Christine Kriz wins Virginia Small Business Development Center of the Year 2019

For Immediate Release:
August 13, 2019

Primary Media Contact:
Sally Voth
Public Relations Specialist
[email protected]
Phone: 540-868-7134

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The Laurel Ridge Small Business Development Center is proud to announce that Christine Kriz, has won the Small Business Development Center Director of the year for the state of Virginia.  Kriz will be flown to California in September for national recognition at the ASBDC National Conference. Each state has one winner.  Winners were chosen based on the success of the center as per SBA guidelines and votes from team members and state colleagues.

Kriz has been the Director of the Lord Fairfax SBDC for three years.  The center provides one-on-one private business consulting to over 360 small business owners per year in eight counties and the City of Winchester. An additional 500+ people are reached via free business training seminars each year. 

The Lord Fairfax SBDC would not be possible without grant funding from the Small Business Administration (SBA), Laurel Ridge Community College, and the Economic Development Authorities of Frederick County, Clarke County, City of Winchester, Shenandoah County, Fauquier County, and Culpeper County.

Kriz states that she and her dynamic team of Dale Maza, Jeff Nicely, Cort Maddox, and David Reardon exist to help people start, manage, grow, and sell their small business!  “We improve local economies we serve by helping small business owners succeed!”  Last year, the center helped put over $7.5 million dollars back into the economy and helped to start over 19 new businesses with over 100 new jobs created!”

Small business owners, or those who want to start a small business can get consulting in the areas of loan preparation, human resources, websites, social media, accounting, operations, distribution, product development, exporting, and more.   The center can help provide free market data research, forms, and templates.  The Center recently worked out a deal with Intuit to offer a 30% discount to any LFSBDC client for Quickbooks accounting program.



Founded in 1970, Laurel Ridge Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. Laurel Ridge offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. Laurel Ridge also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. Laurel Ridge serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

Laurel Ridge Community College (Laurel Ridge) is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Laurel Ridge Community College. Laurel Ridge Community College is an equal opportunity institution providing educational and employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. Laurel Ridge also prohibits sexual misconduct including sexual violence or harassment.

Laurel Ridge Community College was known as Lord Fairfax Community College until June 2022. For consistency purposes, the college will be referenced as Laurel Ridge going forward.