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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.

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Business Start-Up

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Join us for a 6 Week Course. Our new hands-on workshop empowers you to grow your business or turn your idea into a business! This course is designed to help clients focus on the operations and essentials of starting and growing a business. Clients will develop a deeper understanding of their finances, pricing, and knowing the importance of their numbers. Clients will examine their market and marketing plan using tools to help with decision making and action planning for startup and growth companies. At the end of this course, clients will have a clearer vision so they can move forward to the next step to grow their business.
Speaker: Lisa Hutson, Director SBDC

Business Planning

Thursday, September 08, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Planning a Business: Why do you need one? Anyone who is starting a business or thinking about starting a business will need to have a plan. Business plans can be boring and useless if not done properly. The Business Model Canvas is designed to focus the business on the strategic elements that matter most and have the greatest impact on driving growth. Learn the business blocks (infrastructure, customers, finances, resources, etc.) of business planning. You will leave with a great start to your business foundation and a road map to success.
Speaker: Beth Gantz & Ana Badillo, SBDC Advisors

Business Start-Up

Thursday, September 08, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 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


Tuesday, September 13, 2016 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
As a result of this workshop, participants will have an increased awareness for the risk of fraud in the workplace, be able to recognize red flags for fraud and understand several key internal controls necessary to prevent employee embezzlement. The program is interactive and fast-paced, and utilizes a combination of lectures and case studies.
Speaker: Cynthia Allen - CPA Cain & Associates Investigative Accountants, Inc.

Strategic Planning

Thursday, September 15, 2016 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
GrowthWheel Action Plan: A visual toolbox for decision making and action planning. This workshop will help you to focus and prioritize areas in the business. This is a great workshop for all business stages (ideation, start-up, existing, and healthy). There are three different ways to screen and discover your progress, opportunities or rate your skills. You will learn the GrowthWheel 360° Screening and create an action plan. This is guaranteed to help you make decisions and assist you to become accountable for your actions.
Speaker: Beth Gantz &, Ana Badillo, SBDC Advisors

Business Planning

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Can you describe your business to an audience in less than 2 minutes so that they would be interested in becoming a customer? If you meet someone in the elevator, are you ready to summarize quickly and simplify your process, product, service, organization or event and its value proposition? At the end of this workshop, you will have the tools to create your pitch that will either continue the conversation or at least exchange business cards or schedule a meeting with potential customers or investors.
Speaker: Beth Gantz & Ana Badillo, SBDC Advisors

Business Start-Up

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 5:00 PM to 8:00 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: September 28th, October 5th, 12th & 19th - 5:00-8:00 PM
Speaker: Beth Gantz, SBDC Advisor
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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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