The Ohio SBDC Welcomes Ellen Harvey to the Team

“We are excited to have Ellen join us at the SBDC. Her experience in working with central Ohio entrepreneurs to grow their businesses makes her a perfect fit with the SBDC team.” – Michael Bowers, SBDC Director

Ellen Harvey joins as a Certified Business Advisor for the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Columbus State Community College (SBDC). Ellen also serves as the Capital Access Manager for Kiva Columbus through the SBDC Kiva Partnership.

Ellen is an economic development and lending relations professional with 18 years of experience researching, planning, implementing and evaluating small business and economic development programs for City, State and Federal agencies. Directly, Ellen has assisted thousands of entrepreneurs with access to capital, resources, training, and counseling. Having owned her own mortgage brokerage for eight years, she truly understands the day-to-day challenges business owners face. In addition, Harvey’s experience as the Director of the Women’s Business Center for the Economic Community Development Institute and as a Business Consultant for the Minority Business Assistance Center has given her a unique perspective into the special issues that confront minorities, women, and economically and socially disadvantaged business owners.

 “I look forward to my new journey with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). I am excited about the possibilities of addressing one of the most common barriers to small businesses; capital. Working as a Capital Access Manager with the crowdfunding platform Kiva, the talented staff of the SBDC and the many resources available at their disposal, including economic development partners, is truly a recipe for success, not only for me but the many entrepreneurs the SBDC serves. This new position allows me to continue my work to assist in empowering the disadvantaged, minority and women-owned businesses in Ohio, with alternative access to a capital resource, skills to succeed and continued support as they start and grow their business.” – Ellen Harvey

With the SBDC Ellen continues her quest to provide excellent service and guidance to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. 

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