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B&E expands entrepreneurial initiatives with addition of in-house business coach

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Deborah Magyar is the new business coach at the Brickstreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, strengthening WVU's commitment to broad prosperity. 
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The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics has strengthened its commitment to entrepreneurship by adding a business coach in the BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Deborah Magyar is the new West Virginia Small Business Development Center business coach at B&E, an addition WVU’s business school dean said reaffirms a dedication to fostering entrepreneurship and transforming the business landscape across the state.

“The addition of another entrepreneurial expert to the BrickStreet Center team is further evidence of our commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Javier Reyes, B&E Milan Puskar Dean. “What Deborah Magyar brings to the table is a varied skill set that is designed to help empower entrepreneurship, as well as connect the resources of the center and this business school to the business community.”

Joining the statewide network of business coaches under the WVSBDC, Magyar serves small businesses in Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston and Taylor counties, providing confidential, one-on-one consulting for businesses in the start-up stage, businesses interested in improving or expanding and those looking to sell or are in a succession planning stage – the full life-cycle of the business. This WVSBDC-B&E partnership is win-win as both students and local communities now have access to SBDC services.

“As a business coach, I am here to support and help people gain access to capital, deal with operational issues and human resource issues,” Magyar said. “The support I am here to provide is for business planning, financial analysis, marketing, advertising or any need a business may have.”

“Many companies and entrepreneurs contact the BrickStreet Center for assistance in starting and growing their businesses,” said Steven Cutright, director of the BrickStreet Center. “Having a business coach in the center allows us to provide these one-on-one services and mentorship to new entrepreneurs, helping them with all aspects of their venture. Deborah is smart, focused and motivated, and has that entrepreneurial mindset. Sometimes people need a friend as much as a mentor when engaged in stressful situations like business startup, and Deborah has that unique ability to connect with people and lead them to very successful outcomes.” 

The BrickStreet Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is part of the WVU IDEA Ecosystem, a university-wide network of centers, offices and programs that fosters and supports innovation and entrepreneurship among WVU students, faculty and staff while engaging the statewide community. A visual map of the full ecosystem and detailed information about the resources included can be found at



CONTACT: Blair Dowler, WVU College of Business and Economics; 304.293.7760

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