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.

Job Shadowing

(Submitted by Mick Whitt, Manufacturing Business Development Specialist, Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Center, OSU South Centers)

If you are a business that would like to become involved with a job shadowing program for high school students please take to click on the link below for some great information.

We are currently working with two Pike County, Ohio high schools to provide students interested in learning more about specific careers. However, if your business is located some distance from these schools, please contact us and we can put you in contact with the appropriate people to make job shadowing a reality at your place of business.

This is great opportunity for the students to explore career paths, but it is also a chance for businesses like yours to meet the workforce of the very near future, and show them why your career is so exciting!

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Follow the link to learn more about Exploring Careers through Job Shadowing from thebalance.com.

If you are not in a position to host students for job shadowing, forward this article to someone who is, or to a high school student that could benefit from this information.

It is never too early to start preparing for the future!

You may email me at whitt.124@osu.edu or give me a call at 740-289-2071 ext. 252.

SBDC Success Story Video: Silver Bridge Coffee

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

Published on March 11, 2016
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The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at OSU South Centers in Piketon, Ohio assisted a family-owned business, Silver Bridge Coffee, in expanding their business and adding jobs to the local community.

Patter Fam Sauces manufacturing process trial

(Submitted by Mick Whitt, Manufacturing Business Development Specialist, Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Center, OSU South Centers)

Sam Stirring (3)On May 18, the Ohio State University South Centers Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was present for the first day of bottling production at Patter Fam Sauces in Wheelersburg, Ohio.

The day began with a homemade style breakfast, including biscuits, eggs, and bacon, prepared by owner Sam Peters. What a wonderful way to start any work day!

Chris Stirring (3)After receiving final inspection and approval from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Sam invited members of the SBDC business team to act as the production crew for the day. Team members Ryan Mapes, Chris Smalley, and Mick Whitt were involved with the entire process that all employees will perform, such as, calibrating equipment, cleaning and sterilization, preparing ingredients, stirring (a lot of stirring), and filling, capping, sealing, and boxing the finished product.

Ryan Stirring (3)The benefit of the SBDC team taking part in this day was helping Sam better evaluate exactly how many employees it will take to complete the needed tasks in the allowable time, as well as, going through all the process and work instructions step-by-step to ensure they are clear, easily followed, and include all necessary duties. These precise and detailed work instructions will help reduce new employee training time and uninformed mistakes, thus increasing production and quality.

Owner Sam Peters  pouring (3)Patter Fam Sauces is now bottling for a variety of companies as well as maintaining production supplies for their own line of products.

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The team was also treated to a delicious meal from Patter Fam’s kitchen for lunch. Sam apparently has not yet learned that if you keep feeding the OSU Business Team…they will keep coming back.

Sam and Chris filling bottles and Mick sealing bottles (3)To find out more about information about Patter Fam Sauces or their bottling capabilities, please visit: http://www.patterfamsauces.com/

SBDC Success Story Video: Saucy Sows

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

Published on Jun 6, 2016
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The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at OSU South Centers in Piketon, Ohio assisted Saucy Sows in expanding their product into new markets throughout Ohio.

NEW NAME! Ohio SBDC: Export Assistance Network

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

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SBDC Export Assistance Network

The Ohio Development Services Agency’s Export Assistance Office has a new name for its specialized export service centers, called the Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network. These services are available at seven regional Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) located across the state.

Formerly known as International Trade Assistance Centers (ITACs), the Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Network will continue to offer the same great service to help grow your business internationally.

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Export services include no-cost, confidential counseling from Export Assistance Network Directors; in-depth market research in more than 40 countries to help small businesses build local relationships and identify quality distributors; international marketing grants to encourage more investment into market development; and export-trained internships to support export growth.

If you are interested in exporting your goods and services into international markets, contact your local Ohio SBDC Export Assistance Director, by clicking here (PDF).

For more information about exporting services available for Ohio small businesses, visit: exportassistance.development.ohio.gov

Click here for more information.

