Show of Hands Looking for Applicants

Do you have an idea for a new business, a business expansion or a project that will impact Wheeling? If so, you are encouraged to apply for Wheeling Heritage’s Show of Hands.

The winner will leave the event with more than $3,000 to put toward his or her idea.

Applications are due Sept. 5 and can be completed at A committee will review applications, and four will be chosen to move on to the presentation round.

At the event, four presenters will explain their ideas to community members in attendance. Attendees vote on their favorite, and the presenter who receives the most votes receives $3,000 plus door donations to put toward the project.

To date, Show of Hands has given more than $30,000 to 12 projects.

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The next Show of Hands event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, on the third floor of the Artisan Center, 1400 Main St., Wheeling. Attendees pay $5 at the door, which is added to the winner’s prize.

Recent winners include Sarah’s on Main, a new café and bakery, as well as Zeb’s Barky Bites, a dog treat company that opened at Centre Market.

Orrick, the program’s corporate sponsor, donates $1,000 for each event. The Friends of Show of Hands, which consists of community members and business owners, also contribute to each event.

Wheeling Heritage is a catalyst for the revitalization of Wheeling. Through historic preservation, community development, and the arts, we help to tell Wheeling’s story and shape its future. We seek to improve the quality of life in Wheeling by preserving and investing in our city, collaborating with others, and engaging the citizens of Wheeling in our work.