Co-op Month in October

(Submitted by Hannah Scott, Manager, Ohio Cooperative Development Center, OSU South Centers)
Nation’s Ag Co-ops Set Records for Income and Revenue

USDA Also Reports Revenue Data for the Top 100 Co-ops

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Strictly Business – Craig Lund of Value Added Business Services

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

Published on March 25, 2015

Brad Bapst and Mike Thompson feature Craig Lund with Value Added Business from Jackson, Ohio. Craig talks about customers and customer service.

Mike Thompson, director of Instructional Design & Media Services at the University of Rio Grande, Brad Bapst, director of the Small Business Development Center at OSU South Centers, and Craig Lund of Value Added Business Services.

Meet the BizTeam featuring: Hannah Scott

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

Ohio Cooperative Development Center

Hannah Scott - Office

1864 Shyville Road
Piketon, OH 45661
740-289-2071 x227


Master of Science in Environment and Natural Resources specializing in Rural Sociology from The Ohio State University (Expected May, 2015)

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with Psychology Minor, Documentary Studies Certificate from Duke University

Professional Experience:

Hannah Scott is Manager of the Ohio Cooperative Development Center the Ohio State University South Centers. Among Hannah’s years of service and experience, she was employed by Ohio State University Extension Services in Brown County. As a GearUp Intern, she created, compiled, and implemented college readiness lessons for K-12 students in Appalachian Ohio.

She presently serves on the Board of Trustees at the Ohio Tobacco Museum in Ripley, Ohio, which showcases regional agricultural history.

Community/Personal Business Experience:

Hannah is from Brown County, where she and her family farm together, raising cattle, corn, soybeans, hay, and tobacco.

Meet the BizTeam featuring: Kimberly Roush

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

Program Assistant,
Ohio Cooperative Development Center and
Business Development Network

Kimberly Roush - Office

1864 Shyville Road
Piketon, OH 45661
740-289-2071 x232


Bachelor of Science in Communication from Ohio University focus in Organizational Communication

Associate of Applied Business from Ohio University focus in Office Technology

Professional Experience:

Kimberly Roush has been employed by OSU as a Program Assistant since 2008 providing support for the OSU South Centers Business Development Network team programs (cooperative, small business, manufacturing, farmers’ markets, and international trade). Currently, her primary focus is to provide administrative support to the OCDC. In her role as a Program Assistant, Kimberly provides technology and educational assistance and training as well as creating marketing articles and materials.

Kim was also an Educational Technology Specialist as part of a two-year pilot program in OSU Extension to increase technology use and provide instruction and assistance with projects.

Prior to her role with OSU, Kimberly accumulated administrative experience through positions in a broad range of industries including education, energy, insurance, architecture, automotive retail, and engineering.

She also serves as Chair of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Science Staff Advisory Council.

Community/Personal Business Experience:

Kim serves as a volunteer reviewer for the local annual Lions Club Peace Poster Contest, where artist from 11 to 13 years of age create a themed (a different theme is chosen each year) poster for a monetary award and a chance to compete at state, regional, country, and international levels.

Why do you think OSU South Centers is so successful?

“It is most certainly because of the dedicated people at OSU South Centers. I interview clients that have worked with our business counselors to write success stories. All of the clients comment positively on the excellent service and commitment they receive to help their business to become successful.

Not to mention that most of the team have or have had businesses of their own so they know personally what business owners go through to create business success.

I have to say I am amazed daily at how so many really good people (my coworkers) can be located at one location under the OSU South Centers umbrella.”
~Kimberly Roush

Ready or Not, the Time is Now for the EMV Chip Card

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

credit-cards-509330_1920 (2)In order to increase the security of your credit card purchases, credit card companies are moving away from the magnetic stripe technology on cards to cards with microchips. Chip cards are based on a global standard called EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa). The goal is to reduce fraud because it is harder to counterfeit or copy a card with the chip technology.

So what does that mean for your business? Businesses will have to purchase new Point of Sale (POS) terminals that accept the chip card. This means initial costs to upgrade your hardware but could save your business a lot of money and legal trouble in the future. After October 1, 2015, the liability for a credit card transaction that is determined fraudulent or counterfeit will fall to party in the “least EMV-compliant”. This means, that if your business does not have the capabilities to accept the chip cards, then the liability will fall on your business.

This technology is here to stay. Over 80 countries have already adopted the EMV and is a global standard. If you haven’t already implemented the EMV technology, your business becomes at risk for any future transactions.

October is Co-op Month

(Submitted by Hannah Scott, Manager, Ohio Cooperative Development Center, OSU South Centers)
Co-op_Month_LogoSince 1964, October has been designated and celebrated as Co-op Month across the United States. The month is a chance for cooperative businesses, associations, and supporters to recognize and promote the cooperative business model.

Celebrate Co-op Month this year by shopping at a local cooperative, educating customers or members about the co-op business model, promoting co-ops in your community, or even by becoming a member-owner of a cooperative!

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