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Jeannette King is a veteran - she is also a West Virginian, a single mother, and a small business owner. In 2007, King took the unique skills, drive, and passion that she developed while serving in the Navy to open her own small business, Strategic Resolution Experts, Inc. (SRE).

SRE, located in Martinsburg West Virginia, is a technology and management consulting firm that helps customers implement business processes and tools to find efficiencies. King utilizes a large toolbox to achieve success in small business.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is one of the vital tools that King depends upon. SRE is a certified small disadvantaged 8(a) business.  The SBA 8(a) small business development program is a nine-year platform created to assist eligible socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in developing and growing their businesses.

King entered the program in 2010 and has received contracts from Department of Homeland Security, Transportation... Read More

SBA Officials Learn about Cutting Edge Microclimate Research created by a West Virginia Small Business

Did you know that the eighth longest cave in the United States, which is also the home to almost half of the world’s population of Virginia big-eared bats, is located in West Virginia? Located in Germany Valley, the cave is aptly named Hellhole. The only known entrance to the cave is a funnel-shaped pit opening on the lower slopes of the North Fork Mountain with a sign that reads “Make Peace with God.”


For nearly 10 years, Extreme Endeavors has performed microclimate research for a West Virginia company to monitor the cave and assure that nearby mining does not change the environment for hibernation.  Every two years Extreme Endeavors enters Hellhole to replace environmental monitoring sensors.


This year the Owner and President of the company, Mike Masterman, invited SBA Regional Administrator Natalia Olson and District Director Judy McCauley, to accompany the Extreme Endeavors team while they changed a sensor in a nearby cave, called Schoolhouse... Read More

“Country Roads, take me Home” to Capon Springs & Farms

“Country roads, take me home, to the place I belong,” John Denver sings of the solace found amongst the majestic mountains and whirling rivers of West Virginia.  One of these hidden sanctuaries, a place many people consider home, is buried within 4,700 acres of green forested mountains in Hampshire County. 

Capon Springs & Farms, a camp-like getaway is managed by the third generation of the Austin family and for more than 80 years has provided a home away from home for its circle of friends.  “We create a home-like atmosphere where annually friends and family can immerse in traditions forgotten by many,” states Jonathan Bellingham, Marketing Manager and third generation family member.

The West Virginia District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration has been privileged to work with this small business, Capon Springs & Farms, for over 25 years through our resource partner, the West Virginia Small Business Development Center. 

Capon’s first... Read More

Small businesses, new and established, can benefit from doing business with the federal government. Purchasing approximately $600 billion a year, the federal government buys goods and services ranging from space engines to janitorial work.  The U.S. Small Business Administration works closely with federal agencies to ensure small businesses obtain their fair share of government contracts and subcontracts.  In 2012, $128.5 million was awarded to West Virginia small businesses.

Judy Sheppard, President and CEO of Professional Services of America Inc., was in business for more than 15 years before she entered the government contracting realm.  Sheppard’s Parkersburg office sits next to the Bureau of the Public Debt, and she couldn’t comprehend why she wasn’t able to do business with them.  Sheppard spoke to the local small business specialist who directed her to the SBA to learn more about the Small Business Set-Aside Program.  Through a congress mandated act, federal agencies... Read More