SBDC Names New Eastern Shore Counselor


SBDC Names New Eastern Shore Counselor
Added on April 5, 2022 to Press Releases

SBDC Names New Eastern Shore Counselor

Her office will be located at the Eastern Shore Chamber in Melfa.  She was selected to fill the vacancy following George Bryan’s retirement after serving for 12 years and will be available to for counseling services starting on the fifteenth of April.

A native of East Tennessee and mother of five children, Donna will be working on a part-time basis.  She will receive direct support from the staff of the SBDC and will also have access to all the research tools and databases to assist her in providing services to the diverse small business community on the Shore.

Jim Carroll, the Executive Director for the SBDC stated:  “Donna is a welcome addition to our SBDC team.  She fills a critical positon in helping us in fulfilling our mission in helping small businesses throughout the Commonwealth.  She brings some singularly unique skills and talents which will greatly contribute to her effectiveness as a counselor.”

The SBDC is part of a statewide network and conducted under a cooperative agreement between George Mason University and the US Small Business Administration.  Locally, the office is hosted by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce and provides services throughout the Shore.

Donna summed up her observation on being selected: “Small businesses are the heart, soul and character of any community. I am grateful for the opportunity the SBDC has provided for me to help serve small business owners and entrepreneurs here on the Eastern Shore.“

She can be reached by email at or by telephone through the Eastern Shore Chamber at 757-787-2460.


The Hampton Roads SBDC is part of the VSBDC Network under the direction of the Mason Enterprise Center at George Mason University.  It is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the US Small Business Administration and through local funding partners.  Founded in 1990, the Center has provided counseling for over 8,800 clients and helped them generate over $165 million in debt and equity financing.