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HUNTINGTON, W.VA. -- Advantage Valley Inc. has contracted with Steve Johnson to serve as the organization's new full-time business/entrepreneur coach. 

The new coaching position is being funded jointly by Advantage Valley and the West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC). 

"Steve will be working to assist high-growth entrepreneurs and small business owners in the greater Charleston-Huntington region who are identified to have the potential for high-growth or who have the capacity for significant expansion opportunities," said Chris Slaughter, Advantage Valley's Chairman. "These may include start-ups, recently formed companies or established small businesses seeking to expand, diversify or attract new capital investment."  Johnson also will be working to educate small businesses about the variety of economic development services and programs available to them."

Slaughter said Johnson will be based out of the WVSDBC office in downtown Huntington, and he will be working directly with companies at their locations in the multi-county region.  He also will be part of the WVSBDC staff network and will interact with similar business coaches in other areas of the state.

Most recently Johnson set up a successful insurance agency in Barboursville.

"Advantage Valley is pleased to be partnering with the W.Va. Small Business Development Center to offer business and start-up coaching services to high-growth companies and new ventures," Slaughter added. "Growing our region's small business base and nurturing new ventures are important components for Advantage Valley's long-term economic growth and vitality."

Kristina Oliver, state director of the WVSBDC, noted the WVSBDC is supported by the West Virginia Development Office and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

"We are very happy to partner with Advantage Valley and have the opportunity to add a seasoned entrepreneur and experienced business individual such as Steve Johnson to the WVSBDC coaching network," Oliver said. "The WVSBDC strives to be recognized by entrepreneurs, the small business community, and key stakeholders as the primary provider of business coaching, advice and information for small businesses resulting in greater access to capital and increased job creation."

Companies interested in obtaining coaching services from Advantage Valley should send an email to info@advantagevalley.com or call (304) 760-0950.