Upcoming Events

Hello all,

Below is a list of upcoming events in Ohio. For more information or to register, please use the links below. Thank you.

January 6, 2016 – The Washington Centerville Public Library will be hosting their monthly Brown Bag Business Lunch and Learn in Centerville. This month’s topic is LinkedIn Savvy and will educate attendees on the best ways to use LinkedIn to help them promote their abilities, their products, and themselves. To register for this FREE event, please contact Jessica Hunter at 937-435-3700.

January 9, 2016 – Cincinnati SCORE will be hosting So You Want To Start Your Own Business in Cincinnati. This seminar will provide attendees with the basics they need to know to start a business. The seminar will also discuss available resources for evaluating the business idea and how to make it a reality. To register, please visit here.

January 12, 2016 – Cincinnati SCORE will be hosting Web Site Development for Business Owners in Norwood. This workshop will educate attendees on a variety of topics including web site fundamentals, good web site design, value of search engine optimization (SEO), and more. To register, please visit here.

January 13, 2016 – The Dayton Metro Library will be hosting Market Research That Won’t Break the Bank in Dayton. This FREE event will educate attendees on various ways to conduct market research and gather information for their business. For more information and to register, please visit http://www.daytonmetrolibrary.org.

January 13, 2016 – Columbus SCORE will be hosting a Networking Workshop in Columbus. This workshop will educate attendees on the importance of building a solid network and how to do it effectively. To learn more and to register, please visit here.

January 14, 2016 – The Columbus Council on World Affairs will be hosting Feeding over 9 billion people by 2050 in Columbus. This event will explore the future of global food security with two of the nation’s most experience experts in the field. Speakers include Phil Karsting, Administrator of USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service and Kimberly Flowers, Director of Global Food Security Project. To register, please visit here.

January 14, 2016 – The SBDC at Columbus State will be hosting Export Compliance Series in Columbus. The topic for this installment is Role & Responsibilities of the Empowered Official/Export Compliance Officer Director & Manager. This workshop will address a variety of topics that an Empowered Official encounters in their role. To register, please visit here.

January 14, 2016 – ORV~WBC will be hosting the Cincinnati WBE Forum Monthly Luncheon in Mason. This month’s topic is The Evolution of Supplier Diversity: Shareholder Return, Community Impact, and Tier 2 Contracting and will feature Andy Butler, P&G Corporate Supplier Diversity Manager. To register, please visit here.

January 19, 2016 – The Small Business Administration (SBA) will be hosting 8(a) and HUBZone Eligibility Training in Cincinnati. This FREE workshop will introduce attendees to the purpose and process of contracting with the federal government. To register, please contact Jill Nagy-Reynolds at 614-469-6860 ext. 247.

January 19, 2016 – Cincinnati SCORE will be hosting Using Social Media for Business Growth in Norwood. This workshop will help attendees plan a social media strategy, make best use of online resources, and use the new social tools to move your website into the new world of Web 2.0. To register, please visit here.

January 19, 2016 – The SBDC at the Greater Cincinnati Urban League will be hosting Start Up Tuesday in Cincinnati. This FREE class will help attendees determine if they are ready to a business – step by step. To register, please visit here.

January 20, 2016 – DaytonDefense will be hosting a Member/Community Showcase in Dayton. This event will cover topics such as the importance of the Air Force, workforce development, and a showcase exhibit. To learn more and to register, please visit here.

January 20, 2016 – The Warren County SBDC will be hosting Steps to Starting Your Own Business in Lebanon. This FREE seminar will cover a variety of topics in starting a business including business plans, taxes, licenses, legal issues, business loans, alternative financing, and more! To register, please visit here.

January 20, 2016 – ORV~WBC will be hosting the Columbus WBE Forum Monthly Luncheon in Powell. This month’s topic is Branding Your Business – Making a Name for Yourself and will feature Dana Zanville, CEO of Corporate Splash Promotional Products. To register, please visit here.

January 27, 2016 – The Small Business Hub at the Wright Brothers Institute and Booz Allen Hamilton will be hosting a Partnership Collider in Dayton. This FREE event will educate attendees on Booz Allen’s capabilities in partnering with small businesses on constructive modeling, simulation, strategic analysis, and more. To register, please visit here.

January 27, 2016 – ORV~WBC will be hosting the Dayton WBE Forum Monthly Luncheon in Middletown. This month’s topic is Insider Tips Live Stream Webinar…”The Results” and will feature a panel of WBEs and Corporations who will share tips they used and the results they achieved. To register, please visit here.

January 28, 2015 – The Dayton Business Journal will be hosting the 2016 Economic Summit in Dayton. This event will provide multiple expert speakers in the region who will forecast the next year’s economy to direct attention to where one should concentrate their efforts for optimal growth and what pitfalls to avoid. To register, please visit here.

January 29, 2016 – Kent State University – Tuscarawas will be hosting the 9th Annual Groundhog Day International Trade Forecast Breakfast in New Philadelphia. This FREE event will feature Michael Weidokal of International Strategic Analysis (ISA) who will provide valuable information about current trends, markets, and economies of potential export targets. To register, please visit here.

February 12, 2016 – The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2016 Lunar New Year Gala in Cincinnati. This premier event provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate one of the most important holidays in the Asian culture and learn more about the doing business in China. Registration details are forthcoming.

February 16, 2016 – The Small Business Administration (SBA) will be hosting 8(a) and HUBZone Eligibility Training in Cincinnati. This FREE workshop will introduce attendees to the purpose and process of contracting with the federal government. To register, please contact Jill Nagy-Reynolds at 614-469-6860 ext. 247.

February 23, 2016 – The SBDC at the Greater Cincinnati Urban League will be hosting Loan Programs for Small Businesses in Cincinnati. This FREE class will educate attendees on the various loan programs available to them. To register, please visit here.

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.

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@oh.usda.gov 740-373-7113 ext. 206
Debbie Rausch, deborah.rausch@oh.usda.gov 614-255-2425
Randy Monhemius, randy.monhemius@oh.usda.gov 614-255-2424
Christie Hooks, christie.hooks@oh.usda.gov 614-255-2397
Cindy Musshel, cindy.musshel@oh.usda.gov 614-255-2427
Jennifer Brown, Jennifer.Brown@oh.usda.gov 614-255-2423
Jeremy Laws, Jeremy.Laws@oh.usda.gov 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 Agency and 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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Alexander Kohls
Senior Area Manager, Dayton
200 West Second Street, Office 400
Dayton, OH 45402
email: alexander.kohls@sba.gov Phone: 614-633-6372
Fax: 202-292-3510

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About Greater Dayton MBAC

The City of Dayton Human Relations Council is host to the Greater Dayton Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC). A component of the State of Ohio Development Services Agency, MBAC provides management and technical assistance, procurement information, bonding assistance, cost estimating services and organizational assessments. For businesses engaged in the construction sector, the Center also provides Construction & Plan Room assistance. MBAC offers free assistance to minority, woman and small businesses in Montgomery, Green, Clark, Dark, Preble, and Miami counties of Ohio.

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