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BOOTS TO BUSINESS REBOOT

Join us Thursday, November 3rd from 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM as Certified Business Advisor and Ohio SBDC District Director Michael Bowers conducts step one of the Boots to Business The Entrepreneurship Track of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP). This track is the two step entrepreneurship training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) asContinue reading…

National Center for the Middle Market & CIBER Global Summit

Join the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) and the Fisher Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) for a global summit focused on trade and investment in the Western Hemisphere (North/Central/South America and the Caribbean). The half-day event will feature keynote speakers, a presentation on the latest research from NCMM and panelContinue reading…

Thinking of Exporting to Indonesia? Here’s Why You Should…

In 2015, the State of Ohio exported $274.23 million dollars of product to Indonesia. That represented a 45.9% increase in exports from 2014. Oil Seeds/Grains, Aircraft; Spacecraft/parts, Industrial Machinery/Computers and Food Industry Residues/Animal Feed Prep represented the top 5 export categories for our State. Why Indonesia? Indonesia is Southeast Asia’s largest economy with a GDPContinue reading…

Take ACTION to Increase Your Business Sales

Successful businesses are those that focus on sales actions and strategy execution. To support the growth needs of central Ohio businesses the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College (SBDC) has partnered with Brian Pitzer, CEO of Evolve Growth, to coach small business professionals through the process of creating and executing aContinue reading…

Get Your Business Started With These Five Steps

Originally published at SeekingAwesome.com Are you thinking about starting a business but don’t know where to start? Here is a quick five step guide to help you get on your way (Check out how they all start with P. I planned that.) Perceive The “Ah Ha” moment. That moment when the idea hits you. ItContinue reading…

Meet The New Job, Same At The Old Job

In 2013, after 25 years of working with small businesses, including 11 years with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), I was asked to step out of SBDC daily activity for a maximum of 18 months to assist Columbus State Community College with their workforce development efforts.  During that time I worked on a numberContinue reading…

Innovation for Small Business: 4 Keys to Success

There is a common misperception that only very large companies are capable of innovation. If you are small, there is just no way to be innovative. It’s too expensive, it’s too risky and it takes a lot of people. The truth, however, is that you got where you are today – an entrepreneur or small businessContinue reading…

What is a Trade Mission and Why Should I Participate?

If you are a small to medium sized business interested in establishing or expanding international business, internationally, participation in a trade mission may be a great way to make key business contacts in foreign markets. As Ohioans, we are fortunate to have the Council of Great Lakes Governors (CGLG). This council, based in Illinois, leads multi-state,Continue reading…