Ohio SBDC center director receives state award
Steve Schillig, director of the Ohio Small Business Development Center at Kent State University Tuscarawas, recently received the 2018 Ohio SBDC Center Director Award at the SBDC Statewide Conference in Columbus. Judging for the award was based on overall number of hours of advising, number of business starts, number of jobs created, number of jobs retained, number of loans secured and owner investment and the percentage of customer satisfaction rating from clients. Read more.
Empyre Laundry uses Illinois SBDC expertise to launch family owned laundromat
The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has equipped Empyre Laundry with the expertise to successfully launch its first laundromat in East St. Louis. Empyre Laundry owner Maria Jones has been passionately working on her business with guidance and support from SBDC graduate assistant Adrine (Renny) Krikorian for approximately one year. Read more.
MSU grad opens veterinary clinic with help from Kentucky SBDC
A graduate of Morehead State University has opened her own veterinary clinic thanks to the support of MSU’s Small Business Development Center. Dr. Christina Osborne founded the Central Appalachian Veterinary Clinic in South Williamson, offering internal medicine, radiology, laboratory services, comprehensive surgical procedures and patient care services to small and exotic animals. Her first meeting with SBDC Consultant Michelle Spriggs was in March 2018 to discuss her plans to open a new veterinary clinic in the Williamson area. Osborne and Spriggs discussed her working capital needs, start-up cost, business plan and developed financial projections needed for a commercial loan submission. Read more.
Joe Ercolano Named State Director of CTSBDC
Joe Ercolano has been named the State Director of the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC), effective immediately. Ercolano, a former executive at Pitney Bowes, most recently served as the CTSBDC’s Acting State Director. In the last five years the CTSBDC has served more than 6,300 new and existing small-business clients and helped in generating over $200 million in capital to support their growth. Read more.
University of Southern Mississippi’s SBDC Sees Extraordinary Growth, Success
Four years ago, The University of Southern Mississippi launched a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) focused on providing comprehensive assistance to start-up companies in the Pine Belt area. The center’s growth and success have been eye-popping. In its most recent fiscal year alone (Oct. 1, 2017, to Sept. 30, 2018), the SBDC assisted approximately 200 clients; continued to coach 74 long-term clients, submitted applications for 17 loans totaling $4.6 million and achieved actual capital infusion of $2.5 million in client projects, beginning 12 businesses from the ground up. Read more.
20 Year Vision Comes to Life in Pet Food Company, With Help From Florida SBDC
FurBaby Fresh was born out of necessity for Jay Goldstein. Twenty years ago, he wasn’t getting what he needed from his local veterinarian for his sick cat. He started doing research on his own and came across a homeopathic veterinarian’s book, which included raw recipes. “I started feeding my cat that recipe and nursed the cat back to health,” he said. “After 20 years of making food for the animals, one day I was making food and I realized this could be a very viable business and so I looked up the SBDC and met with Mitch, and the rest is history.” Read more.
Alexandria, Virginia SBDC helping local small businesses for 22 years
The Alexandria, Virginia SBDC recently passed the 22-year milestone of supporting the community’s business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. The center contributes to Alexandria’s business-friendliness by coaching businesses that are starting up in or moving to Alexandria by providing the right connections, guiding companies through startup and permitting steps and solving problems that arise. Several business owners proclaim that having the SBDC as a free and objective go-to resource is among the reasons they choose to keep and expand their businesses in Alexandria. Read more.
Oregon Coast Community College SBDC announces winter class lineup
The Oregon Coast Community College Small Business Development Center is pleased to offer a vibrant, powerful lineup of classes and workshops for the winter term. More than one-third of the classes are brand new for this term, and the lineup offers something for virtually every business type and size. Read more.
West Michigan Business Executive Named SBDC State Director
West Michigan business executive and Amway alumni J.D. Collins has been named state director of the Small Business Development Center, an SBA-backed one-stop-shop for business advice and training aimed at entrepreneurs and small business. Collins began his new role December 17 leading the SBDC, a 90-person organization that serves more than 5,500 companies statewide. Read more.
