Meet the BizTeam featuring: Mick Whitt

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

Manufacturing Business Development Specialist,
Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Center

Mick Whitt - OSU

1864 Shyville Road
Piketon, OH 45661
740-289-2071 x252
whitt.124@osu.edu

Education:

Certifications:
Machine Trades Certificate from Pickaway-Ross CTC

Associate of Arts in Business Management from Ohio Christian University

Professional Experience:

Mick is the Manufacturing Business Development Specialist for the MTSBDC.

Prior to Mick’s employment with OSU, he was a Quality Manager at a Gray Iron Foundry that specialized in green sand molding. Mick’s professional background is in machining where he spent 15 years as a manual machinist, CNC mill operator and programmer, and pattern maker. He has worked for nearly 20 years in a variety of manufacturing facilities in production support, quality control, and management.

Community/Personal Business Experience:

Mick has served the community as a member of his local School Board, youth league coach, Jr. High Girls’ basketball coach, as well as a Youth Pastor and Senior Pastor at two different churches. He is currently the Senior Pastor at a church in southern Ohio.

Mick was helped establish and served as President of Overflow: A Mission Serving Western Pike County, Ohio. Overflow is a non-profit organization providing food, clothing, home improvements, school supplies, etc. for underprivileged families and children in the region.

Why do you think OSU South Centers is so successful?

I’m relatively new to OSU but I believe the family atmosphere here at South Centers spills over to the companies and individuals we help. This lets them understand we really care about them, their company, and the projects we are working on. ~ Mick Whitt

11-10-2015 From Hobby … To Business

(Submitted by Melissa Carter, Business Development Specialist, Small Business Development Center, OSU South Centers)

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Learn how to market and sell your crafts online.

Date/Time:
11-10-2015
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location:
OSU South Centers Endeavor Center
1862 Shyville Road
Piketon, OH 45661

Cost:
Free

To Register:
Email Melissa Carter at carter.1094@osu.edu or call 740-289-2071 x222.

Coming Soon–Applications for the Ohio Export Internship Program

(Submitted by Kelly O’Bryant, Director, International Trade Assistance Center, OSU South Centers)

As you plan ahead for 2016, consider applying for the Ohio Export Internship Program (EIP). This internship program matches companies with interns that have completed an intensive 15 week export program at The Ohio State University. The EIP students will be available for placement for the summer of 2016. In addition to a highly-trained intern, you can receive 50% reimbursement of their salaries. For additional information, visit the website. Company applications open January 1, 2016.

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OCDC Awarded Rural Cooperative Development Grant

(Submitted by Hannah Scott, Manager, Ohio Cooperative Development Center, OSU South Centers)

ScreenHunter_635 Oct. 29 21.51 (2)ScreenHunter_635 Oct. 29 21.51The Ohio Cooperative Development Center (OCDC) at the OSU South Centers was recently awarded funding to continue providing assistance to new and emerging cooperatives in Ohio and West Virginia. The funds were awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program, a competitive program that provides support to cooperative development centers across the nation that work to “improve the economic conditions of rural areas through cooperative development.”

In the upcoming year, OCDC will continue to focus cooperative development efforts in the Appalachian regions of Ohio and West Virginia, particularly in industries such as local and regional food and agriculture, energy, transportation, forest and wood products, and others. The center will provide services and resource linkages based on the individual needs of clients, developing an ongoing relationship with clients to ensure their continued success.

OCDC services will include:
• formation counseling
• member education
• bylaw development
• board training and consultation
• assistance with feasibility studies, strategic plan development,
business planning, and policy development

RCDG funding will also support OCDC’s 2015-2016 Seed Grant program, a matching grant program that provides funds to new and emerging cooperatives to support activities such as professional services, feasibility studies, development of marketing materials, and more.

If you would like to learn more about OCDC, please contact Hannah Scott at 740-289-2071 x227 or scott.1220@osu.edu.

Upcoming Trade missions qualify for reimbursable IMAGE grant

(Submitted by Kelly O’Bryant, Director, International Trade Assistance Center, OSU South Centers)

The Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporter (IMAGE) has been renewed for 2015-2016. This program allows exhibition at a trade show or matchmaking and market visit at a 50% reimbursement. Below are applicable opportunities.

The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) promotes export-focused trade missions for the purpose of growing Ohio exports and creating jobs.

earth-634815_1920 (2)Participating in a trade mission provides companies with an opportunity to travel overseas to meet with prospective international business partners face-to-face, greatly enhancing the potential for business success. Trade mission services typically include: business matchmaking, customized market research, in-country business briefings, networking opportunities, in-country support and follow-up assistance. IMAGE grants will help Ohio companies fund these trade efforts. Call Kelly O’Bryant at 740-289-2071 x235 or email obryant.6@osu.edu for more information.

Trade Mission to Germany and United Kingdom

The Council of Great Lakes Governors (CGLG) in partnership with the ODSA is leading a multi-sector Trade Mission to Germany and the United Kingdom. The goal of this mission is to assist small to medium-sized companies from the Great Lakes region to export products and services. Registration deadline: December 9, 2015. for more information on this mission, visit Germany and United Kingdom.

Trade Mission to China

The CGLG in partnership with the ODSA is leading a multi-sector Trade Mission to China This mission will be held May 7-14, 2016. For additional information, visit China.

If you apply for the IMAGE grant, these trade missions will qualify at reimbursable events. Call the International Trade Assistance Center, Kelly O’Bryant, at 740-289-2071 x235 or email obryant.6@osu.edu for more information on how IMAGE grants can be used.

