Try it Your Way

(Submitted by Mick Whitt, Manufacturing Business Development Specialist, Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Center, OSU South Centers)

“Ditch the MFA, and use some of the time you gain from doing so to get to know your customers better. You’ll achieve better results in the long run, and who knows, you may just avoid building a faster horse!”
-Paul W. Critchley, New England Lean Consulting

Follow this link below to a fascinating article at detailing the best way to meet your customer’s needs. The answer may not be what you think or what you’ve been attempting.

“Are You Wasting Your Time with Market Feedback Analysis?”

As a lean practitioner and former plant manager, I have always believed that customers need to be central to any business since, ultimately, they are the ones who pay the bills. It is in our best interest to continually deliver more value to them, exceed their expectations, and (simply put) keep them happy. Read more…

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Export Internship Program celebrates accomplishments of fifth cohort

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

Published on OSU Fisher Business College Website
on August 15, 2016

Having experienced the Ohio Export Internship Program (OEIP) as a student at Fisher, Dominic DiCamillo knows full well the power and impact of the unique program. DiCamillo (BSBA ’16) reflected on his experience as part of the 2016 OEIP Showcase, an annual celebration of the accomplishments of the program’s students and partner companies.

“The OEIP challenged me to be a better student, a better employee, and it changed my perception of what an ‘international businessman’ could be,” DiCamillo told the students and company representatives in attendance. “The program empowers and enables Ohio students, its businesses and the state to succeed in the global marketplace. The small Ohio businesses I visited which were new to exporting were not afraid of competing internationally; they knew they could win, they simply did not know how—until OEIP.”
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Part-time Coop Development Specialist position open

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

The OSU South Centers has a job posting for a part-time Coop Development Specialist. You can read more about the position and apply at

If you are interested or know of someone who is, please share this information with them.

State of Ohio – Export Assistance

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

The Ohio Development Services Agency is focused on helping more businesses connect with 95% of the world’s population that lies outside of the United States. Ohio is the ninth-largest exporting state in the U.S., consistently ranking as one of the top 10 exporting states in the nation. Ohio merchandise exports reached $52.1 billion in 2014, setting a new record. Ohio exports continue to drive economic growth and fuel job creation in our state. Explore your export at