Murray Center

Counties Served:

  • Ballard
  • Calloway
  • Carlisle
  • Fulton
  • Graves
  • Hickman
  • Marshall
  • McCracken

Address and Contact Information:

Murray SBDC

926 N. 16th Street,
Suite 105
Murray State University
Murray, KY 42071
Ph.: (270) 809-2856
Fax: (270) 809-3049


Chris Wooldridge, District Director

Chris Wooldridge is a former entrepreneur with nearly 20 years of experience in the Murray banking and financial services community. He held numerous positions in the banking industry and has experience with business development, corporate compliance, credit analyses, bankruptcy and loans. Additionally, he is a Rotarian and very involved in the community. He has served the City of Murray, Murray Calloway County Hospital and many other local organizations including serving as the President of Murray Main Street program. He is a graduate of Murray State University, the Kentucky School of Banking, and the Kentucky School of Insurance. He also has received his certification through the Kentucky Institute for Economic Development and is a member of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development. 

“There is no question that small businesses are the backbone of this country. The success of this country economically will depend on the success small businesses experience. We are excited about the opportunity to be a part of the success stories of the businesses in our area by providing high quality, in-depth and hands on planning, consulting and training.”

Tamela Darnell, Management Consultant /Assistant

Tamela Darnell has been with the Murray SBDC since 2012. She started with the SBDC as an administrative assistant while she worked on her MBA. After completion of her MBA, she became a part-time consultant in 2013 and then a full-time consultant in 2018.  She previously worked as an administrative assistant for the Computer Science and Information Systems department at Murray State University.

Tamela has a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration from Murray State University.  Tamela’s expertise includes social media marketing, business planning, and basic website development.

In 2015, Tamela received the Administrative Assistant of the Year award. Then in 2017, she was inducted into the SBDC Million Dollar Loan Club and completed her American’ Banker’s Association Certificate in Business and Commercial Lending.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her son, husband, and the family dogs.


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Beth Podrovitz, Administrative Assistant

Beth Podrovitz joined the Murray SBDC in February 2018 as an administrative assistant. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in foreign languages from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and her Master’s degree in foreign language translation from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Previously, Beth worked as the Director of Operations for a language services company outside of Philadelphia. In addition to being an administrative assistant, Beth is also a freelance translator who specializes in marketing research and a small business owner, owning Jazzercise Murray.

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