America’s SBDC elects West Virginia state director to executive board

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America’s SBDC elects West Virginia state director to executive board

WVSBDC State Director Kristina Oliver elected during national conference

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC) State Director Kristina Oliver has been voted to the Executive Board of Directors of America’s Small Business Development Center (ASBDC).

The mission of the national network of SBDCs is to help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership, and to assist existing businesses to remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy.

Oliver was elected in September during the national organization’s conference in Texas. She will serve a two-year term as one of the 11 members on the executive board and will have the opportunity to make a significant impact on the future of the America’s SBDC.

A native of Huntington, Oliver received her undergraduate degree from Marshall University and her master’s degree from Ken Blanchard School of Business.

Her experience with entrepreneurship and business consist of commercial, governmental and academic practice. With more than 30 years of experience in entrepreneurship and business development, she founded various ventures that include manufacturing, advertising, business coaching and creative arts. As a consultant, she has provided expertise in leadership, management, project planning and strategic development.

In December 2009, Oliver was named state director for WVSBDC. In 2011, the WVSBDC and its network of offices received full accreditation from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Association of Small Business Development Centers.

The WVSBDC is a statewide network that provides essential information for successfully starting, expanding and growing a business. WVSBDC is supported by the West Virginia Development Office and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Learn how the SBDC can help your business. Visit WVSBDC.org/Jumpstart and watch the Three-step Jump Start video. Or call the Business Ask Me! Line at 888-982-7232.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 10, 2014
CONTACT: Catherine Zacchi, 304-957-9340, catherine.m.zacchi@wv.gov
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