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West Virginia District Office Leadership Biographies

West Virginia District Office Leadership Biographies

Acting District Director

Karen Friel is the acting district director for the U. S. Small Business Administration.  As an executive leader of the District, Karen works to provide effective leadership, management, and oversight to optimize the deployment of SBA programs and services and to better serve the Small Business Community.  Prior to becoming the deputy, Karen was formerly the lead business development specialist involved with marketing and outreach and former administrative officer for the West Virginia District Office.  She has both indirectly and directly overseen the agency budget for spending in West Virginia. 

Prior to joining the federal government with SBA, Karen’s background consists of 10 years commercial loan processing experience with former One Valley Bank, Inc., BB&T of Clarksburg, and more recently the Commercial Banking Division of MVB Bank, Inc. in Bridgeport. 

Karen is a graduate of Fairmont State University and has multiple degrees in marketing, management, and business administration.