Keith HartmanKeith Hartman has joined the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center (RRSBDC) as its Director. In his role, Hartman counsels new and existing small businesses, offers training to small business owners and develops long-term relationships with local funding partners for the RRSBDC, working closely with the agency’s stakeholders and community leaders in fulfilling the mission of the agency.

A Juniata College graduate with a degree in public administration, Hartman was most recently a regional executive for Vistage Worldwide, where his responsibilities included business development, member services, facilitator coaching, community relations and enhancing market visibility. Hartman is an accomplished leader with more than 30 years of entrepreneurial and corporate experience in business development, sales management and general management.

“I believe that small businesses are more than just the backbone of our regional economies,” says Hartman. “They are the core of our communities as well.”

“Keith’s knowledge, collaborative style, expertise and ability to build key relationships make him an ideal fit for the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center,” says Roanoke Regional Chamber President/CEO Joyce Waugh. “Keith truly shares our passion and commitment to helping small businesses grow and prosper.”

About the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center

The RRSBDC was established in 1990 and is a joint program of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia SBDC Network and the Small Business Administration.

The mission of the RRSBDC is to promote small business creation, growth and development by providing professional business counseling at no charge to the client. The RRSBDC also provides affordable training and informational resources. The RRSBDC proudly serves the small businesses of: Alleghany County, Botetourt County, Floyd County, Franklin County, Giles County, Montgomery County, Pulaski County, Radford City, Roanoke City, Roanoke County and Salem City. For more information, go to RoanokeSmallBusiness.org.