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.

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!

11-8-2016 Creating Compelling Social Media Training

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

The Southern Ohio Procurement Outreach Center and the Ohio State University South Centers presents:
Creating Compelling Social Media Training.

Located at Ohio State University South Centers, Computer Lab, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, Ohio on November 8, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Space is limited, register early!

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

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November 16, 2016 – Introduction to QuickBooks

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

11-16-2016-intro-to-quickbooksThe 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 Introduction to QuickBooks Workshop on Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the OSU Endeavor Center in Piketon, Ohio.

The workshop is designed to teach 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 features and functionality of QuickBooks.

For more information and to obtain a registration form, contact Lisa Pfeifer or Patty Russell at 740-289-2371 or toll free at 1-866-820-1185.

Workforce Training Money Available — Online Applications Available September 26, 2016

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

Workforce Training Money Available

Online Applications Will be Available Beginning September 26, 2016

The Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program has made two substantial changes to the program in FY’17 that may affect eligibility.

• Companies that received assistance in FY’15 (based upon FEIN) who utilized 33% or less of their award amount will not be eligible for assistance in FY’17

• An Applicant, including its Affiliated Entities, may only submit one application. The Applicant and Affiliated Entities will be responsible for selecting the entity that will apply and manage the project.

Other changes include:

• FY’17 (Round 5) awards will reimburse training that begins and is completed between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.

• Each eligible applicant will be eligible for up to $75,000 in assistance.

• The following types of training will no longer be eligible training categories: ICD-10, HR certification, seminars/workshops/webinars, and Microsoft Office courses (this includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note, Access, and Publisher).

• Eligible training for Corporate Headquarter will be for the corporate headquarters staff only (employees that support the operation by providing information technology, human resource, or accounting services).

• Only one user at a time may be logged in with a username/password. Should a second user log into the application with the same username/password, the first user will automatically be logged out.

Businesses can begin the online process on September 26, 2016 and will have three weeks to gather the necessary information to complete their application. The online applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and can be submitted beginning at 10:00 a.m. on October 14, 2016.

For more information about the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program visit http://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_wtvp.htm.

For additional assistance, contact Shannon Vanderpool at (614) 644-8560 or Shannon.Vanderpool@development.ohio.gov or Jennifer Spohr at (614) 466-4184 or Jennifer.Spohr@development.ohio.gov.

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Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program
Guidelines FY’17

The Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program (“Voucher Program”) is an employer-driven program designed to provide direct financial assistance to train workers and improve the economic competitiveness of Ohio’s employers. The Voucher Program is designed to offset a portion, via reimbursement, of the employer’s costs to improve the skills of its incumbent workforce. The Voucher Program will provide reimbursement to eligible employers for specific training costs accrued during the course of training. Eligible employers must demonstrate that by receiving funding assistance through the Voucher Program their business will not only obtain a skilled workforce, but will also improve their company processes and competitiveness.

Program Eligibility:
To be eligible for financial assistance, the following requirements must be met by both the employer and employee.

EMPLOYER ELIGIBILITY – an eligible employer must operate as a for-profit entity in a state-designated targeted industry, with a facility located in Ohio that has been in continuous operation for the 12 months immediately prior to the application submittal. The company’s NAICS code (www.naics.com) will determine eligibility as to the targeted industry. A listing of eligible NAICS codes can be found on our website.

Targeted industries are:
 Advanced Manufacturing
 Aerospace and Aviation
 Automotive (Automotive Technicians)
 Automotive (Manufacturing)
 BioHealth
 Corporate Headquarters
 Energy
 Financial Services
 Food Processing
 Information Technology and Services
 Logistics
 Polymers and Chemicals
 Research and Development

Each Applicant will be eligible for up to $4,000 in reimbursement per each eligible employee per Fiscal Year and up to $75,000 in total assistance per Fiscal Year. The Voucher Agreement and any Supplements to the Voucher Agreement issued to an employer during the Fiscal Year, aggregated throughout all of its state of Ohio locations, will be included in this calculation. Please note that only one application per Applicant will be accepted per program year. If an employer has multiple sites or Affiliated Entities, those sites and Affiliated Entities must work together to submit one application. An application may include multiple employees and multiple training courses.