New Weekly Live-Streaming Radio from OSU 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)

TEAM MEMBERS FROM THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ARE UNDERTAKING A WEEKLY LIVE-STREAMING RADIO and AND EVENTUAL VIDEO BROADCASTS THAT ARE AIRED ON OUR SOUTH CENTERS BROADCAST CHANNELS. WE BROADCAST LIVE AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY SOUTH CENTERS IN PIKETON, OHIO.

broadcast micOUR GOAL IS SIMPLE – TO INFORM OUR LISTENING AND VIEWING AUDIENCE OF THE DIVERSE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THE INDIVIDUALS WHO WORK WITH THESE PROGRAMS AND HOW THEY ARE ABLE TO ASSIST YOU.

BROADCASTS INCLUDE PEOPLE FROM THE BUSINESS NETWORK TEAM, THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS, OUR AQUACULTURE, SOIL AND WATER AND BIO-ENGINEERING, FOOD MARKETING, THE COOP PROGRAM, AND MANY OTHER PROGRAMS THAT BENEFIT OUR AREA, OHIO STATE AND ON A GLOBAL BASIS.

WE USE OUR DIFFERENT PROGRAM LEADERS, RESEARCHERS, EDUCATORS AND PERSONNEL FROM THE OSU SOUTH CENTERS AS MODERATORS TO GIVE OUR LISTENING AND VIEWING AUDIENCE A WELL-ROUNDED PERSPECTIVE OF OUR MANY DIFFERENT PROGRAMS.

YOU CAN TUNE IN OUR PODCAST RADIO CHANNEL AT: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/southcenters. DURING THE MONTH OF MAY, 2016, WE WILL BE BROADCASTING EACH FRIDAY FROM 9:30 TO 10:00 A.M. YOU CAN LISTEN AT: http://tobtr.com/s/8825699 FOR OUR MAY 13 BROADCAST. ALL BROADCASTS ARE ARCHIVED TO ALLOW LISTENING AT ANYTIME IF YOU MISS OUR LIVE BROADCAST.

THROUGH OUR COLLABORATION WITH THE UNIVERSTIY OF RIO GRANDE, WE ALSO BROADCAST EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND PLACE THEM ON OUR YOUTUBE AND INTERNET RADIO CHANNELS. TO GET A SEE A FULL LIST OF PROGRAMS AND SERVICES PROVIDED GO TO: http://southcenters.osu.edu/small-business/business-talk.

5-24-2016 Facebook and Twitter Success Training

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

Join area businesses on May 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at
OSU South Centers, Endeavor Center,
Room 159 Computer Lab,
1862 Shyville Road, Piketon, OH 45661

To learn about Facebook Live, how to create contests, how to increase your audience, Facebook ads, and more. Also learn about using Twitter to drive traffic to your website, to get more engagement, and more.

This is a free session! To register, go to http://sopoc.ecenterdirect.com or call 740-377-4550.

Space is limited, register early!

5-24-2016 Facebook and Twitter Success

National Small Business Week – May 1-7

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

It’s time to honor all of our great small businesses in Southern Ohio. Whether you are a single entrepreneur or have many employees, this is the week to celebrate Small Businesses. Here are some initiatives to increase awareness and sales this and every week.

Yes we are open - clipart1. Join your local Chamber of Commerce – This can help with networking, promotion, and collaboration.
2. Partner with another business – Cross promote a product. Hold a promotion celebrating both businesses. It’s a great way to add new customers.
3. Incorporate social promotions – Celebrate National Small Business Week with a special hashtag, or use this week to restart your social media exposure.
4. Thank your employees – This week is a great time to thank your employees. Take them out to eat or have lunch catered in. Or a simple thank you note is just as thoughtful.
5. Set new goals – Use this week to work with your staff to determine summer marketing, new products, increase awareness, or professional development.
6. Refresh – Does your office need spring cleaning? Is it time for a new logo or new freebies? Why wait, start today!
7. Support Other Small Businesses – Shop local all week!