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Ohio SBDC at Lorain County Community College
The Richard Desich Business and Entrepreneurship Center (DEC)

Phone: 440-366-4370
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Center Director: Lisa Hutson

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

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

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Business Start-Up

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
The purpose of this training series is to help food entrepreneurs craft their unique brand story and grow their business! 4 Week Class: - Business Planning & Marketing - Finance & Funding - Licensing, Labeling, & Trademarking - Production & Distribution Wednesdays: May 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th - 5:30-8:30 PM
Speaker: Beth Gantz


Tuesday, May 10, 2016 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Would you like to improve your organizations processes, reduce waste and improve efficiency? This LEAN Sampler is for you. This workshop covers the basics concepts associated with LEAN process. The workshop can then be followed up with an onsite analysis of your processes. Our instructor is recently retired from a major polymer corporation and has trained organizations worldwide. This is a great opportunity for smaller organizations to leverage her expertise at no cost to you.
Speaker: Speaker: Beryl Prusinoski, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Business Start-Up

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Are you thinking about starting a business? Have you recently launched a business? This workshop will introduce the steps in starting your own business. You will discover if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. You will learn the following: - Why you need a business plan - The Components of a business plan - The different types of businesses - How to register your business through the Secretary of State's web site - The basics of budgeting, tracking expenses and pricing - Plus more!
Speaker: Beth Gantz, SBDC Advisor


Friday, May 13, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
In business, time is your most valuable asset. Getting the most out of your time increases your profitability and results. At this seminar you will learn; •The 3 Keys to Getting the Most Out of Your Time •The 3 Approaches to Evaluating your Time...and you will leave with practical tools for immediate implementation! If you find yourself saying; “I’m too busy” or “I don’t have enough time” or “I couldn’t get to it.” If you want to have a great life and a great business come to this informative and valuable seminar and learn how to have time on your side.
Speaker: Dennis Willis - Action Coach

Cash Flow Analysis & Management

Friday, May 20, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This class will review basic business financial tools (Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss Statement, Cash Flow Statement) from a different view. This class is designed for beginners as well as experienced business owners that want to use their financial statements as a tool to gain profitability and strong cash flow. You will walk away with new ideas and tips on how to manage the finances of your business. Please feel free to bring a refreshment and for your convenience, vending machines are available.
Speaker: Dennis Willis - Action Coach

Customer Relations

Friday, June 03, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This seminar will focus on social media marketing and how to attract and keep your customers by what you have to say. In today's world, attention spans are very short and getting shorter every day. In this workshop, you will learn how to create messages and content that catches people's attention and helps them remember and understand your message. You will learn to build brand awareness which leads to higher revenues. Be prepared to take away some actionable advice! .
Speaker: Lindsay Sims, Founder/CEO - Customer Boom

Human Resources

Wednesday, June 08, 2016 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
This workshop is designed to assist nonprofit organizations and to make sure their basic HR compliance is in order. Learn the basics and regulatory hot topics, updates on recent regulatory changes and how they apply to your organization. You will learn tips on how to protect the organization, the employees & volunteers by utilizing appropriate employee forms, files and employee handbooks.
Speaker: Michele Hicks - Lighthouse HR Group, LLC
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The Richard Desich Business and Entrepreneurship Center (DEC)151 Innovation Drive
Elyria, OH 44035
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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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