Companies that received Voucher Program assistance in FY’15 (based upon FEIN) who utilized 33% or less of their award amount will not be eligible for assistance in FY’17. The same standard will be applied to future Voucher Program funding years (i.e. if funds are not utilized in FY16, that company will not be eligible for Voucher Program assistance in FY18, and so on and so forth).
An Applicant, including its Affiliated Entities may only submit one application. The Applicant and Affiliated Entities will be responsible for selecting the entity that will apply and manage the project. The application should not include training for any entity that is not eligible for FY’17 funding.

Eligible training for Corporate Headquarter will be for the corporate headquarters staff only (employees that support the operation by providing information technology, human resource, or accounting services).

EMPLOYEE ELIGIBILITY – an eligible employee is someone who is directly employed by the Applicant at a facility located within Ohio and meets all of the following requirements:

* Employed in any of the following business functions: production, back office operations, information technology, logistics, research and development or as an automotive technician;
* Earning an hourly wage of at least 150 percent of the federal minimum wage ($10.88 as of January 1, 2012) plus benefits;
* An Ohio resident;
* At least 18 years of age; and
* Working at least 25 hours per week.

Note: an employee who is employed in a retail/service function is not eligible for the Voucher Program.

Eligible Training

Training opportunities that expand and improve an employee’s workforce skills and develop his or her opportunities for growth or promotion within the company are eligible for the Voucher Program. The training provider is to be selected independently by the employer and/or employee (with employer approval) and may be a public, private or in-house trainer.

While the effective date of the agreement will be January 1, 2017, any costs incurred or monies expended by the Applicant on the Project prior to final approval and the execution of the written Agreement, is done at the Applicant’s own risk. Applicant’s decision to go forward does not obligate the state of Ohio to provide state assistance that has not received all required approvals, or has not been memorialized in a written agreement between the applicant and the state of Ohio.

Training must be completed by December 31, 2017.

Trainings may be conducted at the employer’s facility, at the training provider’s facility, online or at a third-party site. Eligible training will be technical in nature, will relate to the employee’s current position or future advancement within the company, and must be required by the company. Training activities may include:

 * Training for improved process efficiency (e.g. ISO-9000, Six Sigma or Lean Manufacturing);
 * Training from a national, regional or state trade association that offers an independently certified training curriculum and testing;
 * Training that leads to an industry recognized certificate/credential;
 * Training provided in conjunction with the purchase of a new piece of equipment; and
 * Training to maintain an industry recognized credential;

Ineligible training activities include (but are not limited to):
* Conference fees;
* Curriculum Development and/or Prep Time;
* General Equivalency Diploma (GED);
* HR Certification
* ICD-10
*
Laws, Regulations, and Taxes – Training related to compliance regulations, federal/state taxation laws, international laws, US labor laws, etc;
* On-Line Resource Libraries or any other resource in which an individual can choose from a number of courses over a period of time;
* Membership Fees;
* Microsoft Office courses (this includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note, Access, and Publisher);
* Safety Training – Mandated or regulatory safety training is not eligible. Mandated or regulatory safety training includes but is not limited to blood borne pathogens, control of hazardous materials, lockout/tagout, emergency action plan, emergency response, hazard communications, hearing conservation, safe electrical workplace, all OSHA, and stand-alone safety (including first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), emergency medical technician (EMT), etc);
* Seminars/Workshops/Webinars; and
* Tuition Reimbursement.
* Soft Skills (please note that this list is not all inclusive):
 -Adapting to Change
 -Anger Management
 -Assessments
 -Bankruptcy Laws
 -Basic Math
 -Branding
 -Business Policies and Procedures
 -Business Writing
 -Coaching/Mentoring
 -Communication Skills
 -Conducting Effective Meetings
 -Constructive Feedback and Criticism
 -Conflict Resolution
 -Creative & Innovative Ideas
 -Creative Thinking
 -Customer Service
 -Decision Making
 -Drug and Alcohol Education
 -Drug Testing
 -Effective Listening
 -E-mail Skills
 -Employee Relations
 -Emotional Intelligence
 -English as a Second Language
 -Facilitation
 -Foreign Culture and Customs
 -Forums
 -Fraud Detection/Prevention
 -GED Prep Courses
 -Generational Divide
 -Habits of Success People
 -HR Training (i.e., diversity, ethics, sexual harassment, etc.)
 -Informational Meetings
 -Interpersonal Communication
 -Interpersonal Skills Development
 -Interviewing Techniques
 -Languages
 -Leadership Courses
 -Legal Contracts
 -Legal Purchasing
 -Listening Skills
 -Literature
 -Marketing
 -Mentoring/Coaching
 -Monthly Meetings
 -Motivation
 -Myers Briggs
 -Navigating Difficult Conversations
 -Negotiation Skills
 -Notary Public
 -Optimizing Your Work/Life Balance
 -Orientation/On Boarding
 -Organizational Behavior
 -Personal Management/Health
 -Presentation Skills
 -Public Speaking
 -Reading
 -Safety
 -Sales
 -Strategic Planning
 -Stress
 -Summits
 -Teamwork/Team Building
 -Telephone Skills
 -Time Management
 -Train the Trainer (How to become a more effective trainer)
 -Workplace Politics
* Required/Regulatory Training – Training that is required by any other public agency or department is not eligible. These trainings may include but are not limited to EPA, Hazardous Waste, FDA, Workers Comp, OSHA, etc.;
 * Training that is already being reimbursed by another State or Federal training program (e.g. Ohio Workforce Guarantee, National Emergency Grant, etc.);
 * Training that leads to professional license (i.e., doctors, lawyers, accountants,etc.);
 * Training to maintain a professional license;
 * Travel costs;
 * CDL training and testing; and
 * Wages of trainees while being trained.

