State Funds Available to Help Ohio Businesses Market Internationally

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

screenhunter_827-oct-26-11-54The Ohio Development Services Agency’s (DSA) Export Assistance Office is now accepting applications for the Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE) program. The grants are funded from a recent $750,000 grant the state received from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program that is to help increase Ohio exports and create jobs by helping Ohio small businesses sell their goods and services overseas.

“This program brings value to businesses in Ohio looking to export their products into international markets,” said David Goodman, DSA director, in a statement. “By offsetting high marketing costs, small businesses can reach international customers and grow their business and create jobs.”

IMAGE is a 50 percent reimbursement program designed to offset the high costs associated with international marketing initiatives, including trade shows and missions, marketing materials, website translation and export education programs.

The 2017 IMAGE program will run through September 29, 2017.

More information as well as applications is available online at

11-8-2016 Creating Compelling Social Media Training

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

The Southern Ohio Procurement Outreach Center and the Ohio State University South Centers presents:
Creating Compelling Social Media Training.

Located at Ohio State University South Centers, Computer Lab, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio on November 8, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Space is limited, register early!

This is a free session! To register, go to or call 740-377-4550.


November 16, 2016 – Introduction to QuickBooks

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

11-16-2016-intro-to-quickbooksThe Business Development Program of the Community Action Committee of Pike County, the Pike County Career Technology Center, and the OSU Small Business Development Center are offering a one-day Introduction to QuickBooks Workshop on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the OSU Endeavor Center in Piketon, Ohio.

The workshop is designed to teach the basic features of QuickBooks to record and track your business transactions. This course is designed for persons who have no prior knowledge of how to use QuickBooks, or for persons who are familiar with the software and want to learn about the features and functionality of QuickBooks.

For more information and to obtain a registration form, contact Lisa Pfeifer or Patty Russell at 740-289-2371 or toll free at 1-866-820-1185.

Small Business Saturday – November 26, 2016

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

This year, after partaking in Thanksgiving festivities, consider moving the day of shopping to Saturday. American Express helps small businesses across the United States by promoting Small Business Saturday. American Express has created free marketing material for businesses to utilize, promotes success stores, and has a map for tracking small businesses.

Small businesses owners can take advantage of this declaration and promote Small Business Saturday in their stores, and on their websites and social media sites. Offer consumers a discount or provide an open house atmosphere at your store by offering samples or giveaways. Businesses may even consider opening for extended hours to take advantage of weekend shoppers.

screenhunter_826-oct-26-08-47Consumers can also promote Small Businesses by utilizing the Twitter hash tag #smallbusinesssaturday while shopping as well as utilize word of mouth to promote where they have shopped during the weekend. There are many opportunities when shopping local.

For more information and to access the free marketing material, log on to:

11-17-2016 Ohio & West Virginia Food Hub Network Meeting

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

Ohio & West Virginia Food Hub Network members,

The next meeting of the Network will be on Thursday, November 17, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio! The meeting will focus on institutional markets and we’re excited to include speakers from University Dining Services at The Ohio State University, Bon Appétit Management Company and Farm to School. Please see below for details and stay tuned for a full agenda.

Registration is available at Registration will be open through 12pm on Tuesday, November 15th.


Carter Speaks at National Conference

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

melissa-national-sbdc-conf-aMelissa Carter, a Business Advisor with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the OSU South Centers, presented a seminar session at the America’s SBDC Conference in Orlando,
melissa-national-sbdc-conf-2Florida in September. Carter was selected to present “Navigating Online Marketing for Clients” which covered topics such as understanding and utilizing social media, managing website content and optimization, and tips to increase online visibility for businesses.
melissa-national-sbdc-conf-2aOver 75 individuals attended the ninety-minute session.

Annually, the America’s SBDC Conference is held to provide professional development and networking opportunities to Business Advisors and Directors throughout the country. Over 1400 individuals attended the September conference.