Meet the BizTeam featuring: Melissa Carter

(Submitted by Kimberly Roush, Program Assistant, Ohio Cooperative Development Center and Business Development Network, OSU South Centers)

Business Specialist,
Small Business Development Center

Melissa Carter - Office

1864 Shyville Road
Piketon, Oh 45661
740-289-2071 x222


Certified Trade and Export Counselor by the Small Business Administration
Certified Business Advisor from the University of Toledo

Masters of Business Administration from The Ohio State University

Bachelor’s in Agribusiness and Applied Economics from The Ohio State University

Professional Experience:

She has been an employee of the Ohio State University South Centers Business Development Network since 2006. Melissa, currently, serves as a Business Development Specialist, where she assists Southern Ohio companies with all aspects of entrepreneurship and business growth including pre-venture and startup. Melissa also focuses on helping small businesses with web-based marketing and developing a social media presence.

Community/Personal Business Experience:

Melissa was raised in Ross County, Ohio, where she helped on her family’s farm. Melissa, her husband, Tristen, and daughter, Gracie, still live in Ross County and operate a construction business, specializing in water lines systems, septic systems, driveways, and more.
For the last 9 years, Melissa has been a Ross County, Ohio 4-H Advisor. She sits on the Ross County 4-H Advisory Committee that oversees multiple 4-H Programs within the county. Melissa also serves at Tri-Chair for the 4-H Halloween Campout Committee.

Why do you think OSU South Centers is so successful?

“The best part of working at OSU South Centers is meeting with new clients every day. We connect those clients with our team network and other industry agencies contacts.

Our team members live in local communities and have a vested interest in seeing businesses success. Working directly with local businesses has inspired me and other team members to shop locally first.” ~Melissa Carter