Stephanie works throughout the Lynchburg region advising and consulting with small businesses and entrepreneurs. She came to the Small Business Development Center from Lynchburg’s Virginia Main Street Program where she developed and directed marketing and events for Downtown Lynchburg, including the James River Batteau Festival, Friday Cheers and Get! Downtown. Prior to that, she worked at the Blowing Rock, North Carolina, Chamber of Commerce as the membership and communications coordinator and was the director of Blowing Rock’s elite art show, Art in the Park. The founding Director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachian Studies and the New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College, she served on the steering committee for the Appalachian Studies Association. She holds a Master’s degree in Appalachian Studies and has special expertise in heritage asset development, rural development, and transitional economies.