Business Incubation at the MOC

RAIL offers space for businesses to start inside the Mullens Oppertunity Center for a very low initial monthly cost. All participating businesses receive free utilities and high-speed internet services with the rentals. The businesses currently in the MOC are below.

Mullens Fitness Center: Located on the second floor of the MOC, this gym is loaded with equipment, and is open to all users who pay the monthly fee of $25.00. The door is locked with a key-pad, with a code so only you, and other paying memebers can get in and get fit!

Ultimate Cuts: Located on the first floor of the MOC, this hair salon operated by Marie, provides hair cuts, colors, perms and waxes all at affordable prices. Call 304-294-7033 for operating hours and appointments.

Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association: UGWA is located on the second floor of the MOC, and is a product of RAIL and Americorps/VISTA working together to incubate smaller organizations. Through that, UGWA has become a strong grassroots non-profit with the mission to develop a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous watershed that is more attractive to stakeholders, and is better managed to withstand the impacts of flooding.

For more information visit their website:

Eastern Coal Regional Roundtable: serves watersheds through training, capacity building, and providing a voice for understated communities. ECRR currently has to Americorps*VISTAs serving with them on the second floor of the MOC.

To read more about this organization, visit their website:



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Volunteers are a vital part of RAIL's success. We are SEEKING VOLUNTEERS! Please contact us if you want to make a difference and join our remarkable work teams.

In September 2010 RAIL volunteers began initiating a plan to invigorate Community and Economic development in the southern coalfields of West Virginia. In the past ten years RAIL has studied the needs of families in Appalachia as well as available resources and other accessible opportunities that can help their community become sustainable. Gaining a better understanding of what is needed has culminated in the Coal Heritage Trail of New Commerce Action Plan. Those implementing this plan, an organization at the grass roots, well understand their work cannot be successful without the help of volunteers and generous resources providers. Anyone interested in participating in this bold undertaking of helping families living in the Appalachian coalfields improve their economic and social conditions may contact for more information. RAIL gets its name from Rural Appalachian Improvement League, Inc. and can best be described as Volunteers coming together as an organization to find ways to best benefit their community

March 18, 2011

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