Meet Ellen Templeton

templeton picEllen Templeton, new director of the Crater Small Business Development Center of Longwood University, believes her job is all about being positive.

“When you work with small businesses, you have to smile,” she said. “Their enthusiasm is contagious.”

Working as an economic developer for ten years in Hampton, Templeton often countered negative comments like, “There’s too much traffic here,” with her own take.…

Meet Kim Ray

Kim Ray at deskSBDC Business Analyst Kim Ray comes from a long line of small business owners. Following the Civil War, Ray’s great-grandfather owned four businesses in Prince Edward County. Ray’s parents owned and operated Wade’s Texaco in Appomattox County for 30 years.

“I grew up with my parent’s business,” Ray said.…

Meet Lin Hite

Lin Hite at tableLin Hite is a man who enjoys his work.

“I haven’t had a bad day,” Hite said of the last year and a half he’s served as South Boston’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) director. “At SBDC we look out for our clients — everyone pitches in to help with special problems or concerns.”

Hite, who grew up in a family business, understands those concerns.