3174 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 1, Weirton, West Virginia 26062

Dr. Barbara A. Matey High School Business Symposium

This yearly event engages one hundred and twenty juniors from our tri-state area high schools, in a day of active learning about what it takes to be successful in business today. The day consists of

  • Budgeting
  • Interviewing
  • Marketing
  • Etiquette Applications
  • Teambuilding Skills through our Egg Drop Exercise


It’s quite amazing to watch them develop their business plans and construct their products! This event provides these students with relevant, real-life, active learning experiences.

History of the Program

Dr. Barbara A. Matey had a passion for education.  Her love of learning and teaching was reflected in her daily life. Barbara graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a double major in English. She continued her education at the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a Masters Degree in Education. In 2002, Barbara earned her Doctorate of Education in Technology Education and presented her dissertation on Training and System Implementation Impact Study in 2002.

Barbara married Arthur Matey in 1980, and moved to Weirton, WV, where she immediately began to become involved in the community. After moving here, she worked in various capacities for West Virginia Northern Community College and the former Weirton Steel Corporation. She served as faculty, public relations, business and industrial training and process reengineering for the commercial department, business information technologies department, integrated manufacturing, and various other capacities.

In November 2001, she found her employment home with Hancock County Savings Bank. It was there that she was happiest performing professionally and fulfilling her mission of community service in various capacities. She currently served as Vice President of Human Resources, and as the coordinator of the bank’s partnerships in their educational programs.

Barbara was a multi-year member of the Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce where she chaired the Education Committee, chairing the Youth Leadership Program and The High School Business Symposium.

Barbara had a deep commitment to education and supporting the local schools. She was a teacher at heart, and working with students was something she truly loved. It showed by the effort she put into our educational youth programs over many years. Barbara understood the importance of educating our youth, and she did it with grace, ease, understanding, and joy.

The High School Business Symposium was an important program to her. Over the years, she worked to improve the program and make it more enjoyable and challenging for the students. The symposium continues to grow and prosper because of her commitment. Dr. Barbara Matey made a difference!

So it is with great pride that we recognize her for her selfless contribution to the education of students, by making a lifetime change to this program in renaming it….

“The Dr. Barbara A. Matey High School Business Symposium

The Weirton Area Chamber of Commerce, through the support of local businesses, proudly sponsors this program every year.