Melissa Carter

Business Specialist,
Small Business Development Center

Melissa Carter - Office

1864 Shyville Road
Piketon, Oh 45661
740-289-2071 x222


Certified Trade and Export Counselor by the Small Business Administration
Certified Business Advisor from the University of Toledo

Masters of Business Administration from The Ohio State University

Bachelor’s in Agribusiness and Applied Economics from The Ohio State University

Professional Experience:

She has been an employee of the Ohio State University South Centers Business Development Network since 2006. Melissa, currently, serves as a Business Development Specialist, where she assists Southern Ohio companies with all aspects of entrepreneurship and business growth including pre-venture and startup. Melissa also focuses on helping small businesses with web-based marketing and developing a social media presence.

Melissa has been awarded the Ohio SBDC Peer Recognition Award for Marketing in 2014 and 2017.

Community/Personal Business Experience:

Melissa was raised in Ross County, Ohio, where she helped on her family’s farm. Melissa, her husband, Tristen, and daughter, Gracie, live in Ross County and operate an excavation business. Melissa is very involved with the Ross County 4-H Program, serving as a club advisor, Quality Assurance trainer, and tri-chair of the 4-H Halloween Campout Committee.

Something not many know about you?

“I love to bake and cook.” ~Melissa Carter

Why do you think OSU South Centers is so successful?

“The best part of working at OSU South Centers is meeting with new clients every day. We connect those clients with our team network and other industry agencies contacts.

Our team members live in local communities and have a vested interest in seeing businesses success. Working directly with local businesses has inspired me and other team members to shop locally first.” ~Melissa Carter

2 thoughts on “Melissa Carter

  1. Hello I’ve been interested in starting my own dog boarding/grooming business i was wondering how you go about it and can you get a grant? Any information would be greatly appreciated

    • Hey Amber! We sent you an email for more information! Hope we can help get your business up and running.

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