Members of the Month announced

Submitted photo Pictured from left are Nicky Mayle, Retail Business Incubator manager of the Anglin’s Ford Trading Post; Cheryl Wolfe, director of the Barbour County Development Authority; and Reg Trefethen, BCDA manager.

PHILIPPI — Anglin’s Ford Trading Post and the Barbour County Development Authority are the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Members of the Month in December.

The Anglin’s Ford Trading Post opened in November 2016 with 17 vendors who were invited to sell their products in store-front space without the expense of funding a stand-alone business. Anglin’s Ford was an early name for the town of Philippi. The business now represents 30 vendors and offers antiques, crafts, artisan products and Alderson Broaddus University logo items. The Trading Post also provides art classes and sewing services to the public.

Starting Jan. 1, Anglin’s Ford Trading Post will become an independent business when the current incubator manager will take over operations. Anglin’s Ford is located at 13 N. Main St. in Philippi and can be reached at 304-457-0500.

Meanwhile, the Barbour County Development Authority promotes Barbour County and encourages economic development.

“We help expand existing businesses and assist new businesses to get established, which will contribute to the employment and overall financial well-being of the county,” said Director Cheryl Wolfe.

Wolfe said the authority assisted the Woodlands Development Group to purchase and renovate three historic buildings in downtown Philippi, opened the retail business incubator at the Anglin’s Ford Trading Post to provide an opportunity for vendors to sell their products and assisted two other businesses in the county to expand and utilize dilapidated buildings. The authority has partnered with Alderson Broaddus and Pierpont Community College to offer entrepreneurial classes while assisting the Amish community to locate to the county.

The Barbour County Development Authority is located at 20 S. Main St., in Philippi. The telephone number is 304-457-1225.