The Workforce & Business Development Program can guide individuals in Pike, Jackson, Ross, and Scioto Counties in Ohio, through one-on-one counseling or a classroom atmosphere in exploring and developing the opportunity to own, operate, expand, or purchase a small business as means of employment and to increase or supplement income.
While working with the Business Development Training Program, individuals will assess and develop their personal skills, determine the viability of their business idea, learn business management and financial skills, conduct market and industry research and develop a BUSINESS PLAN. In addition, participants have access to ongoing support services.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT FORMS
There is no-cost to join the network of business partner organizations within the local area.
To join, please contact erica jones or adam days for more information.
What we are is a collaborative and growing group of the region’s chambers of commerce, workforce training organizations, schools, colleges and universities and government agencies that all offer some sort of business service. Our network includes every critical business service provider-from major federal and state programs to local organizations that can help you and your workers solve problems close to home.
The large number and scope of available workforce and economic development programs is overwhelming to employers and as a result, they are not accessing nor using these resources. Small to medium-sized companies, which must focus on their day-to-day operations, do not have the time to research and contact these resources.
The BRN takes the hundreds of resources and streamlines them into a single access point for employers, bringing them from Point A-to-Z of the process. The BRN navigates through the red tape of governmental agencies and programs to determine which funding streams would be best suited to the employer's current and future needs to grow, improve, or expand their businesses.
Open Interviews Events
Marketing Tools & Resources
WORKSHOPS & TRAINING
Small Business Classes
PARTICIPANTS COMPLETING BUSINESS TRAINING:
ENROLLED IN SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM:
SMALL BUSINESS LENDING PROGRAM
Do you need money for your small business? Are you looking to expand your current business or seeking a small business loan for a new start up? The Workforce & Business Development Program may be able to assist you even if you were turned down by your bank.
Loan requests may range from $5,000 up to $250,000 with the exception of the United States Department of Agriculture‘s (USDA) Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program (RMAP) sponsored loans, which are capped at $50,000 and the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) sponsored loans which are capped at $100,000. Any loan request above $100,000 must have another financial institution involved in the project funding. The borrower is required to have an equity investment, as well. Job creation criteria may apply depending on funding source. Rates and terms vary depending upon each business’ ability to repay and how the loan proceeds are being used. Applicants interested in accessing the RLF must submit a written business plan including cash flow projections, as well as pertinent business and personal financial information. The Workforce & Business Development Staff is available to assist individuals and businesses in their efforts to compile this data.
Applicants must reside or the business must be located in one of the following seven counties: Adams, Brown, Jackson, Highland, Lawrence, Pike, Ross, or Scioto.
For More info, please contact
Workforce & business development program director
(740) 289 - 2371 ext.7028