OSU South Centers Live Stream with Mick Whitt and others

(Submitted by Patrick Dengel, Business Development Specialist, Small Business Development Center and Adjunct Instructor, University of Rio Grande MBA Program/OSU South Centers Collaboration, OSU South Centers)

OSU South Centers Live Stream
Streamed on November 17, 2016
Interview with Patrick Dengel, Mick Whitt, and Susan Foltz regarding business development and services provided by the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

See the OSU Live Streaming Channel for more business development information as well as other current genres at https://www.youtube.com/user/southcenters .

New Opportunities Ohio Exporting IMAGE Companies!

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

Ohio Export Internship Program (OEIP). Finding the time to focus on developing a new market is a challenge for many small businesses. The Ohio Export Internship Program is designed to help businesses overcome this challenge by matching them with highly motivated students, from Ohio universities and colleges, who have taken export-focused coursework at Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University or Williamson College of Business Administration at Youngstown State University. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Sameen Dadfar at (614) 466-6811.

2017 Hannover Messe Trade Show Plus– IMAGE eligible event (2-page flyer below)

The trade show will be supported by ODSA. The purpose of the 2017 Hannover Messe Trade Show Plus is to provide a low cost opportunity for Ohio small- to medium-sized companies to showcase their products and services and engage with new buyers from around the world. For more information and to register, please contact Colleen Kardasz at (419) 243-8191. Booth spaces are limited.

Mexico Trade Mission – IMAGE Eligible event

The Conference and ODSA are leading a multi-sector trade mission to Mexico from April 3-7, 2017. The goal of this mission is to assist small Each mission participant will receive a customized schedule of B2B meetings to meet with prospective customers and business partners. Mission participants will also benefit from networking events and logistical support provided by the Conference’s Mexico Trade Office. For more information and to register, please contact Tom Bainbridge at (614) 728-3120.

Also, as a reminder, prior to any travel, please make sure to send me the names of travelers, dates and location. I will be out of the office from December 21 to January 2 for a brief medical leave and to spend the holidays with my family. During this time period, I will have access to my email. I will do my best to response to all requests or questions within 24 hours.

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Registration is now OPEN for ATTENDEES for The Ohio State University Hops Conference & Trade Show!

(Shared by Kimberly Roush, Program Assistant, Ohio Cooperative Development Center and Business Development Network, OSU South Centers on behalf of Charissa Gardner)

Registration is now OPEN for ATTENDEES for The Ohio State University Hops Conference & Trade Show!

On February 24th and 25th of 2017, we will hold The Ohio Hops Conference & Trade Show at The OSU South Centers in Piketon, Ohio.

This conference will be of interest to beginning, as well as advanced hop growers, or anyone interested in the rapidly growing Ohio craft brewing and hops industry. There will be multiple sessions geared towards the level of grower, taught by experts, growers, and many others in the hops industry.

There will be a two day trade show that will showcase the latest in hops production, a live demonstration of our new hop harvester, and a social banquet to network with each other. Please see the flyer below for further details.

Due to our new location, space is very limited. Registration will be cut off prior to the deadline if we reach our full capacity. Therefore, we suggest that those interested in attending this year to get registered as early as possible.

To REGISTER and for further details, go to go.osu.edu/OSUHopsConference2017. Deadline to register is Tuesday, February 14th.

If you have any questions regarding this email please contact me via email.

We can’t wait to see all of you in February!

Charissa Gardner at gardner.1148@osu.edu.

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The Ohio State University Hops Conference & Trade Show VENDOR registration is now open!

(Shared by Kimberly Roush, Program Assistant, Ohio Cooperative Development Center and Business Development Network, OSU South Centers on behalf of Charissa Gardner)

The Ohio State University Hops Conference & Trade Show VENDOR registration is now open!

Coming up in 2017 on Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th we will be holding The Ohio State University Hops Conference & Trade Show at the OSU South Centers in Piketon, Ohio. A new location for the conference, and we are excited to see new faces from the south and familiar faces that have attended the previous years.

This email is intended for the potential VENDORS for the conference, not attendees (attendees can go to the link below to register also). Due to the change in the location this year, spaces for VENDORS are very limited. The process will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, February 3, 2017.

This conference will be of interest to beginning, as well as advanced hop growers, or anyone interested in the rapidly growing Ohio craft brewing and hops industry. There will be multiple sessions geared towards the level of grower, taught by experts, growers, and many others in the hops industry.
The trade show is an important part of our conference. Our growers will be able to tour/visit the two day trade show during the entire conference. Our growers want to see the latest in what is out there for their success as a grower. So that means…we need you!

Below is the flyer for our VENDORS.

For full details and to register to be a VENDOR, go to go.osu.edu/OSUHopsConference2017
IMPORTANT NOTE: Each person for your booth must register separately.

Again, SPACE is LIMITED for Vendors. Get registered today!

