SBA office welcomes new team members

The U.S. Small Business Administration in Clarksburg has announced the appointment of two new team members to the West Virginia District Office.

Larry Batten and Nikki Bowmar recently accepted positions as economic development specialists and will focus on enhancing the awareness of SBA programs and services in West Virginia. Bowmar also will serve as public information officer and will be responsible for handling all media inquiries.

Batten, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, comes to the SBA with more than 12 years of experience in site management. A native of Lewis County, Batten earned a bachelor’s degree in business and business analysis from Bellevue University and is actively involved in his community. As a business owner himself, Batten understands the challenges small businesses face and is excited to have the opportunity to help others.

Bowmar comes to SBA with years of experience in marketing and public relations. In her most recent role, she functioned as a brand manager for MedExpress Urgent Care. Bowmar earned a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from West Virginia University.

A native of West Virginia who has always had a passion for her home state, she is excited to have the opportunity to educate businesses on SBA’s programs offered by SBA.

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