9-30-2016 Instagram and Pinterest Necessities

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

NOTE: The following workshop has been rescheduled for September 30, 2016 from 1-4 PM at the Chamber of Commerce in South Point.

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How Uber, Airbnb, and Etsy Attracted Their First 1,000 Customers

(Shared by Christie Welch, Program Specialist, Direct Agricultural Marketing, OSU South Centers)

Posted on July 13, 2016
by HBS Working Knowledge – Harvard Business School
Michael Blanding

New businesses often struggle finding their first customers. The challenge is even more difficult with startups in the sharing economy that launch as platforms connecting independent service providers with consumers.

Take Uber. Its platform is two-sided, connecting people who need rides with people who have rides to offer. (Same idea as Airbnb, which connects people needing rooms with home-owners.) So to launch as a platform service, these companies need to find users on both the supply and demand sides. More

County Fairs in Southern Ohio

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

amusement-13428 (2)Tis the season for county fairs in Southern Ohio. While a few in the area have already taken place, many more will be going on over the next several weeks. But why is this info on a business blog? As a small business, a great way to show community support and recognition is to attend the livestock sale and bid on or buy a junior fair project.

4-H and FFA youth members have raised an animal (usually multiple animals) for a few weeks or since last fair. These members have learned responsibility, leadership, quality assurance practices, time management and dedication over the summer in feeding, caring for and showing this animal. During the fair, they exhibit and show off their hard work — sometimes winning a trophy, other times gaining satisfaction for the successful completion of a project. After the caring for and showing of the animals are all said and done, the last step of project is the sale. A time where an individual or business buys the animal and the youth member learns the last valuable piece to their project — finances. The youth members maintain a record book to track expenses, cost of the animal and then the income of the sale to see if they made a profit or a loss each year.

This is where you come in. As a small business, you can support these youth members through bidding or purchasing their projects. By purchasing an animal, you are giving back to the community and supporting that youth member who has worked hard to bring that animal to the fair. Many 4-H and FFA members save their money for college or use it to buy their animal for the upcoming year.

Ohio and West Virginia Food Hub Network – West Virginia Regional Food Aggregation and Distribution Meeting & Site Visit

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

The OH and WV Food Hub Network, along with the Aggregation and Distribution Working Group of the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition will be meeting on August 17 in Davis, West Virginia. The meeting will begin with a site visit of Highland Market and will include panelists from regional food aggregation businesses. Cost to attend is $15 and registration is open until August 10.

Registration and agenda details available here.

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8-11-2016 Renewable Energy for Rural Businesses

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

Join the OSU South Centers Business Development Network in Piketon, Ohio on Thursday, August 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a Renewable Energy for Rural Businesses Information Session. The program is offered at no cost to you and will include experts from Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

To register, contact Jennifer Dunn at Dunn.595@osu.edu or call 740-289-1605. See the flyer and agenda for more details (below).

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SOACDF offering opportunity for farmers in Southern Ohio

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

The Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Foundation (SOACDF) is again offering an opportunity for farmers in Southern Ohio.

The Young Farmer Agricultural Program is designed to facilitate growing an agricultural enterprise to the next level. The intent of the program is to help promote and ensure a strong future in southern Ohio agriculture. Eligible applicants must be ages 20 – 38 as of August 1, 2016 and must reside within the 22 counties the Foundation currently serves.

The Agricultural Development Program is open to any individual who resides within the 22 counties the Foundation currently serves that have either a Farm Service Agency (FSA) number on record or was a tobacco quota owners, quota owner/growers or grower/tenants of FSA records in any single crop year from 1997-2004.

SOACDF will award grants in both of programs of up to $25,000 each. The grants will be 50% cost shares with the awardees.

New this year is an Environmental/Water Quality Grant Program, which is open only to tobacco quota owners, quota owner/growers or grower/tenants of FSA records in any single crop year from 1997-2004. The maximum reimbursement is $10,000 and focuses on improvements made on farming operations such as stream crossings, containment systems, and manure storage facilities.

Applications, including a business plan, will be accepted for the programs throughout August. Applications are available at the SOACDF office in Hillsboro, the local Farm Service Agency or online at www.soacdf.net.

The Business Development Network is available to meet with applicants to review components of their applications and business plan. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Joy Bauman at 740-289-2071 Ext. 111. Please call to schedule an appointment before August 12.

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9-19 thru 22 Lumber Grading Short Course and 9-23 Walnut Grading Short Course

(Submitted by Kelly O’Bryant, Director, SBDC Export Assistance Network, OSU South Centers)

ScreenHunter_777 Jul. 11 09.46The value of “rules conscious” employees is a more carefully manufactured product, a more profitable yield from the log, and a better sense of the value of the lumber being handled.

Sign up for the four, five or just the one-day workshop (depending on your specific needs) will include a thorough study and explanation of the NHLA RulesBook, emphasizing the basics of hardwood lumber inspection.

