About Us

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides expert guidance to help small businesses succeed. We provide the services and assistance your business needs throughout the development process including concept, startup and growth. Our statewide network of business coaches partner with you - and collaborate with each other - to help you move your business to the next level. Many of our coaches have entrepreneurial experience themselves.

WV SBDC business coaches are highly skilled individuals who have professional certifications ranging from exporting, innovation, technology and economic development, to finance, management, marketing and entrepreneurship. Our coaches can guide you in how to write business plans, manage projects effectively and find greater access to capital.

Our Mission


The WV SBDC assists entrepreneurs and small business owners at every stage of the business lifecycle by providing technical assistance to help clients clarify goals, develop skills and acquire resources to operate a successful enterprise.

Our Vision


The WV SBDC will continue to be a trusted partner and relationship builder for entrepreneurs and small business owners, effectively collaborating with resource partners to increase the number of small businesses, enhance job creation and retention, provide greater opportunity to access capital and promote economic diversification in West Virginia.

Our Values





Lead Center Team

Debra Martin

Debra Martin

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson
Deputy Director

Liz Coffman

Liz Coffman
Administrative Secretary

Neeley Shaw

Neeley Shaw
CARES Act Program Assistant - Training

Emily Wrenn Harrell

Emily Wrenn Harrell
CARES Act Program Assistant - Consulting

Contact Us

WV SBDC Lead Center
State Capitol Complex
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Building 3, Suite 600
Charleston, West Virginia 25305

General Number: 304-558-2960
Ask Me! Line: 888-WVA-SBDC or
email our consultants at

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What We Do

WV SBDC helps businesses lay a solid foundation on which to build success. If you are an inventor with a great commercial idea, an entrepreneur with a business startup or an established business looking to sustain or ready to expand your success, then WV SBDC has services to match your needs.

  • Low-cost training in business fundamentals workshops
  • No-cost one-on-one confidential advising with our statewide network of credentialed business coaches
  • Practical advice in a broad spectrum of business knowledge, including developing a viable business plan, marketing, innovation, technology and management skills
  • Financial resource connections. WV SBDC does not give loans or grants - but we can help companies be aware of and prepare for capital access opportunities
Learn More About WV SBDC Services
Capital Building
Advisory Board

Funding Partners

The WV SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the SBA and is an Accredited Member of America's SBDC network.

Americas SBDC
West Virginia Commerce
US Small Business Administration
Americas SBDC