Lunch and Learn: State and Federal Funding Programs

(Shared by Kelly O’Bryant, Business Advisor, Manufacturing Extension Program)

Eric Wagner, Senior Collaboration Officer at the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, will discuss how small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies can apply for and utilize federal and state funding programs. These programs target small and medium companies which have the potential for growth in Ohio.

Learn about programs such as:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Program (AMP) and other programs administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA)
  • Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Voucher program administered by the federal government.

Eric will inform guests about the available programs and highlight some successes CDME has had for our small business clients. In certain cases, CDME will assist with the identification, development, capture, and execution of funding from these programs for the growth of our clients.

This lunch and learn event is targeted towards small- and medium-sized Ohio companies engaged in manufacturing.

To register, log on here:

Ohio AgritourismReady Conference: Local Food and Local Fun

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

Want to learn how to successfully manage and market your Agritourism Operation in Ohio? Come join us on March 10 at the OSU South Centers to hear from the experts and your peers to gain knowledge you can implement as soon you return to your farm.

Learn about:

  • Food & Animals on the Farm: Liability Issues
  • Selling Food at the Farm: Pricing
  • Promotion and Profits

See the flyer for more details:

Tips for Planning your Next Training Event

(Submitted by Jennifer Dunn, Program Assistant, Endeavor Center, OSU South Centers)

As the New Year approaches the need for sharing new information with your employees does also. Below is a simple checklist to follow to help you set up your meeting.

Step 1
Meeting Topic

Step 2
Pick a month for your meeting and a few dates with in that month that would work best for your company’s schedule.

Pick your meeting location and get a feel for the availability of the location.
Contact your presenters and work out a date.
Finalize the location date.

Step 3
Ounce your meeting date is secured. Deicide the time of your meeting and if you will be serving coffee, breakfast, lunch, or a snack.

Check with your location to see if they have catering service available or find a caterer. Often times catering slots fill quickly.

Check with your presenter and see what his/her equipment needs will be. Does he/she have any flyers that will need copied or training manuals that will need to be sent to your meeting location?

Make sure your location meets the presenter’s needs.

If needed arrange a set up time at your location for your presenter.

If you are in need of assistance in scheduling your next meeting or training event please contact Jennifer Dunn at OSU South Centers, Endeavor Center, 1862 Shyville Rd., Piketon, OH. 45661, 740-289-1605 or dunn.595@osu.edu.

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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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.