: "Jens Kiel is an exceptional and dynamic public speaker. He is extremely personable and easy to work with. Between November 2016 and January 2017, Mr. Kiel ...

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Holiday Message 2016

Posted on December 19, 2016

As a long and winding year 2016 comes to an end, we want to thank you - the clients, friends, advocates, and followers of Made in Germany - for your role in our growth, success, and progress on the path of coming into ourselves. We are proud to have added to the economy, infrastructure, diversity, and know how in our State and our Country. (more…)

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Together we’ll go FAR

Posted on December 11, 2016

What started about a year ago as an idea, came full circle this week. Made in Germany's Founder and CEO Jens Kiel graduated from Barbara Weaver's 2016 Federal Acquisition Management class as one of 170 graduates in a decade of this demanding but ever useful coursework. The understanding of the FAR, the Federal Acquisition Regulation, builds the foundation for successful Federal Government contracting opportunities. We are thrilled about the ...

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Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

Posted on November 1, 2016

Watching the Hamilton documentary on PBS a few days ago, the hit Broadway musical’s final song title stayed with me. November 2nd marks a special day for me, and one in a particular year. In the Summer of 1986, school summer break had just started for me; my father asked me to teach a two-week course on desktop publishing to the graphic artists of the advertising agency Stamm-Werbung, where he had been CEO for over ten years. At the time, ...

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‘The Connector’ Helps Communicate Success Stories

Posted on May 17, 2016

By MARLA PISCIOTTA for The State Journal, May 13 2016 Priding himself with German efficiency, Jens (pronounced “yens”) Kiel is a West Virginia transplant from Germany. “After working decades in the advertising and technology industries throughout Europe and North America, I chose Central Appalachia to create opportunities for clients and help write their success stories,” Kiel said. (more…)

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