Local entrepreneurs get help from Iowa Western SBDC
Penny and Craig Buckingham knew they wanted to open a wedding venue, but they wanted to offer something different – not just another empty steel structure with window dressing. They realized they had the perfect spot literally in their backyard: a 1933 cattle barn on their working farm east of Treynor. So the Buckinghams took their idea for the Palace Event Center to the Iowa Western Small Business Development Center, which offers free consulting and technical assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs and established businesses alike across southwest Iowa. Read more.
Sharon Nichols Joins Mississippi SBDC as State Director
The Mississippi Small Business Development Center has hired Sharon Nichols as the organization’s new state director. Nichols brings more than seven years’ experience with the Oklahoma SBDC, where she served the last three years as assistant state director. Read more.
Community State Bank teams up with Wisconsin SBDC
Community State Bank has announced that is has teamed up with the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center to help business owners and entrepreneurs in Southeast Wisconsin. Read more.
Florida SBDC at UWF provides recovery resources to small businesses following Hurricane Michael
The Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida is playing a critical role in helping small business owners recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Consultants from the Florida SBDC at UWF are working extended hours at two emergency response mobile assistance centers and several business recovery centers to assist business owners. Read more.
Illinois SBDC for Metro East Client Warm N Cozy Quilting Expands in Columbia
Increased clientele and the popularity of handmade gifts have led a pair of entrepreneurs to expand their quilting business. The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for the Metro East at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is proud to have assisted Warm N Cozy since it opened in 2015. Read more.
Kentucky’s Murray State CTSM and SBDC, Local Partners Establishing Hub For Tech Startups And Entrepreneurs
Murray State’s Center for Telecommunications Systems Management and Small Business Development Center are partnering with the Technology Council of West Kentucky, local area development districts and others to launch a Regional Innovation for Startups and Entrepreneurs – or RISE – hub. SBDC Director Chris Wooldridge is a co-coordinator along with TSM director Michael Ramage. Wooldridge said the initiative will support a regional approach toward innovation and tech-based entrepreneurship, with the university serving as an “activist and catalyst” for the surrounding communities. Read more.
New Jersey SBDC holds ‘Shark Tank’-style event for Veterans
A group of veterans was at Kean University Wednesday competing for a chance to receive assistance for their small business. Based on the popular TV show “Shark Tank,” “Vet Tank” gave eight veterans from New Jersey a chance to receive $20,000 from the New Jersey Small Business Development Center. “Vet Tank” was the finale of a daylong event run by the SBDC to help boost veteran entrepreneurs. Read more.
Central Virginia SBDC cybersecurity conference
One in five small businesses that suffer cyber attacks are forced to shut down permanently, according to Ray Sidney-Smith, an Alexandria-based consultant who spoke at the Central Virginia Small Business Development Center’s all-day cybersecurity conference Tuesday. Read more.
Small businesses share how they got started with a little help from the Idaho SBDC
Stoltzfus and his wife, Donna, had to answer a lot of questions from the bank in 2007 when they’d decided to expand from a dairy into a processor as well. They got help from the Idaho Small Business Development Center. Read more.
Cybersecurity program offered to small businesses
The North Dakota Small Business Development Centers in cooperation with the Kansas SBDC will host a a cybersecurity event on Oct. 18 at the Leach Center for Student Life on the University of Mary campus. Brian Dennis, director of the Kansas SBDC Cybersecurity Center for Small Business, will present for business owners and managers, human resource professionals, as well as individuals handling confidential or sensitive information in their businesses including attorneys, accountants and realtors. Read more.
Louisiana SBDC says it’s time to make small biz cyber aware
Nearly two-thirds of cyber breach victims are small to mid-size businesses. Yet many entrepreneurs and small business owners still question the need for cybersecurity with 90 percent not using any form of data protection for company or customer information. The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) says it is time to make small business owners cyber aware, and more importantly give them a plan to reduce their chances of cyberattack. Read more.