Below is a list of upcoming events in Ohio. For more information or to register, please use the links below. Thank you.
International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE)
The IMAGE program, funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Ohio Office of Export Assistance, offers financial assistance for small businesses to promote their products and services in international markets. The grant will provide a 50% reimbursement up to $10,000 per fiscal year for qualifying activities. Funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and the deadline to complete proposed activities is September 29, 2016.
To learn more and to apply, please visit http://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_image.htm.
October 2, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service, the Southern Ohio District Export Council (SODEC), and the U.S. EPA will be hosting the ASEAN Water Technology Conference in Cincinnati. This event will cover international opportunities in the ASEAN countries with an emphasis on water technologies that can address environmental challenges in these nations. To register, please visit here.
October 7, 2015 – The Washington Centerville Library will be hosting Winning or Losing in Business Today: How to Assess Business Success in Centerville. This FREE event will feature Bob Talty with Dayton SCORE. To register, please contact the Reference Department at 937-433-8091 ext. 2.
October 7, 2015 – The Warren County Small Business Alliance will be hosting Is Franchise Business Ownership For You? in Lebanon. This workshop will feature Bill Powell with FranNet and will cover various topics including the wide range of franchise models, determining your ideal franchise option, myths of franchise ownership, and more. To register, please visit www.warrencountysbdc.org.
October 8, 2015 – Columbus 2020 and the Trans-Atlantic Business Council will be hosting How the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Will Help the Columbus Region in Columbus. This FREE event will explain how TTIP will create economic growth for the Columbus region and address prevalent myths regarding the agreement. To register, please visit here.
October 8, 2015 – Xavier Health will be hosting Cincinnati Chapter Breakfast Meeting in Cincinnati. This FREE event will allow attendees to meet the new FDA Cincinnati District Director as well as learn about the FDA’s Program Alignment Initiative and Inspection Readiness. To register, please visit here.
October 10, 2015 – The Patent and Trademark Resource Center at Wright State will be hosting Trademark Basics in Dayton. This FREE event will cover a variety of basic trademark topics, including the difference between federal, state and common law marks, the mechanics of searching the USPTO trademark database, and online filing through the USPTO system. To register, please contact Ran Raider at 937-775-3521.
October 12, 2015 – The Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA will be hosting the 2015 Dinner Gala in Cincinnati. This event will feature the former President of Mexico (1994-2000) Dr. Ernesto Zedillo who is currently Professor of International Economics at Yale University and member of the Procter & Gamble Board of Directors. To register, please visit here.
October 12, 2015 – The Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA, the U.S. Commercial Service, and Frost Brown Todd will be hosting Doing Business in Mexico in Cincinnati. This FREE event will feature the Consul of Mexico for Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana and will discuss the opportunities in Mexico for the 21st Century. To register, please contact Kathy Strunk at 513-651-6166.
October 13, 2015 – The Small Business Hub at the Wright Brothers Institute will be hosting SBIR & STTR Panel Q&A Session in Dayton. This event will educate attendees on the ins and outs of the SBIR and STTR programs. A panel of experts from the SBA, AFRL Small Business, UDRI, WSRI, successful SBIR & STTR companies, and SBIR/STTR consultants. To register, please visit here.
October 15, 2015 – The Warren County Small Business Development Alliance will be hosting a Payroll 101 Workshop in Lebanon. This FREE event will cover many aspects related to payroll including payroll responsibilities, taxes, filing requirements, Worker’s Comp payments, payment requirements and deadlines, and more! To register, please visit www.warrencountysbdc.org.
October 16, 2015 – Women Impacting Public Policy and the Small Business Administration (SBA) will be hosting ChallengeHER Cincinnati in Cincinnati. This FREE event will educate woman business owners on the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Procurement Program, the federal procurement process, and connecting with the right people. To register, please visit here.
October 20, 2015 – The Dayton Council on World Affairs and Osher Lifelong Learning will be hosting The Tragic Fate of Polyethnic Communities in Modern Times in Dayton. This event will feature Dr. Keith Doubt from Wittenberg University. To register, please contact Thomas.martin6057.
