Owners of small businesses in Greene County heard big things from a couple of national administrators recently.

Michelle Christian, of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Curt Coccodrilli, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, met with the owners on a “learning tour.” The event included a private interactive roundtable with some small business owners at the Waynesburg Hampton Inn.

Christian, appointed by the White House as the SBA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional administrator, is spearheading a series of rural roundtables. She said: “Our agency, strictly dedicated to the needs of all small business owners, learns so much about our customers by visiting and listening to their concerns.”

She visited with and listened to the owners along with Coccodrilli, state director for Rural Development for the USDA. Christian oversees economic development activity in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the Washington Metro Area.

Melody Longstreth, executive director of the Greene County Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement: “This event helps identify the challenges faced by the business community in Greene County and have those concerns heard by state and national leaders.”

The learning tour was organized by the Greene County Chamber of Commerce.

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