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West Virginia SBDCs received accreditation from the Association of Small Business Development Centers, vital for West Virginia’s small business centers to continue receiving funds from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Honors were also earned by SBDC business coach Jamie Gaucher. In 2011, he received a Technology Counselor Certification, becoming one of only 39 certified technology business coaches nationwide. The certification requires expertise in technology transfer and commercialization, research and development funding, intellectual property issues, tech networking/resource identification and alternative financing.

Kristina Oliver, SBDC Director
"SBDC works hard to meet the needs of West Virginia’s entrepreneurs and technologybased businesses"

- Kristina Oliver
SBDC Director

“The SBDC works hard to meet the needs of West Virginia’s entrepreneurs and technologybased businesses,” said Oliver. “Jamie’s achievement furthers our goal to provide expert business coaching and technical assistance to the state’s innovators.”

Gaucher manages the West Virginia Small Business Innovation Research and the Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs. The federal SBIR/STTR programs provide a billion dollars each year in earlystage research and development awards and contracts to small technology companies.

“The Technology Counselor Certification fits squarely into SBDC plans here to gain accreditation as a Small Business Technology Development Center,” said Gaucher. “It opens the door to have someone within the Development Office focused exclusively on technology-based economic development.”

Among the technology companies SBDC works with is Rowdy Orbit. CEO Jonathan Moore describes the company as an online network that airs more than 140 Web shows geared toward African American, Asian and Hispanic viewers.

A former advertising copywriter, Moore and his wife decided to move from his native Baltimore to West Virginia, where they could buy more house and a better life for less.

Jonathan Moore, Rowdy Orbit
SBDC people challenge me, inspire me and help me see opportunities...if i was going to start my business this move would be the path... ”

- CEO Jonathan Moore
Rowdy Orbit

“I knew if I was going to start my business that this move would be the path,” he said.

Moore contacted Christina Lundberg of the SBDC office in Martinsburg, where he found help with business planning, time management training and local resources. Rowdy Orbit connected with Shepherd University and works in association with the University’s communications and film departments. He hired an intern as one of Rowdy Orbit’s three employees.

“If you connect to the right people, there’s a lot of collaboration here,” he says. “The SBDC people challenge me, inspire me and help me see opportunities.”

“West Virginia’s SBDC coaches can help with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services small businesses need,” said Oliver. “If you want to find out whether you’re ready to get in the game, or get help upgrading your skills for a championship season, the West Virginia SBDC is committed to helping you succeed.”

For more info, visit www.wvsbdc.org or call 888-982-7232.

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