CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Small Business Development Center, a division of the West Virginia Department of Economic Development, recently announced the appointment of two new business coaches.
Michael Boyd runs the Eastern Panhandle Center. Based in Martinsburg, the center focuses on small businesses in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.
Doug Harper runs the Huntington Center, which primarily covers Cabell, Mason, Lincoln and Wayne counties.
âMichael and Doug both have first-hand experience as successful leaders and entrepreneurs,â said Debra Martin, director of WV SBDC. âThey will help small businesses connect with the tools, talents and resources they need to be successful. “
Boyd has decades of experience as an educator, executive and program manager. He has run his own consulting / training business and has taught entrepreneurship at the college level using the SBDC business plan template, as well as business, public relations, management oversight and customer service. .
As an executive of a growing company, Boyd was responsible for all aspects of operations, including staffing, training, marketing, budgeting, and regulatory compliance.
A native of West Virginia, Harper received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Marshall University. He has held senior and executive positions, with experience in strategic planning, sales, key account management, budgets, distribution and warehousing for multiple sites.
As an entrepreneur, he owned a multinational chain franchise, winning performance accolades and expanding to three new locations in three years.