Could You Use $25,000?

[Cash]The entry period for the 2016 American Small Business Championship is drawing to a close on February 12th, 5:00 PM EST.

One Grand Champion will win $25,000 – money you can put to great use for building your business. $1,000 Sam’s Club gift cards will also be awarded to two businesses from each state and the District of Columbia.

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Upcoming Events Courtesy of the SBA

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

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 – The Dayton Area Logistics Association will be hosting the Southwest Ohio Logistics Conference in Dayton. This event will provide attendees with insights into the trends of logistics and give them access to national and local logistics companies. To learn more and register, please visit

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.

January 30, 2016 – The Wright State University Libraries’ Patent and Trademark Resource Center will be hosting Basic Patent Information in Dayton. This FREE workshop offers basic patent information and search techniques for using the US Patent Office web site and patent databases. To register, please visit here.

February 2, 2016 – The Small Business Hub at the Wright Brothers Institute will be hosting SBIR/STTR Proposal Writing as a part of their Collider series in Dayton. This FREE workshop will offer informative presentations on how to fine tune an SBIR/STTR proposal for success. To register, please visit here.

February 3, 2016 – The Washington Centerville Public Library will be hosting their monthly Brown Bag Business Lunch and Learn in Centerville. This month’s topic is Beyond Google: Finding Business Information Online presenter by one of the Reference Librarians. To register for this FREE event, please contact Jessica Hunter at 937-435-3700 option 2.

February 5, 2016 – The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Frost Brown Todd will be hosting 2016 Kickoff Symposium: Managing the “New Normal” in Cincinnati. This event will give attendees an insight about China’s changing economic dynamics and what to expect in the coming years. To learn more and to register, please visit here.

February 12, 2016 – The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 10th Annual Lunar New Year Gala in Cincinnati. This premier event provides a wonderful opportunity for networking with local and global leaders, performances, dinner, and Keynote Speech by Reuben Shaffer, Chief Diversity Officer for The Kroger Company. To learn more and to register, please visit

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 16, 2016 – The SBDC at the Urban League of Cincinnati will be hosting Start Up Tuesday in Cincinnati. This FREE workshop will cover all the necessary steps it takes to determine if a business idea is viable. To register, please visit here.

February 16, 2016 – Private Enterprise Partnership will be hosting their Quarterly Meeting in Dayton. This event will feature speakers Senator Bill Beagle and Alex Kohls of the SBA. Enjoy lunch with successful local business owners and principals, while sharing ideas and interacting with members of our community. There is no cost to attend – participants simply over the cost of their own lunch. To register, visit

February 17, 2016 – The Warren County Small Business Alliance will be hosting Repairing Your Credit in Lebanon. This FREE event will cover various topics about credit for those interested in securing financing for a business or starting a new business. To register, please visit here.

February 17, 2016 – The SBDC at The Entrepreneurs Center will be hosting a New Business Information Session in Dayton. This FREE seminar will answer questions about starting, buying, or expanding a small business. To register, please visit here.

February 18, 2016 – The International Business Network will be hosting Staying Safe While Travelling Overseas in Independence. This event will educate attendees on how to protect their employees and themselves and will feature Damon Brown, Security Awareness Facilitator/Instructor with the US Department of State Foreign Service Institute. To register, please visit here.

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.

February 24, 2016 – DaytonDefense will be hosting an Educational Lunch & Learn in Dayton. This event will feature Dr. Rollie Dutton and Dr. Howard Sizek who will speak about ManTech and Manufacturing Science. To learn more and to register, please visit here.

March 2, 2016 – The Washington Centerville Public Library will be hosting their monthly Brown Bag Business Lunch and Learn in Centerville. This month’s topic is Capital, Counseling, and Contracts: How the Small Business Administration Will Help Your Business. To register for this FREE event, please contact Jessica Hunter at 937-435-3700 option 2.

Seeking Emerging Leaders!
Registration is now open for the 2016 Emerging Leaders executive level training program in Columbus, Ohio. This is the 2nd consecutive year in Columbus. The goal of this program is to attract owners of established urban small businesses with high growth potential, and provide them with the knowledge and resources to build a sustainable business of size and scale. Seeking 15 applicants for this year’s Emerging Leaders program.
Criteria needed includes: At least three years in business, have at least one employee besides the owner, and have gross annual sales of at least $350,000. Participant must be an owner or key decision maker within the company. The course begins in the spring in Columbus and runs thru October. This seven-month long intensive course, which is free for participants, requires a commitment of 100 hours, including 40 hours of in class training, seven CEO mentoring group meetings, and course work assignments, as well as networking and mentoring opportunities.
Franklin and surrounding area firms interested in the Emerging Leaders Initiative can contact Shannon Feucht at: (614) 469-6860 ext 244 or or you may also register at the following link:

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

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, 740-373-7113 ext. 206
Debbie Rausch, 614-255-2425
Randy Monhemius, 614-255-2424
Christie Hooks, 614-255-2397
Cindy Musshel, 614-255-2427
Jennifer Brown, 614-255-2423
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 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: Phone: 614-633-6372
Fax: 202-292-3510

Potential State of Ohio MBE Opportunity: Technical Writing Services

The Department of Administrative Services Office of Procurement Services on behalf of the Department of Public Safety is seeking minority owned businesses to provide Technical Writing Services.

This email is serving as an inquiry of capabilities to identify certified MBEs and is not a solicitation for bids. Should the opportunity become an MBE set aside vendors will receive a notice from State Purchasing when the bid has been posted.


The purpose is to update and reformat the BMV Deputy Registrar Manual, and to develop and create a manual for Title Offices.

Scope of Work

The Ohio Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Motor Vehicles is seeking a contract for a technical writer or technical writing services.


* Bachelor Degree from accredited institution

* 1 – 3 years of technical writing experience

* Working knowledge of project management methodologies Excellent time management skills; self-starter and initiative Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite of programs (i.e.: Word, PowerPoint, etc.)

* Experienced listening skills as to correlate and translate into working documents Web posting, intranet and internet (i.e: hyper linking) Available for 6 months or greater

If your company is capable of fulfilling the requirements please forward

* Business Name

* Phone Number

* Fax Number

* Email

* Business Type (ex: Janitorial Services, Consulting Services, Information Technology Services, etc.)
to Patrice Davis at by Friday, January 29, 2016 by 2:00PM. If you have additional questions do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards,

Patrice Davis
Procurement Program Specialist
Office of Procurement Services

4200 Surface Road | Columbus, Oh 43228
(614) 752-9273