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The Richard Desich Business and Entrepreneurship Center (DEC)

Phone: 440-366-4370
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Center Director: Kimberly Plzak

Comprehensive business management and education services.
Free, confidential, in-depth, one-on-one counseling and low- or no-cost training.

  • Strategic Planning
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  • Technical Assistance
  • Quality-Based Assessments
  • Information about Federal, State and Local Programs
  • Loan Packaging Assistance

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Legal Issues

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
The Ohio Department of Agriculture has rules and regulations that you must comply with if you are baking in your home and then selling your goods. If you attend this seminar you will learn the following: -What are the differences and distinctions between cottage foods and home bakeries? -What are the 16 cottage foods that you are allowed to make? -What are the labeling requirements? -What’s involved in obtaining a home bakery license? And much, much more! Participants will go home with valuable information to ensure that their in-home bakery follows the law, is safe, and will make good treats to eat for years to come.
Speaker: Chris Corpus, Wegman, Hessler and Vanderburg and Joann Dunlevey, S.I.T., Food Safety Specialist, Ohio Department of Agriculture

Business Start-Up

Thursday, April 30, 2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Learn the basics on how to project your true start-up costs, your potential sales figures, costs and estimate your potential profits. This workshop will assist you with designing the financial section of your Business Plan.
Speaker: Susan Patton
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, 2 sessions ending Thursday, May 07
Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the SBDC. This two day curriculum provides valuable assistance to veterans and their families exploring self-employment opportunities by leading them through the key steps for evaluating business concepts and the foundational knowledge required for developing a business plan. This program is valuable to veterans who are thinking of starting a business or already own a business and want to develop their business acumen. Participants are also introduced to SBDC and SBA resources available to help assess start-up capital and additional technical assistance. This program is available free of charge to service members, their spouses, their business partners and their dependents.
Speaker: Earl Gregorich -Earl Gregorich has over a decade of experience in the Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Gregorich currently serves as the Lead Center Director for District 4 at Wright State University where he has experienced success in assisting veteran-owned businesses. Gregorich is also an experienced entrepreneur, as owner of Tactical Insights, LLC, a veteran-owned and operated business specializing in internet marketing and web based business management. Gregorich won the 2012 Ohio SBDC Peer Recognition Award for Mentorship and in 2014 was recognized as the Ohio SBDC State Star for Overall Best SBDC Counselor in the State of Ohio.
Thursday, May 14, 2015 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Overview covers basics of entrepreneurship, business planning and research, regulatory overview, financing and record keeping. This workshop will help you determine key areas to focus on as you start your business. This workshop is also a pre-requisite for pre-venture businesses to schedule a confidential one-to-one business advising session.
Speaker: Susan Brunt & Ana Badillo - SBDC Advisors

Accounting/Budget/Inventory Setup

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Limit of 12 attendees for this NEW Business Basics Start-Up workshop! Learn the basics of business bookkeeping. Learn the basics of a Balance Sheet, a Profit & Loss Statement, keeping track of your business revenue and expenses, using accounting software vs. spreadsheets and how to set up a basic chart of accounts. This workshop is designed to help the newer business owner or pre-venture business owner organize and keep track of their financials.
Speaker: Suzie Dills - SBDC
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Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Ohio SBDC program is also funded in part by the Ohio Development Services Agency. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. For arrangements, call the Ohio SBDC at 614-466-2711 or (800) 848-1300 ex. 6-2711.
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