October 21-22, 2015 – The Dayton Regional Manufacturing Association will be hosting the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show 2015 in Vandalia. This FREE event will allow attendees to scout hundreds of leading-edge tooling and manufacturing suppliers, view working demonstrations, and attend educational events. To learn more and to register, please visit www.daytonamts.com.
October 22, 2015 – The Columbus Council on World Affairs will be hosting U.S. – Europe Relations: Trade and The Refugee Crisis in Columbus. This event will discuss the current and future relations between the U.S. and the European Union with Klaas van der Tempel, Consul General of the Netherlands. To register for this event, please visit here.
October 23-25, 2015 – UP Global will be hosting Startup Weekend in Athens. This event is open to any and all who have an entrepreneurial passion. The weekend is filled with new ideas, a business creation competition, and networking opportunities. To learn more and to register, please visit here.
October 27, 2015 – Lunarline, Inc. will be hosting a Cybersecurity Symposium in Kettering. This event will discuss privacy and the Risk Management Framework. To learn more and to register, please visit www.lunarlinecybersecuritysymposium.com.
October 27, 2015 – The Dayton Council on World Affairs and Osher Lifelong Learning will be hosting Twenty Years of the Dayton Peace Accords: Peace or Just Stability? in Dayton. This event will feature Dr. R William Ayres from Wright State University. To register, please contact Thomas.martin6057.
October 28, 2015 – The Clermont Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Business Technology Summit 2015 in Cincinnati. This event will feature some of Cincinnati’s premier business leaders who will educate attendees on developing digital skills, learn how marketing leads to growth, and implementing innovation. To register, please visit http://ohiobiztechsummit.com.
October 29, 2015 – Xavier University and the U.S. FDA will be hosting the Combination Products Summit in Cincinnati. This event will provide attendees with a full day of robust and collaborative discussions with FDA officials and industry experts. For more information and to register, please visit here.
October 31, 2015 – The Patent and Trademark Resource Center at Wright State will be hosting Patent Basics in Dayton. This FREE event is designed for the novice inventor/entrepreneur and will cover basic patent information and search techniques using the USPTO web site and the European Patent Office’s Espacenet database. To register, please contact Ran Raider at 937-775-3521.
November 5, 2015 – The Minority Business Partnership will be hosting Doing Business with Educational Institutions in Dayton. This event will educate attendees on the opportunities available in educational institutions and provide networking opportunities with area colleges, universities, and school systems. To register, please visit here.
November 5, 2015 – The City of Indianapolis and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be hosting a Business Matchmaking Event in Indianapolis, IN. This event will provide attendees opportunities to learn about business opportunities with the government and network with procurement officers and prime contractors. To learn more, please contact Lynda Parrett at 317-226-7272 ext. 116.
November 12, 2015 – The Japan America Society of Greater Cincinnati will be hosting their Annual Gala 2015 in Cincinnati. This event will feature The Honorable Mitsuhiro Wada, Consul General of Japan in Detroit, and Phil Castellini, COO of the Cincinnati Reds. To register for this event, please visit www.jasgc.org.
November 14, 2015 – The Patent and Trademark Resource Center at Wright State will be hosting Intellectual Property Basics in Dayton. This FREE event will cover copyrights, patents, trade secrets, and trademarks. Attendees will learn what resources and researching tools are available and the general requirements for applying for patent, copyright, or trademark protection. To register, please contact Ran Raider at 937-775-3521.
November 16, 2015 – The Southern Ohio District Export Council, U.S. Commercial Service, Xavier University, and ACG Cincinnati will be hosting an International Finance & Accounting Conference in Cincinnati. This event will educate attendees on various topics including trade finance, accounting strategies, repatriating foreign earnings to the US, trade credit, and more! To register, please visit here.
November 17-19, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be hosting the National Veterans Small Business Engagement in Pittsburgh, PA. This event is an ideal venue to network with other businesses to discover subcontracting, teaming and other opportunities. It will also educate attendees on competitive strategies for winning federal business, building strong corporate relationships, and marketing small business capabilities. To learn more and to register, please visit http://nvsbe.com.
