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At the Kauffman Foundation's Incentives to Innovate Conference in Kansas City, House Speaker Tim Miley, D-Harrison, plans to hear from entrepreneurs, academics and policymakers from all over the country.

Small Business, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development Chairman Delegate Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha, and committee member and House Finance Vice Chairman Doug Reynolds, D-Cabell, also will attend the day-long conference April 17.

"As our House committee continues to travel throughout West Virginia to gain insight into how to foster small business growth and encourage entrepreneurship, we also are looking for success stories from other states that could be replicated at home," Miley said. "This conference provides the perfect forum for that."

"This is a golden opportunity for us to hear directly from other state lawmakers and business owners about how to help get startups off the ground and move small businesses forward," Skaff said. "I look forward to coming back and figuring out how we can apply what we've learned to West Virginia policy."

Reynolds noted that another focus of the conference is research on how to best gauge the effectiveness of policies intended to foster innovation and small business growth.

"Not only do we want to provide incentives for entrepreneurs and small business innovators, we want to continually monitor the progress of those incentives," Reynolds said. "Just as businesses must change in order to adapt to our evolving economy, state laws, regulations and policies should too."

Looking forward to two "lightening" round discussions that will include all conference attendees, Miley said it "promises to be an inspiring exchange of ideas.

Details of the Incentives to Innovate Conference can be found at: http://goo.gl/GcbFoA