West Virginia Small Business Development Center – West Virginia University – WVU

The West Virginia Small Business Development Center provides expert guidance to help small businesses succeed. Our West Virginia University Center targets services to Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, and Taylor County.


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

Economic and Site Development

  • Lease Review
  • Tax Credits
  • Economic Development (Specialty)

Business Planning

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

Financial Resources and Assistance

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

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 Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research


  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Obtaining Government Contracts

Starting a Business

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

Technical Assistance

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


  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes
  • Social Media
Contact Information
Sharon Stratton
P.O. Box 6884
886 Chestnut Ridge Road #700
Morgantown, WV 26506-6684