Eligible Training Costs

The Applicant may request reimbursement for up to 50 percent of the Applicant’s cost to train an employee (up to $4,000) and may be used for any of the following purposes:
 – Instructor costs;
 – Instructional materials.
Please note that these costs must be prorated per employee and will be capped at 25 percent of the cost of training per employee per training. Must be requested and approved in the application to be eligible.

Available Funding
This Voucher Program is operated as a reimbursable program. The Ohio Development Services Agency will reimburse the Applicant for up to 50 percent of the cost of the training (up to $4,000), after 1) the Applicant pays the full cost of the training, and 2) the employee successfully completes the training. Payment of the cost of the training by Applicant must come from private sources and cannot include any previously acquired public funds.

The invoice for reimbursement may only be submitted after an employee has successfully completed the approved training. The Applicant shall submit invoices no more than once during each quarter of the grant period unless it is the final invoice.

Funding approvals for this Voucher Program will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the training funds are completely committed, the Ohio Development Services Agency will hold subsequent applications in a “queue,” in the event that additional program funds become available.
The Ohio Development Services Agency reserves the right to hold any pending applications due to the Applicant or its Affiliated Entities being delinquent or non-compliant under any other agreement with the Ohio DSA, or has any outstanding tax or EPA liabilities with the State of Ohio.

Additional Information
Additional program information, including post-approval documents and processes, can be found at the following website: http://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_wtvp.htm.
Capitalized terms not otherwise defined in these Voucher Program Guidelines shall have the meaning given to them in the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program Definitions FY’17.

9-30-2016 Instagram and Pinterest Necessities

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

NOTE: The following workshop has been rescheduled for September 30, 2016 from 1-4 PM at the Chamber of Commerce in South Point.

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8-11-2016 Renewable Energy for Rural Businesses

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

Join the OSU South Centers Business Development Network in Piketon, Ohio on Thursday, August 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a Renewable Energy for Rural Businesses Information Session. The program is offered at no cost to you and will include experts from Ohio State University Extension, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

To register, contact Jennifer Dunn at Dunn.595@osu.edu or call 740-289-1605. See the flyer and agenda for more details (below).

Flyer:
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Agenda:
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9-19 thru 22 Lumber Grading Short Course and 9-23 Walnut Grading Short Course

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

ScreenHunter_777 Jul. 11 09.46The value of “rules conscious” employees is a more carefully manufactured product, a more profitable yield from the log, and a better sense of the value of the lumber being handled.

Sign up for the four, five or just the one-day workshop (depending on your specific needs) will include a thorough study and explanation of the NHLA RulesBook, emphasizing the basics of hardwood lumber inspection.

ScreenHunter_778 Jul. 11 09.50This popular workshop gives yardmen, sawyers, edgermen, sales and office staff, and management level personnel an introduction to lumber inspection. Classes will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. EDT (brochure pic to right).

This four, five, or one-day short course will be taught by Barry Kibbey, NHLA National Inspector.

ScreenHunter_780 Jul. 11 10.06Dates: September 19 thru 22, 2016 and September 23, 2016
Location: Ohio State University South Centers, 1864 Shyville Road, Piketon, OH 45661 map

Register online at www.ohioforest.org (screenshot of website to right).

For more information, call the Ohio Forestry Association at 614-497-9580 or email info@ohioforest.org.