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Since 1983 the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC) and our network of partners has helped construct a statewide ecosystem to foster the spirit, support, and success of thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators.

The WV SBDC is a statewide network that provides tools, training and connections for successfully starting and growing a small business. We play a vital role in West Virginia’s economic development initiatives by:

  • Assisting entrepreneurs in every stage of the business cycle, from prospective entrepreneurs to mature businesses looking for growth opportunities and more.
  • Working with firms in all industry sectors.
  • Being a member of a nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers who share resources in our mission to start and grow small businesses.
  • Following the Baldridge Principles of performance excellence in achieving accreditation by America’s SBDC, as required by Congressional mandate. These principles include managing for innovation, entrepreneurship, customer-driven excellence, integrity, visionary leadership, creating value, agility, societal responsibility, and a focus on the future.

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 is the most trusted resource to grow West Virginia’s economy through small business success.

Our Values

  • Teamwork
  • Integrity
  • Excellence

WV SBDC Economic Impact

Behind each milestone that we measure is an individual with a commitment. The WV SBDC program plays a transformational role with each client through one-on-one business coaching, targeted training, and connections to other vital resources that help a business owner be successful. Every year we assist over 1,000 businesses gain valuable insights from our experienced business coaching team and offer dozens of business workshops around the state and online. In total, we helped support over 4,000 jobs in 2023 and made a significant impact in the communities we serve.

in New Capital Accessed
New Jobs Created
New Business Starts
Clients Assisted
Business Coaching Hours
Check out our Annual Reports to explore how significant our statewide impact has been.
Businesses that partner with the WV SBDC get started, create jobs, access capital, grow sales and prosper.

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