Martin named director of West Virginia Small Business Development Center

CHARLESTON — A state director has been named for the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, a network of business coaches throughout the state to assist small businesses at all stages of development.

Debra Martin joined the center as deputy director in 2013 and was most recently was interim director. She has more than 20 years of experience in economic development.

Before joining the center, she spent 15 years helping businesses export products with the West Virginia Development Office International Division. She led state business executives on more than 30 trade missions to Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America.

Martin earned the title of Certified Global Business Professional from the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators and the Historic Real Estate Finance Professional from the National Development Council. Martin serves on the Professional Development and Conference and Accreditation committees, the Scholarship Committee of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia.

She was raised in Quinnimont in Fayette County and earned a bachelor’s of arts in international relations from West Virginia University, with graduate work in international relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Martin also has additional studies at the University of Caen, France, and the Universiteit van Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

“Whether you are an inventor with a great commercial idea, an entrepreneur with a business startup or an established business looking to expand, the WV SBDC has services to assist you,” Martin said.

The Small Business Development Center is an accredited partner program with the U.S. Small Business Administration and is a division of the West Virginia Development Office.