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Small business center opens office at Radford University

Radford University recently rekindled its partnership with the Roanoke Small Business Development Center.

The center closed in 2016 due to funding issues, but has since reopened.

Richard Alvarez — a senior adviser for economic development at the university and formerly its chief financial officer — said the renewed partnership with the SBDC is set up differently.

“Previously we had an office here that was small business. Now we are hosting them [SBDC] and they are serving the entire region, but we are hosting their location. We will be working on all of these collaborations but they are a separate entity,” he said.

Instead of providing funds for the program, the university is providing in-kind support, such as an office for the SBDC in the Davis College of Business and Economics. Different events like seminars and workshops will also be held in the building.