ScreenHunter_778 Jul. 11 09.50This popular workshop gives yardmen, sawyers, edgermen, sales and office staff, and management level personnel an introduction to lumber inspection. Classes will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. EDT (brochure pic to right).

This four, five, or one-day short course will be taught by Barry Kibbey, NHLA National Inspector.

ScreenHunter_780 Jul. 11 10.06Dates: September 19 thru 22, 2016 and September 23, 2016
Location: Ohio State University South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, OH 45661 map

Register online at www.ohioforest.org (screenshot of website to right).

For more information, call the Ohio Forestry Association at 614-497-9580 or email info@ohioforest.org.

Evidence of your passage

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

Originally Posted to the Ohio State University Extension-Community Development Blog
on January 7, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
by author Becky Nesbitt, OSU Extension CD, Assistant Professor & Extension Educator (Ohio Valley EERA)

ScreenHunter_776 Jul. 08 11.24Happiness…it’s important to Americans – in fact, the unalienable right to search for happiness is touted in the U.S. Declaration of Independence: “…life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The document that represents the foundation upon which our country was built, calls out the importance of happiness – now that’s something. I won’t deny that being happy is important, and it sure does feel good, but is it all that matters? Is happiness the goal, or is it a byproduct of something more meaningful?

From the time I was an undergraduate, and heard a political science professor talk about his experience as a young child in a Nazi concentration camp, I’ve been fascinated with the stories of Holocaust survivors. Hundreds of books have been penned by these remarkable people, and a recurring theme among them seems to focus on the survivors’ ability to find meaning, even in the most bleak and horrible situations.

Viktor Frankl, a noted neurologist and psychiatrist, wrote in his memoir, Man’s Search for Meaning, about his experiences at Auschwitz and Dachau. Frankl examines the importance of finding significance, even in unbearable circumstances. He writes that a person who, “knows the why for his existence, will be able to bear almost any how.” Wow, that’s definitely about more than just feeling happy. But Frankl goes on to say that, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing, the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” Maybe his point is not that we should chase happiness, but that we can choose it – that in our pursuit of meaning, we choose an attitude that allows us to be helpful, grateful and kind – an attitude that opens us to happiness – or at least to a more positive emotional state. More…

Ohio Creates New “Farm Winery” Liquor Permit

(Shared by Christie Welch, Program Specialist, Direct Agricultural Marketing, OSU South Centers)

Originally Posted on the OSUE Agricultural Law & Taxation Blog:
on Thursday, July 7, 2016

Peggy Kirk Hall, Asst. Professor, Agricultural & Resource Law

Governor Kasich has signed legislation to create a new “Ohio Farm Winery Liquor Permit.” While wine makers in Ohio may currently obtain a general liquor permit to make and sell wine on a farm, the general permit does not distinguish the source of the wine. The new Ohio Farm Winery Permit legally designates the wine as being made from grapes grown on the wine maker’s farm. Sponsors and supporters of the legislation claim that the special designation will help consumers know a wine’s localized nature, bring recognition to Ohio’s wine growing regions, keep Ohio competitive with other states that designate farm-produced wines, and ensure that farm wineries continue to receive property tax treatment as agricultural operations. Wineries that qualify for the new permit would “be able to present themselves as true farming operations,” according to sponsor Ron Young (R-Leroy Township).

Ohio’s Division of Liquor Control may issue an Ohio Farm Winery Permit only to wine makers who meet two requirements: the manufacturer produces wine from grapes, fruit or other agricultural products grown on the manufacturer’s property, and the property qualifies as “land devoted exclusively to agricultural use” under Ohio’s Current Agricultural Use Valuation (CAUV) program, which requires that the land be used for commercial agricultural production and be at least 10 acres in size or, if less than 10 acres, generates a minimum average of $2500 in gross income.

Under the new law, an Ohio Farm Winery Permit holder may sell its wine products for consumption on the premises where manufactured, for consumption off the premises in sealed containers, or to a wholesale permit holder. An Ohio Farm Winery Permit holder may also manufacture, purchase and import brandy for fortifying wine and may import and purchase wine for blending purposes, but the total amount of wine used for blending cannot exceed 40% of all wine manufactured by the wine maker. More…

Cottage Foods & Farmers Markets Workshop–Canfield, Ohio

(Submitted by Christie Welch, Program Specialist, Direct Agricultural Marketing, OSU South Centers)

ScreenHunter_775 Jul. 07 12.06Friday, July 15, 2016
11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join us for a workshop for food entrepreneurs, farmers market managers, farmers market managers and more!

This three-hour workshop will focus on cottage foods and home bakery licenses. Learn the food safety reasons behind Ohio law for Cottage Foods, including why certain foods are able to be made in the home without inspection and some are not. This program also helps food producers understand labeling and ways to determine if a recipe is ready for the market.

REGISTRATION: go.osu.edu/cottagefoods
Questions: 330-533-5538