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Virginia Smith, Branch Manager

Virginia Smith

Virginia Smith is the Branch Manager at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) Buffalo District Office’s Rochester Branch. SBA’s primary role is helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed through counseling and training, guaranteed lending and government contracting. In her role, Virginia works with SBA lenders, resource partners and small businesses in the 6-county region in Upstate New York, helping to facilitate information, training and assistance to the local small business community. 

Ms. Smith has been with the Agency for seven years.  Prior to coming to Rochester, she served as Lender Relations Specialist in the SBA Syracuse District Office.  Previously, Ms., Smith was Finance Director for Home HeadQuarters, Inc. a non-profit in the city of Syracuse and Senior Consultant for Ernst & Young, LLP in Washington, DC. 

Ms. Smith is a native of Houston, Texas and graduated cum laude from Sweet Briar College with a BA in American Studies.  She also holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.