(Submitted by Kimberly Roush, Program Assistant, Ohio Cooperative Development Center and Business Development Network, OSU South Centers)
George Coleman, owner of Coleman Packaging, opened his own business in Columbus, Ohio more than 20 years ago. He moved to Jackson, Ohio in 1994 to serve a need for the production of packaging for the automotive sector.
A number of years ago, George’s company had a major financial blow when the automotive industry left the Jackson area. He had to close one site and went from 46 employees in 2008 to 15 currently. With the great reputation his company has with his service and quality product, George was able to secure some new contracts and is on the incline once again.
George said, “I’ve never had a sales person, and I’ve been in business for more than 30 years” relying on word-of-word about his great reputation for service and quality products. But when he had an opportunity for assistance from Ryan Mapes, Manager, Ohio State University (OSU) South Centers Endeavor Center (business incubator), Mike Rowe, Director, Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Center, and Brad Bapst, Director, Small Business Development Center, he was pleased with the results. George said, “I ask for help, and they arranged a meeting with a potential client.
One of the Business Development team members came in and did an efficiency assessment to help us streamline our work time. Another member of the OSU South Centers team, Melissa Carter, Business Development Specialist with the Small Business Development Network, helped us create a website. With people like this group to help us, business looks promising.”
For more information about products, go to Coleman Packaging.