West Virginia Small Business Development Center-Bluefield State College Center

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides expert guidance to help small businesses succeed. Our Bluefield State College Center targets services to McDowell, Mercer, Monroe, Summers, and Wyoming counties.


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.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Diversification
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business
  • Tax Services
  • Valuation

Economic and Site Development

  • Tax Credits
  • Lease Review
  • Economic Development

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Crowdfunding Preparation
  • Debt Funding Preparation
  • Equity Funding Preparation
  • Financial Modeling
  • Financial Statement and Cash Flow
  • Government Funding
  • Technology Grant Providers

Import and Export Assistance

  • Trade Education and Training

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization

Marketing and Sales

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Research
  • Market Plan Development and Training


  • One-on-One Counseling

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Government Contracts

Starting a Business

  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Forming a Business
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Business Research Resources

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Commercialization
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services


  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Social Media
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Harold Patterson
the w. paul cole, jr. school of business mahood hall
219 Rock Street
Bluewell, WV 24701