February 24, 2005

Virginia Tech Business Technology Center's Southside Office Hires First Director

The Business Technology Center Advisory Board announced today that it has hired Eva Doss as its Executive Director.

The mission of the BTC is to provide top quality business assistance to existing and emerging organizations, individuals and companies seeking to enhance their competitiveness through technology. As the director, Doss will mentor college-level student interns and conduct market analysis, financial forecasts and prepare business plans.

“One of our key objectives is to establish the BTC as a prestigious, high quality organization that, through effective business assistance, will enhance economic development in the Martinsville-Henry County region,” said Candace Payne, Chair of BTC Advisory Board.

“The mentoring component is equally as important. The BTC wants to expose students to entrepreneurial thinking and develop their business skills, while at the same time providing assistance to promote the growth of existing businesses and benefiting the emergence of technology-based firms,” she said.

Doss has more than a decade of experience in management training and consulting, strategic planning and business development in the United States and Europe. She was recently employed as Vice President of Business Development for Strategic Staffing Resources in Greensboro, N.C., where she developed new business opportunities and retention programs for companies worldwide and was known for successfully negotiating international contracts at the executive level and creating global networks with numerous industries, private companies and government institutions.

Doss has worked at several other organizations, including the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C., where she also designed, budgeted, implemented and evaluated managerial training programs in leadership and organizational management skills, strategic planning and environment protection.

Doss has a MBA and BS in business administration from the City University, Bellevue, in Seattle, WA. She is fluent in Hungarian, Slovak and Czech.

The Business Technology Center is an office of Virginia Tech’s Business Technology Center in Blacksburg. In 1992, the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech created its BTC to serve as an educational and research resource for small technology-based businesses. It uses faculty members, student interns and expert consultants to provide counseling services for small businesses in the areas of business plan and proposal development, accounting and record keeping, business start-up procedures, finding sources of capital, marketing and sales, financial analysis, patent searches and legal issues. The Virginia Tech BTC serves about 100 clients each year and is expecting the new office to further build on the university’s commitment to help the Southside region diversify its economic base.

This new office is a collaborative effort between Virginia Tech, the Chamber of Commerce and the Harvest Foundation in an effort to improve the economic outlook of the Martinsville-Henry County region.

The Martinsville-Henry County BTC is located at the West Piedmont Business Technology Center, a regional incubator, on Church Street in Uptown Martinsville. For additional information, call Doss at 276/638-2523, X210.