If you have any questions regarding this email please contact me via email.

We hope to see all of you there!

Charissa Gardner at gardner.1148@osu.edu.

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Cooperating to keep farmers on the farm

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

Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati.com
Polly Campbell – pcampbell@enquirer.com
11:45 a.m. EST December 10, 2016

To read the full article go to http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/12/10/cooperating-keep-farmers-farm/93899024/. The article talks about cooperating as a cooperative and mentions assistance received from Hannah Scott, Program Manager of the Ohio Cooperative Development Center at Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon, Ohio.

Google is more than just a search engine – Part 3 of 3

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

If I haven’t completely overwhelmed you over the past couple of weeks, here’s just a couple more links a small business should check out through Google.

First, again, if your business has a website, be sure to test your site. https://testmysite.thinkwithgoogle.com/ allows you to enter your website URL. google-76517-2It will run a test and give three scores for your site – mobile friendliness, mobile speed, and desktop speed. Google will then email you a detailed report of how to fix the problems you have on the site. The scary statistic on this page of “nearly half of all visitors will leave a mobile site if the pages don’t load within 3 seconds” shows just how important it is to make sure your site is quick and responsive on mobile.

Secondly, if your business is doing ecommerce on your site, consider setting up your business as a “Google Trusted Store”. If approved, your site will be able to display a badge that shows shoppers that your business is trusted to make a purchase. Shoppers are offered free purchase protection under this program and are able to provide a review of the experience. Here’s the link to that: https://www.google.com/trustedstores/

If you are looking for assistance with any of the information shared, don’t hesitate to contact me (carter.1094@osu.edu or call 740-289-2071 Ext. 222)

The Ohio Export Internship Program – Going Global

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

Published on August 15, 2016
http://eip.development.ohio.gov
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The Ohio Export Internship Program connected export-focused students from Ohio universities and colleges with private industry. The program combines a spring semester export-focused course with a paid summer internship focusing on international business development.

Kentucky and Ohio shared-use kitchens are cooking up business

(Submitted by Ivory Harlow, Program Assistant, Ohio Cooperative Development Center, OSU South Centers)

The OSU Ohio Cooperative Development Center (OCDC) and Ohio Direct Marketing Team (ODMT) toured shared-use kitchens in Kentucky and Ohio to learn how community-based commercial kitchens are helping food entrepreneurs build successful local food businesses.

findlay-kitchenRachel DesRochers founded the Northern Kentucky Incubator Kitchen in Newport in 2013. She opened sister sites: The Coop in Loveland, Ohio (2014) and the Hatchery in Newport, Kentucky (2016).

grass-fed-gourmet-1Rachel’s kitchens provide state inspected, certified production space for foodpreneurs like Grass Fed Gourmet and The Pickled Pig. She helps producers create professional looking products through connections with branding experts. Rachel works with retailers and distributors to place products in local stores.

gratefulgrahamsShe shares lessons learned building her food business, Grateful Grahams, with tenants. Rachel started her healthy cookie company in 2010. Today Grateful Grahams vegan graham cracker cookies are sold in Kroger, Whole Foods, Findlay Market, local natural food stores and cafes throughout Kentucky and Ohio.

inside-findlayNext, OCDC and ODMT visited Findlay Kitchen in Cincinnati. The commercial kitchen offers space and equipment for food production. Director Marianne Hamilton and manager Anthony Berin guide new food businesses to obtain required licenses and comply with food safety laws. Tenants can apply to sell their products at Findlay Market.

incubatorOn the day of the visit, a crew from Brewhaus Bakery Company was hard at work baking small batches of whole grain dog treats. The company provides vocational training to adults with disabilities. Their non-profit mission is a good fit with Findlay Kitchen’s vision to build a strong local economy and community.

The Ohio Cooperative Development Center is eager to assist cooperative food businesses with formation, business and financial planning. The Ohio Direct Marketing Team helps producers prepare and successfully market agricultural products.

Google is more than just a search engine – Part 2 of 3

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

So last week, I shared about Google My Business, which is a great way to add your business in the search rankings. If your business already has a website, another way to increase your search rankings (SEO) is to utilize Google’s Webmaster Tools. https://www.google.com/webmasters/ This program allows you to verify your website with Google. Once your website is verified, Google will run tests on your page to determine if you have site errors, broken URLs, keywords, and much more.

Too confusing? No worries! Google takes care of that too. https://www.google.com/webmasters/learn/ has a couple “courses” that further explain how to utilize this program and boost your website. They also have a SEO starter guide which is very helpful for those trying to jump up in the search rankings.
https://static.googleusercontent.com/media/www.google.com/en//webmasters/docs/search-engine-optimization-starter-guide.pdf

Now, if your business doesn’t have a website, please consider having at least a basic presence online. Contact me (carter.1094@osu.edu) if you want assistance with developing a website. It is a lot easier than it once was.