Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What We Learned About Our Community

Today we heard from John Melvin of SBDC who spoke on the power of entrepreneurialism.

The small business development center program was begun 32 years ago by the small business administration in conjunction with the Clermont County Chamber. Their mission is to “Accelerate Ohio’s economy by helping people start, sustain and grow their businesses.” The vision is to “Transform Ohio into an innovative entrepreneurial-based culture.” 

They do all this by helping entrepreneurs start, grow and sustain their small businesses. The primary focus is to work with existing for-profit businesses from any county, but they do not work with non-profit businesses.

Working in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD), the Ohio SDBC at the Clermont Chamber of Commerce provides the following services:

1. Certified Business Advisors provide consulting, training and research assistance for the start-up, successful operation and expansion of small businesses. The majority of our services are offered at no charge to those who own, operate or wish to start a for-profit small business. We are not limited by geographic territory or chamber membership. All consultations are CONFIDENTIAL.

2. Technical Assistance is available from attorneys, CPA’s, insurance agents, business consultants, and other professionals.

3. SBDC Network Specialists are available to assist small businesses in manufacturing, international trade, government contracting, and minority and women business ownership.

4. A Library of Business Information, printed and electronic resource material, and computer software is available for use by small businesses.

Next week we will hear a presentation about Wrapping Clermont Together