WV SBDC appoints Mary Hott as Innovation-Technology program coordinator

CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WV SBDC), a division of the West Virginia Department of Economic Development, has appointed Mary Hott as the new Innovation-Technology Program Coordinator.

The WV SBDC In-Tech program focuses on small, tech-driven businesses in West Virginia. It helps companies develop strategies and reduce the risks associated with bringing new products, services and processes to market. In-Tech also provides support in areas such as prototype development, product evaluation, business planning and applications to Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and technology transfer for companies. small businesses (STTR).

Federal SBIR / STTR programs are among the largest sources of seed money for technology commercialization, and WV SBDC In-Tech helps West Virginia companies apply for SBIR / STTR state matching funds through the through the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Investment Fund.

“Mary understands business and technology from many angles, as an entrepreneur herself and as a seasoned guide leading others to success. She has served the West Virginia small business community as a business coach for many years and we are delighted to see her evolve into this important role, ”said Debra Martin, Director of WV SBDC.

Originally from Morgan County, West Virginia, Hott received his Master of Science in Information Systems from Northeastern University Graduate School of Engineering in Boston, a Bachelor of Arts from the New School for Social Research in New York, and a certification in marketing from Harvard University Extension School. She is also a Certified Business Advisor (CBA®), certified by Kent State University.

Prior to joining WV SBDC in 2015 as a business coach, Hott spent over 20 years in the Boston high-tech business community, first as a software engineer, then transitioning to managing products and business development. She returned to West Virginia in 2006 and headed the nonprofit Morgan Arts Council for six years as an executive director. Hott has started and grown his own businesses twice: first a software consultancy in New England and, in his home state of West Virginia, a music production company.

To learn more about the West Virginia Small Business Development Center and resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs, visit WVsbdc.com.

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