SBDC Director Stephanie Keener continues to help businesses thrive, grow in Lynchburg region
Some of the most enjoyable aspects of Stephanie Keener’s job are breaking down barriers and helping businesses know where their resources are and knowing to whom they can direct their questions.
“I will sit here and talk to you about whatever you need to talk about, and we will get you to the people that you need. If it’s not me, somebody else, I probably know who that person is,” she said.
Keener works as the director of the Small Business Development Center-Lynchburg Region and is passionate about helping small businesses in the area thrive.
Starting a business isn’t what’s hard — it’s starting it well that is hard, she said.
“I don’t want people to feel like it’s not for them because they don’t know what the steps are,” she said. “That’s not knowledge just for rich people. It’s not knowledge just for bankers,” she said. “It’s knowledge for everybody. We’re here to help people do that.”
Outside of the office, Keener describes herself as nerdy. She enjoys reading and is active in her book club. She loves science fiction and can talk to anyone about Star Wars. She has a son who attends Syracuse University, has two cats and a dog and said her favorite part of living in Lynchburg is the historic architecture.
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