12-6-2017 QuickBooks® 2 Workshop Offered

(Shared by Kimberly Roush, Program Assistant, Business Development Network, OSU South Centers)

The 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 QuickBooks® 2 Workshop on Wednesday, December 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the CAC of Pike County, 941 Market Street, Piketon, Ohio 45661.

This full-day workshop is a continuation of the Introduction training and covers additional components of the QuickBooks® Program.

Participants learn how to memorize transactions, customize forms, use other QuickBooks® accounts, create reports and graphs, track and pay sales tax, prepare payroll with QuickBooks®, share files with an accountant, create job estimates, track time, and write letters.

To obtain more information or to register by phone, contact Lisa or Wendi at 740-289-2371 or toll free at 1-866-820-1185.

Your Sept.-Oct. Rural Co-ops magazine, from USDA

(Shared by Kimberly Roush, Program Assistant, Business Development Network, OSU South Centers)

Sept.-Oct. 2017 Rural Cooperatives magazine

Or link to the Rural Co-ops home page (current and past decade of magazines)

Among the articles in the new, Sept.-Oct. Rural Co-ops magazine are:

• “More than a Fire Drill” examines how critically important it is for cooperatives to develop a crisis plan before a disaster hits. Co-op leaders share their experiences and lessons learned from real life crisis situations, from fires, to floods, to tornadoes.
• “Crossing the Merger Finish Line” focuses on several recent co-op mergers, with co-op leaders sharing their insight into the steps they took to prepare the membership for a vote.
• “Why We Celebrate Cooperative Month” begins a special section of a dozen articles that report on a wide variety of co-op development and conversion efforts around the nation.

To subscribe, please go to:
https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDARD/subscriber/new?topic_id=USDARD_630

Microsoft October 26 – Excel 2013 Level 1 Training Workshop Offered

(Shared by Kimberly Roush, Program Assistant, Business Development Network, OSU South Centers)

Microsoft Excel 2013 Level 1 Training Workshop Offered.
The 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 an all-day Microsoft Office Excel 2013 Level 1 Training Workshop on Thursday October 26, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., at the OSU Endeavor Center in Piketon, Ohio.

In this hands-on course, you will learn fundamental Excel 2013 skills. You will start by getting acquainted with the Excel user interface, creating and saving a basic worksheet, perform calculations, modify and format a worksheet, print workbook contents, and manage large workbooks.

For more information, contact Lisa or Wendi at 740-289-2371 or toll free at 1-866-820-1185.

Lunch Provided!!

Local Meat and the Cooperative Business Model

(Submitted by Kimberly Roush, Program Assistant, Business Development Network, OSU South Centers)

Don’t miss the Co-op Center’s Farm Science Review presentation “Local Meat and the Cooperative Business Model.” Our workshop is this Thursday, 9/21, 11 a.m., at the Small Farm Center.

Consumer demand for locally produced food is sky high. A USDA Local Food Marketing Practices Survey identified over 167,000 operations across the nation selling food direct to consumers, retail, institutions and intermediaries; their sales accounted for $8.7 billion dollars in revenue. Ohio contributed $1.8 million to total direct food sales in 2015.

9.3 percent of U.S. livestock producers market products through direct sales channels. Beef, poultry, lamb, goats, pork, aquaculture and specialty animal products accounted for $648 million dollars in earnings according to the 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture.

Challenges of moving meat from farm to fork:

There is a great opportunity to market local meat in Ohio and the region, but the opportunity comes with challenges. Raising animals for market takes a lot of time and effort. Farmers and ranchers have difficulty finding additional time to manage processing and distribution of meat products for direct sales.

Many farmers struggle to brand and package products in a way that appeals to consumers. They point out that agriculture, not marketing, is their area of expertise. Farmers may need to educate customers on the benefits of buying local meat. It can be a challenge to convince customers who are used to buying a tube of beef at a big box store for a fraction of the price and flavor that local meat is a better buy.

Securing a federally inspected meat processor is a major barrier to local meat production. The National Agricultural Statistics Service found the number of federally inspected cattle slaughter plants declined 12 percent between 2001 and 2013. As a result, producers have difficulty planning production to satisfy demand. They face long wait times; which may push an animal beyond target market weight range or maturity. Often farmers are forced to transport livestock long distances to slaughter.

Small operations may not produce a sufficient volume of meat to sell to restaurants, institutions and intermediaries. The alternative, selling local meat in low volume channels, may not generate enough revenue to support their livestock operation.

Read more …

7-20-2017 OSU South Centers Live Stream – MEP Talk

(Submitted by Kimberly Roush, Program Assistant, Business Development Network, OSU South Centers)

Originally posted to YouTube
on July 20, 2017 at
OSU South Centers Live Stream – MEP Talk

Mick Whitt, Business Specialist with the Small Business Development Center interviews Susan Foltz, Director of Manufacturing Assistance Programs with the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Nicholas Dengel, Used Cars Manager with Glockner Superstore in Portsmouth.

6-7-2017 Introduction to QuickBooks

(Submitted by Kimberly Roush, Program Assistant, Business Development Network, OSU South Centers)

June 7, 2017 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CAC of Pike County, 941 Market Street, Piketon, Ohio
The Introduction to QuickBooks Training Workshop enables individuals and business owners to gain knowledge in the basics of QuickBooks. QuickBooks are easy-to-use computer accounting systems for small business. You will use 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 new features and functionality of QuickBooks.

First Ever #SBDCDay Wednesday, March 22!

(Shared by Kimberly Roush, Program Assistant, Ohio Cooperative Development Center and Business Development Network, OSU South Centers on behalf of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at OSU South Centers in Piketon, Ohio)


Wednesday March 22, 2017 is the first ever #SBDCDay! This is a national, collective proclamation of the success and impact that America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) have across the nation in economic development and the small businesses community. On the 22nd SBDCs across the country we will be taking to social media, holding events and launching local PR campaigns to share our impact on the small business community.

Don’t miss this blitz as this week we are highlighting our team and our client’s success stories in honor of #SBDCDay. If you have testimonials about working with the SBDC at the OSU South Centers in Piketon, drop us a message or comment on social media post throughout the week.

Follow, like, and/or subscribe to see the campaign activities:

Blog: u.osu.edu/osubusinessdevelopmentnetwork
Facebook: OSUBusinessDevelopmentNetwork
Twitter: OSUBizNetwork
Instagram: osubiznetwork

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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