Meet the BizTeam featuring: Christie Welch

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

Program Specialist,
Direct Agricultural Marketing

Christie Welch - Office

1864 Shyville Road
Piketon, OH 45661
740-289-2071 x234
welch.183@osu.edu

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Professional Experience:

Christie currently serves as the Program Specialist of Director Agricultural Marketing at The Ohio State University (OSU) South Centers.

Christie began with OSU South Centers, as a Research Assistant with the Horticulture Program before moving to Program Coordinator with the Business Development team. She advanced to Business Development Specialist and worked with a variety of small businesses to provide information and education in business management, marketing and finances. She then focused her attention on farmers’ markets and provided business training and education to Ohio farmers’ markets and their vendors/ producers.

Christie also served as the Program Manager of the Ohio Cooperative Development Center (OCDC), which is dedicated to enhancing economic development in Ohio and West Virginia by establishing new and strengthening existing cooperatives. Most recently, Christie is using her expertise and knowledge to serve as the Direct Agricultural Marketing Specialist working with local food producers to grow their businesses.

Community/Personal Business Experience:

Christie and her husband own and operate a small fruit farm in Ross County and sell at local farmers’ markets. They also have pick-your-own and retail sales on the farm so she knows from experience the steps needed to be successful as a business owner.

Christie is actively involved in the Chillicothe Farmers’ Market, where she has served on the board for the past seven years.

Christie has a strong interest in the economic development of rural Ohio and is especially interested in family farms and agribusinesses with this region.

Why do you think OSU South Centers is so successful?

“I think the benefit of the South Centers as a whole is the access to information. We offer resources in so many different areas of business development. Someone can walk in the door with questions and we can help them.” ~Christie Welch

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant Deadline of 11/2/15

(Submitted by Brad Bapst, Director, Small Business Development Center, OSU South Centers)

Notice from: Randel Monhemius, Business Program Specialist
USDA, Rural Development

November 2, 2015, is the first deadline for accepting applications to the Rural Energy for America Program for projects requesting $20,000 and less. If you are considering financing options for your small renewable energy project or energy efficiency improvement project, I would encourage the submission of an application prior to the deadline of November 2, 2015.

In brief, the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is intended to encourage rural small for-profit businesses and agricultural producers to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. The grant program can help to pay for up to twenty-five percent of the total eligible project costs. Please keep in mind that this program can only assist with costs incurred after an application for this program is received by this office. This is a highly competitive program and not all applications will receive the funding requested. Residential improvements are not permitted through this program.

Should you have any questions please contact me at 614-255-2424 or Christie Hooks at 614-255-2397.

Thank you.
Randy M.

Randel Monhemius, Business Program Specialist
USDA, Rural Development
200 North High St., Room 507
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone 614-255-2424
Fax 614-255-2562
Randy.Monhemius@oh.usda.gov
www.rurdev.usda.gov

Co-op Month — October

(Submitted by Hannah Scott, Manager, Ohio Cooperative Development Center, OSU South Centers)

October is Cooperative Month Events

Don’t miss the final USDA event on
Friday, October 30, 2015:
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food, Know Your
Cooperative

Click to view the full USDA Calendar of Events

Meet the BizTeam featuring: Chris Smalley

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

Business Specialist,
Small Business Development Center

Chris Smalley - Office

1864 Shyville Road
Piketon, OH 45661
740-289-2071 x228
smalley.26@osu.edu

Education:

Certifications:
Certified Business Advisor from the University of Toledo

Bachelor of Arts in Agricultural Communication and Agricultural Business from The Ohio State University

Professional Experience:

Chris Smalley has been with the OSU South Centers Business Development Network since 2009. In this role, he has worked with a variety of small businesses in many industries to provide information and education in the three main areas of business: money, marketing, and management.

Prior to Chris’s employment with OSU, he worked as a Financial Services Officer for Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, which fit his interest in helping the agricultural industry. As a former lender, he has the knowledge and understanding of what is expected from financial institutions and passes that on with his counseling.

Community/Personal Business Experience:

Chris Smalley has an entrepreneurial spirit. He grew up assisting his parents in a retail business as well as the family farm in southern Ohio. At age 6, he was even helping at the cash register.

Chris owns and operates a landscape and lawn business as well as a small family farm in Jackson County. He first became part of the landscape industry when he was twelve years old. He started his business again and has experienced not only the gratification of owning something of his own, but also had the opportunity to walk-through the exact process that his clients go through—to start an LLC, do taxes, hire and fire employees, do payroll, and more.

Chris has a strong passion and interest in agriculture as well as the growth of rural Ohio through small business development, especially the people and the work ethic that he sees so he tries to help their dreams become a reality that is why he is so committed to his job.

Why do you think OSU South Centers is so successful?

“I believe OSU South Centers has strong liaisons and will only continue to get stronger as time goes on and as programs are added to address community needs. The lifetime experiences of our counselors speak volumes in the success of walking clients through the process of starting, operating, and expanding their businesses.” ~Chris Smalley

2015-16 OCDC Seed Grants Now Available!

(Submitted by Hannah Scott, Manager, Ohio Cooperative Development Center, OSU South Centers)

ScreenHunter_631 Oct. 13 13.24Our 2015-16 OCDC Seed Grants are now available! Please read the RFP carefully before completing the application as changes have been made to this year’s eligibility and requirements. Click to view OCDC Seed Grant RFP.

If you have questions or would like to talk to us about your project, feel free to contact Hannah at scott.1220@osu.edu or Kim at roush.143@osu.edu.