November 17, 2015 – The Dayton Council on World Affairs and the Dayton Sister City Committee will be hosting the Mayor of Sarajevo Dinner in Dayton. This event will feature Dr. Ivo Komsic, Mayor of Sarajevo, who will give his perspective on Sarajevo twenty years after the end of the war that ravaged both his city and his country. To register, please visit here.
November 19, 2015 – The Dayton Business Journal, Wright State Research Institute, Sinclair Workforce Development and Peerless Technologies will be hosting 2015 Defense Forum in Beavercreek. This event will educate attendees on what is being done by the government to protect the nation’s infrastructure, as well as what companies need to do and what unique threats there are for defense contractors. To register, please visit here.
The SBDC at Wright State will be a host site for the InnovateHER 2016 – Innovating for Women Business Challenge sponsored by the SBA and Microsoft. This competition requires contestants to develop a product or service that meets the following three Challenge Criteria:
· Has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families
· Has the potential for commercialization
· Fills a need in the marketplace
Advanced Smart Owners Series
Cincinnati SCORE, SBDC Kentucky, and Rekindle will be hosting a five-part series on How to better manage your business for Increased Profitability in Florence, KY. The sessions for this series are:
1. October 12, 2015 – Understanding the financial data needed to secure a business loan
2. October 28, 2015 – The Myriad of tax options on how to best structure your business
3. November 4, 2015 – How to use metrics to manage and grow your business
4. November 10, 2015 – Managing finance and accounting for the small business owner
5. November 18, 2015 – Legal aspects, succession planning and estate planning for business owners
To learn more and to register, please visit here.
Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program
The Ohio Development Services Agency will reimburse employers for up to 50 percent of the eligible training costs, up to $4,000 per employee, after 1) the employer pays the full cost of the training, and 2) the employee successfully completes the training. The maximum amount an employer may qualify for in a fiscal year is $100,000. The company must be in operation for at least 12 months in Ohio to participate. Businesses can begin the online process on September 28, 2015 and will have more than two weeks to gather the necessary information to complete their application. The online applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and can be submitted beginning at 10:00 a.m. on October 14, 2015. For more information about the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program visit Shannon.Vanderpool, Jennifer Spohr at (614) 466-4184 or Jennifer.Spohr.
USDA Rural Development Business & Cooperative Programs
As the economy continues to improve and drive capital investment by companies, the USDA Rural Development Business & Industry (B&I) Loan Guarantee should be considered as an option when looking to assist rural businesses with their long term business investments. The B&I loan guarantee program can offer attractive long term financing options for real estate purchases and improvements, machinery & equipment purchases, term working capital and debt refinancing. Loan guarantee funding is currently available for these projects. The Ohio Rural Development Business Program staff can help you walk through the benefits and the requirements for this loan guarantee program should you have questions.
Michael Rutherford, michael.rutherford 740-373-7113 ext. 206
Debbie Rausch, deborah.rausch 614-255-2425
Randy Monhemius, randy.monhemius 614-255-2424
Christie Hooks, christie.hooks 614-255-2397
Cindy Musshel, cindy.musshel 614-255-2427
Jennifer Brown, Jennifer.Brown 614-255-2423
Jeremy Laws, Jeremy.Laws 614-255-2426
SBA webinars and events – For an updated list of SBA webinars and events for Ohio, please visit here. Topics include healthcare, contracting, financing, and more.
Small Business Seminars – The Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) offer many seminars and workshops to small businesses throughout Ohio. Topics include certifications, mentoring, social media, business strategy, finance, and more! To learn more about these events, please visit here.
Upcoming International Trade Missions and Webinars – The Ohio Development Services Agencyand the U.S. Department of Commerce provide numerous opportunities to companies interested in participating in international trade missions. To see a list of upcoming missions through the State of Ohio, please visit here. To see a list of upcoming trade missions through Commerce, please visit here and for upcoming webinars, please visit here.
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