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.

Dr. Thomas Worley, Director, Ohio State University South Centers

(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)

Originally posted to YouTube
on March 24, 2015
Luke Lawrence, Student at the University of Rio Grande, interviewed Dr. Worley regarding the four (4) major program areas at The Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon, Ohio on March 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm. Dr. Worley will spotlight, the Research and Educational Programs that include: HORTICULTIRE, AQUACULTURE. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT NETWORK and SOIL/WATER.

FREE Webinar for SBDCs & SBDC Clients

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

FREE Webinar for SBDCs and SBDC Clients
– Wednesday, Mar 29th, 2017 2- 3pm EDT –

If you aren’t using email marketing to grow your business, you are missing out on sales. Email Marketing is the easiest, most cost-effective way to generate sales for your business.

The ROI on Email Marketing is 40:1, meaning, for every $1 dollar spent on email marketing, businesses average $40 in return.

In this FREE webinar, you will learn:
• How to determine the dollar value of your current contact list (even if your list is small)
• Easy ways to grow your list
• How to create great content (it is easier than you think)
• How to create beautiful, mobile-responsive emails that match your brand
• How to track your results

From revealing why regular email doesn’t work, to insider tips and techniques like automated list building tools and the design elements that work (and those that don’t!), this seminar will give you the keys to the most effective marketing you can do: email marketing.

Join Constant Contact on Wednesday, March 29th at 2-3 pm. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions! All attendees in the free webinar will receive a special gift of unique savings on a new Constant Contact account. You will be able to start growing your business right away.

REGISTER NOW!

Mobile Friendly Websites

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

Is your website mobile friendly? What does she even mean, of course it pops up on my phone? The difference is, when a website pops up that is not mobile friendly, it’s not easy to read, you’ll have to zoom in a good bit to read or navigate the page.

Like this example, a mobile friendly website fits on your screen with good size font and easy access to the information on the site. The little lines at the top? That’s the menu.

But why is that important? Well, for starters, 80% of internet users have a smart phone. And the average time spent browsing on a smart phone was 87 hours per month! 67% of shoppers are more likely to buy from a website that is mobile compatible. (Smart Insights).

Google has prioritized mobile-friendly websites in their algorithm, which helps your business tremendously in search rankings. Having a mobile friendly website also helps builds your brand’s credibility that you are a current and relevant business.

So what’s your next steps? Grab your smartphone and pull up your website, how does it look? Log onto: https://testmysite.thinkwithgoogle.com/ and run a test on your site. Google will then email you a detailed report of how to fix the problems you have on the site. If it’s not mobile responsive, then it’s time to update your website!

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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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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Endeavor Center Classrooms and Computer Lab

(Submitted by Ryan Mapes, Manager, Endeavor Center and Program Leader, Business Development Network, OSU South Centers)

Does your business need meeting space or availability to a computer lab? Consider the OSU Endeavor Center when planning your next business event. The Endeavor Center has 3 meeting rooms and a 16 station computer lab available for lease.

The varying sizes of the space allows us to accommodate most requests and each room can be rented for ½ or whole days. Our largest classroom (160) has capacity to seat 72 with tables and chairs and our medium classroom (165) has capacity to seat 30 with tables and chairs. We also have a smaller board room style meeting space (112) that can seat 12. The computer lab is furnished with 16 work stations running Windows 7.

These stations can also be preloaded with necessary training software with the assistance of the OSU IT staff. All rooms are equipped with built in projectors (with the exception of 112) and large white boards. Catering and varying room setup options are available for an additional charge.

Endeavor Center Rm 160 Endeavor Center Rm 165 Endeavor Center Conf. Rm.

Please contact Jennifer Dunn or Ryan Mapes at (740) 289-1605 for pricing and availability.

Visit our website to view the rooms online.

Bapst wins Advocacy Award

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

Brad Bapst, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Director at the OSU South Centers was recently awarded the 2016 Advocacy Award at the annual statewide SBDC Conference. This is one of five peer awards given to showcase extraordinary efforts of SBDC staff members. The Advocacy Award is given to an outstanding advocate who has gone above and beyond to make the SBDC Network more visible to our funding partners. Brad regularly creates and maintains positive relationships with stakeholders and willingly shares information about how the SBDC at the OSU South Centers can assist with the needs in the region. When presenting or discussing information, he highlights all programming and opportunities available to small businesses and entrepreneurs that may benefit from the SBDC resources available.

Pictured below: Jim Laipply, Ohio Small Business Development Centers Director with Brad Bapst, SBDC Director at the OSU South Centers
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