Debra Martin has been appointed deputy director for the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC).
As deputy director, Martin handles the day-to-day operations of the Lead Center and manages the statewide network of business coaches who provide technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners.
The WVSBDC is a coaching system that provides training and technical expertise to entrepreneurs. The statewide network of coaches helps connect the entrepreneur with the right resources to fit the business’ needs and stage of development.
Before joining WVSBDC, Martin served for 15 years with the West Virginia Development Office International Division. In her position as international trade manager, Martin provided export assistance to existing West Virginia companies and led more than 30 trade missions to countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America.
She holds the Certified Global Business Professional credential.
A native of Quinnimont, Fayette County, Martin earned her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from West Virginia University. She did her graduate work in International Relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She also studied French at the Université de Caen and European Studies at the Universiteit van Amsterdam in the Netherlands.