Local business coach recieves honors, gives class at SWVCTC

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

May 8, 2014

Terry Cyfers, a local member of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center staff, was recognized at the WVSBDC conference in April for three major accomplishments: Certified Global Business Professional for knowledge in international trade, issued by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators; Federal Acquisition Management for skills regarding managing federal government contracts; and Capital Access Recognition for accessing more than $1 million dollars of capital infusion for their clients.

The conference opened with a training seminar on Marcellus Shale, presented by Matt Henderson, shale asset manager, Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research.

MCOR is an education and research initiative of Pennsylvania State University. The seminar provided WVSBDC business coaches with an overview of shale development and trends. The presentation explained upstream, midstream and downstream processes and opportunities. The information will enable WVSBDC staff to better meet the needs of their clients who do business in the industry.

Industry panelists gave brief, stand-up presentations and fielded questions from the audience. The panelists were Kevin DiGregorio, director of Chemical Alliance Zone; Teresa McNeil, procurement sourcing Agent of EQT Corporation; Tom S. Witt, Witt Economics LLC; and Jim Crews, vice president of development at MarkWest Hydrocarbons.

Cyfers will be coming to Logan Co. today to host a business class for small business owners.

The class, Business Fundamentals, is designed specifically for people who are thinking of starting a business, or have had a business for one year or less. The workshop provides essential information on what an entrepreneur needs to know to start a business successfully.

The fee is $35.00 to be paid at the workshop in exact cash, check or money order payable to WVSBDC. Online registration and payment are also available.

The workshop will be held on at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s Logan Campus, Building B 2nd Floor, Room 227. It begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.