Accelerate Forward - Entrepreneur Services Coordinator

Position Type:  Full-Time exempt position.

Job Description:  The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) is seeking applications for an Entrepreneur Services Coordinator, West Virginia’s EDA University Center program. This position is responsible for working to support an entrepreneurship and innovation-focused economy in West Virginia’s 55 counties.

Under the guidance of the Director of Entrepreneurship at RCBI, the successful candidate will:   

  • Enhance entrepreneurial activity through making the resources of the EDA University Center available to local businesses and startups
  • Coordinate and facilitate events across West Virginia which expand the opportunities available for entrepreneurs to begin, sustain and expand their businesses.
  • Develop assistance programs for entrepreneurs and businesses to develop appropriate business models, business plans, loan packaging, workforce training and access to new markets in coordination with partners such as the WV SBDC and SBA.
  • Proactively identify, contact and assist small and medium-sized businesses, assess their needs and deliver solutions to enhance and expand their businesses
  • Collaborate with Marshall University, Concord University, West Virginia Development Office, local chambers of commerce, local economic development agencies and others to provide needed services to entrepreneurs
  • Build and maintain close professional relationships with small businesses across West Virginia as well as database of businesses served and programmatic impact of efforts
  • Identify new market opportunities; increasing statewide knowledge of and active participation in such as Opportunity and HUB Zone status and designations
  • Develop new services based on demonstrated client need
  • Develop database of partner capabilities

Required Qualifications

  • Three (3) years of experience in community and/or business entrepreneurship development
  • Ability to travel extensively throughout the region including overnight and multi-day trips

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preference will be given to candidates with entrepreneurial and/or business experience
  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in business or related field preferred

Salary:  Commensurate with education and experience.


Application Procedure:  To apply, log in at:

Position is open until filled. Marshall University and the Marshall University Research Corporation are EEO/AA employers.